Jonathan Holslag On world order and disorder

China and India: Prospects for Peace

For all their spectacular growth, China and India must still lift a hundred million citizens out of poverty and create jobs for the numerous labourers. Both powers hope trade and investment will help sustaining national unity. For the first time, Jonathan Holslag identifies these objectives as new sources of rivalry and argues that China and India cannot grow without fierce contest. Though he recognizes that both countries wish to maintain stable relations, Holslag argues that success in implementing economic reform will give way to conflict. This rivalry is already tangible in Asia as a whole, where shifting patterns of economic influence have altered the balance of power and have led to short-sighted policies that undermine regional stability.

Holslag also demonstrates that despite two decades of peace, mutual perceptions have become hostile, and a military game of tit-for-tat promises to diminish prospects for peace. Holslag therefore refutes the notion that development and interdependence lead to peace, and he does so by embedding rich empirical evidence within broader debates on international relations theory. His book is down-to-earth and realistic while also taking into account the complexities of internal policy-making. The result is a fascinating portrait of the complicated interaction among economic, political, military, and perceptional levels of diplomacy.

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“Provocative,” thought James Areddy of the Wall Street Journal.
“Judicious and critical perspective,” wrote Robert Ross of Harvard University
“A comprehensive, strategic treatise,” judged Brahma Chellaney.
“Subtle and complex yet highly readable,” reviewed John W. Garver.
“A useful corrective of the more starry-eyed visions of a semi-cohesive Chindia,” wrote The Economist
“Excellent. A much-needed dose of reality,” stated Jing Daily
“Invaluable,” concluded the The China Quarterly.
“A great historical analysis,” a reviewer of South Asia wrote.
“A timely overview of the emergent Sino-Indian rivalry,” Sumit Ganguly, Indiana University
“A terrific book,” judged Lowell Dittmer.

“An excellent study.” Michael Yahuda, George Washington University.

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Reviews and interviews:

22 December 2009 – Interview with the Wall Street Journal.
26 January 2010 – Experts discuss the book at China Radio International.
04 February 2010 – Review in the Economist.
24 February 2010 – A short review in Foreign Affairs.
20 March 2010 – Review in Relações Internacionais.
23 March 2010 – Interview with Time Magazine.
24 March 2010 – Book discussed in People’s Daily.
25 March 2010 – China’s Global Times opens a forum to discuss the book.
26 March 2010 – Discussion of the book in Vietnam Business.
28 March 2010 – Book reviewed by Ziare.
29 March 2010 –Interview with KanaalZ.
31 March 2010 – Interview with BBC’s The Hub.
01 April 2010 – Interview in China’s Time Weekly.
06 April 2010 – Book reviewed by Business World.
08 May 2010 – Interview India Daily News.
06 June 2010 – Sumit Ganguli reviews the book for H-Asia.
13 June 2010 – The Swedish weekly Om Världen discusses the book.
29 June 2010 – Jing Daily includes the book among its four recommended summer readings.
01 July 2010 – A long review in India’s premier international affairs journal, Strategic Analysis.
05 July 2010 – Christopher Hughes reviews the book for International Affairs.
01 September 2011 – Emilian Kavalski reviews the book for China Quarterly.
10 December 2012 – Ding Shen in Fudan Journal.