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A Roadmap for Sino-Indian Co-operation in Afghanistan

Shisheng Hu, Raffaello Pantucci and Ravi Sawhney
Occasional Papers, 16 July 2014
China, International Security Studies, New Silk Road, Afghanistan, India
Come Western withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Chinese and Indian role in the country's future will be more vital than ever

As NATO and Western powers begin to take a backseat in Afghanistan’s future, one of the most pressing questions is what role regional powers, particularly China and India, can play in helping the country to become a prosperous and stable nation.

Numerous efforts are already underway through multilateral and bilateral forums, yet the key to regional co-operation in securing Afghanistan’s future lies through closer interaction between Beijing and New Delhi.

This paper – which draws on a research project spanning a number of workshops in Beijing, New Delhi and Qatar, and involving influential thinkers and experts from China, India, the UK and Afghanistan – maps out specific ideas that policy-makers in Beijing and New Delhi can explore as avenues for co-operation.

Post-2014 Afghanistan will remain a major regional concern for at least the short to medium term. The earlier that China and India can develop workable collaborative undertakings, the sooner they can forge a stable and prosperous neighbourhood.

About the Authors

Dr Shisheng Hu is Director of South Asia and Oceania Studies at the China Institute for Contemporary International Relations.

Raffaello Pantucci is a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies.

Lieutenant General (Rtd) Ravi Sawhney is a Distinguished Fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation.

The authors are grateful to Edward Schwarck, Research Fellow, RUSI, for his support in drafting this paper.

Raffaello Pantucci
Senior Associate Fellow

Raffaello Pantucci's research focuses on terrorism and counter-terrorism as well as China's relations with its Western neighbours... read more

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