Inside Story: Domestic Disharmony for China and India

Before aspiring to global leadership roles, China’s Xi Jinping and India’s Narendra Modi must demonstrate capability for handling domestic challenges. “Xi and Modi may operate in very different contexts, one in charge of the world’s largest Communist Party–controlled state, the other running the world’s largest democracy,” explain Kerry Brown and Marya Shakil for Inside Story. “But both can be called nationalists whose primary appeal to their people is their commitment to making their country modern and powerful.” China and India each anticipate economic growth in excess of 6.5 percent, but citizens of both expect leaders to do more to ease inequality, corruption and other tensions. Internal stability and prosperity for each could determine if the two Asian neighbors, the world’s most populous countries, enjoy good relations. China and India are rivals in many ways. That includes governance, Brown and Shakil conclude, and “whether, in the end, democracy or one-party uniformity emerges as the best way to sustain prosperity and stability.” – YaleGlobal

Inside Story: Domestic Disharmony for China and India

China and India both grapple with their own set of internal challenges in contrasting ways, and that could shape their global role
Kerry Brown and Marya Shakil
Friday, April 27, 2018

Read the article from Inside Story about the competitive relationship of China and India.

Kerry Brown is professor of Chinese Studies and director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College, London, and an associate fellow at Chatham House. Marya Shakil, an award-winning journalist and a Chevening Fellow, is political editor of CNN-News18, where she anchors the daily program Epicentre.                     

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