The camaraderie that Trump and Xi projected in November 2017 generated unease. At year end, Trump’s National Security Strategy did away with the multipolar niceties, but the challenges remain: for the U.S., it’s promoting rule of law while opting out of multilateral bodies. For China, it’s taking stock of how its image corresponds to reality
Former Adjunct Fellow, China Studies
Dr. Indira Priyadarshini Ravindran is the former Adjunct Fellow for China Studies at Gateway House. She holds a PhD in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA. During her time in the DC-Baltimore area, she managed research and communication at CIVICUS, a global civil society organization. After moving to the PRC in 2007, she taught at East China Normal University, and at Tongji University. Currently, she is faculty member at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA) in the Shanghai International Studies University (SISU); teaching IR theory and political economy courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Since 2012, she has concurrently served as Adjunct Professor for Webster University (USA) China program located in Beijing. In 2016, she was invited as visiting professor to the Centre for South Asia Studies, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC. She is associated with Shanghai’s India Business Forum in a voluntary advisory capacity; as also with Chennai Centre for China Studies. She is engaged with the organized movement for land and water resource management in her native village in Cuddalore district, Tamilnadu.
Chinese political economy, China-India bilateralism, the role of India and China in global affairs
Last modified: January 15, 2018
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