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Posted Feb 18 2013 7:45am

The rise of China and India as major world powers promises to test the established global

order in the coming decades. As the two powers grow, they are bound to change the current

international system—with profound implications for themselves, the United States, and

the world. And whether they agree on the changes to be made, especially when it comes to

their relationship with the West, will influence the system’s future character. A close examination of Chinese and Indian perspectives on the fundamentals of the emerging international order reveals that Sino-Indian differences on many issues of both bilateral and global

significance are stark.



•             China and India’s sustained economic growth fuels their increasing geopolitical and

military influence.

•             Despite their developmental similarities, China and India’s bilateral strategic rivalry

means that they have competing priorities on most major global issues.

•             Sino-Indian differences are considerable on issues relating to the nonproliferation system, Asian security, regional stability in Southern Asia, and security in the maritime

commons, space, and cyberspace. The two rising powers broadly agree on matters

relating to the international economic system, energy security, and the environment.

•             Because of its ongoing shift to the Asia-Pacific and status as the only global superpower, the United States must manage a complex set of relationships with China and

India, which are at times working at cross-purposes.


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