On the Watershed: The Implications of the 2020 China-India Border Crisis

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Via Zoom Webinar

Register at https://bit.ly/2Hkx3ye

  • Joseph Felter,
  • Tanvi Madan,
  • Yun Sun,
  • Arzan Tarapore

This event is part of Shorenstein APARC’s fall webinar series "Shifting Geopolitics and U.S.-Asia Relations"

Co-sponsored with the Center for South Asia (CSA)

Since May 2020, Chinese troops have crossed the disputed Line of Actual Control (LAC) and occupied positions in the Indian union territory of Ladakh. The Chinese troops crossed in multiple places and in large numbers, and have skirmished with Indian forces. Diplomatic channels are still open, but despite numerous pledges to disengage, this Chinese action appears to be an attempt to revise the LAC. This webinar will examine the crisis’ longer-term implications for China-India-U.S. relations. Can India and China reconcile their relationship or are they destined for a more antagonistic strategic rivalry? What tools and leverage does each side have in strategic competition? How does this affect U.S. policy in the Indo-Pacific region, and what action can Washington take to advance its interests?

Joe Felter 100620
Joseph Felter is a William J. Perry Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and research fellow at the Hoover Institution.  From 2017 to 2019, Felter served as US deputy assistant secretary of defense for South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania, where he was responsible for defense strategies and plans in the region. He previously taught at West Point and Columbia University. A former US Army Special Forces and Foreign Area officer, Joe served in a variety of special operations and diplomatic assignments, and holds a PhD in political science from Stanford University. 

Madan Tanvi 100620
Tanvi Madan is a senior fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy in the Foreign Policy program, and director of The India Project at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. Madan’s work explores India’s role in the world and its foreign policy, focusing in particular on India's relations with China and the United States. Madan is the author of the book "Fateful Triangle: How China Shaped US-India Relations during the Cold War," and researching her next book on the China-India-US triangle. She holds a PhD in public policy from the University of Texas at Austin.

Yun Sun 100620
Yun Sun is a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the China Program at the Stimson Center. Her expertise is in Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations and China’s relations with neighboring countries and authoritarian regimes. She has previously held positions at the Brookings Institution, where she focused on Chinese national security decision-making processes and China-Africa relations, and at the International Crisis Group, specializing in China’s foreign policy towards conflict countries and the developing world. She earned her master’s degree in international policy and practice from George Washington University.


Arzan Terapore 100620
Arzan Tarapore is the South Asia research scholar at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, where he leads the newly-restarted South Asia research initiative. He is also a senior nonresident fellow at the National Bureau of Asian Research. Tarapore’s research focuses on Indian military strategy and contemporary Indo-Pacific security issues. He previously held research positions at the RAND Corporation, the Observer Research Foundation, and the East-West Center in Washington, and served in the Australian Defence Department. Tarapore holds a PhD in war studies from King’s College London.