'Essential reading for all those interested in how India will deal with its greatest strategic challenge, an increasingly powerful China'-SHIVSHANKAR MENON
'Vijay Gokhale strips away the illusion that China ever shared convergent interests with India in Asia and globally. A disconcerting read, but indispensable.'-ASHLEY J. TELLIS
India's relations with the People's Republic of China have captured the popular imagination ever since the 1950s but have rarely merited a detailed understanding of the issues. Individual episodes tend to arouse lively debate, which often dissipates without a deeper exploration of the factors that shaped the outcomes. This book explores the dynamics of negotiation between the two countries, from the early years after Independence until the current times, through the prism of six historical and recent events in the India-China relationship. The purpose is to identify the strategy, tactics and tools that China employs in its diplomatic negotiations with India, and the learnings for India from its past dealings with China that may prove helpful in future negotiations with the country.
Essential reading for diplomats, scholars and all those interested in how India will deal with its greatest strategic challenge, an increasingly powerful China. The Long Game is a path-breaking study of six critical negotiations between India and China which draws valuable and precise lessons for the future. Gokhale's familiarity with the negotiations and his long experience of China have produced a book of unmatched scholarship and long-term relevance. A book to read, re-read, and savour. -- Shivshankar Menon, former foreign secretary, and national security advisor to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
At a moment when Sino-Indian relations are in serious crisis, The Long Game astutely illuminates the persistently hardnosed Chinese attitude toward India right from their earliest interactions as independent states. With a practiced diplomatic eye, Vijay Gokhale strips away the illusion that China ever shared convergent interests with India in Asia and globally. A disconcerting read, but indispensable. -- Ashley J. Tellis, Tata Chair for Strategic Affairs and senior fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
About the Author
Vijay Gokhale spent nearly four decades in the Indian Foreign Service and retired as foreign secretary in January 2020. He worked on matters relating to China for the better part of his diplomatic career. His assignments in Hong Kong, Taipei and Beijing, between 1982 and 2017, and his postings in New Delhi at various levels, have given him insights into Chinese negotiating behaviour. He has had personal experience in conducting negotiations with China across a range of issues since 2000, including on some of the issues dealt with in this book. He now lives in Pune with his wife, Vandana, and devotes his time to the study of China.