What is the significance of Tibet for China-India relations? Are the two countries going to act as strategic competitors or will their rise bring closer cooperation, peace and stability to the Himalayan region? Are the transformations in the smaller Himalayan states of Nepal and Bhutan related to Sino-India geopolitics or do they have their own internal drivers of change? This one day conference will bring together experts on China, India, Bhutan and Nepal discussing the main issues affecting the politics and international relations in the Himalayan region.

Programme

0915-0945 Registration and Tea

0945-1000 Open Remarks and Welcome

China-India Relations: Problems and Prospects

1000-1100 Professor Ma Jiali, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, Beijing, ‘Is Competitive Partnership between China and India Viable?’

Professor Brahma Chellaney, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, ‘New Himalayan Peace: Managing the India-China Competition’

1100-1200 In conversation - Dibyesh with Brahma Chellaney and Ma Jiali on different perspectives on Sino-Indian relations, 1962 war, Border trouble, Nepal, China-Pakistan-India triangle, and Tibet.

1200-1300 Lunch

Creative Negotiations with Identity in Tibet and Diaspora

1300-1400 Sun Shuyun, Writer of ‘A Year in Tibet’ and Filmmaker, In conversation with Dibyesh

Fiona McConnell, University of London ‘Sovereignty and Democracy in Tibetan Diaspora’

1400-1415 Tea Break

(Geo)Politics of Change in Bhutan and Nepal and the Question of Democracy

1415-1530 Dr Nitasha Kaul, University of Westminster, ‘On democracy and change in Bhutan’

Professor David Gellner, University of Oxford, ‘On democracy and change in Nepal’

1530-1615 Roundtable on ‘What will be the geopolitical impact of the rise of China and India as great powers on the people in the Himalayas?’

1615-1630 Closing Remarks