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Jagganath Panda: “India First”, Chinese Revisionism, & Power Politics in the Indo-Pacific

Posted on Jul 15, 2021 by in Podcast |

Dr. Jagganath Panda discusses the key drivers of geopolitics and power politics between India, Pakistan, and China in the Indo-Pacific. He comments on PM Modi’s “India First” policies, Japan’s strategy, and the promises of the Quad or Quad Plus, which some have referred to as an Asian NATO. He covers Chinese ‘influence operations’, the threat of China’s revisionist policies, and gives his take on how successful Belt & Road has been and whether the West’s ‘Blue Dot Network’ or ‘B3W’ is a viable competitor. Finally, he gives his thoughts on how bumpy the New Cold War with China might get militarily over the next decade.

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Show Notes

Japan’s new defense white paper sharpens aim at China

What China’s Communist Party Centenary Means for India

Ties that bind: Geopolitics, not socialism, underpin North Korea-China alliance

India-China Relations to Stay Contrarian in 2021




About Dr. Jagganath P. Panda

Dr. Jagannath Panda is a Research Fellow and Coordinator of the East Asia Centre at MP-IDSA, New Delhi. He joined MP-IDSA in 2006.

Dr. Panda is in charge of East Asia Centre’s academic and administrative activities, including Track-II and Track-1.5 dialogues with Chinese, Japanese and Korean think-tanks/institutes. He is a recipient of the V. K. Krishna Menon Memorial Gold Medal (2000) from the Indian Society of International Law & Diplomacy in New Delhi.

Dr. Panda is the Series Editor for Routledge Studies on Think Asia.

He is the author of the book India-China Relations: Politics of Resources, Identity and Authority in a Multipolar World Order (Routledge: 2017). He is also the author of the book China’s Path to Power: Party, Military and the Politics of State Transition (Pentagon Press: 2010). Dr. Panda has also edited a number of books to his credit. Most recently, he has published an edited volume Scaling India-Japan Cooperation in Indo-Pacific and Beyond 2025: Connectivity, Corridors and Contours (KW Publishing Ltd. 2019), and The Korean Peninsula and Indo-Pacific Power Politics: Status Security at Stake (Routledge, 2020).

Dr. Panda is a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Asian Public Policy(Routledge). Dr. Panda is the first South Asian scholar to receive the prestigious East Asia Institute’s (EAI) fellowship. Most recently, he was a Unification Fellow of the Ministry of Unification, Republic of Korea (RoK), Korea Foundation Fellow (2018-19) and Japan Foundation Fellow (2018-19).

Dr. Panda has also received a number of prestigious fellowships such as the STINT Asia Fellowship from Sweden, Carole Weinstein Fellowship from the University of Richmond, Virginia, USA; National Science Council (NSC) Visiting Professorship from Taiwan; Visiting Scholar (2012) at University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), USA and Visiting Fellowship from the Shanghai Institute of International Studies (SIIS) in Shanghai, China.

He has published in leading peer-reviewed journals like Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs, Journal of Asian Public Policy (Routledge), Journal of Asian and African Studies (Sage), Asian Perspective (Lynne Reiner: SSCI), Journal of Contemporary China (Routledge: SSCI), Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs (Georgetown), Strategic Analysis (Routledge), China Report (Sage), Indian Foreign Affairs Journal (MD Publication), Portuguese Journal of International Affairs (Euro Press) etc.

He obtained his doctorate (PhD) from the Centre for East Asian Studies (CEAS), School of International Studies (SIS), Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2007. He received a Master in Philosophy (MPhil) from the Department of Chinese & Japanese Studies (now East Asian studies) and studied Master of Arts (MA) at the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi.

*Podcast intro music is from the song “The Queens Jig” by “Musicke & Mirth” from their album “Music for Two Lyra Viols”: (available on iTunes or Amazon)