Round Table Discussion on Prospects of China-India Relations
Round Table Discussion on Prospects of China-India Relations


Indian Ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale, President of the Pangoal Institution Yi Peng


On the morning of January 10, India's newly inaugurated ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale, India's Deputy Chief of Mission in China Shri Amit Narang and others visited the Pangoal Institution, and had a round table discussion on the Prospects of China-India Relations with President of the Pangoal Institution Yi Peng and many scholars and experts from the Pangoal Institution. The two parties held a frank four-hour talk on the subjects including China-India Relations, Economic and Trade Cooperation as well as People-to-people Exchanges between the two countries. The two parties reached consensus on the fact that a rational, objective and inclusive attitude is fundamental to a long-term friendly relationship between the two countries.


Indian Ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale, President of the Pangoal Institution Yi Peng and other scholars


This is the first time for the Indian Ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale to have visited a non-governmental think tank in China since he presented his credentials to President Xi Jinping. The entourage from India include Shri Amit Narang, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India in China; R. Madhu Sudan, First Secretary, Embassy of India in China; Mansi Loiwal, Second Secretary, Embassy of India in China and Vikram Krishnamoorthy, Second Secretary, Embassy of India in China. Besides President of the Pangoal Institution Yi Peng, the attendees from China also include Liu Youfa, Vice-Chairman of the Academic Committee, the Pangoal Institution, Former Consul General of the Chinese Consulate General in Mumbai; Wang Jing, Deputy Director at Office of China Border Control and Costal Defense Committee; Chang Bo, Director of Ethnic Minority Groups Development Research Institute, Development Research Center of the State Council; Qian Feng, Executive member of the council of Chinese Association for South Asian Studies, Research Fellow at National Strategy Institute, Tsinghua University; Li Li, Deputy Director of Institute of South Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania Studies, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations; Wang Dong, Secretary-General of Academic Committee, the Pangoal Institution, Deputy Executive Director of Institute for China-US People to People Exchange, Peking University; Ding Hao, Director of Institute of Foreign Military Studies, Academy of Military Sciences; Lan Jianxue, Research Associate at Department for Developing Countries Studies, China Institute of International Studies; Lin Minwang, Member of Academic Committee, the Pangoal Institution, Research Fellow at International Affairs Research Center, Fudan University; Luo Yunbing, Senior Fellow at the Pangoal Institution, Vice President of Pan-China Group; Li Junke,     Research Fellow at the Pangoal Institution, General Manager of Department of Markets Research, City Development Research Institute, Pan-China Group; Mao Keji, Research fellow at Center for Indian Studies, the Pangoal Institution; Du Wenrui, Research fellow at Center for Indian Studies, the Pangoal Institution.



President of the Pangoal Insitution Yi Peng holds a talk with Indian Ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale


Before the round table discussion, President Yi Peng, on behalf of the Pangoal Institution, welcomed Ambassador Gautam Bambawale and his entourage. Mr. Yi said that India is a dynamic land full of business opportunities and potential. As the two biggest developing countries, China and India share many common interests, therefore, the two countries have broad prospects for cooperation in multiple aspects. Given that, the Pangoal institution has established Center for Indian Studies, and further made its development a priority. China and India should enhance their communication and cooperation and advance together amid the ever-changing forces and ever-increasing uncertainties. The think tanks of the two parties should participate in the progress as well, and contribute to the solutions of global governance.


Although it is less than two month since Mr.Bambawale’s inauguration, China is not unfamiliar to Gautam Bambawale. Having served as the Consul General of India in Guangzhou from 2007 to 2009, and officer at Indian Embassy in China as well as Indian Consulate in Hong Kong, Mr.Bambawale has been favored as a “China Hand”. In the key note speech section, Mr. Bambawale held an optimistic attitude towards the prospects of China-India relations by emphasizing that the common goal of the two countries is to strengthen the economic cooperation, and construct a healthy and stable bilateral relations. In addition, Mr. Bambawale pointed out the importance of a frank communication among the business, academia and civil society between the two countries.


Round Table Discussion on the Prospects of China-India Relations


Later, the attendees held talks on multiple aspects of China-India relations. The China-India foreign relations, the trade deficit on the part of India, and the lack of understanding between the two countries had been the focus issues for the discussion. The two sides agreed that after having survived the 2017 Doklam Standoff, the two countries both realized the necessity and urgency of communication and cooperation at all levels.


Since the founding of Center for Indian Studies, we have been constantly dedicated to promoting the people-to-people exchanges between the two sides. Since the establishment, we have published many reports including the first report in the series of ‘Discover India’, which is “Digging Gold in India: Are you Ready?”, The future of China-India Relations, India Economic Information Biweekly, Cooperation in BRICS: Looking for a New Developmental Impetus and so on. Meanwhile, we have organized several research trips to India. The trips and the Center thereafter have been receiving tremendous supports and appreciation from various sectors of the society in both countries. The Pangoal Institution being chosen as the first-time visit destination among the nongovernmental think tanks by Mr.Bambawale symbolizes the recognition of the efforts of the Center for Indian Studies, and also marks as a milestone of the Center into a new development stage. In the future, the Pangoal Institution and its Center for Indian Studies will continue to contribute intelligence support to the China-India relations.

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