History Matters: How China leverages the Past to Serve the Future

A book review of How China Sees India and the World by Shyam Saran

Authors

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.55763/ippr.2022.03.04.005

Abstract

In his new book, How China Sees India and the World, scholar and former diplomat Shyam Saran argues that an instrumental approach to history has been a hallmark of Chinese political life through the centuries. Competing with a rising Communist China today requires the world to actively contest Beijing's historical narratives.

Keywords:

Communist Party of China, Belt and Road, The Silk Road, Xi Jinping, Tibet, Buddhism, China

Author Bio

Manoj Kewalramani, Takshashila Institution

Manoj Kewalramani is a Fellow-China Studies at The Takshashila Institution. His research focuses on Chinese politics, foreign policy and approaches to new technologies.

He also curates a weekly brief, Eye on China, which tracks developments in China from an Indian perspective.

Published

2022-07-15