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A Tale of Two Countries

Economic reforms produced different outcomes in China and India. This is because, despite the direction of reforms being very similar, the resultant policy regimes in the two countries were very different. China retained important roles for the public sector and the government, particularly in matters of planning and policy coordination, but India tended to leave everything to the market. Initial conditions, including health, education, and the structure of the economy were favourable for higher growth in China. In addition, certain policies of India made some essential inputs and services relatively expensive, affecting its competitiveness in a liberalised economy.

The Changing Geostrategic Landscape

The Chinese-mediated agreement between the two West Asian rivals, Iran and Saudi Arabia, on 10 March, will re-establish diplomatic relations between the two countries after a seven-year period of cold hostility. This agreement and Chinese mediation methodology change the regional strategic landscape in historic ways.

Migration and China’s ‘Economic Miracle’ in Northern Girls

By telling the story of vulnerable migrant workers, Sheng Keyi’s novel Northern Girls challenges the mainstream narratives of China’s economic growth.

Covid Nationalism and Its Discontents in China

Between 2020 and 2022, China imposed a rigorous zero-Covid policy to control its spread and keep the infections and fatalities at or near zero. Stringent lockdowns, frequent PCR tests, and strict restrictions on entry into China were important features of this policy. Although extremely successful during the first two years of the pandemic in preventing the spread of deadly COVID-19 variants such as the Delta, the policy proved ineffective against the Omicron variant. This article examines China’s response to the spread of COVID-19, the framing of this response through nationalist narratives, and the eventual chaotic pivot from zero-Covid policy.

Party Continues to be Bigger Than Xi

The extension of Xi Jinping’s term indicates that the CPC has chosen “strong continuity” rather than change.

India and the Indo-Pacific

Eastward Ho? India’s Relations with the Indo-Pacific edited by E Sridharan, Hyderabad: Orient BlackSwan, 2021; pp 487, `1,650.

Taiwan and the China–US Relations

Nancy Pelosi’s visit highlights the contradictions of the United States’ arrangement with China over Taiwan.

Traversing the Field of Development Studies

Reclaiming Development Studies: Essays for Ashwani Saith edited by Murat Arsel,Anirban Dasgupta and Servaas Storm, London and New York: Anthem Press, 2021; pp 300, $40.

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