New Players on the World Stage

New Players on the World Stage: Chinese Provinces and Indian States

William Antholis
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition: DGO - Digital original
Pages: 22
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    New Players on the World Stage
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    India and China are home to one-third of humanity. In both nations, local and regional leaders outside of New Delhi and Beijing play an increasingly important role in policy decisions. So how do developments in Indian states and Chinese provinces affect the actions of both countries on the world stage? In 2012, author William Antholis set out to understand India and China from the inside out. With his wife and two daughters he embarked upon a five-month odyssey through 20 states or provinces in the two Asian giants. They interviewed national and local political leaders, met with corporate executives, journalists, academics, diplomats, religious leaders, teachers, farmers, slum dwellers, and-not just inevitably but usefully-waiters and taxi drivers. If you enjoy this essay, you may enjoy William Antholis's book on the same topic -Inside Out, India and China: Local Politics Go GlobalTHE BROOKINGS ESSAY: In the spirit of its commitment to high-quality, independent research, the Brookings Institution has commissioned works on major topics of public policy by distinguished authors, including Brookings scholars. The Brookings Essay is a multi-platform product aimed to engage readers in open dialogue and debate. The views expressed, however, are solely those of the author.

    eISBN: 978-0-8157-2583-1
    Subjects: Political Science

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. 1-2)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. 3-3)
  3. China pop. 1.3 Billion; India pop. 1.24 Billion
    (pp. 4-6)

    In early February last year, Wang Lijun, the police chief of the Chinese megacity Chongqing, drove 200 miles through the night to seek refuge in the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu, the capital of neighboring Sichuan Province. Wang’s escape was part of a shadowy intrigue that became a sensational public scandal involving murder, money, power, adultery, fist fights, car chases, and disguises. It triggered tension between two Chinese provinces, nearly pulling the United States into the middle of a Chinese domestic political crisis, and, ultimately, led to the downfall of Bo Xilai, the former Chongqing party chief, now a fallen star...

  4. A Family Odyssey through India and China
    (pp. 6-11)

    In early 2012, my wife Kristen and our daughters Annika and Kyri joined me in a five-month odyssey. We visited 20 states or provinces in the two Asian giants. We travelled by plane, train, automobile, boat, three-wheeled motorized rickshaw, and bicycle, as well as elephant and camel on occasion. We interviewed national and local political leaders (including Modi). We also met with corporate executives, journalists, academics, diplomats, religious leaders, teachers, farmers, slum dwellers, and—not just inevitably but usefully—waiters and taxi drivers.

    The questions we asked fell into three categories: How do Chinese provinces and Indian states work? How...

  5. Deng Xiaoping’s Experiment Continues in China
    (pp. 11-18)

    With its one-party system, China has taken a path that places a premium on unity. At the top is the seven-man Standing Committee of the Communist Party Politburo, which sets the strategic priorities for the country. The public face of the tone and direction of policy is Xi Jinping, the president and party secretary.

    Recently, Xi promulgated a memo with the brown-paper name of “Document Number Nine.” In it he emphasized the primacy of the Communist Party, the importance of a top-down approach to politics, and the need to rebuff attempts to embrace western notions of separation of powers and...

  6. India: States within a State
    (pp. 18-25)

    India, too, is increasingly governing itself bottom-up and, since that will have external implications, is also best understood from the inside out. Unlike China, however, there is nothing opaque about the Indian system, nor is there anything like an overarching dogma. As India approaches national parliamentary elections in 2014, the challenge for outsiders is making sense of India’s kaleidoscopic complexity and its fragmented political system.

    India is the world’s most populous democracy, governed under the world’s longest constitution (over 117,000 words, compared to 7,000 words in the U.S. Constitution, including amendments). That document binds 35 states and territories into a...

  7. A More Comprehensive Diplomacy
    (pp. 25-29)

    The growing importance of Chinese provinces and Indian states presents a challenge to both the U.S. government and the private sector. Our leaders and diplomats, bankers and businessmen are accustomed to dealing with countries only through their political and economic capitals. A more effective approach would have at least four dimensions.

    First, we would significantly deepen and extend our presence in both countries. The United States is significantly underrepresented, as illustrated by the absence of consulates in Chongqing and Gujarat, as well as Bihar.

    As of 2013, there were only six U.S. consulates in all of China—one for every...

    (pp. 30-30)