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Book Launch—The Fractured Himalaya: India, Tibet, China 1949-1962

Date & Time

Feb. 9, 2022
10:00am – 11:00am ET
Fractured Himalaya Book Cover


The India-China relationship is under major strain. A deadly border clash in June 2020 plunged bilateral ties to their lowest level in decades, and multiple rounds of dialogue since then have failed to resolve border tensions. What are the roots of these tensions, and what can history teach us about where things stand with the relationship today?

In her new book, The Fractured Himalaya, Nirupama Rao, a former Indian foreign secretary and ambassador to China, argues that understanding the early period of India-China relations, from 1949 to 1962, is essential for making sense of the present. Drawing on archival material from China, Great Britain, India, and the United States, and on the personal knowledge of Rao, one of India’s sharpest observers of China, The Fractured Himalaya focuses on the complex diplomacy and negotiations between the two countries during a critical period that culminated in a border war. At this event, Rao will discuss her book and how it can help inform thinking about contemporary India-China relations.

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Indo-Pacific Program

The Indo-Pacific Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on US interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more

History and Public Policy Program

The History and Public Policy Program makes public the primary source record of 20th and 21st century international history from repositories around the world, facilitates scholarship based on those records, and uses these materials to provide context for classroom, public, and policy debates on global affairs.  Read more

Kissinger Institute on China and the United States

The Kissinger Institute works to ensure that China policy serves American long-term interests and is founded in understanding of historical and cultural factors in bilateral relations and in accurate assessment of the aspirations of China’s government and people.  Read more

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