Jabin Jacob | Department of International Relations and Governance Studies


Associate Professor
Department of International Relations and Governance Studies
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS)
D334-F, Shiv Nadar University
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Profile Summary 

Dr. Jabin T. Jacob is Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and Governance Studies at the Shiv Nadar University, India and Adjunct Research Fellow at the National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi. He was formerly Fellow and Assistant Director at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi and Associate Editor of the journal China Report. Jacob holds a PhD in Chinese Studies from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and has spent time as a student / researcher / faculty in Taiwan, France and Singapore. His research interests include Chinese domestic politics, China-South Asia relations, Sino-Indian border areas, Indian and Chinese worldviews, and centre-province relations in China.

As part of his research, Jacob has travelled in many of India’s border states and visited parts of the country’s disputed borders with China and Pakistan as well as the international borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh. He is a PhD supervisor at the Naval War College, Goa and a regular speaker at various other Indian defence training institutions. Jacob's latest publication is a co-edited volume with Hoang The Anh titled, China’s Search for ‘National Rejuvenation’: Domestic and Foreign Policies under Xi Jinping (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). Some of his work can be found at https://indiandchina.com/ and he tweets @jabinjacobt.

Educational Qualifications 
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Teaching & Research Interests: 

Chinese domestic politics, Chinese foreign policy, India-China relations, science, technology and international relations

Conferences (Select): 

The Party’s Economy: The End of the Dengist Era and the Struggle for a New Model’, Chinese Communist Party on its Centenary, Department of Political Science, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad, 1 July 2021

Analyzing Chinese Behaviour in Recent Times and its Impact on Global Order’, 61st Course, National Defence College, New Delhi, 5 May 2021.

Southwest of China? Identity, borders and conflict in contemporary Asia’, Asian Studies at Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, 19 March 2021. https://bordersofmemory.com/southwest-of-china

Competing for Leadership: India and China in the Third World’, International Online Symposium on Sino-Indian Border Disputes: A Dialogue between International Law and International Relations organized by School of Law and Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law, City University of Hong Kong in collaboration with Public Law and Human Rights Forum, 4 March 2021.

BRI: Implications for the Indo-Pacific Region’, 2nd National Maritime Foundation, India – International Institute for Migration and Security Research, Bulgaria (Virtual) Dialogue, 22 February 2021.

Party and State in Tandem: Chinese Foreign Policy in Nepal’, Understanding China from a Multidisciplinary Perspective, Cheena Bhavana, Santiniketan. Webinar, 9 December 2020.

The Sino-Indian Crisis: Hindsight is 20/20?’, South Asia Institute and China Institute, School of African and Oriental Studies, London, 7 December 2020. 

India’s China Policymaking: Assumptions, Bias, Confusion’, India China Dialogues: Language, Culture, Border and Beyond, Department of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Arts, Banaras Hindu University, Online, 18 November 2020.

Impact of China’s Economic Policies: Its Relationships with the US, Changes in Global World Order and Impact on India’, China Seminar, Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Tamil Nadu. Webinar, 14 October 2020.

China’s Approach to Securing Interests Overseas: A Case Study of Bangladesh’, Importance of China Studies in the Contemporary World, International Online Conference, UGC China Studies Programme, MMAJ Academy of International Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, 13 October 2020.

China-India Relations: Ways Ahead’, China-India Relations: Present and Prospects, China Institute of International Studies, Beijing, Webinar, 13 August 2020.

Are India and China melting the Himalaya?’ The Public Square, Perth, Australia, Webinar, 30 July 2020.

Impact of the Pandemic on India-Taiwan Economic and S&T Collaboration’, Prospect Foundation & Vivekananda International Foundation Summit Meeting, New Delhi, 18 June 2020.

China's Viral Propaganda’, Assessing China’s Post COVID-19 Activism and Outcomes of the National People’s Congress, Delhi Policy Group, Webinar, 5 June 2020.

The Key Takeaways from the Two Meetings: Implications for Regional Security’, Decoding China’s 13th National People’s Congress and Strategic Behaviour:  Implications for India, United Service Institution of India, Webinar, 3 June 2020.

Lessons from China’, Catching-Up in the Digital Economy: Identifying India’s Policy Gaps and Challenges, organised by Institute for Studies in Industrial Development and Department of International Relations and Governance Studies, Shiv Nadar University, 31 January 2020.

Both Wedge and Glue: The China Factor in India-Indonesian Relations’, Change and Resistance: Future Directions of Southeast Asia, SEASIA Biennial Conference 2019, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, 5 December 2019.

Taiwan, China and the World: Diplomatic Clout versus Democratic Identity’, Special Panel: East Asia: Security And Geopolitical Narratives of the Region, 12th All India Conference of China Studies, organized by Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi and O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, 10 November 2019.

China and Russia: Different Perspectives’, India Trilateral Forum 17, organised by Observer Research Foundation, German Marshall Fund and Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, New Delhi, 22 October 2019.

China's Global Ambitions: Understanding the Maritime Dimension’, 6th ‘Dilli Series’ Sea Power Seminar 2019: Role of Sea Power in Shaping of Nations, Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala, 18 October 2019.

Political Dynamics of China and Impact on India’, Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Tamil Nadu, 6 September 2019.

India-Sri Lanka Economic and Development Cooperation: The China Factor’, India-Sri Lanka Relations in the Present Context: Is it the time for Reorientation of Policy?, Indian Council of World Affairs, 30 August 2019.

Patterns in Chinese Behaviour Under the Belt and Road Initiative’, Mandala Dialogue on China’s External Economic Engagement, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, 24 July 2019.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Responses in the Indian Ocean Region and Implications for Regional Order’, India and the Indian Ocean Region: Dynamics of Geopolitics, Security and Global Commons, The Peninsula Foundation, Chennai, 12 July 2019.

Evolving Dynamics of the India-China Relationship’, The Ideashala, Takshashila Institution, Sapru House, New Delhi, 28 June 2019.

China in the Indian Ocean Region: An Indian Perspective’, Views of China’s Presence in the Indian Ocean Region, Centre for Naval Analyses, Arlington, Virginia, USA, 17 June 2019.

Promoting BCIM Comprehensive Connectivity Cooperation to a New Level’, 13th Meeting of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Regional Cooperation Forum, Yuxi, Yunnan, China, 11 June 2019.

Diplomatic Logic and Future Trend of India-China Relations’, The Future of India-China Relations: Perspectives from Young Scholars, Intellisia Institute, Guangzhou, 26 January 2019.​


European Union Visitors Programme (EUVP), European Parliament and European Commission


Personnalité d’avenir, Ministère des Affaires étrangères et européennes, Government of France

Scholarly Activity

Books & Book Chapters


co-editor with Hoang The Anh, China’s Search for ‘National Rejuvenation’: Domestic and Foreign Policies under Xi Jinping (Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).

co-editor with Hoang The Anh, China and Its Neighbourhood: Perspectives from India and Vietnam (New Delhi: Pentagon, 2017).

co-editor with Hoang The Anh, (in Vietnamese) Trang Quoc voi lang Gieng: Quan Diem Viet Nam va An Do (Hanoi: Vietnam Social Sciences Press, 2017).

co-editor with Dipankar Banerjee, Military Confidence-Building and India-China Relations: Fighting Distrust (New Delhi: Pentagon Press, 2013).

co-editor with D. Suba Chandran, India’s Foreign Policy: Old Problems, New Challenges (New Delhi: Macmillan, 2011).



China’s BRI in South Asia: Unique Characteristics and General Framework’, in Jonathan Fulton (ed.). Regions in the Belt and Road Initiative (London and New York: Routledge, 2020). 36-53.

Political Considerations in the Chinese Leadership’s Economic Assessments’, in Jabin T. Jacob and Hoang The Anh (eds). China’s Search for ‘National Rejuvenation’: Domestic and Foreign Policies under Xi Jinping (Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). 63-75.

co-author with Hoang The Anh, ‘“National Rejuvenation” as Panacea for China’s Domestic and External Challenges’, in Jabin T. Jacob and Hoang The Anh (eds). China’s Search for ‘National Rejuvenation’: Domestic and Foreign Policies under Xi Jinping. (Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). 3-19.

Arunachal Pradesh in India-China Relations: Trends in Chinese Behaviour and their Implications’, in M. Mayilvaganan, Nasima Khatoon and Sourina Bej (eds). Tawang, Monpas and Tibetan Buddhism in Transition: Life and Society along the India-China Borderland (Singapore: Springer, 2020). 153-162.

China, India, and Asian Connectivity: India’s View’, in Kanti Bajpai, Selina Ho and Manjari Chatterjee Miller (eds). Routledge Handbook of China-India Relations (London and New York: Routledge, 2020).

The “Regional” Approach in Xi Jinping’s Governance Strategy’ in Manoranjan Mohanty (ed.), China at a Turning Point: Perspectives after the 19th Party Congress (New Delhi: Pentagon Press, 2019), 180-192.

China’s “One Belt, One Road” in South Asia: economic considerations from India and Pakistan’ in Arturo Oropeza García (ed.), China: BRI o el nuevo camino de la seda (Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México: Mexico City, Mexico), 357-372.

China’s Evolving Strategy in the Indian Ocean Region: Risks in China’s MSR Initiative’ in David Brewster (ed). India and China at Sea: Strategic Competition in the Maritime Domain  (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018), 208-223.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and the China-India-Pakistan Triangle’ in Jean-Marc F. Blanchard (ed). China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative and South Asia: A Political Economic Analysis of its Purposes, Perils, and Promise (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), pp.105-136.

Remembering 1962 in India, 50 years on’, in Amit R. Das Gupta and Lorenz M. Luthi (eds), The Sino-Indian War of 1962: New Perspectives (London and New York: Routledge, 2017), pp. 233-252.

Is the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor a Threat to India?’ in J. S. Bajwa (ed.), China: Threat or Challenge? (New Delhi: Lancer, 2017), 336-352.

China’s Provinces and Foreign Policy: Lessons and Implications for India and its States’ in Subir Bhaumik (ed.), Agartala Doctrine: A Proactive Northeast in India Foreign Policy (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 253-270.

Thinking East Asia, Acting Local: Constraints, Challenges, and Contradictions in Indian Public Diplomacy’ in Jan Melissen and Yul Sohn (eds), Understanding Public Diplomacy in East Asia: Middle Powers in a Turbulent Region (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), pp. 155-178.

Arunachal Pradesh in the Sino-Indian Boundary Dispute: Constant Claims, Changing Politics’, in Gurudas Das, C. Joshua Thomas and Nani Bath (eds), Voices from the Border: Response to Chinese Claim over Arunachal Pradesh (New Delhi: Pentagon Press, 2015), 48-62.

Friend, Foe or Competitor? Mapping the Indian Discourse on China’, in Happymon Jacob (ed.), Does India Think Strategically? India’s Strategic Culture and Foreign Policy (New Delhi: Manohar, 2014), 245-288.

Centre-Province Relations in China: Ebbs and Flows’, in C. V. Ranganathan and Sanjeev Kumar (eds), The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China: A Major Turning Point for China (New Delhi: Pentagon Press, 2013), 117-131.

Journal Articles

“To Tell China’s Story Well”: China’s International Messaging during the COVID-19 Pandemic’, China Report, Vol. 56, No. 3 August 2020. 374-392.

China in India’s Neighbourhood: Connectivity, Political Messaging and Military Diplomacy’, Artha - Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 18, Issue 4, October-December 2019. 117-132.

Connectivity Models in the Indo-Pacific: An Indian Perspective’, Maritime Affairs, June 2018. 1-10.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Perspectives from India’, China & World Economy, Vol. 25, No. 5, September-October 2017. 78-100.

China in Southeast Asia: The Search for a Chinese Model of International Relations’, Special Issue: China and Southeast Asia, China Report (New Delhi, India), Vol. 48, No. 3, August 2012. 317-326.

美国转向亚洲: 对印度外交和安全政策的影响 (Meiguo “zhuanxiang” Yazhou: Dui Yindu waijiao he anquan zhengce de yingxiang) [The US “Pivot” to Asia: Impact on Indian Foreign and Security Policies], China International Strategy Review 2012, Centre for International Strategic Studies (Peking University, PRC), June 2012. 62-72.

For a New Kind of ‘Forward Policy’: Tibet and Sino-Indian Relations’, Special Issue: Revisiting the China-India Border Dispute, China Report, Vol. 47, No. 2, May 2011. 135-148.

The Sino-Indian Boundary Dispute: Sub-National Units as Ice-Breakers’, Eurasia Border Review (Hokkaido University, Japan), Vol. 2, No. 1, Summer 2011. 35-45.

co-author with Oliver Stuenkel, ‘Rising powers and the future of democracy promotion: the case of Brazil and India’, Portuguese Journal of International Affairs (Lisbon), No. 4, Autumn/Winter 2010. 23-30.

China-Pakistan Relations: Reinterpreting the Nexus’, Special Issue: China and South Asia, China Report, Vol. 46, No. 3, August 2010. 216-228.