India’s China trade challenge

A strategic response is needed to tackle the burgeoning trade deficit with China, which reached alarming proportions at $101.02 billion in 2022. What we have instead is a dose of whataboutery from the government.

For the first time since India lost 20 soldiers in a deadly clash with China’s People’s Liberation Army at Galwan in June 2020, China’s defence minister was in Delhi last week. Li Shangfu was attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting of defence ministers and held a bilateral meeting with his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh. 

Later this week, China’s foreign minister Qin Gang is scheduled to be in Goa, to attend the SCO meeting of foreign ministers. He was last in India in March for the G20 foreign ministers meeting where he met foreign minister S. Jaishankar. China’s President Xi Jinping, …


Sushant Singh

Sushant Singh is a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He has taught at Yale University (Fall 2019 and Fall 2021) and was deputy editor of The Indian Express. A winner of the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in 2017 and 2018, he had earlier served in the Indian Army for two decades. He is also the author of Mission Overseas and co-author of Note by Note: The India Story.