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Bhavna Singh is a Senior Research Officer in the China Research Programme at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies. She is also a Doctoral Candidate at the Chinese Division in the Centre of East Asian Studies, JNU, New Delhi and has completed her M.Phil in Chinese studies from Centre for East Asian Studies, JNU, New Delhi and her graduation from LSR. 

Her work focuses on Chinese Nationalism and China's Foreign Policy with regards to the US, Japan and South Asia. She is particularly interested in ethnic nationalism in the regions of Xinjiang, Tibet, Inner Mongolia and Taiwan. She was nominated to the 'Taiwan Study Camp for future leaders from South Asia' in 2010 and has participated in several seminars and conferences in China and is the author of the book  'China's Discursive Nationalism: Contending in Softer Realms'.

Editing comprises one of her core responsibilities at the IPCS.

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Bhavna Singh
Senior Research Officer



China's Discursive Nationalism: Contending in Softer Realms, (New Delhi: Pentagon Press, 2012)


Special Reports:
Separatism in Xinjiang: Between Local Problems and International Jihad?

South China Sea: Opportunity or Liability? 

A Paradigm Shift?: Elections to the Tibetan Government-in-Exile 2011, IPCS, June 2011

Ethnicity, Terrorism and Separatism, China's Triple Conundrum, Special Report, IPCS, August 2010

Issue Briefs:
Sino-Indian Strategic Economic Dialogue: Treading a Cautious Corridor  

Alternative Strategies for India towards Tibet: Between Assertion and Measured Silence


China in the US Presidential Debate: The Return of Protectionism?

China and the Arctic: The Next ‘Strategic’ Frontline?

Tibet and the Pursuit of Happiness

Self-Immolations in Tibet-III: Altruism, Fatalism or Anomie?

China’s London Dreams: ‘The Beats of China, Move the World’

Self-Immolations in Tibet: The ‘Neutral Stance’ on a Political Instrument

China’s Political Transition 2012: Seize, Snap or Smoothen?

China's Modernization Rush: Kashgar At Crossroads

China: The Red Weddings

Self-immolations in Tibet: Wider Implications

Will China have an Anna Hazare?

Xinjiang’s July Syndrome: Terrorism or Misgovernance?        

China’s Nepal Focus

Kung Fu Panda: American Invasion of Chinese Culture?

Pre-election Flare-ups for the Tibetan Community: Allegations and Rebuttal  

Sino-Tajik Border: Settlement or Entrapment? 

Myanmar Elections 2010 – IV: China and the Charade 

East China Sea: Will Economic Cooperation alone Suffice?

Turkistan Islamic Party: Chasing a relinquished dream

Outside Publications:

Sino-Indian Defence Dialogue: Should India be Worried?
, Open Democracy, 15 February 2012

Unrest in Xinjiang: A Consequence of Asymmetric Growth? Economic and Political Weekly, 11 February 2012

Trysts with the Wonderland, China Daily, 31 December 2011

Xinjiang Again: A Legatee of China's Star-crossed Policies, World Focus, Vol. No. 381, September 2011.

SCO: The Great Game Expands, Mainstream Weekly, Vol. XLIX No 31, New Delhi, July 23, 2011

South China Sea Disputes: Sovereignty, Supremacy or Settlement, World Focus, South China Sea: Emerging Developments, April 2011, Vol. No. 376, pp.247-251.

The South China Sea Dispute: A view From New Delhi, Nam-Today, Vol. XXXI, No.12, December 2010, pp.26-36.

Will Xinjiang erupt again? Daily Excelsior, 14 September 2010

Other Conflicts along the J&K border: The Uyghurs in Xinjiang, Epilogue 2010, Issue No. 35. Pp. 36-48.

Staging China: an analysis of the Beijing Olympics 2008, World Focus, Vol. 30 (3) March 2009, p95-101.

Select Conference Reports:
Expanding Economic Activity along the Sino-Indian Border & Developing Infrastructure for Connectivity 

Identity and Asian Power: What does it mean for Regional Cooperation?

Developing a Framework for Regional Cooperation in South Asia


Tim Johnson, Tragedy in Crimson: How the Dalai Lama Conquered the World but lost the Battle with China (Nation Books, 2011), China Report, November 2011, 47: 317-320 (Sage Publications).

G. Balatchandirane (ed.), Japan in a Resurgent Asia (Delhi: Manak Publications, 2010), pp. xxix + 395. Price: Rs 1,200. China Report November 2010 46: 479-482 (Sage Publications). 

Hubert Vedrine, History Strikes Back: How States, Nations, and Conflicts are Shaping the 21st Century (Washington: Brookings Institution Press, 2008, 123 pp., $17.90 pbk) in Millennium - Journal of International Studies May 2011 39: 888-890 (Sage Publications). 

Connectivity Issues in India's Neighbourhood by Asian Institute of Transport Development, IPCS Book Reviews.


  External Publications

Greenland’s Dilemma and its ‘Reluctant’ Alliance with China, ISN Security Watch, 10 May 2013


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