Nov 12

Past Event

China and India: Taking Global Politics Local

Event Materials



  • American States and Chinese Provinces Share Many Core Issues

    Jon Huntsman: Many of the same concerns I've had as governor were shared with my Chinese counterparts, including education, health care, and the economy. The challenge is creating a template for working together.

    Jon Huntsman

  • Collaboration Between the U.S. and China

    Jon Huntsman: There is powerful potential for collaboration between the U.S. and China. We have to figure out a way to set it off in style while combining it with the American "can do" effort.

    Jon Huntsman

  • Long Term National Plans in India

    Mark Warner, U.S. Senator (D-Va.): There are advantages to having long term national plans in India, but coalitions must be formed that recognize regional disparities.

  • Opportunities to Work and Study in India

    Mark Warner, U.S. Senator (D-Va.): Relationships between the U.S. and India need to be expanded to encourage Americans to engage in the same opportunities to study and work in India that many Indians find in the U.S.

Full Event


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China and India, the world's two largest emerging markets, each have stunned the world with dramatic economic growth in the last decade. More recently, both have seen that growth slow, and have faced domestic political challenges. Among other things, leaders outside of New Delhi and Beijing are playing an increasingly important role in how each country engages with the world. The most exciting and dramatic developments are happening at the city and state/province level in both countries. That includes both spectacular successes, and also big failures.

Some of America's most important political leaders have paid attention to this trend -- and sought to take advantage of it, finding win-win solutions. On November 12, Brookings and SiriusXM hosted a conversation with two former governors who pioneered these approaches, and have taken those ideas with them to federal positions. Former Governor and U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman (R-Utah) and Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.), co-chair of the Senate India Caucus, discussed the political and economic developments in China and India, and the bilateral challenges between the U.S. and both countries.

Inside Out: India and ChinaThe session was moderated by Brookings Senior Fellow William Antholis, also the institution's managing director. His new book, Inside Out, India and China: Local Politics Go Global (Brookings Press, 2013), explores how developments in Indian states and Chinese provinces are affecting the actions of both countries on the world stage. Antholis spent five months travelling across India and China in 2012 (accompanied by his family), living in 8 cities, and visiting a total of 20 provinces/states. Antholis presents the case for why policymakers need to follow the Huntsman-Warner approach: adjusting their diplomacy and understanding India and China from the inside out.

Event Agenda


November 12, 2013

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM EST

Sirius XM

Performance Studio

1500 Eckingston Place, NE


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The Brookings Essay

New Players on the World Stage: Chines Provinces and Indian States, by William Antholis