Resurgence of Buddhism in Indian and Chinese Diplomacy

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https://doi.org/10.53032/tcl.2022.7.2.03

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Buddhism, Cultural Diplomacy, Spiritual Diplomacy, Soft Power

Abstract

In this globalized and information age, it requires to move ahead with the time and bring required changes in the methods of diplomacy. Both India and China are trying to make use of their status as ancient and rich civilizations for the revival of age-old linkages based on cultural and religious exchanges. Both the countries are preaching the lessons of Peace and Harmony in their foreign policy and trying to make use of the Buddhist wave as cultural diplomacy. The resurgence of Buddhism led to the use of Buddhism as a cultural bridge between countries and has become the need of the hour. Moreover, as Asia is a highly religious region both India and China are making their Buddhist links a tool of cultural diplomacy. This paper would analyze how India and China are making use of Buddhism as an instrument of cultural diplomacy in a competitive manner. As both the countries are planning to gain an upper hand in the region, keeping their advantages and constraints in mind, the paper would highlight their prospects and constraints in using Buddhism and Spiritual diplomacy as a soft power for their political end.

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Author Biography

Arpana Raj, Department of Far East Languages, Chinese Central University of Jharkhand, Brambe, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India,Central University of Jharkhand

Ms. Arpana Raj is an Assistant Professor of Chinese language and culture at the Department of Far-East Languages, School of Languages at Central University of Jharkhand since August 2012. She did her M. Phil., Master’s, and Bachelor’s Degrees from the Centre for Chinese and South East Asian Studies, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University and has submitted her Ph.D. thesis from the Department of Politics and International Relations from CUJ.  She had also been awarded MHRD Scholarship for the year 2007-2008 and pursued an advanced diploma in Chinese from East China Normal University, Shanghai, China. Ms. Arpana has presented academic research papers at several international and national conferences and has also published academic papers in journals and chapters in edited books. Besides, she has also translated a Chinese novel to Hindi under the India-China Mutual Translation Project. 

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2022-04-30
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DOI: 10.53032/tcl.2022.7.2.03
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Arpana Raj. (2022). Resurgence of Buddhism in Indian and Chinese Diplomacy. The Creative Launcher, 7(2), 20–30. https://doi.org/10.53032/tcl.2022.7.2.03

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