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China Report

China Report

Published in Association with Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi
A Journal of East Asian Studies

Madhavi Thampi Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi, India
Associate Editor
Jabin T. Jacob National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi, India
Assistant Editor
Rityusha Mani Tiwary Assistant Professor, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi, India

eISSN: 0973063X | ISSN: 00094455 | Current volume: 54 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly

Call for Papers

China Report promotes the free expression and discussion of different ideas, approaches and viewpoints which assist a better understanding of China and its East Asian neighbours. A quarterly journal of the Institute of Chinese Studies, it attempts to provide a fresh approach which goes beyond the strictly utilitarian area studies without becoming antiquarian. Launched in 1964, China Report has, over the years, widened its interests and aims and transformed itself into a scholarly journal that seeks a better understanding of China and its East Asian neighbours - particularly their cultures, their development and their relations with China. It is an indispensable source of information on China, its society and culture. The journal covers inter-related subject areas - economics, history, international relations, law, politics and sociology. In addition to research articles, the journal carries review articles, book reviews and a documents/speeches section.

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China Report is a refereed journal in the field of social sciences and international relations. It encourages free expression and discussion of different ideas and approaches which assists in the better understanding of China and its neighbours. It welcomes and offers a platform for original research from a multi-disciplinary perspective, in new and emerging areas, by scholars and research students. It seeks to promote a vigorous debate on all aspects of Sino-Indian relations and to highlight India-China comparative studies, and the multilateral and bilateral initiatives and collaborations across Asia.

Book Review Editor
Vijay Nambiar Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi, India
Editorial Board
Alka Acharya Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Manmohan Agarwal Research and Information Systems, New Delhi, India
Rajeev Bhargava Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, India
Ravi Bhoothalingam Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi, India
Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark
Anita Chan Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
C P Chandrashekar Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Anne Cheng College de France, Paris, France
Tan Chung Professor of Chinese, University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi.
Shen Dingli Fudan University, China
Prasenjit Duara Raffles Professor of Humanities and Director, ARI, NUS, Singapore
Govind Kelkar UNIFEM-IFAD Gender Mainstreaming Programme, New Delhi, India
Vinod Khanna Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi, India
Cheng Li The Brookings Institution, Washington D.C., USA
Sabaree Mitra Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Manoranjan Mohanty Distinguished Professor, Council for Social Development, New Delhi
Elizabeth J. Perry Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA
T. C. A. Rangachari Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India
Ma Rong Peking University, Beijing, China
Tansen Sen Baruch College, New York, USA
David Shambaugh George Washington University, Washington D.C., USA
Brij Tankha University of Delhi, Delhi, India
Patricia R. Uberoi Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi, India
Anand A. Yang University of Washington,Seattle, USA
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    1. The CHINA REPORT is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research articles (5,000–8,000 words in length), perspectives and commentaries (2,000–4,000 words), and book reviews (800–1,600 words) relating to all facets of China and East Asia.
    2. The CHINA REPORT will not consider articles that contain tables, figures and substantial amounts of text that have already been published or have been accepted for publication in other journals (including on-line journals), or have appeared in book chapters or longer book manuscripts. The CHINA REPORT will also not consider articles that are currently under submission to other journals or duplicate or overlap with parts of other manuscripts that have been submitted to other publishers (including publishers of books and journals). If you have any questions regarding the applicability of these policies in your particular case, you should discuss any such publications related to your submission in a cover e-mail to the Editor. You should also notify the Editor of any related submissions to other publishers (of books and journals) that occur while your submission to the CHINA REPORT is under review and which would fall within the scope of this policy.
    3. The CHINA REPORT uses a double-blind review process and authors are therefore requested to strictly follow the style guidelines in the ‘Manuscript Formatting’ section below. We aim to complete the peer review process and give a publication decision to authors within three months of submission. The Editorial Board regrets that it is not able to relay reports for articles not accepted for publication.
    4. All submissions should be made electronically in an MS-Word file attached in an email to the Editor, Madhavi Thampi at
    5. Correspondence concerning manuscripts under review or any other matters may be sent to the Editor by e-mail.
    6. Authors will be required to assign copyright for their article to Sage Publications India Private Limited prior to publication. Copyright assignment is a condition of publication and articles will not be passed to the publisher for production unless copyright has been assigned. To assist authors, an appropriate copyright assignment form will be supplied by the Editor.

    Manuscript Formatting

    1. The first page of the paper must contain the title of the paper plus the full name, institutional affiliation and contact details (full mailing address, telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address) of the author or authors (in case of multiple authorship). Please also provide a total word count (including Notes and References) on this page.
    2. Please provide a short abstract (150–200 words) and 5–6 keywords, at the beginning of the article. All pages (including notes, references, tables, figures, maps) should be sequentially numbered. Papers should be single-spaced throughout (including displayed quotations, notes and references).
    3. Use British spellings throughout (‘programme’ not ‘program’; ‘labour’ not ‘labor’, ‘centre’ not ‘center’). Use ‘ise’ spelling instead of ‘ize’—for example ‘organise’, ‘emphasise’.
    4. Limit the levels of heading within the paper to two, or at most three. If you do have a third level of heading, the text should continue on the same line. Avoid lengthy headings and do not number them.
    5. Use single quotation marks throughout for quotations and, if required, use double quotation marks within single quotes. Spellings of words in quotations should not be changed. Quotations of 45 words or more should be separated from the text with a line space above and below and indented from the left margin.
    6. Use ‘twentieth century’, ‘1960s’. Spell out numbers from one to nine, 10 and above to remain in figures. However, for exact measurements, use only figures (3 km, 9 per cent not %). Use thousands and millions, not lakhs and crores.
    7. Dates should be in the form of 9 May 1995.
    8. Use the smallest possible number of numerals when referring to pagination and dates—for example, (10–19, 42–5, 1971–4, 1981–95).
    9. Use of italics and diacriticals should be minimized and, used consistently. Avoid excessive italics for emphasis but use it for book titles, journal names, as well as foreign words.
    10. Tables, figures and maps are to be indicated by number separately (‘see Table/Figure 1’), and not by placement in the text (‘see Table/Figure 1 below’ or ‘insert Table/Figure 1 here’). Present all tables in a separate word/jpeg/tiff file and number them in the order they appear in the text. Each figure and table should have a heading, an explanatory caption and the complete source reference. All photographs and scanned images should have a resolution of minimum 300 dpi and 1500 pixels and their format should be TIFF or JPEG. Due permissions should be taken for copyright protected photographs/images. Even for photographs/images available in the public domain, it should be clearly ascertained whether or not their reproduction requires permission for purposes of publishing (which is a profit-making endeavor). All photographs/scanned images should be provided separately
    11. In the text, references should be placed in parentheses—for example, (Sarkar 1987: 145). If more than one publication by the same author is referred to, then the items should be presented in chronological order—for example, (Lovell 1989, 1993). To distinguish different works by the same author in the same year, use the letters a, b, c, etc.—for example, (Smith 1995a, 1995b). For groups of citations, order alphabetically and not chronologically, using a semi-colon to separate names—for example, (Ahmed 1987: 125; Sarkar 1987: 145; Wignaraja 1960: 62). Use ‘et al.’ when citing a work by more than two authors, but list all the authors in the references. For quotations, please provide page numbers.
    12. When quoting a source from a secondary source, mention all the details of the original source—including publisher and year of publication and the page number—from where the quote has been taken both in the in-text reference and the list of References at the end of the article. For example, (Schurmann 1968: 23, cited in Sharma 1978: 35).
    13. All works cited in the text (including sources for tables, graphs, figures and maps) should be listed in the ‘References’ section at the very end of the paper. All items should be listed in alphabetical order, giving the author’s surname first followed by first name. If more than one publication by the same author is listed, the items should be presented in chronological order; for different works by the same author in the same year, use the letters a, b, c, etc. When listing two or more works by the same author, repeat the author’s name for each entry. For multi-authored works, invert the name of the first author only (Smith, W. and G. Jones). For edited works, use (ed.) for one editor and (eds) for multiple editors. Indicate (opening and closing) page numbers for articles in journals and chapters in books.
    14. ‘Notes’ should be numbered serially and presented at the foot of each page (footnotes). Please use ‘notes’ sparingly and only to further clarify or add to a point made in the text. Within the text, notes should be indicated by superscript numbers.
    15. Chinese names: In Chinese practice, the family name comes before the given name. Usually, authors from the People’s Republic follow this practice but persons of Chinese ancestry or origin elsewhere have adopted the Western practice of giving the family name last. Therefore, in the former case the names do not have to be reversed in the references. China Report follows the Hanyu Pinyin system of romanisation for Chinese personal names, place names and titles of books, periodicals, etc. In citations where the original uses a different system, its Hanyu Pinyin equivalent should be given in parentheses. Exceptions include names such as Sun Yat-sen and Chiang Kai-shek, that is, names familiar from pre-1949 China. Thus, it should be Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai respectively instead of Mao Tse-tung and Chou En-lai, unless they are spelled in the older format in a quoted text or as authors.
    16. The author(s) will receive a PDF file of the article once published and access to the electronic copy of the journal in which it is carried.
    17. Detailed style of referencing


    Yu Xintian. 2010. Zhangwo guoji guanxi de miyue: Wenhua, ruan shili yu Zhongguo duiwai zhanlve [Decoding International Relations: Culture, Soft Power and China’s Foreign Strategy]. Shanghai: Renmin Chubanshe.

    Vogel, Ezra. 1989. One Step Ahead in China: Guangdong Under Reform. Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Press.

    Wei, Yehua Denis. 2000. Regional Development in China: States, Globalization, and Inequality. London and New York: Routledge.

    Book Chapters

    Chen Cai, Yuan Shu-ren, Wang Li and Godfrey Linge. 1997. ‘The North-East: Searching for a Way Forward’, in Godfrey Linge (ed.) China’s New Spatial Economy: Heading Towards 2020. Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 144–66.

    Cheng, Joseph Y.S. 2003. ‘Guangdong: The Challenges of the WTO’, in Joseph Y.S. Cheng (ed.), Guangdong: Preparing for the WTO Challenge. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 1–34.

    Zhang, Tie Jun. 2005. ‘China: Towards Regional Actor and World Player’, in Mary Farrell, Bjorn Hettne and Luk van Langenhove (eds), Global Politics of Regionalism: Theory and Practice. London and Ann Arbor, Michigan: Pluto Press, 237–51.

    Journal Articles

    Chao, Chien-min. 2003. ‘Will Economic Integration between Mainland China and Taiwan Lead to a Congenial Political Culture?’, Asian Survey, Vol. XLIII, No. 2, March/April, 280–304.

    Ma Ying and Zhao Gancheng. 2009. ‘Evolution of Guiding Principles and Strategies of China’s Periphery Policy’, International Review, Shanghai Institute for International Studies, Vol. 2, (accessed on 15 July 2010).

    Shambaugh, David. 1996. ‘China’s Military in Transition: Politics, Professionalism, Procurement and Power Projection’, China Quarterly, Vol. 146, June, 265–98.

    Yang Wenwu and Ni Xiangqin. 2007. ‘ZhongYin jingmao hezuo xianzhuang, wenti ji qi duice’ [Sino-Indian Economic and Trade Cooperation Situation, Problems and Countermeasures], Shehui Kexue, No. 9, 16–24.

    Online Articles

    Da Jiyuan. 2011. ‘Yindu xu Huayu shizi Jiaobu jiang peixun’ [India needs Chinese language teachers, Ministry of Education will launch training], 9 May, (accessed on 1 October 2012).

    East Day Daily. 2004a. ‘Yangtze Delta exports soar’, 13 August, (accessed on 15 July 2010).

    East Day Daily. 2004b. ‘Yangtze river Delta churns on manufacturing strength’, 3 February, (accessed on 15 July 2010).

    International Campaign for Tibet. 2003. ‘Crossing the Line: China’s Railway to Lhasa, Tibet’, Washington, D.C., Amsterdam and Berlin, (accessed on 9 May 2006).

    Jiang Zemin. 2002. ‘Build a Well-off Society in an All-Round Way and Create a New Situation in Building Socialism with Chinese Characteristics’, report delivered at the 16th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Xinhua. 8 November, (accessed on 15 April 2008).

    Li Hongmei. 2010. ‘What to Do with Afghanistan?’ People’s Daily. 13 January, (accessed on 15 July 2010). l East Day Daily. 2004a. ‘Yangtze Delta exports soar’, 13 August, (accessed on 15 July 2010).

    Unpublished Material

    Batisse, Cécile and Sandra Poncet. 2003. ‘Protectionism and Industry Localization in Chinese Provinces,’ paper presented at the 43rd European Congress of the Regional Science Association, Jyväskyä, Finland, 27-30 August, (accessed on 8 October 2004).

    Meng, Liuxi. 2003. Qu Bingyun (1767–1810): One Member of Yuan Mei’s Female Disciple Group, Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, University of British Columbia.

    Guidelines for Book Reviewers

    1. Reviews should be between 800–1,600 words in length for a single book.
    2. Reviews should be submitted within two months of receiving the book. If this deadline is impossible, please contact the Book Reviews Editor, Kishan S. Rana at
    3. Book reviews must contain the name of the author and the title of the book reviewed, place of publication and name of publisher, year of publication, number of pages, ISBN and price in the following format. For example:
      Cheng Li (ed.). 2010. China’s Emerging Middle Class: Beyond Economic Transformation, Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution Press, pp. 396. ISBN: 978-0815704058. Price: US$34.95
    4. Your evaluation may consider the accuracy of statements of facts, robustness of arguments, awareness of literature, appropriateness of selected materials, organisation, accessibility and presentation. Your evaluation will probably judge the book on its own declared aims and objectives and also in terms of how well conceived those aims and objectives are. You may also wish to comment on the potential contribution the book makes to theory, empirical knowledge or policy. Your review must remain professional and there should be no personal comments directed towards the author of the publication.
    5. If you refer to a particular idea or use a quote from the book under review please put the page number in brackets, in the format (p. 65).
    6. If you make references to other written works in the course of your review, please do so according to the Guidelines above, including a List of References at the end of your review.
    7. Reviewers will be required to assign copyright for their review to SAGE Publications India Private Limited prior to publication. Copyright assignment is a condition of publication and reviews will not be passed to the publisher for production unless copyright has been assigned. To assist authors, an appropriate copyright assignment form will be supplied by the Editor.
    8. The reviewer will receive a PDF file of the review once published and access to the electronic copy of the journal in which it is carried.
    9. At the end of your review, please provide a two-line bio indicating your professional experience in the field along with your full name, title, institutional affiliation, and postal and e-mail addresses.

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