Tagore and China presents a comprehensive account of the until now unexplored events leading to Rabindranath Tagore's visit to China in 1924 and explores the significance it had on the China–India relations, or what has come to be known as Chindian relations. This well-researched book also brings out new material from the Chinese sources on his friendship with Xu Zhimo and the details of Tagore's two short personal visits to Zhimo and Zhimo's visit to Santiniketan.
The book delves into the developments, cultural cum civilizational, that happened in the aftermath of Tagore's visit to China. The visit as such is taken up in detail; so also are the talks given by Tagore while in China as well as their effect on the Chinese audiences including the note of dissent from the radicals and their probable reasons or misunderstanding behind it.
Special emphasis is given to the establishment of the Cheena-Bhavana at Santiniketan with Tan Yun-shan. Tagore's poetry has been discussed in length with a view to understand the probable influence that Tagore might have had on Chinese poetry and vice versa.
That Tagore is not merely history but is relevant today, indeed a ray of hope for our much beleaguered times, is a theme that runs through the book.