Dr Jabin T Jacob

Dr Jabin T Jacob

Adjunct Research Fellow

Areas of Research

  • Chinese foreign and security policies
  • India-China and China-South Asia relations
  • China in the Indian Ocean


Jabin is currently an Associate Professor, Department of International Relations and Governance Studies, Shiv Nadar University, UP, India.  Formerly, he was,

  • Assistant Director and Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi.
  • Visiting Research Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  • Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi.


  • Ph.D. in Chinese Studies, Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • M.Phil. in Chinese Studies, Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • M.A. in Politics and International Relations, Pondicherry Central University, Pondicherry.



  • Co-editor with Hoang The Anh, China and Its Neighbourhood: Perspectives from India and Vietnam(New Delhi: Pentagon, 2017).
  • co-editor with Hoang The Anh, (in Vietnamese) Trang Quoc voi lang Gieng: Quan Diem Viet Nam va An Do (Hanoi: Vietnam Social Sciences Press, 2017).
  • co-editor with Maj. Gen. Dipankar Banerjee (retd), Military Confidence-Building and India-China Relations: Fighting Distrust(New Delhi: Pentagon Press, 2013).


Journal Articles

  • China in India’s Neighbourhood: Connectivity, Political Messaging and Military Diplomacy’, Artha – Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 18, Issue 4, October-December 2019. 117-132.
  • Connectivity Models in the Indo-Pacific: An Indian Perspective’, Maritime Affairs: Journal of the National Maritime Foundation of India, June 2018.
  • China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Perspectives from India’, China & World Economy, Vol. 25, No. 5, September-October 2017, 78-100.
  • China in Southeast Asia: The Search for a Chinese Model of International Relations’, Special Issue: China and Southeast Asia, China Report (New Delhi, India), Vol. 48, No. 3, August 2012, pp. 317-326.
  • Meiguo “zhuanxiang” Yazhou: Dui Yindu waijiao he anquan zhengce de yingxiang(The US “Pivot” to Asia: Impact on Indian Foreign and Security Policies), China International Strategy Review 2012, Centre for International Strategic Studies (Peking University, PRC), June 2012, 62-72.


Contributions to Edited Volumes


  • The “Regional” Approach in Xi Jinping’s Governance Strategy’ in Manoranjan Mohanty (ed.), China at a Turning Point: Perspectives after the 19thParty Congress (New Delhi: Pentagon Press, 2019), 180-192.
  • China’s Evolving Strategy in the Indian Ocean Region: Risks in China’s MSR Initiative’ in David Brewster (ed). India and China at Sea: Strategic Competition in the Maritime Domain (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018), 208-223.
  • The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and the China-India-Pakistan Triangle’ in Jean-Marc F. Blanchard (ed). China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative and South Asia: A Political Economic Analysis of its Purposes, Perils, and Promise (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), 105-136.
  • China’s ‘New Tianxia’ Strategy and the Indian Response’, in Josukutty C. A. and J. Prabhash (eds)Foreign Policy and Security of India(New Delhi: New Century Publications, 2017), 141-159.
  • ‘China-Vietnam Relations: In Steady State Despite Tensions’in Jabin T. Jacob and Hoang The Anh (eds), China and Its Neighbourhood: Perspectives from India and Vietnam(New Delhi: Pentagon, 2017), 12-26.
  • co-author with Hoang The Anh‘Introduction: China as a Common Concern’ in Jabin T. Jacob and Hoang The Anh (eds), China and Its Neighbourhood: Perspectives from India and Vietnam(New Delhi: Pentagon, 2017), 1-11.
  • China in 2016: The Pursuit of Stability and Power’ in Vijay Sakhuja (ed.). 2017. Pentagon Yearbook 2017: South Asia Defence and Strategic Perspective(New Delhi: Pentagon Press), 62-75.
  • Remembering 1962 in India, 50 years on’, in Amit R. Das Gupta and Lorenz M. Luthi (eds), The Sino-Indian War of 1962: New Perspectives(London and New York: Routledge, 2017), 233-252.
  • Is the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor a Threat to India?’ in J. S. Bajwa (ed.), China: Threat or Challenge?(New Delhi: Lancer, 2017), 336-352.
  • On the China “Threat” to India’, in J. S. Bajwa (ed.), China: Threat or Challenge? (New Delhi: Lancer, 2017), 29-37.



Presentations(Maritime Issues Specific):

  • Patterns in Chinese Behaviour Under the Belt and Road Initiative’, Mandala Dialogue on China’s External Economic Engagement, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, 24 July 2019.
  • China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Responses in the Indian Ocean Region and Implications for Regional Order’, India and the Indian Ocean Region: Dynamics of Geopolitics, Security and Global Commons, The Peninsula Foundation, Chennai, 12 July 2019.
  • China in the Indian Ocean Region: An Indian Perspective’, Views of China’s Presence in the Indian Ocean Region, Centre for Naval Analyses, Arlington, Virginia, USA, 17 June 2019.
  • Maritime Silk Road and Southeast Asia: Leaving India Out’, China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Implications for India and the Neighbourhood, UGC China Studies Programme, MMAJ Academy of International Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, 9 October 2018.
  • Response-Options to the ‘Maritime Silk Route’ as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative’, 9thNational Maritime Foundation-Centre for Naval Analysis Dialogue, INS Varuna, 3 May 2018.
  • Connectivity-Models in the Indo-Pacific: An Indian Perspective’, Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue: India’s Opportunities and Challenges in the Indo-Pacific Region, organized by the Indian Navy in partnership with the National Maritime Foundation, Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi, 27 February 2018.
  • India’s “Act East” Policy’, The Indo-Pacific Concept: Understanding the approaches of regional actors – from “Belt and Road” to “Look East”, British Embassy, Tokyo, 23 January 2018.
  • Chinese Foreign Policy in the Maritime Domain’, INS Hansa, Indian Navy, Goa, 25 July 2017.
  • China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative: A “Stability Maintenance” Perspective’, Think Tanks of Countries Along the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road and Peaceful Development in the Indo-Pacific Region High-end Academic Forum, School of International Studies a School of International Studies and Academy of Overseas Chinese Studies, Jinan University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, 17 November 2016.