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.


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.

All Publications



Author: Since Tsai Ing-wen of the pro-Independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) acceded to the presidency in Taiwan in 2016, the country has been under severe diplomatic pressure from China that claims the island as a ‘renegade province’.  Beijing’s “chequebook diplomacy” has seen Taiwan continually lose diplomatic allies across wide geographies — Panama in 2017 and São […]


Author: The Indian invitation to leaders of the BIMSTEC grouping to attend the second swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a number of significant implications.  For one, it is a sign that the current Indian establishment thinks that the SAARC framework continues to underperform and is simply not enough to facilitate India’s ambitions.  For […]


Author: Despite being a relatively new entrant in the Middle East, China, with its ambitious leadership and ever-expanding range of interests, (not least amongst which remains the security of its energy supplies from the region), has now begun to pay consistent attention to this transcontinental area. This attention is currently being represented through the Belt and […]


Author: In late October 2018, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena set off a constitutional crisis by sacking Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replacing him by Sirisena’s predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa. i With Sirisena later dissolving Parliament, even members of the Sri Lankan Election Commission declared the President’s action illegaliibefore the country’s Supreme Court finally overturned the President’s […]


  • 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). 

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.


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.