Professor Wang Dehua, 69, is a scholar known for his excellent studies on the transition of China. In India, he is one of the most quoted scholars for his comparative studies on the rise of India and China. Professor Wang works for China's oldest and most influential think tanks -- the Institute for South and Central Asia Studies at the Shanghai Center for International Studies.
He is a former vice-president of the Institute of Information Science and Shanghai Association for Ecological Economic Studies.
He has written many books on the subjects varying from the knowledge economy to securities in the Asia-Pacific region. He has written papers on almost all important issues concerning China and India like globalisation and revitalisation of the Silk Route, Soviet-Indian economic relations, on the nature of the Indian society, the mixed economy of India and Kashmir.
His new book May the Dragon and Elephant Tango deals with the rise of India and China, its English edition will be published next year.
He is one of the most vocal voices in China recommending peaceful relations with India since the last 40 years. He is one of the few Chinese scholars against "balancing" India and Pakistan.
Rediff.com's Managing Editor Sheela Bhatt met him over lunch at the Shanghai Institute of Social Sciences to discuss the range of issues concerning India and China.
Image: Professor Wang Dehua is well-known for his studies on the growth and transition China and India
Photographs: Sheela Bhatt
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