Ashok K. Kantha

Ambassador Ashok K. Kantha joined as Director of the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi on 31st March 2017. He is a Distinguished Fellow at Vivekananda International Foundation, a New Delhi-based think-tank. A career diplomat, Kantha was Ambassador of India to China until January 2016. Prior to this, he was Secretary (East) at Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi with responsibility for about 65 countries in India’s extended neighbourhood. His previous assignments include High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka and Malaysia, Consul General in Hong Kong, Deputy Chief of Mission in Kathmandu (Nepal), and Joint Secretary (East Asia) in Ministry of External Affairs. Earlier, Kantha served in different capacities at Indian Missions in Singapore, China and the USA, and at headquarters in New Delhi. In his diplomatic career spanning over 38 years, Kantha specialized in Asian affairs, with a particular focus on China. Apart from three assignments in China, he served as Joint Secretary (East Asia) and Director (China) at the Ministry of External Affairs for 4 years each, closely involved in the formulation and implementation of India’s foreign policy with respect to China and East Asia. He has an advanced certificate in Chinese from National University of Singapore. Kantha joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1977. CURRENT POSITIONS o Director, Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi, w.e.f. 31 March 2011 o Distinguished Fellow, Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi PAST POSITIONS o Ambassador of India to China until January 2016 o High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka and Malaysia o Consul General in Hong Kong o Deputy Chief of Mission in Kathmandu (Nepal) o Joint Secretary (East Asia) in Ministry of External Affairs The rise and rise of Xi Jinping - The Hindu 04 Nov 2017 China Congress - A Multipolar World Goes out of the Window - South China Morning Post 29 Sep 2017 Two perspectives on Doklam standoff - The Indian Express 26 Jul 2017 Doklam crisis: Not optimistic about prospects of an early settlement - 19 Jul 2017 India-China standoff: All you need to know about Doklam dispute - India 06 Jul 2017 Six Expert Views on How India Should Look at the Latest Border Stand-Off With China - The Wire 05 Jul 2017 India's 'new Silk Road' snub highlightes gulf with China - Reuters 20 May 2017 The New Silk Road To Empire - Outlook 15 May 2017 China's Belt & Road - Deccan Herald 14 May 2017 Why India is Cool Towards China's Belt and Road - South China Morning Post 14 May 2017 Do China’s threats on Dalai Lama visit mean anything? - The New Indian Express 06 Apr 2017 China Wary As Dalai Lama Set to Visit Tawang Today - Outlook 04 Apr 2017 Dalai Lama to Taiwan, India stands up to pressure from Beijing - Economic Times 03 Apr 2017

Delhi, India