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Circular for C3S essay competition

The Chennai Centre for China Studies (C3S) which was started in 2008 as a not-for-profit think tank is partly funded by the Ministry of External Affairs of India (MEA). C3S proposes to conduct an essay competition for the PG/UG students and civil service aspirants in South India to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Panchsheel which has been the bulwark of an important foreign policy guiding India-China relations. The future of Sino-Indian engagement hinges largely on economic initiatives that would help sustain the economic growth and prosperity on both sides. While China is now an established economy and is amongst the top three economies of the world, India too is moving slowly in that direction. So the thrust has to be in the economic areas which should pave the way for greater mutually beneficial strategic relations. In short, the overall purpose of this essay competition is to create awareness among the student community about Sino-Indian relations and its implications for India with specific reference to economic engagement and opportunities for the two Asian Powers.

The theme of the essay is:

“Sino-Indian Economic Relations: Challenges and Opportunities”.

The essay should be not less than 5,000 words and not more than 6,000 words and should be submitted by email. Deadline for submission of essay: Monday, 15th September 2014.

Send in your Entry to: with “C3S Essay Contest Entry” as the subject line. Details to be included along with each entry: Name, Date of Birth, College name/Institution name (IAS academy etc.), Address, Mobile number, email id, essay title, and word count of essay. Please mention these details in the text of the mail as well on the cover page of the essay. The submitted essays will be evaluated by an eminent panel consisting of three judges. Two cash prizes have been instituted. The first prize will be Rs.10,000/- and the second prize will be Rs.5,000/-. Participation certificates from C3S will be given to all participants. Winners will be awarded in a special prize distribution ceremony to be held in Chennai. Chennai Centre for China Studies (C3S) is located at 5/1, (New No.13/1), Padmanabha Nagar, 1st Street, (opposite to Allahabad Bank), Adyar- Chennai-600020. Phone: 044-24464295 Website:

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