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India, Africa, and the U.S.-China Rivalry

The United States government is stepping up its effort to mobilize its friends and allies to challenge China’s growing influence across large swathes of the Global South. While Southeast Asia is the primary front in this burgeoning rivalry, Africa and the Americas are also emerging as important regional theaters.

India is playing a central role in all of this. As a founding member of the Quad, the four-country coalition that also includes the U.S., Japan and Australia, New Delhi aims to challenge China’s in vaccine distribution, hegemony in the Indian Ocean and in portions of East Africa.

Veda Vaidyanathan closely follows the power intersection among China, India and Africa as a visiting associate fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies in New Delhi. She’s worked as a consultant for the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association in Harare and the Sino-Africa Centre of Excellence in Nairobi. Veda joins Eric & Cobus to discuss what role India is playing in the burgeoning great power rivalry between the United States and China and how that’s playing out in Africa.

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About Veda Vaidyanathan:

Veda Vaidyanathan is a Visiting Associate Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS) in New Delhi and has worked as a Consultant for the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association in Harare and the Sino-Africa Centre of Excellence in Nairobi. She is currently based in New York. She has led multi-cultural teams in conducting fieldwork for projects examining Chinese and Indian engagement in various African countries, across sectors, including Infrastructure development in Tanzania and Kenya, Pharmaceutical manufacturing in Ethiopia, Agriculture cooperation in Zambia, and Mining in Zimbabwe.

Veda completed her Ph.D. from the Centre for African Studies at the University of Mumbai. She was initially a doctoral fellow of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and later received the ICS-Harvard Yenching Institute China-India studies fellowship. She spent a year as a senior visiting fellow at the School of International Studies, Peking University, China, and was also a visiting fellow at the Harvard-Yenching Institute in Harvard University. 

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