“China and India Conference” Hosted by the USF Confucius Institute and Partners
November 13, 2013

The USF Confucius Institute and Center for India Studies successfully hosted the first annual conference: “China and India – Past Connections and a Shared Future” on November 1 at the USF Patel Center for Global Solutions. More than eighty people participated, including several visiting scholars from India. Co-sponsors include the Asian Alliance and USF World.

Welcome remarks were delivered by Dr. Roger Brindley (USF Vice Provost and Associate Vice President for USF World), followed by the co-sponsor representatives Kun Shi (CI Director), Yashwant Pathak and Paul Bao. The whole-day conference includes three keynote speakers (Dr. Stephen Laumakis from the University of St. Thomas, Dr. Xinru Liu from The College of New Jersey, and Dr. Ved Nanda from the University of Denver), a panel discussion, and a performance of Chinese classical music and Indian dance. The conference is focused on the early development of Buddhism and economic exchanges, as well as the contemporary relations between China and India. Conference program is available here.

China and India are known for their great civilizations and past cultural exchanges (through Buddhism and the Silk Road). Their combined population is one third of the world’s total. Peaceful co-existence and mutually beneficial development between the two Asian giants are not only essential for their peoples, but to the whole world. The sponsors are pleased to know that the conference has made contributions to the understanding of China and India in the past and present.