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As India hurtles towards what Shobhaa De calls superstar status, comparisons are often made to the Asian superpower to its north-east.

China has always formed a backdrop for India’s affairs. There’s, after all, a common thread that runs through the two ancient civilisations.

But it is their ties in the present era that are the matter of constant focus. Is China wary of India? Is India capable of catching up with its neighbour? Can the two Asian giants share a ‘normal’ relationship, especially after the 1962 war and India’s new buddy-buddy status with the US?

Answering these questions is as complex as understanding the truth about the two Asian giants. Pallavi Aiyar, The Hindu newspaper’s correspondent in China, has been doing just that for the last five years ever since she moved to Beijing after a journalistic stint in India.

Pallavi uses her great skills of observation and analysis as she crisscrosses China to uncover the fascinating story of a nation on the cusp of greatness.

This week, Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon, an old China hand himself, will release her book, Smoke and Mirrors: An Experience of China, published by Harper Collins India.

Ahead of the launch, Pallavi will appear on the Rediff Chat to discuss China with you, dear readers.

Join Pallavi Aiyar on the Rediff Chat, May 21 at 5 pm IST!

(Due to circumstances beyond our control, date and time of chat may change).

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