Can India Learn from China?
Article first published online: 5 NOV 2013
© 2013 The Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions
New Perspectives Quarterly
Volume 30, Issue 4, pages 102–106, October 2013
How to Cite
SEN, A. (2013), Can India Learn from China?. New Perspectives Quarterly, 30: 102–106. doi: 10.1111/npqu.11410
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