Claudia Astarita is International Relations Analyst (India) at CeMiSS, Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, in Rome. She is also Sessional Lecturer in Culture and Business Practice in Asia at RMIT University. Dr Astarita regularly contributes with articles on Asian political, economic and social issues to several newspapers and magazines such as Il Secolo XIX, Panorama and AgiChina24. She obtained her Ph.D. from Hong Kong University in early 2010. Her main research interests include China’s political and economic development, Chinese and Indian Foreign policies, East Asian regionalism and regional economic integration.