Centre for Contemporary China Studies (CCCS) is a think tank of the Government of India. The CCCS was established in December 2017 and functions under the Ministry of External Affairs. It carries out research on contemporary issues related to China and provides policy recommendations to various departments of the government. The Centre also monitors various aspects of China including foreign policy, internal developments, economy, science & technology, bilateral relations and Chinese activities in India's neighbourhood.

The Centre interacts with various top foreign think tanks in India and abroad, to gain a wider perspective on regional outlook towards China. The Centre conducts round table discussions, invites subject matter experts for talks and also host annual seminars. The CCCS faculty is regularly invited to deliver lectures at various government institutions and also participates in major conferences.

The CCCS is committed to qualitative and policy oriented research and aspires to be one of the leading think tanks dedicated to the study of China. The CCCS logo depicts the search for a deeper understanding of China, which is like navigating through a maze. The acronym of the Centre is built into the maze, where black represents the hidden knowledge, grey on the right represents the fog in understanding with red interspersed to depict China.



Lt Gen Yogesh Kumar Joshi, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VrC, SM (Retd)

Director General CCCS

Lt Gen Yogesh Kumar Joshi was commissioned into the Indian Army in June 1982 and has rendered over 40 years of illustrious service. A graduate of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune, he has done post-graduation in Defence Studies and MPhil in Strategic Leadership & National Security from Madras University. He has a working knowledge of Chinese language.

The General has served as an instructor at Infantry School Mhow, as a Military Observer in UN mission in Angola and has also represented India as Defence Attache at Embassy of India, Beijing, China for three years.  He has commanded a Brigade, a Division and a Corps in Eastern Ladakh, on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), before taking over as Army Commander Northern Command. As Army Commander he is credited with spearheading the Indian response to PLA's attempt to alter the status quo on the LAC by use of force in 2020 during Operation SNOW LEOPARD.

He has served in Military Operations Directorate in Army HQs thrice in various capacities handling both China and Pakistan affairs and also the insurgency in North Eastern States.

As the Director General Infantry, he spearheaded the modernization drive of the Infantry and a large number of weapon systems and equipment were procured under his tutelage.

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