Ashok K Kantha is a Distinguished Fellow at Vivekananda International Foundation. He was Ambassador of India to China until January 2016. Prior to this, he was Secretary (East) at Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi with responsibility for about 65 countries in India’s extended neighbourhood. His previous assignments include High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka and Malaysia, Consul General in Hong Kong, Deputy Chief of Mission in Kathmandu (Nepal), and Joint Secretary (East Asia) in Ministry of External Affairs. Earlier, he served in different capacities at Indian Missions in Singapore, China and the USA, and at headquarters in New Delhi.

In his diplomatic career spanning over 38 years, Kantha specialised in Asian affairs, with a particular focus on China. Apart from three assignments in China, he served as Joint Secretary (East Asia) and Director (China) at Ministry of External Affairs for periods of four years each, closely involved in the formulation and implementation of India’s foreign policy in respect of China and East Asia. He has an advanced certificate in Chinese language from National University of Singapore.

Contributions 
Doklam Crisis: Road to Settlement (Ambassador Ashok K Kantha was India’s envoy to China before the current incumbent took over from him. Retiring from the Indian Foreign Service last year, presently he is the Director of Institute of Chinese Studies and a Distinguished Fellow at t...

Outreachs 
Distinguished Lecture - International Cooperation on Cyber Space: India's role With the cyberspace being invaded by illegal, immoral and criminal material that has turned into a global concern, it is important that the international community comes together to fight this menace. Amb Asoke Mukerjee, a Distinguished Fellow at the...

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