Its one of my favourite topics and when free, is one of my favourite subjects after life. So I thought why not suffer you all to my worldview (atleast its much more holistic than my dear friend George Bush's and its harmless and a good timepass).
There has been a spate of articles on India, China and about the huge economic churnings in Asia in the Economist. They have touched upon these:
- China's Godzilla like growth both on the economic and political front
- India's slow yet steady progress which is only now reaching a brisk pace
- Japan's unnoticed shift in its pacifist foreign policy
- Comparisons about the pros and cons of China's and India's growth
- Middle East realignments after George Bush orchestrated Irag war
- And ofcourse on what many are terming as the Asian century
Sir,I doubt this will get published but I hope you all appreciate my concern....
China's inherent and acquired traits give it an unmatchable clout in Asia. But Asia is not about the Orient as your article makes us believe. It will be foolhardy to discuss about Asia without even touching upon India and even Iran. But its a recurrent problem even the Asians are led to think about the continent in four different blocs.
21st century will certainly belong to Asia. But the meaningfulness of it will depend on how China, Japan, India, and Iran engage within themselves, their respective region and with Europe and America.
There are apprehensions that Mr. Bush' s worldview, highly polarised and exclusive, will be a major impediment. As America increasingly looses its economic clout, as the wheels of history duly turn, the politics of the neo-conservatives will take centerstage. The key will be a truly pan-asian approach to measure up to this.
Only then will the Asian century be able to bridge the world.