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ASIAN JUGGERNAUT The Rise of China, India and Japan

Brahma Chellaney

An interesting book on the relations between the major Asian powers India, China and Japan was published in 2006. The author, Prof. Brahma Chellaney, belongs to the KAF network in India.

A resurgent Asia is now emerging as the global pivot. With the world's fastest-growing markets, fastest-rising military expenditures and most-serious hotspots, Asia holds the key to the future global order. Underpinning its renaissance, Asia has become the world's economic locomotive, even as its arts, fashion and cuisine regain international recognition. Yet, with interstate competition sharpening, Asia faces complex security, energy and developmental challenges in an era of globaliziation, including how to move beyond historical legacies and tap its dynamism for greater presperity and well-being. The colossal shift in global geopolitics presents new opportunities to Asia and tests its ability to assume a bigger role in international relations.

This book examines the ascent of Asia by focusing on its three main powers - China, India and Japan. A qualitative recordering of power in an Asia characterized by tectonic shifts is challenging strategic stability and affecting equations between these powers. How the China-Japan, China-India and Japan-India equations evolve in the coming years will have a crucial bearing on Asian and global security. Constituting a strategic triangle, these powers are Asia's largest economies. Their interests are getting so intertwined that the pursuit of unilateral solutions by any one of them will disturb the peaceful environment on which their continued economic growth and security depend.

The author analyses the global ramifications of the emerging Chinese colossus. He also highlights the fact that Japan's quiet, undeclared transition from pacifism to a 'normal' state will help shape the future of Asian and global geopolitics. Even as it has reinvigorated its military ties with the United States, Japan is beginning to rethink its security and international role. The third mayor Asian player, India, is coming of age by displaying greater realism in economic and foreign policies and moving towards geopolitical pragmatism. India now recognizes that it can wield international power only by building up its economic and military strength.