Since Marco Polo, the West has waited for the "Asian Century." Today, the world believes that Century has arrived. Yet from China's slumping economy to war clouds over the South China Sea and from environmental devastation to demographic crisis, Asia's future is increasingly uncertain. Read more...
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Since Marco Polo, the West has waited for the "Asian Century." Today, the world believes that Century has arrived. Yet from China's slumping economy to war clouds over the South China Sea and from environmental devastation to demographic crisis, Asia's future is increasingly uncertain. Historian and geopolitical expert Michael Auslin argues that far from being a cohesive powerhouse, Asia is a fractured region threatened by stagnation and instability. Here, he provides a comprehensive account of the economic, military, political, and demographic risks that bedevil half of our world, arguing that Asia, working with the United States, has a unique opportunity to avert catastrophe - but only if it acts boldly. Bringing together firsthand observations and decades of research, Auslin's provocative reassessment of Asia's future will be a must-read for industry and investors, as well as politicians and scholars, for years to come.
- ISBN-13: 9780300212228
- ISBN-10: 0300212224
- Publisher: Yale University Press
- Publish Date: January 2017
- Page Count: 304
- Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.35 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-10-31
- Reviewer: Staff
As shown in this informative, thoughtful, and wide-ranging book, Asiathe most culturally diverse region in the worldcontains over 51% of the global population and produces nearly 40% of the worlds total global output, so its worth everyones while to pay attention to the risks it faces. American Enterprise Institute scholar Auslin (Pacific Cosmopolitans: A Cultural History of U.S.-Japan Relations) focuses his risk assessment on five issues: economic stagnation (Chinas faltering growth, Japan and South Koreas maturing economies, Indias untapped potential), demographics (the problems of either too few employable people in Japan and Chinas aging societies or too many in India and Indonesia), unfinished political progress, the lack of a political community like NATO or the European Union, and the threat of war. He argues that as the militaries in many Asian countriesChinas most of allhave grown dramatically, the U.S. should take the lead in drawing its Asian allies closer together. This, he argues, would help Asias leading liberal nations peacefully engage China and Russia and limit their destabilizing influences. Disappointingly, Auslin skirts the environmental impact of global warming and runaway population growth. His well-researched, insightful work serves as a wake-up call for those ignoring worrying developments in Asia. Agent: Don Fehr, Trident Media Group. (Jan.)