Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Book Review: Rivals: How the Power Struggle Between China, India, and Japan Will Shape Our Next Decade

India, China and Japan are three largest countries of Asia. They are neighbors and fiercely compete with each other for influence, markets and resources. They trade with each other but have border disputes too. The big brothers United States and Russia watching closely the developments in Asia, are taking sides, attempting manipulations and seek opportunities to benefit from it.

The former editor in chief of the 'The Economist' explores the history of Asia focusing on these three countries, identifies the flash points and danger zones such as Kashmir, Aurnachal Pradesh, Taiwan, Islands in East China sea etc, and also offers solutions to diffuse tension.

Reading this helps to know the issues better but not to interpret the future. So the set of questions remain as questions. Is it possible to resolve disputes which are unresolved for decades? Will the rivalry intensify or is there a possibility of Asia to unite like European union? What would come first, war or peace?