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Mapping the Asian century

Two books on the rise of Asia—one of them also a shrill attack on the west—agree on economics but disagree about the politics

By Charles Grant   July 2008

The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East by Kishore Mahbubani (PublicAffairs, £15.99)

Rivals: How the Power Struggle Between China, India and Japan will Shape our Next Decade by Bill Emmott (Allen Lane, £20)

Power is shifting from the west to Asia. But is Asia anything more than a geographical term? Arguably the only century in which a significant number of Asians shared a single political identity was the 13th, when Genghis Khan conquered much of the continent. About 100 years ago, writers such as Kakuzo Okakura in Japan and Rabindranath Tagore in India, and…

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