According to two new books, a crunch point could come soon. Neither gives much cheer to western complacencyby Rana Mitter / August 16, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in September 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
Asia’s reckoning: China, Japan, the US and the Struggle for Global Power by Richard McGregor (Allen Lane, £20)
The End of the Asian Century: War Stagnation, and the Risks to the World’s Most Dynamic Region by Michael R Auslin (Yale, £20)
If you want to see a great disappearing trick, just try looking for Asia coverage in a major American or British newspaper. A region that is home to half of the world’s population, a quarter of its economic power, and has the potential to blow up into several conflicts generally disappears into the odd story on page 18. In July, Sun Zhengcai, the party secretary of the Chinese mega-city Chongqing, was abruptly fired by Xi Jinping, the country’s president. This was an event easily equivalent to James Comey’s sudden departure as FBI Director. I don’t remember it getting much attention in the UK.