Asian Juggernaut

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 20 June, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 20 June, 2010, 12:00am

Asian Juggernaut
by Brahma Chellaney
Harper Business HK$128

Readers might be surprised to see Japan included in the book's subtitle The Rise of China, India and Japan. The Land of the Rising Sun has, after all, been portrayed as yesterday's story, struggling to regain the world's admiration after two lost decades and set to lose its status to China as the world's second-largest economy. But strategic affairs expert Brahma Chellaney argues that 'a resurgent Asia today holds the key to the future global order' and central to the continent's future is the strategic triangle made up of China, India and Japan, the largest Asian economic and military powers. 'Never in history have China, India and Japan been strong at the same time.' The two demographic behemoths have attracted the most attention but Japan still has a near US$5 trillion economy, notable hi-tech skills and the region's largest navy. Compared with the other two, it is by far the least corrupt and the only Asian country included in the Failed States Index's 15 most stable states. The three entities need to find ways to shrug off history and link hands to realise greater success. Informative in a didactic way, Asian Juggernaut makes a good reference tool.