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Chellaney s discussion of challenges facing Asia, with particular regard to China, India and Japan, was at times interesting and instructive It was written very much from an Indian point of view, with extensive criticism of China and Pakistan Japan was generally praised and India was conveyed as a noble and righteous nation prone to weakness and being too nice Chellaney sometimes made the same points again and again and the overall effect on the reader at least in this case was of a rather one sided discussion.In summary somewhat interesting, but somewhat lacking in terms of comprehensiveness, leaving one rather unsatisfied. Brahma Chellaney in Asian Juggernaut paints a complex picture On one hand, Asia has the world s fastest growing markets, rising military expenditures and most volatile hot spots.This leads Chellany to champion that Asia holds the key to the future global order Asia s three big powers China, India, and Japan have formed a strategic triangle that is likely to have a massive impact on global affairs for decades to come.I say the picture is complex because this isn t another Asian Godzilla attacks the rest of the world book, but rather a farcautious and guarded assessment Yes, China, India, and Japan are powerful nations both in terms of economic output and global clout.However, the Asian rise is far from a dichotomous affair as global competition for resources and various territorial disputes threaten to make Asia a place of great conflict Asia is only a juggernaut if the tiger can stay out of its own way. A fascinating read about the geopolitical impact of China establishing itself as the key global player, economically and militarily Analysing Middle Kingdom s supposed contempt for India while in alliance with Pakistan, its somewhat diabolical economic interdependency with the US, the demand for Taiwan s return to its motherland, the competition for energy in the region and last but not least, the resentment towards the Japanese as a result of the Sino Japanese war, it paints a clear picture of the current challenging state of affairs while offering recommendations on how the 3 Asian juggernauts should play their cards in order to rise peacefully Backed by proper citations including appendices of the various bilateral agreements and memorandums, it is insightful and indeed, well worth the time. The book offers a sharp yet erudite overview of the emerging geopolitics of Asia at a time when the rise of an increasingly muscular China is altering intra Asian equations and affecting world politics and economy The rise of China is central to the book This is a must read for any policy practicioner, scholar, student or lay reader interested in where Asia is headed. Very Accessible, and covers a broad range of issues Asia is facing It had a pro India bias running through it, but as long as you recognize it and think critically, it is not a problem I only wish he had includedinformation on Japan It always felt like Japan was added as an afterthought, despite claiming it was an integral part of the balance of power equation in Asia. Japan, China, and India are becoming major world economic powers to include manufacturing, tech support, and oil production China has bought up may petrolem leases in the United States, especially for recent massive finds in Texas and the West China is also a major debt holder for the USA. Asian Juggernaut offers a geostrategic overview of Asia s security challenges and opportunities Asia will shape our future world order This lucidly written book, with its insightful and masterly analysis, is required reading for anyone wishing to understand where Asia is headed. As an avid China observer, it s always interesting to read assessments of the Middle Kingdom by researchers other than those residing in the United States Indeed, much of the research on China these days are carried out by American think tanks and academic institutions This shouldn t come as a surprise as the Americans are probably some of the ones most concerned by China s rise to power, and its impact on the US present super power status.I ve read numerous novels by Indian writers this also includes books written by members of the Indian diaspora across the world, like Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy, and my all time favourite, Jhumpa Lahiri I love them all Sometimes even my dreams have Indian settingsMississippi Masala like, and less Bollywood or feature people speaking language that sounds Hindi, or Tamil, or an Indian sub continent dialect of some sort.But when it comes to academic analyses by Indian scholars, I have admittedly been ignorant of developments on that side of the Indian Ocean It s embarrassing, but the closest I d probably get to an Indian perspective would be that of Amitav Acharya, a Canadian scholar born in India And even then, it is most likely that I d learnabout Southeast Asian perspectives on international affairs or even Canadian rather than views from the sub continent.Therefore, it was with much anticipation that I read Brahma Chellaney s Asian Juggernaut The Rise of China, India, and Japan Using the backdrop of the rise of an Asian Century, Chellaney elaborates on the roles that China, India, and Japan will have in shaping international politics in the years to come.Over the years, these three Asian juggernauts have evolved to become economic powerhouses China is the world s manufacturing capital India is the largest democracy in the world and Japan remains as a technological mover in spite of its recent economic woes At a glance, there is much hope for cooperation towards developing peace and stability in a globalized andinterconnected Asia However, in spite of the network of bilateral cooperation existing among them, the potential for conflicts particularly involving China will be the determinant factor in these countries role in the Asia Pacific region.Much of Chellaney s attention is devoted to an analysis of China s rise, particularly in reference to India s effort or lack thereof to deal with this phenomenon Chellaney is critical of the way in which Indian leaders have appeared weak in the face of China s challenge He calls iconic Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru an unabashed panda hugger and argues that the present inferiority complex is a direct result of previous leaders credulity and negligence vis vis China.Therefore, in order to balance the rise of an undemocratic and irredentist China, Chellaney proposes greater cooperation between India and Japan, both in economic and politico security terms In overcoming the political and security problems that vis vis Red China, India and Japan are a perfect match In economic terms, they are complementary, thus allowing for mutual support in each other s continued development and industrialization They are both democracies, sharing ideals which are inherently peaceful And most importantly, they have a common enemy in the form of China.Not only that, Chellaney even suggests the possibility of a Washington Tokyo New Delhi axis to forestall the preeminence that China covets in Asia Basically, in his view, an Asia Pacific dominated by China would spell disaster for every single country in the region, and most importantly, India This is not the first time that I m hearing such an argument However, it is interesting that this is the type of argument that I am getting from my first experience in Indian views on China.Indeed, while it may have not been Chellaney s original intention, his book would fit as nice addition to the China threat discourse that has been running around in the western academic circles And while Chellaney tries his best to give off an optimist outlook on regional cooperation in the coming years, the emphasis on China s accumulation of power assumes otherwise.If we are to regard Chellaney s argument as representative of India s mindset, then we would see a country that is under the threat of China s siege efforts Chellaney paints India as a country that is reaching out for partnerships in order to counter the rising power of China, and its negative implications on Indian statehood and survival A country which needs to develop a comprehensive national power while steering clear of China s negative nationalistic elements and its mix of crony capitalism and widespread, state dispensed patronage A country that needs to pull its boot straps up in facing the challenges of today s globalized world.For me, another glaring point about Chellaney s argument is that while he talks about the future shaping of the Asia Pacific region, there is very little almost none reference to ASEAN, let alone Indonesia I do wonder Is it because of Chellaney s preference to highlight India s role in the new make up of the region Or is it because our part of the region just doesn t register in the mind of an Indian scholar like him a well known scholar, for that matter This then brings me back to the beginning of this article Much has been said with regards to the lack of cooperation between ASEAN and India, andso between Indonesia and India During the East Asian Summit in Bali last Novermber, it was almost obvious to whom the stage belonged Indonesia, the USA, and China.I m maybe part of this problem, as a result of my continued ignorance on the India s potential to shape the Asia Pacific regional architecture I m also guilty for believing that India s geographical position is just too far to matter, and too distant to influence the hustle and bustle of East Asian politics.But if this is so, then wouldn t Chellaney also be guilty for under estimating Southeast Asia s role andimportantly, Indonesia s role in a world dominated by the rise of the Asian Juggernauts I guess, there s much that we can learn from each other in our search for acomprehensive view of the region. ^DOWNLOAD ↬ Asian Juggernaut ↵ With The World S Fastest Growing Markets, Fastest Rising Military Expenditures, And Most Volatile Hot Spots, A Resurgent Asia Holds The Key To The Future Global Order Facing Complex Security, Energy, And Developmental Challenges In This Era Of Globalization And Ever Sharpening Competition, A Strong China, A Strong India, And A Strong Japan Need To Move Beyond Historical Legacies And Find Ways To Reconcile Their Interests In Order To Coexist Peacefully And Achieve Greater ProsperityIn Asian Juggernaut, Brahma Chellaney, A Renowned Authority On Asia S Political And Economic Development, Explores This Strategic Triangle Formed By Asia S Three Largest Economies And Offers A Clear, Insightful, And Revelatory Analysis Of Their Cooperative Future And Pivotal Role On The World Stage