Asian Balance & the Subcontinent

 by C. Raja Mohan


Note from the person who kindly brought this article to our attention:
Singapore journalist/academic Cherian George (born and bred Singaporean keralite)wrote an article a few years back titled "Replacing British Empire [in India] with an East Asian Empire." In my view it can happen with the help of the brahmin ruling class similar to the British using the maharajahs.

I do not know what kind of creative Indian policy The Hindu has in mind on SL issues and also on the status of Tamil Language (will they advocate for the same status as Sanskirit or Hindi) within India??? The Hindu does not realise Tamils with equal rights will make India and the subcontinent stronger.

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http://www.hindu.com/2003/12/18/stories/2003121800871000.htm

A creative Indian policy must aim at leveraging the rise of China and Japan and the Sino-U.S. entente to transform its own security condition in the subcontinent.

WOULD THE unfolding rise of China and India on the one hand and the political unshackling of Japan on the other pose a threat to peace and stability in Asia? It is not often that a region witnesses so many emerging powers at the same time. The rise of even one great power is usually seen as a threat to the existing order. When many of them become strong at the same time it would be logical to assume systemic instability. But it is not inevitable that Beijing, Tokyo and New Delhi must lock themselves into an unstable balance of power in Asia.

It is not difficult to conceive of cooperation among the major powers of Asia that will reinforce the growing weight of the continent in world affairs. The current emphasis of Beijing and New Delhi on internal economic development and the improved conditions for resolving their long-standing bilateral problems like the boundary dispute implies that there need be no antagonistic contradiction between them. If they stave off rivalry among themselves, China, Japan and India can ensure their own elevated profile in the new global order.

For sceptics, the suggestion of an area of peace in Asia remains wishful thinking. It is in fact rooted in the fact that the much feared cold war between the United States and China has now been postponed, probably indefinitely. It is built on the real potential to deepen the economic integration of Asia. It is founded in the recognition that all the major powers in the region face threats

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Posted December 28, 2003