The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East (英語) ハードカバー – 2008/1/23
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Asians have finally understood, absorbed, and implemented Western best practices in many areas: from free-market economics to modern science and technology, from meritocracy to rule of law. They have also become innovative in their own way, creating new patterns of cooperation not seen in the West.
Will the West resist the rise of Asia? The good news is that Asia wants to replicate, not dominate, the West. For a happy outcome to emerge, the West must gracefully give up its domination of global institutions, from the IMF to the World Bank, from the G7 to the UN Security Council.
History teaches that tensions and conflicts are more likely when new powers emerge. This, too, may happen. But they can be avoided if the world accepts the key principles for a new global partnership spelled out in The New Asian Hemisphere.
"(S)uccinct, accessible and pointed" and say that "if you want to maintain notions of developed Western hemisphere countries benignly acting in the best interests of the world get a different book. If you are open instead to seeing the world through an Asian lens less sanguine about Western motives, you should find this book highly thought-provoking." Irish Times "This is no dry scholarly tome. It is an anti-Western polemic, designed to wake up Americans and Europeans by making them angry. In that goal it will certainly be successful." Economist" --このテキストは、ペーパーバック版に関連付けられています。商品の説明をすべて表示する
All that having been said, the world tends to want to move to greater openness in government, more citizen input into their respective lives, and greater economic achievements--all areas that have been cultivated in the USA and European Union. To me this is the greatest challenge in the conclusions in "The New Asian Hemisphere." I concur that we need to respect others more fully and try to understand the benefits in knowledge and culture that the rest of the world brings. While we are in a period where particularly the USA has many nay-sayers in the world, much of the world wants to be like us, particularly in having a voice in their governments, personal freedoms, and improved economic prosperity.
It's a complicated world, making the writing and reading of "The New Asian Hemisphere" a challenge. While some conclusions in the book are overly simplistic, in my opinion, I acknowledge that drawing any meaningful conclusions in a written document are a challenge.
"We live in the time of greatest change ever seen in history. This clock of history will not stop just because the American political system is paralyzed. Indeed, it may move even faster."
It is no longer new that China and India has been rising regardless of the US and EU's economic conditions as evidenced by their steady growth during global financial crisis. According to IMF's World Economic Outlook in April 2009, China and India would grow by 6.5% and 4.5%, respectively in 2009 when the US and the Euro Area suffers from the negative growth. It is remarkable since it proved its strength against so-called coupling view of their dependence on the US and Western Europe.
Considering their proportion of 16.2% in 2008 over World economy, which is larger than combined portion of four Euro area countries (Germany, France, Italy, Spain), I think it is obvious that they should have more voice in international organizations like UNSC, IMF & IBRD, etc while shrinking Europe in terms of economic size should recede as recent G20 summit suggested. Moreover, I agree with the author's view of western incomepentence in managing international order, specifically on foreign aid. Hypocracy dominates here. They announced many committments on global issues, which have not fulfilled and even the multilateral institutions like World Bank did not look really caring about the poor. Why? The governance matters. I expect that once the new voice comes in the governance of the int'l organizations, the thinking and behaviour inside those organizations will start to change: from rhetoric to results.
Author: Kishore Mahbubani
As this book is written in English, I feel free to write my appreciation in English as well.
Some time ago I happened to watch an interview with Mr.Kishore Mahbubani on TV.
As I just returned from China, where I lived almost 1.5 years) it drew my attention.
My Chinese spouse had arranged a job for me as a teacher at a university-level Institute in Guilin (about the size of Montpellier). I had contacts with hundreds of young students, staff people of the Institute plus lots of local people.
During Mr. Mahbubani's interview, I recognized many characteristics of ordinary Chinese life, which increased my appreciation for his presentation.
While he uses easy language, it is not always easy to get the message. Reading his book will force you to read over and over what he wrote down, to get the message.
He bases his vision on investigations by himself and his team of researchers in relation to our changing world, in the context of history. He considers India and China as the main engines of future change and explains why.
His observations and conclusions show an impressive level of analysis, vision and resulting directions of future development of "Planet Earth". His writing is very well formulated and carefully worded. Without too much judgment of Europe or USA on the way they act today.
I am absolutely sure that his predictions will become true!!! In the benefit of the whole world!!!!
This book should be read by anyone who cares about our future!!! Especially by politicians, as they ignore long-term views.......
Strongly recommended to anyone who cares about the world we live in.