is on the cover of Newsweek. The big fat question is posed: "Does the future belong to China?" Fareed Zakarias essay is very much worth reading, despite some problematic points. Of course he talks about Chinas size, its phenomenal economic growth, including its internal politics and stability. But it is paragraphs like this that make you ruminate:
There have been two great shifts in global power over the past 400 years. The first was the rise of Europe, which around the 17th century became the richest, most enterprising and ambitious part of the world. The second was the rise of the United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when it became the single most powerful country in the world, the globes decisive player in economics and politics.
For centuries, the rest of the world was a stage for the ambitions and interests of the Wests great powers. Chinas rise, along with that of India and the continuing weight of Japan, represents the third great shift in global power—the rise of Asia.
Of course, to simply say
the rise of Asia" doesnt tell us everything. It doesnt tell us that Japan will have something to say about Chinas rise, and we are allied with them and are encouraging them to rearm. It doesnt tell us that India is now an ally, and much freer than it has ever been. India is a natural geopolitical opponent of China, as are Korea and Vietnam; and one could hope that both Indonesia and the Phillipines will become stronger actors.
And, do not fail to note that President Bush was called a guest of "special importance" by
Russia will continue to show interest in Chinas power-surge. I also note in passing our especially good relations with Mongolia.