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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 interstate 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 prosperity.

In Asian Juggernaut, Brahma Chellaney, a renowned authority on Asia's political and economic development, explores the importance of this strategic triangle formed by Asia's three largest economies offer a clear, insightful, and revelatory analysis of their cooperative future and pivotal role on the world stage.

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Brahma Chellaney is one of Indias leading strategic thinkers and analysts. He is also a well-known television commentator on international affairs. Professor Chellaney has published research papers in International Security, Orbis, Survival, Washington Quarterly, Security Studies, Terrorism and other journals. As a newspaper columnist, he writes opinion articles for the International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Japan Times, Hindustan Times, Asian Age and, occasionally, The New York Times. In 1985, he won a Citation for Excellence from the Overseas Press Club (OPC), New York. He holds a PhD in arms control. Presently, he is professor of strategic studies at the Centre for Policy Research, an independent think-tank in New Delhi, and a member of the Policy Advisory Group headed by the foreign minister of India. A specialist on international-security issues, Professor Chellaney has held appointments at the Harvard University, the Brookings Institution, the Johns Hopkins Universitys School of Advanced International Studies and the Australian National University. This is his fourth book
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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8172236506
  • ISBN-13: 978-8172236502
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,161,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By George Blank on April 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A very thorough, well researched and extensively documented book with penetrating analysis of the competition between China, Japan, and India for natural resources and leadership in Asia.

I was most impressed by the extensive documentation of Chinese military activities to contain India, including aggression from Tibet, military activities in Pakistan and Burma, projection of sea power into the Indian Ocean, and cartographic aggression on Chinese maps of Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh.

Agrarian unrest in China is another uncertainty that has been growing, and there is no way to know if the Communist Party can contain it over the long term.

An interesting section on the the Chinese use of fanciful history, where they use legends or interpret or reinvent history to justify otherwise weak claims to Tibet, Taiwan, the Spratly Islands, Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh.

Where China has the most conflict with India and Japan is over oil. All of them are very dependent on the Middle East, particularly Iran. That is why China has been using its membership on the UN Security Council to protect Iran from nuclear sanctions.

Extensive source lists for every chapter, and an appendix with the full text of significant diplomatic documents.
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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 far more cautious 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.
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