- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: PublicAffairs; 1 edition (January 23, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1586484664
- ISBN-13: 978-1586484668
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,172,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East 1st Edition
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is a service we offer sellers that lets them store their products in Amazon's fulfillment centers, and we directly pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products. Something we hope you'll especially enjoy: FBA items qualify for FREE Shipping and Amazon Prime.
If you're a seller, Fulfillment by Amazon can help you increase your sales. We invite you to learn more about Fulfillment by Amazon .
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
"[Mahbubani] makes powerful arguments that will be at the center of global politics and economics well into this century." -- Newsweek International, February 23, 2008
About the Author
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
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.
With 7-10% annual economic growth rates, Mahbubani sees global power shifting from West to East. He attributes this success not only to Asian values, but also to what he calls "the seven pillars of Western wisdom." Those pillars are free-market economics; science and technology; meritocracy; pragmatism; a culture of peace; rule of law; and education. Modernization in Asia began in the late 19th century with Japan opening to the West, then followed by the 4 tigers, and finally China and India. This march to modernity, as he calls it, has not only raised living standards but also Asian expectations in global power-sharing.
Mahbubani's grudge against the West is that the West is not playing by the rules which it created. The West, which he sees as Europe and North America, has only 15% of the world's population and 48% of global GDP; whereas the East - which is everyone else - has 85% of the world's population and 52% of GDP. The West is still dominating the world through outdated institutions such as the UN Security Council, the IMF, and the World Bank. Under a system of meritocracy or democracy the East should have a much larger role in global affairs.
Mahbubani makes many suggestions that would rectify this situation such as making India and China members of the G8, and opening up some of the top jobs at the IMF and World Bank to Asians. I couldn't agree more. His criticisms of the West have, for the most part, been correct. America's botched operation in Iraq is an easy target. Nuclear proliferation issues and the West's failure to stop genocide the Balkans and Rwanda are also given as examples of the West's incompentence. True again. This should not, however, be contrued as being anti-Western, it is only constructive criticism.
Unfortunately Mahbubani is as uncritical of Asia's shortcomings as he critical of the West's. When he says that the Chinese are freer today than they have been at any time in their history, one would have to agree. (This is also the view of Parag Khanna in The Second World.) But what about the rights of Tibetans and other minorities in China? What about legal and political rights in general? Autocracies only allow economic freedom. He also conveniently overlooks the violence in Kashmir, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. And why blame only the West when nuclear proliferation in North Korea, Pakistan, and now Iran is mostly a result of China's neglect? Asian ascendancy has not been without its own fiascoes.
Parag Khanna argued that there will be three global leaders in the new century: the US, the EU, and China. Mahbubani would like to add India, for he sees India as a bridge between the East and the West. This is a valid point since many Indian intellectuals are at home in both the East and the West. He claims there is still a resistance among public intellectuals and journalists in the West to accept the East on equal terms, but I myself have not seen this resistance. I see a greater recognition of the East almost on a daily basis. With Asia's growing economic power, political power will follow no matter how much real or imagined resistance there is.
Most recent customer reviews
Author: Kishore Mahbubani
As this book is written in English, I feel free to...Read more
Thank You very much. From Bo-Woong CHANG.