The Asia-Pacific Rim Today (Summary & Q&A)

Reading 1

James F Hoge, “A Global Power Shift in the Making: Is the United States Ready?,” Foreign Affairs, 83.4 (Jul. – Aug., 2004): pp. 2-7.

A Brief summary of James F Hoge, A Global Power Shift in Making

This article discusses the effects of the transfer of power from West to East and the preparedness of the United States to meet the challenges caused by these effects. Due attention is paid to analysis of China’s  economy and its strategic approaches to occupy the leading position at the global arena. The United States should be ready to address the negative effects of economic competition through fostering peace among nations and increased collaboration.  

Question and Answer regarding James F Hoge, A Global Power Shift in Making 

What strategy should be developed by the United States to avoid economic tensions with China?

The United States should be focused on cooperation to ensure advancements in international relations with China, avoiding creation of a self-fulfilling prophecy of strategic rivalry with China.

Key points and learning goals

Key points

  • The transfer of power from West to East may affect international relations.
  • The growth of China’s economy may have a strong impact on the U. S. position at the global arena.
  • The U. S. should develop the proper strategies to deal with the great power shift through the use of public diplomacy resources, development of collaborative activities to address terrorism and  other global issues, as well as adaptation to the changing economic environment.

Learning goals:

  • to learn more about current economic problems faced by the U. S.
  • to find out the key factors that may have a strong impact on the development of the proper strategy
  • to explore what changes should be made to ensure adaptation to the possible great power shift.

Reading 2

Hillary Clinton, “America’s Pacific Century,” Foreign Policy, 189 (Nov. 2011): p.56-63.

A Brief summary of Hillary Clinton, “America’s Pacific Century,”

In this article, Hillary Clinton explores the nature of geopolitics in the nearest future. She predicts that the Asia-Pacific region will become the key driver of global politics. Hence, the United States should increase investments in all fields, including economic, strategic and diplomatic in order to maintain the leading position, securing national interests and advancing values.

Question and Answer regarding Hillary Clinton, “America’s Pacific Century,”

What strategy should the U. S. follow, according to Clinton, to provide control over the Asia-Pacific region?

The U. S. should strengthen its foreign policy through enhanced engagement with partners, persuading them to initiate reforms that would  improve governance, ensure protection of human rights and promote political freedoms.

Key points and learning goals

Key points:

  • The increased economic growth of Asia is dependent on the stability and security that has been provided by the US military
  • Strengthening of international relations depends on multilateral cooperation that is guaranteed by the institutions like ASEAN and APEC.
  • In order to resolve shared problems the U. S. should continue building new partnerships and active engagement in the Asia-Pacific region.

Learning goals:

  • to learn more about the economic and political situation at the global arena and the significance of the Asia-Pacific region in it
  • to explore the ways that will allow the U. S. to remain a leading power at the global arena
  • to identify the key challenges cased by the economic shift and find possible solutions

Reading 3

Ranabir Ray Choudhury, “Asian Century,” The Hindu Business Line, (Apr. 16, 2005): pp. 2-6.

A Brief summary of Ranabir Ray Choudhury, “Asian Century”

In this article, the author gives explanation to the term Asian Century, placing emphasis on the strengths and weaknesses of this phenomenon. There is a need to have a good understanding of the differences that exists between the Asian Century and the American Century.

Question and Answer regarding Ranabir Ray Choudhury, “Asian Century”

What are the key differences between the Asian Century and the American Century?

The key differences are military, economic and socio-cultural attributes, which will lead to fundamental changes at the global arena.

Key points and learning goals

Key points:

  • The beginning of the so-called Asian Century
  • creates enormous concerns at the global level.
  • The growth of the Asian Century would automatically lead to the close
  • of the American Century which could create a number of challenges. 
  • The American Century differs from the Asian Century in terms of military, economic and socio-cultural attributes, but the key focus will be on economic predominance.

Learning goals:

  • to learn more about the so-called Asian Century
  • to assess the stronger economic presence of Asian countries
  • to define to role of Big Powers in the Asian context.

Reading 4

Asian Development Bank, “Asia 2050-Realizing the Asian Century”

A Brief summary of Asian Development Bank, “Asia 2050-Realizing the Asian Century”

This source provides valuable information on Asia’s historic transformation. Asia’s major

economies are expected to increase their presence at the global arena. Nevertheless, the economic growth is associated with unavoidable resolution of a broad array of political issues, which can be resolved by enhanced regional cooperation based on national action and global agenda.

Question and Answer regarding Asian Development Bank, “Asia 2050-Realizing the Asian Century”

What risks and challenges should Asia’s leaders manage to achieve success in power shift?

Asia’s leaders should deal with inequality, intense competition, rising income disparates, poor governance and weak institutional capacity and other issues faced by Asian countries.

Key points and learning goals

Key points:

  • The Asian Century is caused by historical transformation of Asian economies, which will face new challenges, responsibilities, and obligations.
  • In order to achieve success, the Asian region should address policy, institutional, and governance challenges.
  • The Asian region should enhance resilience to external tensions, modernize governance, retool institutions, enhance transparency and accountability.

Learning goals:

  • to learn more about Asia’s future growth trajectory
  • to explore a number of economic factors that influence competition (e.g. The Middle Income Trap
  • )
  • to identify the strengths of the major Asian economies (PRC, India, Indonesia, Japan,

Republic of Korea, Thailand and Malaysia).

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