The rapid economic growth of China and India carries significant political implications for the Asia-Pacific region and the international system, as these countries could alter the current balance of power. In the case of China, its rise is perceived as a threat by the lone super power in the contemporary international system, the United States, primarily due to China’s ideological differences with liberal democratic regimes. The rise of India also causes similar concerns, primarily to the countries in South Asia. However, as a democracy with relatively stable institutions, India is perceived to be less threatening by most countries.
With expanding economic interests and rising demands for greater resources to support their domestic populations, China and India will be developing close associations with all the countries in the Asia-Pacific. This will provide new grounds for collaboration as well as considerable challenges, both economic and political. Challenges also exist for China and India; along with their increased economic, military and political power, they will also come to bear greater responsibility in working with other leading nations to maintain peace in the international system.
This book will seek to analyse the impact that the rise of China and India has had on the countries of the Asia-Pacific. Nine chapters will provide perspectives from Japan, Singapore, Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.Three chapters will focus on the perspectives of the U.S., the European Union and Australia. Meanwhile, two chapters will focus on China’s and India’s perspectives on the new challenges and responsibilities they face.