The Asia Pacific is the hub of global economic development and strategic interactions

China's People's Liberation Army is one of its priorities (photo:dpa)
China's People's Liberation Army is one of its priorities (photo:dpa)

The Asia Pacific is the world’s most pivotal economic growth area today but it is also a geostrategic environment experiencing local crises and aggressive behaviour. Military competition between the United States and China is taking place silently over who controls the South and East China Seas as the two peer countries show their strength in the West Pacific and on a global scale. This is part one of a two-part series which examines the Asia Pacific.

STATESMAN Henry Kissinger, one of those who re-discovered China’s role in global affairs, once said that ‘each generation is permitted only one effort of abstraction, it can attempt only one interpretation’.

He has been cla...

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