In this week's discussion, Scott Foster lays out a perspective that may be up for some debate, but which is almost certainly exactly how Singapore, China, Japan, and the ASEAN states feel about the state of affairs in Asia - and the world - today.

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Published: June 20, 2017
Last Revised: June 20, 2017


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    James Lindsay | 06-27-2017

    Dear Sirs, an interesting article and perspective on the near and medium term challenges the region faces geopolitical and economically.

    I think it is important to point out that we are living in a unique time in history because it is the first time in history that the rise of an economic power, has not been matched equally or indeed led, by a parallel rise in its military power projection. All previous powers throughout history, from Athens and Rome to Britain and the US, have risen equally across economic and military aspects. China's rise is the first time in history this has not bee the case. One will argue that this is slowly changing, however considering the absolute supremacy of Western military technology leadership, it will be interesting to see how China with perhaps the limited assistance of Russia, will attempt to close the gap by means other than espionage and asymmetric countenance.

    Given this fact and the hegemony of US leadership across both economic and military domains, Pax Americana is not going away anytime soon. I think the biggest threat to US (or Western leadership) is actually not China, but from within itself. Like Rome and others before and after it, the only way for the US to relinquish its global leadership, which is also subscribed to by other nations because of their unwavering belief in common values and value, will be whether US implodes on itself through increased bipartisanship in its political system resulting in stalemate, economic Armageddon, or a military catastrophe which will have consequences on the entire world and not just the US.

    We are living in interesting times.

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      Info-Tech Research Group | 06-28-2017

      Thank you for your insights, James.


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