"I think a major world war is unlikely, because virtually everyone understands that the costs would be enormous and would outweigh any possible gains... But I also believe we will see growing competition between the United States and China, as well as continued tensions in the Middle East and Eurasia, and these conflicts could escalate to a level that no leader originally intends."- Prof. Stephen Walt
These words by the great theorist Prof. Stephen Waltz have no wonder, left me pondering over the rivalry between the two opposite sides of the globe - The New world and the Old world i.e. America and Asia.
No doubt the continents are
far away geographically but are they far enough to be neglected in terms of
comparing ones advancements? The answer is a straight NO. Both the sides keep a
watchful eye over each other's plans, projects, strategies, policies and
advancement in the field of technology, science, commerce, military and what
not. Keeping a check on the rival's base is a conventional routine. We observe
vast cultural differences between the two competitors while the Asians being
more conservative than their American counterparts but showing more inclination
We also observe that the East continues to develop rapidly in terms of high-tech infrastructure (like Dubai) , inventing cutting-edge technology (Japan), export (China), agriculture (India) etc. and poses challenge to the West which offers developed markets, better work conditions and huge investments. The problem of terrorism and instability is projected on a higher notch up the scale in the East but there is no denial to the fact that every country has to keep an Eagle's eye on terror for terrorist take no sides.
Approximately 40% of the world population resides in Asia which is an outrageous amount of human resources. Asian countries are also enriched with abundant natural resources. Such an enormous market naturally lures other globally strong economies to invest directly in the market or via inter-government deals and projects. Mutual or compromising deals are often struck to sweeten the relations between two nations which in future may open doors to billions of dollars as FDI. For ex: Mr. Barack Obama used his executive powers to roll back the condition of theIndo-American Civil Nuclear Deal, that US authorities be allowed to monitor use of nuclear material purchased by India even from third countries.
Amicable business relations are the backbone of today's global world. Thedata sheet hereexplains the interdependence of the sides over each other. Thus we see the solution of this endless tussle for supremacy between America and Asia lies in one word- Harmony. We can't, with any logic, disregard competition among them so we are left with cooperation at our disposal. Cooperating with each other's development and maintaining a healthy rivalry is of utmost importance in the modern era. We cannot aim to disrupt monetary and information flow channels of our rivals for our benefits because this can lead to increased tension and sensitivity between the nations and could eventually lead to war which is the most feared thing that could happen to mankind when countries like India, China, USA, Canada, Russia, Pakistan, Iraq all possess nuclear arsenal.
Surely, cooperation is the way to go!