The East Moves West: India, China, and Asia's Growing Presence in the Middle East / Edition 2

The East Moves West: India, China, and Asia's Growing Presence in the Middle East / Edition 2

by Geoffrey Kemp
     
 

ISBN-10: 0815703880

ISBN-13: 9780815703884

Pub. Date: 05/03/2010

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

While traditionally powerful Western economies are treading water at best, beset by crises in banking, housing, and employment, industrial growth and economic development are exploding in China and India. The world's two most populous nations are the biggest reasons for Asia's growing footprint on other global regions. The increasing size and impact of that

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While traditionally powerful Western economies are treading water at best, beset by crises in banking, housing, and employment, industrial growth and economic development are exploding in China and India. The world's two most populous nations are the biggest reasons for Asia's growing footprint on other global regions. The increasing size and impact of that footprint are especially important in the Middle East, an economic, religious, and geopolitical linchpin. The East Moves West details the growing interdependence of the Middle East and Asia and projects the likely ramifications of this evolving relationship. It also examines the role of Pakistan, Japan, and South Korea in the region.

Geoffrey Kemp, a longtime analyst of global security and political economy, compares and contrasts Indian and Chinese involvement in the Middle East. He stresses an embedded historical dimension that gives India substantially more familiarity and interest in the region—India was there first, and it has maintained that head start. Both nations, however, are clearly on the rise and leaving an indelible mark on the Middle East, and that enhanced influence has international ramifications for the United States and throughout the world.

Does the emergence of these Asian giants—with their increasingly huge need for energy—strengthen the case for cooperative security, particularly in the maritime arena? After all, safe and open sea-lanes remain an essential component of mutually beneficial intercontinental trade, making India and China increasingly dependent on safe passage of oil tankers. Or will we see reversion to more traditional competition and even conflict, given that the major Asian powers themselves have so many unresolved problems and that the future of the U.S. presence in the area is uncertain. Kemp believes the United States will remain the dominant military power in the region but will have to share some security responsibilities with the Asians, especially in the Indian Ocean.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815703884
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
05/03/2010
Pages:
335
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

PART ONE Introduction 1

Chapter One The Growing Asian Middle East Presence 3

PART TWO The Key Asian Players 21

Chapter Two India's Rise and the Greater Middle East 23

Chapter Three China's Return to the Greater Middle East 64

Chapter Four Pakistan, Japan, and South Korea: Middle East Connections 103

Chapter Five Asia and Israel 133

PART THREE Strategic Linkages 147

Chapter Six Infrastructure Projects in the Gulf and Central Asia 149

Chapter Seven Strategic Issues and the Maritime Environment: Cooperation, Competition, and Conflict 174

Chapter Eight Alternative Scenarios and Uncertainties 229

Appendixes

A Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia in the Middle East 239

B Undersea Cable Networks in the Middle East and Asia 243

Notes 249

Index 307

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