Asian Century is 21st-Century Dominance of Asia

Actually, when it comes to the Asian Century, I am not quite sure that there will be one, I mean, yes, the economy is growing strongly, like with China. But seems there is a great deal of things that is so out-dated, to name a few, apart from like authoritarianism, there are issues like gender equality. But yes, many men globally are in love and deeply attracted to Asian women. The reason often given is that Asian women are followers and are obedient wives. This might be changing and some men welcome Asian women who are independent, free and have a sense of who they are and want equality with men.

For me anyway, so far in the Asian Century, if we are in this, is that there are lots of Asian tourist shopping around the globe.

The following is from Wikipedia:

The Asian Century is the projected 21st-century dominance of Asian politics and culture, assuming certain demographic and economic trends persist. The concept of Asian Century parallels the characterization of the 20th century as the American Century, and the 19th century as the Britain’s Imperial Century.

A 2011 study by the Asian Development Bank found that an additional 3 billion Asians could enjoy living standards similar to those in Europe today, and the region could account for over half of global output by the middle of this century. It warned, however, that the Asian Century is not preordained.[1]

In 1924, Karl Haushofer used the term “Pacific age,” envisaging the growth of Japan, China and India: “A giant space is expanding before our eyes with forces pouring into it which … await the dawn of the Pacific age, the successor of the Atlantic age, the over-age Mediterranean and European era.”[2] The phrase Asian Century arose in the mid to late 1980s, and is attributed to a 1988 meeting with People’s Republic of China (PRC) leader Deng Xiaoping and Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in which Deng said that ‘[i]n recent years people have been saying that the next century will be the century of Asia and the Pacific, as if that were sure to be the case. I disagree with this view.’[3] Prior to this, it made an appearance in a 1985 US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing.[4] It has been subsequently reaffirmed by Asian political leaders, and is now a popularly used term in the media.

Asia’s robust economic performance over the three decades preceding 2010, compared to that in the rest of the world, made perhaps the strongest case yet for the possibility of an Asian Century. Although this difference in economic performance had been recognized for some time, specific individual setbacks (e.g., the 1997 Asian financial crisis) tended to hide the broad sweep and general tendency. By the early 21st century, however, a strong case could be made that this stronger Asian performance was not just sustainable but held a force and magnitude that could significantly alter the distribution of power on the planet. Coming in its wake, global leadership in a range of significant areas—international diplomacy, military strength, technology, and soft power—might also, as a consequence, be assumed by one or more of Asia’s nation states.

Among many scholars have provided factors that have contributed to the significant Asian development, Kishore Mahbubani provides seven pillars that rendered the Asian countries to excel and provided themselves with the possibility to become compatible with the Western counterparts. The seven pillars include: free-market economics, science and technology, meritocracy, pragmatism, culture of peace, rule of law and education.[5]


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