China or Japan: the Rivalry for the Economic and Strategic Leadership of Asia
world's mightiest economies, including India. According to a widely held view, Asia's future is already mapped out with the irresistible rise of China and the ineluctable decline of Japan, already eclipsed by China in 2010 as second-biggest economy. However, Dr. Claude Meyer warns that such a view is probably ill-advised, just as the notion of an unstoppable Japan proved to be in the 1980s.
In his new book, China or Japan: Which Will Lead Asia? (Columbia/Hurst, 2012) Dr. Meyer aims to open a debate on the issue of leadership in Asia by analyzing the two rivals' strengths and weaknesses and the major challenges which they will face in that battle for supremacy. On this basis, he proposes a probable scenario for the next two decades in the light of the dialectical relationship between economics and strategic power. Dr. Meyer will discuss which of these aspects favor whom for the leadership of the region and other themes from his book.