O analiză interesantă despre emergenţa economică şi geopolitică a ţărilor asiatice, în special China. Contrar părerilor încetăţenite, autorul este sceptic în privinţa validităţii pronosticului larg răspîndit conform căruia secolul 21 va unul asiatic, dominat de dizlocarea SUA de către China din rolul de unică superputere.
Those who think Asia’s gains in hard power will inevitably lead to its geopolitical dominance might also want to look at another crucial ingredient of clout: ideas. Pax Americana was made possible not only by the overwhelming economic and military might of the United States but also by a set of visionary ideas: free trade, Wilsonian liberalism, and multilateral institutions. Although Asia today may have the world’s most dynamic economies, it does not seem to play an equally inspiring role as a thought leader. The big idea animating Asians now is empowerment; Asians rightly feel proud that they are making a new industrial revolution. But self-confidence is not an ideology, and the much-touted Asian model of development does not seem to be an exportable product.