For all their spectacular growth, China and India must still
lift a hundred million citizens out of poverty and create jobs for
the numerous laborers. Both powers hope trade and investment will
sustain national unity. For the first time, Jonathan Holslag
identifies these objectives as new sources of rivalry and argues
that China and India cannot grow without fierce contest.
Though he recognizes that both countries wish to maintain stable
relations, Holslag argues that success in implementing economic
reform will give way to conflict. This rivalry is already tangible
in Asia as a whole, where shifting patterns of economic influence
have altered the balance of power and have led to shortsighted
policies that undermine regional stability. Holslag also
demonstrates that despite two decades of peace, mutual perceptions
have become hostile, and a military game of tit-for-tat promises to
diminish prospects for peace.
Holslag therefore refutes the notion that development and
interdependence lead to peace, and he does so by embedding rich
empirical evidence within broader debates on international
relations theory. His book is down-to-earth and realistic while
also taking into account the complexities of internal policymaking.
The result is a fascinating portrait of the complicated interaction
among economic, political, military, and perceptional levels of
Subjects: Political Science, History
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