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Asia Alone: The Dangerous Post-Crisis Divide from America

Asia Alone: The Dangerous Post-Crisis Divide from America

Simon S. C. Tay

ISBN: 978-0-470-82620-1 December 2010 256 Pages




An insightful examination of the changing relationship between Asia and the United States

In this lucidly written and thought-provoking book, author Simon Tay highlights the accelerating trends that point to Asia increasingly forging its own path, independent of the United States. He also describes the fundamental changes and new policy directions needed to maintain and strengthen the bonds between Asia and the United States that have been beneficial to both since the end of the Second World War.

On the eve of the global financial crisis of 2008, the economies of the United States and its Asian partners were deeply interdependent. But the different approaches taken to the crisis by Asian and Western leaders point to a new separation that may have negative consequences for the economies and businesses of both regions. To avoid a dangerous divide that may make us all the poorer, Tay reveals what leaders, policy-makers, companies, and citizens can do to find a balance that enriches us all.

  • Written by a leading public intellectual CNN's Fareed Zakaria describes as "one of the most intelligent and reliable guides to the region"
  • Touches on major issues in foreign policy and economics that will impact Asian nations and the United States over the near future
  • Explains the changing nature of economic relations in the global economy

For foreign policy followers, politicians, and businesspeople, Asia Alone charts a path forward—together.



1. From Interdependence to a Dangerous Divide: How is the Crisis Changing Asia and America?

Langfang and Interdependence.

Origins in Crisis.

A New Asian Balance.

Meeting Mr. Post-American.

The Blame Game.

From American Soft Power to Chinese Charm.

Why It Matters.

What Can Be Done.

2. Two Crises, One Asia: Is Asia Coming Together as a Region Without the United States? Why?

Asia as One.

The "Asian" Crisis and America.

How America Lost Asia.

Asia Decoupling.

3. Leading Asia's Rise: Who's In and Who Leads?

China and Southeast Asia: From Alarm to Charm.

Gaining from Crises, Gaining from China.

ASEAN's Example.

The Problem with Japan and Others.

ASEAN's Limits and the Regional Mess.

4. When Buffalo Fight: Can Rivalries Be Resolved as Asian Powers Emerge?

Tribute to China.

Contested Histories, Future Doubts.

Enter India.

The Status Quo: Containment and Balance.

Economic Logic and Political Insanities.

5. American Adjustments and Continuing Interests: Does the United States Really Want and Need Asia?

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough (Don't) Go Shopping.

Chinese Trading Junk, Globalization Blues.

The Asian Opportunity (Again).

From Americanization to Global-as-Asian.

"Buy American": Investment as Invasion.

6. Bridging the Divide, Rebalancing the Region: How Can America and Asia Adjust to Their Post-Crisis Relationship?

Eight Days in Asia: Kowtowing and Not Being Kennedy.

A Risen China and the Power of &.

The City of &: The Equi-Proximate Policy.

Asia's Normative Community.

7. A Shared Future?: What Can Go Wrong?

A Dubai-ous Global Future.

Getting Asia on the Global Stage.

What Can Asians and Americans Do?

American Presence Not Past.

Asia Alone and the Options.

The Post-Crisis World.