So long US, hello China, India

Another article (along the same lines as the IHT piece blogged earlier today) from Asia Times details the US failure to keep up with the momentous changes in Asia, as focuses almost exclusively on Iraq while and China wield increasing influence throughout the region: “Potentially the West remains a useful counterweight, yet US actions, presumed intentions, bellicose statements and uncompromising positions rub many in a region where compromise and accommodation prevail, at least in , the wrong way. On present trends, China and India offer the largest markets and greatest economic spoils, and it would seem little threat in exchange for simple allegiance. Neither threatens to cut aid or downgrade relations on an annual basis through certification exercises, whereas the West, especially the US, does, with demands on human rights, corruption, human and narcotics. ”

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