The twenty-first century will doubtless be that of Asia, which by 2030 will be home to three of the four world's mightiest ecomies, including India. This stimulating book opens a debate on the question of leadership in Asia for which China and Japan are competing. It assesses the two rivals' strengths and weaknesses as well as the major challenges which they will face in that battle for supremacy. On this basis, it proposes the most probable scenario for the next two decades in the light of the dialectical relationship between ecomics and strategic power. Without neglecting the strategic aspects which give advantage to China, priority is given to an ecomic approach, because that is the primary arena in which Asian integration is taking place and the one in which a resilient Japan still maintains firmly its leadership, based on productivity, competitiveness and techlogical edge.
Dr Claude Meyer, Senior Fellow at GEM-Sciences Po, teaches international economics at Sciences Po (Paris) and abroad. He has pursued a dual career as an academic and as an executive in a Japanese bank. He holds a PhD in Economics and degrees in Philosophy, Sociology and Japanese Studies. His research and publications deal mainly with Asian economies with an emphasis on the interaction between economic power and strategic issues.