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Jakarta Post

Concert of Asia needs more than two big players (Part 1 of 2)

  • Sabam Siagian and Endy Bayuni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 29 2012   /  08:55 am

The future of Asia may be determined by the interactions between the United States and China, but it is debatable whether the two largest powers in the region should have the field all to themselves. Medium powers, including Indonesia, will be playing their part to ensure that the Asian Century delivers peace and prosperity for all people in the region.

In his latest book The China Choice — Why America Should Share Power, Australia’s foremost strategic thinker Hugh White argues that the intensifying rivalry between the two biggest powers means that how Asia evolves will depend very much on the decisions made in Washington and Beijing. While they face an array of choices, White says the wrong decisions raise the specter of a catastrophic nuclear war.

Leaving aside for now his contentious point about the inevitability of bipolarizing Asia, The China Choice arguably is on...