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Rivals: How the power struggle between China, India and Japan will shape our next decade [Hardcover]

Bill Emmott
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3 April 2008

Fifteen years after The Sun Also Sets predicted the decline of Japan in the 1990s, Emmott returns not only to the Far East but to the wholly new and different challenges which have arisen from and among China, India and Japan. Rivals will be the book which defines the geo-politics of the world’s most rapidly evolving economies and nation states, and assesses the challenge to America’s global economic and military leadership posed by the emerging Asian superpowers.

It is not just, as many seem to argue, a question of the rise of China. For the first time in history Asia will not be dominated by just one country or by outside powers. It will contain three large, economically powerful countries, all with interests and ambitions that range across the whole region, and the world. The future of the world economy will be determined by the competition between these three countries, as will world politics. Rivals: How the power struggle between China, India and Japan will shape our next decade, will explore the legacies of history, the likely future trajectories of China, Japan and India, and the potential collisions and intersections between them which will shape the 21st century.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane (3 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846140099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846140099
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.8 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 735,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Elegantly written and strong on economic analysis' - Malcolm Moore, Saturday Telegraph 'Remarkable for the clarity of its economic and historical analysis and the cogency of his arguments' - Victor Mallet, Financial Times 'Rivals is clever and concise' - Michael Sheridan, Sunday Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Bill Emmott was editor of the Economist from 1993 until 2006, where he presided over a doubling of the magazine's circulation. He has written six books on Japan, and, most recently, 20:21 Vision – 20th century lessons for the 21st century, published in February 2003 by Penguin. He is a member of the President's Council of the University of Tokyo, a director of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group, and co-chairman of the Canada-Europe Roundtable for Business. He has honorary degrees from Warwick and City Universities, and is an honorary fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Asian power games deciphered 19 April 2009
The first half of the book was a little bit boring - too much information, that target reader would know already. Here are the reasons why the book was still a decent read:
- Hard back issue is beautiful, it was aesthetic pleasure to read it
- Well written, easy to read - the author is a former journalist after all
- Shows differences of Chinese thinking as compared to western one: patience, long time horizon etc
- Brings out historic events that bitter the present relations of the Asian titans
- Exposes the regional and global ambitions of China, India and Japan
- Outlines possible danger zones in Asia and scenarios that can lead to regional/global conflicts
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book from a good seller 6 July 2014
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The book not only brilliantly showcases the power interplay between Japan, China, and India but of their weaknesses, which I believe makes up 80% of the intellectual reward here.

Bill Emmott, former editor of the Economist, also gives a brief account of each nations' history, psychology, and facts which will be helpful for any student of geopolitics wanting to know more about them and thus how they impact Asia.

However, I'm going to disagree with most the reviewers here who complain about the immense statistics and facts that are presented in the book. I think it is great to put the numbers in and what Bill Emmott did to make sense of them is what builds credence to what he says.

Come on, economists need statistics! Overall 5 stars for the book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Below Average 11 Sep 2009
I found that the first half of the book was tedious to read. This mostly has to do with the fact that the author bombards the reader with far too much statistical data.

The second half was easier to read as it focused more on the historical relations of the three countries.

The end of the book completely falls apart, as the author outlines 9 visions he foresees (he calls them 'proposals') which must be carried out to ensure the continued stability of the region.
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