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Eurasian Futures
Two Belts, Two Roads

The emergence of the Indo-Pacific concept shows how our mental maps are being redrawn in Asia—with geopolitical implications that are only beginning to come into view.

Published on: February 13, 2018
Bruno Maçães is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute and the author of the newly published The Dawn of Eurasia (Allen Lane). A U.S. edition of the book is forthcoming from Yale University Press.
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  • ToolPusher

    Of course this is in the context of a world largely at peace and national sovereignty more or less respected. Russia and China are pushing the limits or in some cases outright violating sovereignty, but, still in very measured and limited ways. If the current world order dissolves into more chaos and war, geography and therefore natural geographic regions will prove once again to be barriers (maybe not as much as in the past but will become more significant). For example, Right now China has a relatively free hand, it really only has to contend with a sometime disapproving US, but, can play around the world buying influence, building infrastructure, obtaining far flung resources. But, in a more chaotic world many of the countries around it will be fighting in some cases for their very existence. China may avoid war with or between regional neighbors but it may be more likely to get sucked into a conflict and certainty be affected by them (even if not directly involved) thereby limiting China’s actions. In other cases China may have to go to war with regional rivals of which there are many to include Japan, Russia, and India. So, yes in a world of hyper-globalization and technology that can overcome geography, regions start to melt away, but, when that world ends regions will snap back into place.

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