It is commonplace these days to talk of ‘the Chinese Century,’ such has been the speed and force of that nation’s rise. But in recent years India has shown similar strides, and within a few years is all but certain to become the world’s third-largest economy. But what can the world expect of its newest superpower, what does its ascendancy mean for the US and China, and what obstacles could stand in its way?
India’s domestic growth, economic reforms, integration with the global economy and vibrant democracy make it increasingly likely that 21st century will come to be described as the “Indian Century,”
India's sustained economic growth, entrepreneurial society and young population have it poised to become an economic superpower within the next 15 years, argues Professor Anil K. Gupta.
China's three decades of explosive growth and increasing influence on the global stage have often led to talk of the country dominating the 21st century.
For India to emerge as a global force, its economy must grow rapidly while expanding benefits for its people, says economist and foreign policy expert Rajiv Kumar. Continued global clout is a direct result of progress at home.
Recently, India moved away from its inflexible approach to climate change by helping to build a compromise at last year's Cancun talks.
Years of underinvestment by the government in India's agricultural sector have been reversed, but the country still faces the Herculean task of ensuring adequate food supplies for its huge population.
The rise of social media and the power of organizations such as WikiLeaks to reveal state secrets raise major questions for the conduct of diplomacy.
These are challenging times for secrecy, with diplomats confronting the real possibility that anything they commit to digital form can be made public at any time.
With attention focused on rising prices and fears of food scarcity, scientists have collaborated to produce Green Super Rice - resistant to drought and pests, does not need high fertilizer inputs and can deliver huge yield increases.
China's new high-speed rail system, projected to span the country by 2020, will do more than just whisk passengers from one place to another, write Lee Chor Pharn and Sim Phei Sunn. It can be expected to usher in major sociological and economic changes as
The strains that arose in Beijing's relationship with Taipei in 2009 have been largely overcome, and Taiwan has avoided being sucked into China's orbit as Finland was into Russia's prior to World War II, argues Baohui Zhang.
Just how far can the soft power of comics and costume play be stretched in giving Japan a comeback on the world stage? It is a question of compensating for the hard power that Japan lost in World War II and its long economic downturn of the 1990s.
The bitter struggle over a 1,000-year-old Khmer temple on the Cambodia-Thailand border could be solved without continuing bloodshed through a common-sense solution, writes Rennie Silva, who lived in Cambodia from 2007 to 2009 as a Peace Corps volunteer.
With the Arab world gripped by turmoil as one autocratic regime after another falls, Georgiy Voloshin, a field reporter for the Central Asia-Caucus Analyst, asks whether this chain of revolutions could extend to Central Asia.
A new book records the thoughts of a jury that has recommended the World Bank compensate those it has harmed through its policies and projects.
The idea of sociology in an Asian context was first suggested in the work of the Philippines' national hero, the writer and agitator JosÃ© Rizal, who paid for his revolutionary insights with his life.