Asia Alone: The Dangerous Post-Crisis Divide from America

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 1, 2010 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
An insightful examination of the changing relationship between Asia and the United States

In this lucidly written and thought-provoking book, author Simon Tay highlights the accelerating trends that point to Asia increasingly forging its own path, independent of the United States. He also describes the fundamental changes and new policy directions needed to maintain and strengthen the bonds between Asia and the United States that have been beneficial to both since the end of the Second World War.

On the eve of the global financial crisis of 2008, the economies of the United States and its Asian partners were deeply interdependent. But the different approaches taken to the crisis by Asian and Western leaders point to a new separation that may have negative consequences for the economies and businesses of both regions. To avoid a dangerous divide that may make us all the poorer, Tay reveals what leaders, policy-makers, companies, and citizens can do to find a balance that enriches us all.

  • Written by a leading public intellectual CNN's Fareed Zakaria describes as "one of the most intelligent and reliable guides to the region"
  • Touches on major issues in foreign policy and economics that will impact Asian nations and the United States over the near future
  • Explains the changing nature of economic relations in the global economy

For foreign policy followers, politicians, and businesspeople, Asia Alone charts a path forward—together.


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As the US’s economy retreats, the economies of Asian nations, notably China, shift into hyperdrive, with some experiencing double-digit growth. Must the rise of Asia and China mean America’s fall? Simon S.C. Tay, a Singaporean professor and intellectual, explains why Asia and America must work together. Asia and China need US leadership, he says, and the US needs Asia’s markets and resources. Tay believes that America and Asia must come together in the future as international partners. getAbstract recommends his informative book to anyone who wants to understand the future’s most crucial international relationship – the US-Chinese nexus.
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SIMON S.C. TAY, LLM (Harvard) LLB Hons (NUS) is a public intellectual focusing on international and public affairs. He chairs the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, a leading independent think tank in Asia. Simon is concurrently an associate professor in the National University of Singapore at both the Faculty of Law and the LKY School of Public Policy, and has taught at Harvard Law School, Yale University and the Fletcher School. In 2009, he was based at the Asia Society in New York City as the Schwartz Fellow and continues as the Society’s Global Council co-chair. He has previously written or edited five books on international law and public policy. Simon has appeared on CNN, BBC, CNBC, and Bloomberg and published in leading newspapers and academic journals. He has spoken at many international meetings, including the World Economic Forum (Davos) and the APEC CEO Summit. Simon has served as a Member of Parliament in Singapore and initiated the Singapore Volunteers Overseas, the country’s equivalent of the Peace Corps. He is also an award-winning author of stories and essays.

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