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India may be left behind by China: Expert

india Updated: Nov 06, 2006 18:54 IST
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While the centre of gravity of world affairs is moving to Asia, the prospect of sharpening inter-state competition over scarce resources is very much on the horizon, says a new book by noted security analyst Brahma Chellaney.

"There is a danger that inter-state conflict in Asia could in the coming years be driven by competition not so much over political influence as over scarce resources," states noted security analyst Brahma Chellaney in his book, Asian Juggernaut, Rise of China, India & Japan.

It is likely that China will trounce its competitors India and Japan for global resources by a distance.

"Chinese government pursues commercial interests abroad just the same way the board of a large multinational company hunts for international opportunities," says the book.

Having already lost many bids for oil fields to Chinese companies in Africa and South America, the trend is likely to continue for Indian companies whenever they come in direct competition with them, unless India evolves an "integrated energy policy tied to its foreign policy."

The book is titled 'Asian Juggernaut' but it provides deep insight into the Chinese juggernaut that is likely to dominate future events in Asia.

Chellaney says that while China is fully focused on its way to become a world power, Japan or India, fundamentally, is yet to develop a clearly thought-out strategy and the grit to become one in its own right.

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