July 23, 2010
Kishore Mahbubani, the author of the best-seller “Can Asians Think” (1998) is someone I admire a lot. He has an interesting mind . I place him on the top of my list of ‘ideannovators’ in the world today. Mahbubani starts a regular column in The Indian Express from today.
Comment pieces which either praise China to the skies for its phenomenal economic progress or savage it for its human rights abuses are dime a dozen. They have begun to tire me because they provide no new insights about a country which is playing and will play a hugely important role in the world today. As someone tracking emerging economies, I am instinctively drawn to articles which tell me more about the factors which make China different and lets me make up my own mind.
Check out http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Concessions-to-victory/650535 for examples of what Mahubani calls China’s increasing “geopolitical competence”. Nice phrase, that!