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The Asian 21st Century

  • Provides perspectives of a senior UN official and insightful international observer

  • Provides a comprehensive and in-depth study of the global dynamics and challenges

  • Offers insights and concrete solutions for dealing with internal crises to restore international governance

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

Part of the book series: China and Globalization (CG)

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Table of contents (44 chapters)

  1. The Asian Renaissance

    1. India’s Tryst with the Asian Century

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 93-95Open Access
    2. India: A Brave and Imaginative Superpower?

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 97-100Open Access
    3. Can India Become Stronger Than China? Yes, It Can

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 101-108Open Access
    4. The West Needs to Rethink Its Strategic Goals for Asia

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 109-113Open Access
    5. Can Asia Help Biden?

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 119-122Open Access
  2. The Peaceful Rise of China

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 123-123
    2. China: Threat or Opportunity?

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 125-128Open Access
    3. Is China Expansionist?

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 131-140Open Access
    4. How Dangerous Is China?

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 141-146Open Access
    5. What China Threat? How the United States and China Can Avoid War

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 147-154Open Access
    6. The Great Paradox of Donald Trump’s Plan to Combat China

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 155-157Open Access
    7. HK People Must Understand They’ve Become a Pawn

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 159-165Open Access
    8. Covid-19 ‘Enhanced China’s Position in the World Order’

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 167-170Open Access
    9. Why Attempts to Build a New Anti-China Alliance Will Fail

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 175-177Open Access
    10. Biden Should Summon the Courage to Reverse Course on China

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 187-189Open Access
    11. The West Should Heed Napoleon’s Advice and Let China Sleep

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 191-193Open Access

About this book

This open access book consists of essays written by Kishore Mahbubani to explore the challenges and dilemmas faced by the West and Asia in an increasingly interdependent world village and intensifying geopolitical competition. 

The contents cover four parts: Part One The End of the Era of Western Domination. The major strategic error that the West is now making is to refuse to accept this reality. The West needs to learn how to act strategically in a world where they are no longer the number 1. Part Two The Return of Asia. From the years 1 to 1820, the largest economies in the world were Asian. After 1820 and the rise of the West, however, great Asian civilizations like China and India were dominated and humiliated. The twenty-first century will see the return of Asia to the center of the world stage. Part Three The Peaceful Rise of China. The shift in the balance of power to the East has been most pronounced in the rise of China. While this rise has been peaceful, many in the West have responded with considerable concern over the influence China will have on the world order. Part Four Globalization, Multilateralism and Cooperation. Many of the world’s pressing issues, such as COVID-19 and climate change, are global issues and will require global cooperation to deal with. In short, human beings now live in a global village. States must work with each other, and we need a world order that enables and facilitates cooperation in our global village.



  • US-China Relations
  • Western Decline
  • Asia Rising
  • China in the 21st Century
  • Plutocracy and Meritocracy
  • International Institutions
  • COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Geopolitical Contest
  • Globalization and Governance
  • Competition or Coexistence
  • Open Access

Authors and Affiliations

  • Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

    Kishore Mahbubani

About the author

A veteran diplomat, student of philosophy, and author of nine books, Kishore Mahbubani is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. Mahbubani is also a former President of the UN Security Council (Jan 2001, May 2002) and the Founding Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (2004-2017).  Mahbubani writes and speaks prolifically on the rise of Asia, geopolitics and global governance. His nine books and articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times and Foreign Affairs have earned him global recognition as “the muse of the Asian century.” He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 29.99 USD 49.99
40% discount Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 29.99 USD 59.99
50% discount Price excludes VAT (USA)