THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION is a very strategic area in this 21st century as the world’s balance of economic and political power shifts.
Many nations in the region are taking the lead as the world seeks economic recovery after 2008’s financial crisis. Most notable is China. Its unprecedented economic growth has spurred its military growth and its influence in the region.
Because no other nation in the region or elsewhere has given China much of a challenge over the last two decades, its economic and military growth have been spectacular.
Only the US could have challenged China’s growth and influence in the region but, for the last two decades, the US was so preoccupied with the former USSR and then the crisis in the Middle East that it seemed to forget China and, apart from Afghanistan, the region.
So China grew to become a world power without opposition. Many now come to agree that China has attained superpower status peacefully.