cc. If we are currently talking about Central and East Asia in Europe, many people think of China first. Even at the meeting of its heads of state and government in London on 3 and 4 December 2019, NATO dealt with this large and powerful Asian country.
In the final statement they added a meaningful passage, which now also makes official for all NATO countries, something that has been being prepared against China for a long time: “We recognise that China’s growing influence and international policies present both opportunities and challenges that we need to address together as an Alliance”.
But there are also many other important things to report. The ramifications and also shifts in the policies of Central and East Asian states are hardly a topic that is thoroughly addressed in many European media. Zeit-Fragen therefore tries time and again to let voices from Asia itself have their say. These voices take a view of the political events there that is unfamiliar and unknown to most of us and thus invite us to take a closer look at what is happening in the region. More than ten years ago a book was published by Kishore Mahbubani with the significant title “The Return of Asia. The End of Western Dominance”. Reason enough to get a perspective that is no longer shaped by the striving for dominance, but by the attempt to understand and comprehend – as a first step towards establishing relationships in the future that are equal and equitable.
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