Abe steals a march on China with South Asia tour | The Japan Times

English: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at...

English: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the G8 summit in Heiligendamm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


This is an excellent insight into geopolitical movements in Asia from the Times of Japan. Check it out!

via Abe steals a march on China with South Asia tour | The Japan Times.

Every month, I read in China’s media about important bilat visits by China’s President, Xi Jinping – these are to secure strategic advantage.

Meanwhile, India’s new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has tried to strengthen India’s role in Asia, with an important visit to Japan and, this week, welcoming Australia’s Prime Minister, Tony Abbott.  Now, Japan’s Prime Minister Abe visits Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, laden with gifts. Later in the month, the Chinese President visits India.

Earlier in the year, during an extended trip to India, I observed enormous infrastructure investment in building or extending underground railways in many of India’s major cities. What’s not widely known is that this investment is financed by bilat loans from Japan.

As I reflected on this story, my mind moved to what the leader’s of Japan, China and India had in common?

To my surprise, they were all thinking strategically. This is in sharp contrast to Western leaders like Obama, Cameron and Merkel, who are generally looking for immediate, short-term,  political advantage. So, once again, we are back to strategy. See my earlier blog entitled Abuse of Strategy and John Gelmini’s excellent response which I reblogged.



One response

  1. As Dr Alf knows the Far Eastern mentality and the Indian mentality thinks in terms of tens of thousands of years.

    The CEO of Matsushita when asked what that corporation’s strategy was and what period it covered was able to talk about it for some time before coming up with the term 250 years.

    When the Japanese invaded Manchuria, the Chinese military strategy, was to fight for 100 years until the Japanese invaders had been removed.

    In India, and much of Asia, people believe in reincarnation, a concept which possibly makes sense if you think of the young Mozart composing great symphonies from the age of four.

    The common thread is they all look long term not at the numbers or EBIT data for the month, quarter and year.

    They know that everything works in cycles, some of which can be thousands of years in the making, so even though the Japanese and the Chinese despise each other, they know that there has to be a level of coexistence although it may not be equal “Their cannot be two suns in the sky”.

    Aligning with those cycles requires a strategy that goes with the flow of existence which of necessity makes it very long term.

    Abe of Japan understands that, so does India’s Modi, the South Koreans and the Chinese.
    This is why the “meek”(many in old Hebrew), will inherit the earth.

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