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.