Friday 8 May 2009
Some people say economic power is shifting towards the East, but is that a new development?
That three of the four largest economies in the world might be Asian suggests that the old world order is re-establishing itself, according to Dr Kishore Mahbuani at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.
Just as Genghis Khan once established an empire that covered more than one fifth of the Earth’s surface, stretching from Japan to Eastern Europe, many people feel that China and India are creating Asian world powers once again.
Dr Mahbuani maintains that Asian countries are becoming more confident about their future and that the “Asian Century” is coming.
The Mongol Empire was a realm from the 13th and 14th century spanning from Eastern Europe across Asia. It is the largest contiguous empire in the history of the world. It emerged from the unification of Mongol and Turkic tribes in modern day Mongolia, and grew through invasions, after Genghis Khan had been proclaimed ruler of all Mongols in 1206. At its greatest extent it stretched from the Danube to the Sea of Japan and from Arctic to Cambodia, covering over 33,000,000 km² (12,741,000 sq mi), 22% of the Earth’s total land area, and held sway over a population of over 100 million people. It is often identified as the ‘Mongol World Empire’ because it spanned much of Eurasia.