An Interview with Bill Emmott

Keeping Your Enemies Closer

by Parul Sehgal — Publishers Weekly, 4/7/2008

In Rivals, the former editor-in-chief of the Economist takes on Asia’s giants and examines the historical roots and global implications of China, India and Japan competing for resources and influence.

Given its slower growth, how seriously can Japan compete with India and China?

I think Japan will be a less ambitious rival. While China and India think that their destiny is to lead the world, Japan will be a rival [because of] fear of the others and out of a need to play the balance of power game to protect itself and its interests. Japan has a long history as an isolationist country that comes out of its shell when it feels threatened.

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