Привлекательность Азии

Президент Буш находится в Азии с целью участия во встрече стран Азиатско-тихоокеанского экономического сотрудничества в Китае, но он должен обратить внимание на другой азиатский саммит, на который он не был приглашен. В декабре в Малайзии состоится встреча государств Восточной Азии, которая преднамеренно пройдет без участия Соединенных Штатов. По мнению многих наблюдателей, Америка теряет свою привлекательность в регионе, где растет привлекательность или «мягкая сила» других государств

Азиатские страны имеют впечатляющие потенциальные ресурсы мягкой силы. Искусство, одежда и кухня древних культур Азии на протяжении веков оказывали сильное влияние на другие части света, но Азия пережила период относительного упадка, отстав от темпов промышленной революции на Западе, и это подорвало ее влияние.

В 1950-х годах Азия ассоциировалась с образами нищеты и голода. В 1960-х годах на Западе имела место некоторая политическая одержимость жакетами в стиле Неру и маоистской революцией, но это продолжалось недолго. Как в песне Джона Леннона 1968 года: «Но если вы выходите на улицы, неся портреты председателя Мао, вам ничего не удастся добиться»

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