This By-invitation commentary is part of a series by global thinkers on the future of American power, examining the forces shaping the country’s standing. Read more here . I N SOUTH ASIA and the Indo-Pacific, we see ourselves as a region in churn—the geopolitical pathways wind their way to conflict and to peace; they crisscross in perpetual motion. India through its history has been a hub country, porous and permeable, weathering waves of migration, conquest and assimilation, and providing the ultimate definition of being (as the English poet Kathleen Raine put it) "the place of every arrival". The Economist today Handpicked stories, in your inbox A daily newsletter with the best of our journalism Sign up The region is uneasy about the likelihood of intensified America-China rivalry, particularly after America's debacle in Afghanistan. The two powers' competition, confrontation and conflict—or the alternative, an unbridled Chinese hegemony—ought not be the sole, binary choice. A healthy multipolarity among countries, with roles for mid-sized ones as much as for great powers, would provide the ideal political equilibrium for the region. All involved must understand that the strategy of each country is to safeguard national power, uphold self-interest but also to ensure survival. When… Read full this story
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