// Asia

The century opened with the disastrous US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, and it may close with China as the premier global power. Asia is reclaiming its historic place as the home of most of the planet’s people and wealth. It also remains the most volatile continent: sectarian violence in the Muslim world, Israel and Iran squaring off, nuclear-armed India and Pakistan still divided over Kashmir, and the rising power of China in the East and South China Seas.




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