Updated: Sep 4
Following the COVID-19 virus outbreak, 2021 marks the beginning of the Indo-Pacific decade. China and India seem destined to become ‘indispensable powers’ as their rise will shape the emerging global order in one way or another. The Asian continent is anticipated to surpass North America and Europe in terms of demographics and economic power, with the two giants being at the centre of this global power shift. Although the rapid rise of regional centres of power is creating an impression of multipolarity, what we are witnessing is in fact a new systemic bipolarity between the US and China, which has been in the making for quite some time now.