10 February 2014
THE Business Times engaged some Asia-Pacific aviation industry experts on the key issues facing the industry today and on ways to overcome some of these challenges.
Richard Bitzinger: From a security perspective, Asia is obviously a much more critical region than it was in the past. Of course, the global war on terror is a never-ending one, although at a low, if sustained tempo. However, as European security has stabilised since the end of the Cold War, and as military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, Asian security concerns have correspondingly risen. This is not simply a matter of relative criticality – it is also a reflection that Asia will likely be the setting for the next great-power competition – that is, between China and the United States. And this will not simply be a bilateral contest; dealing with the rise of China as a great power to be reckoned with – militarily and diplomatically, as well as economically – will involve nearly every nation in Asia.
… Richard A Bitzinger, senior fellow & co-ordinator of the Military Transformations Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University.
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