Sunday, June 19, 2005

Why Asia Will Eat Our Lunch

China and India, which together accounted for 75% of the world's GDP before the discovery of America, are on a steep trajectory to regain their prominence. "The potential size of their markets, their endless supply of low-cost labor, the unique combination of many highly skilled but low-paid professionals, and the investment incentives offered by their governments will constitute an irresistible package" that will soak up global investment. India, meanwhile, is moving rapidly up the value chain with its emphasis on software and computer services, along with processing of tax returns, medical X-rays, and the like. Want a new kidney or a hip? Visit one of India's high-tech "medical tourism" hospitals and get the procedure for less than half the cost in the U.S. or Canada, even figuring in the airfare. Surprisingly, there are already more info tech engineers in Bangalore (150,000) than in Silicon Valley (130,000).


At June 19, 2005 7:01 PM, Blogger GayLikeAFox said...

Ah well. Western dominance couldn't last forever.

Maybe Muslims will go after China and India now and leave us alone.

At June 19, 2005 9:03 PM, Blogger Fjordman said...

Well, we're not dead yet, at least the USA isn't. I'm still not sure where reality ends and the hype begins regarding this "Asian Century" thing.

Muslims will never leave anybody alone, anyway.

At June 19, 2005 9:20 PM, Blogger Zach said...

I have to say that I find it rather improbable that India and China will not face significant conflicts of interest during their rise. In addition, China is going to start significant aging soon, which is likely to produce the same economic problems we see in Japan today. Also, due to previous self-selection due to the caste system, I don't think that the Indians from south India that we see coming to the West to work/study as engineers, doctors, etc, necessarily reflect the norm in the rest of the country. But then, who knows...

At June 20, 2005 5:40 PM, Blogger Evan said...

The Chinese miracle may be oversold at least for now. I contended elsewhere that China is probably headed for a fall at least in the short term. There is tremendous lack of transparency combined with politicization of economic decision-making, which is pretty much what happened in E. Asia in 1997.

At June 21, 2005 8:32 AM, Blogger ik said...

I am Indian. Do not believe this BS. India is in much worse shape in the fight against Islam than Europe. The sinking of either India or Europe is going to be a disaster for all mankind.

We might succeed technologically - but then technologically Sweden and France are also advanced. Economic success or Technological expertise does prevent any culture from becoming dhimmified and getting sucked into the Islamic black hole. India has already lost Pakistan and Bangladesh - given the Islamic birth rate and population proportions hopefully Islam will be fighting a 2 front war in India and Europe simultaneously.

At June 21, 2005 11:17 AM, Blogger Fjordman said...

ik: Yes, India is in trouble with this, too. Actually, among the better news today is the ever closer relationship between the USA and India. We need this both against Islam and against authoritarian China. I believe Islam will lose, and one of the reasons for this is the combined forces and manpower of the West and India. But the fight could become ugly, both in your continent and in mine.

Do you know of any good Indian weblogs? I'd like to add a couple to my blog roll.

At June 21, 2005 5:27 PM, Blogger ik said...


Here is a good Indian nationalist blogger

He is an author whose articles are available at

(Notice the link to LGF in his blogroll)

You need some background knowledge to understand some of the stuff - A quick summary

psec - pseudo-secularist - Hindu moonbat
ELM - Indian English Language Media (called MSM on LGF) - Practically the entire Indian ELM has been taken over by leftists/communists - so it is a waste of time to read any opinion pieces in any of them. They do keep some token nationalist authors. The only nationalist ELnewspaper is - rest are garbage.

Here is another good author - unfortunately he does not have a blog -

some good books - free (if you ever need any references) -
two of the interesting ones are -

something else to chew on

At June 21, 2005 9:36 PM, Blogger Fjordman said...

Thanks, ik. I'll have a look and add a few Indian blogs to my blogroll ;-)


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