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Asia's 'circle of democracy'
How effectively could alliances between Asia's democratic nations counter China's growing power in the region?
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2010 13:58 GMT

How effective can ties between the US and Asia's biggest democracies be in countering China's power in the region?

China's military growth, renewed territorial claims, and tough stances on trade policy are all signs of Beijing's growing aggressiveness on the international stage.

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And recent moves have prompted its democratic neighbours, including India and Japan, to revive intra-Asian economic and security alliances.

The US is also looking to strengthen its influence in the East, as Barack Obama, the US president, continues his four-nation Asia tour that includes a stop in Indonesia before the G20 summit in South Korea.

On Tuesday's Riz Khan, we ask: Do regional alliances and American influence have a fighting chance against Chinese dominance in Asia?

Riz speaks to Manish Tewari, an Indian member of parliament and spokesperson for the Indian National Congress, and Gordon Chang, an author and columnist who frequently writes about Asia.

This episode of Riz Khan aired from Tuesday, November 9, 2010.

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