Adding up all the dynamics of history, culture, and grievance doesn't explain what's happened with Muslims and Christians. When it comes to violence, not everything has a reason.
In an interview, Robert Kaplan says: 'The United States can preserve the peace [in the Asia Pacific] by seeking not domination, but a favorable balance of power with China. It must at some level allow China its rightful place in the Western Pacific.'
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Like Obama on his November trip to India, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is traveling with hundreds of executives and has business deals at the top of his agenda.
'China wants a presence. India is unnerved by all of this,' Robert Kaplan, author of 'Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power,' told a small gathering in Cambridge.
Though focused on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US must mind other trouble spots.
The Obama adminstration denied a report that the US already told Britain that it will send around 40,000 more troops. But it also says it's in the decision-making process.
Emerging economic superpowers China and India may compete here. What should be the US role?