Asian nations after a long stupor, under the spell of western preponderance, are no longer in the backwaters of history. It can be borne by the fact that the new democratic team, which is at the helm of power in USA is quite cognisant of the new power dynamics emerging in the world in which Asia would play a vital role. Hillary Clinton a very astute and seasoned politician, and as the well-chosen Secretary of State by Barack Obama, deemed it expedient, unlike the tradition of the past to visit the European countries, she opted for visiting Asian countries, Japan, South Korea and China in her first visit planned for strengthening relations with two great giants of Asia - Japan - an economic engine of the world and China fast moving new power centre, besides its dependable ally - South Korea, particularly when North Korea was asserting its 'Will' and refused to be taken for granted particularly on the issue of nuclear proliferation. Hillary Clinton has expressed what is profoundly true: "I don't think it is realistic to expect that we will see a global recovery without Chinese and American cooperation and leadership." China is no longer the most despised nation in USA and the stereotype associated with the 'yellow' race, has changed and now it has assumed the status of a vital trading partner and active member of globalisation, which favours private enterprise and 'free-market', as the 'rules' of the game determined by the Bretton Wood institutions, being fully controlled by USA. But what is very gratifying that China out-witted them in their own game and it is one of the leading exporters of goods to USA. Go to any 'mall' in USA, you will find Chinese products in abundance and at very cheep rates. Due to the worst hit recession, and considerable fall in the purchasing power of US citizens, the demand for Chinese goods has to some extent diminished, thereby having some adverse impact on the Chinese traders but not a good deal. The Great Crash of 2008, had a great geopolitical setback for the West. According to Roger Attman (Foreign Affairs Jan-Feb 09): "Over the medium term, Washington and European governments will have neither the resources nor the economic credibility to play the role in global affairs that they otherwise would have played. This damage has put the American model of free-market capitalism under a cloud....Now searching for stability, the US government and some European governments have nationalised their financial sectors to a degree that contradicts the tenets of modern capitatism. Much of the world is turning a historic corner and heading into a period in which the role of the state will be larger and that of the private sector will be smaller." Look at the duplicity of the West that when the popular leader of Iran - Mossadique had nationalised its oil, the West could not relish it and manipulated to topple his government and had reinstated the unpopular Raza Shah Pehlvi, who served the interests of USA, a typical dictator, very hard on his own people, but overly subservient to the dictates of US presidents - mostly from the Republican Party. That malaise was miraculously cured by the great revolutionary, Imam Khomeni. Iran became a self-respecting nation, determining its own policies and options, and acquired a resilience which is the hallmark of a civilised nation. Unfortunately, Pakistan inherited what Iran struggled to relinquish - the 'Compliance syndrome', which produced military dictators - Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan, Ziaul Haq and the last in the series Pervez Musharraf, who bartered every single element that determines "sovereignty" of a nation. He just buckled down and compulsively complied ironically, contrary to his Commando like image that he tried to sell to our people. What is intended to convey is that the 'dependency' and 'sovereignty' do not mix together. As a true friend to Pakistan, China always counselled for 'self-reliance' but it fell on deaf ears of our 'dictators' who managed to extend their illegitimate seizure of political power, for at least a decade or so, to be replaced by another, relatively more enthusiastic to fulfil the US geopolitical agenda in the region. That 'virus' somehow still persists, making us so vulnerable and fragile. China got independence a year after Pakistan, but what a difference The economic leap that China has undertaken is indeed incredible. A great geopolitical guru, who outlined a road-map for USA to dominate Eurasia, to be able to prolong its Unipolarity - Brezezinski - has now made an interesting comment that the world should focus less on the "G20" and more on "G2" of China and the US. The desire is to seek cooperation of China, in order to surmount the economic debacle. Even a new term has been coined 'Chimerica' to promote cooperation with China, when the chips are down. During the heydays of US preponderance, in the mid 20th century, America was obsessed with strategic compulsivity to contain China, before it grew too formidable. India was to be built as a great 'strategic partner' of USA, so that it could act as a balancing power and thereby contain China. These are manifestation of 'power hungry' USA to remain at the seat of central command of the world. China, despite its phenomenal economic growth coupled with its sizeable military might is much too humble a nation. During my several visits to China, I found that a good deal of their strategic thinkers were least boastful of their accomplishments. The typical response was "we still have a long way to go." A true depiction of reality is: "China is no longer as poor as it claims; the United States is no longer as rich as it acts." Empire-builders, hardly display the sobriety expected of them. Dictating nations is their latent passion. China has endured numerous aggressions but nourished no desire to extend its territory rather it remained 'inward' looking, gradually accelerating its growth. A nation which built the Great Wall, cannot covet others' territory or strategic wealth like oil and gas. USA used military means to gain control of oil wealth of Iraq and launched attack on Afghanistan to be able to reach the rich oil and gas reservoirs of Central Asian States. China, on the other hand used diplomacy and cooperation to ensure its energy needs for another fifty years or so. No bullet was fired but the 'mission' was accomplished. USA lost its image and reputation in the world, as it failed both in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is now patently clear that USA without China's help cannot salvage its sinking economy. If China did not cooperate and stop buying US bonds, the American economy shall sink much deeper. Its clout as a lone superpower has already vanished and its much-valued ideology of capitalism and 'private enterprise', will get further devalued and other Asian models, which do not imitate West shall assume their salience in the global economy. The Chinese Premier Wang Qizhou expressed it in a concealed way through a diplomatic statement: "The teachers now have some problems." It is rather an understatement typical of Chinese people, but the truth is that the world is moving fast from the US-Centric global order. The President of Council of Foreign Relations, Richard Haass sees it as the emergence of a "non-polar world." John Ikenbery in his profound article The rise of China and the Future of the West (Foreign Affairs, Jan-Feb 2008) writes: "The rise of China will undoubtedly be one of the greatest dramas of the 21st century. China's extraordinary economic growth and active diplomacy are already transforming East Asia and future decades will see even greater increase in Chinese power and influence. Some observers believe that the American Era is coming to an end, and the western oriented world is replaced by one increasingly dominated by the East China's rise will not reshape the world, as per western paradigm. Equal opportunities for all: Peace, Cooperation and Engagement shall be its over-riding orientation. It shall implement in practical terms what Dwight Eisenhower - a Republican president said: "Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace." Pakistan must go East as, it is out of tune with the emerging global realities of. What use is power, without the power of 'understanding'? The writer is a political analyst. E-mail: