Economic integration in Asia has progressed further and enjoys broader support than political integration. Whether economic integration requires political integration in order to survive, and the nature of the relationship between interdependence and conflict, remain open questions. That is the case in general as well as in the particular case of key contemporary rising powers: China and India. These questions will play an important role in understanding the prospects for conflict or cooperation in Asia. This Policy Commentary will outline the general debate on these questions and apply it to China and to India.

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By Nikola Mirilovic, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Central Florida