This book explores how three Eurasian powers - Russia, India and China can make 21st century an Asian century. Russia with a territory of more than 17 million sq km is the world's largest country while China with more than 1.3 billion people is the most populous country in the world. Both countries share boundary running into 7500 km., the largest in the world. Therefore the relations between the two countries always had a strong impact on the course of regional and global politics. India being the world’s largest functioning democracy and one of the ten fastest growing economy in the world is an another important emerging power in the world.
The former Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, proposed a Russia-India-China strategic triangle, during his visit in December 1998, which envisaged closer strategic cooperation among these three countries. The multi-ethnic and multi-cultural societies of Russia, India and China have faced increasing pressure from the forces that seek to destroy their pluralistic societies. In India infiltration in Kargil was the culmination of years of infiltrations and terrorist activities. The terrorists have also attacked the highest symbol of Indian democracy, the Parliament. Russia's long bleeding problem of Chechnya has been further aggravated with the Western and US media and human right groups’ intervention in the name of human rights violations. China is facing potential threat of secession in its Xinjiang province by Islamic extremists who are engaged with continuous low level warfare with Chinese authorities. There is growing feeling among the three countries that US alone should not set the agenda of global war against terror. The experience of Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and Egypt also shows that the US policies can leave a bigger mess in the region, the effect of which has to be borne by neighboring countries.