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Full Circle

Introduction

 
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Michael Palin - Full CircleThe Pacific Ocean covers one third of the world's surface and around it lives one third of the world's population. Its 70 million square miles of water spill onto the shores of a richly contrasting assortment of countries. Some are global giants - Russia, China, Japan and the United States. Others, such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Chile and Canada, are becoming increasingly important and influential. The coastline that unites them is now more than just a physical entity. It is a political and economic state of mind, called, for want of something more poetic, the Pacific Rim.

Experts predict that the Pacific Rim will be the power-house of the twenty-first century. Commentators point to the final decline of the Mediterranean-Atlantic axis which has dominated the world these past two thousand years. The future, we are told, belongs to the other side of the earth. The Pacific century is about to begin.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Full Circle
  • Chapter: Introduction
  • Country/sea: England
  • Place: London
  • Book page no: 6

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