Russia Influence in the Asia Pacific Region

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The power of a nation has been said to be characterized with richness in human and natural resources, a stable political climate, effectiveness of political authority, geostrategic position, the influence of the military, the strength and the wealth of the economy, and the ability of the nation to keep up with technological development. In Asia, two countries can be said to be among the world’s powerful leaders. These are Japan and China (Ziegler, 1994). This paper shall be about the ability of Russia to influence areas in the Asia-Pacific region, with regards to the development of their energy resources and exporting these to areas in the mentioned region. The writer was able to successfully gather information about the development of Russia’s energy resources for the benefit of other countries (particularly those in the Asia Pacific). However, precise information on whether Russia has been successful in influencing these countries remains to be a question still. So far, it seems that Russia is well on its way to achieving its goal as long as it is aware of what needs to be done. The demand for energy in Asia increased fourfold between the years 1971 t0 1995. And it has also increased by four percent every year since then to the present year, 2010. Such increases in the need for energy has been quite detrimental for Asian countries, especially the industrial sector. This, of course, has also affected Asian-Pacific countries in terms of energy supply and the environmental problems that they face. Japan has been one of the countries in the Asia-Pacific that have been experiencing such problems, and in fact, its economic growth has also been affected due to the energy sources that it imports. If the economic well-being of Japan shall suffer, so shall the progress of other countries in Asia. As such, there is indeed a need to solve the problem of shortages in supply and the instability of the economy.