Asia's Quiet Revolution

Reporter Tyler Marshall examines one of the most significant but barely noted developments in current world politics — the dramatic and rapid spread of China's influence in southeast Asia and the western Pacific, including countries like Australia, Thailand and the Philippines that have long been regarded as staunch American allies. His reporting demonstrates that while U.S. policy-makers have focused on terrorism and the Middle East, the world beyond is changing fast.

China Poised to Dominate Influence in Asia

BANGKOK -- The maps spread across the desk of senior Thai Commerce Ministry official Pisanu Rienmahasarn show the progress on a new 1,170-mile-long road project that will run from Kunming in southwestern China through Laos and on to the ports of southern Thailand.