The politics of Asia are extremely varied as would be expected of such a large landmass and a diverse population. Constitutional monarchies , absolute monarchies , one-party states , federal states , dependent territories , liberal democracies and military dictatorships are all factors in the region, as well as various forms of independence movements. Civilization has a long history throughout Asia and it probably involved politics right from the start although some of the earliest discernible political structures arose in Mesopotamia with the advent of writing offering details of these politics. A large and well organized civil service the like of which arose in China is also a necessary adjunct to politics. Much of the political climate in Asia today is affected by colonialism and imperialism of the past with some states retaining close links with their former colonial governors while others involved in bitter independence struggles the consequences of which continue to be felt.
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The global economic centre of gravity is shifting towards Asia. China, India, and Japan are all competing for influence. They are following different strategies to more closely interconnect Asian countries as well as the region as a whole with the world at large via networks of transportation and through energy projects. Where do these different connectivity strategies converge?