Asia needs a megaphone | The Japan Times

The region’s rise demands attention to a broader cross section of its thinkers.

Asia’s rise is unmistakable. The region claims more than half the world’s population, and should, this year, become home to half the world’s middle class (defined as those living in households with daily per capita incomes between $10 and $100 at 2005 purchasing power parity). A 2019 Financial Times analysis of data from the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) concluded that Asian economies will be larger than the rest of the world combined in 2020, for the first time since the 19th century. (The COVID-19 pandemic may push that back, but given the global impact, it could also accelerate the transition.)
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