Asien in Infografiken

„Asien in Infografiken“ ist eine Initiative des Projekts „Deutschland und Asien“ der Bertelsmann Stiftung. Jede Woche veröffentlichen wir hier eine neue Visualisierung von politischen, wirtschaftlichen, gesellschaftlichen oder kulturellen Entwicklungen in der Asien-Pazifik-Region.


It’s been dubbed the most ambitious experiment in digital social control ever undertaken. The Chinese government plans to launch its Social Credit System nationally by 2020.


The raw materials used in smartphones come from all over the globe. But the hundreds of components that make up the phones are mostly manufactured in Asia where the finished products are also mostly assembled.

Cost of Living

Standards of living vary greatly among Asian countries. This is reflected in the vastly different working time needed to afford everyday products. An average employee in India would need to work almost a year to buy a single top-notch smartphone. A worker in Singapore can afford more than 30 smartphones in the same amount of time.

Sports in South and East Asia

Soccer, basketball and baseball are among the most popular – and certainly most watched – sports all across Asia. Yet apart from these global team sports, many people also engage in various national sports (official or unofficial), often in the field of martial arts.


In 2015, the Chinese government presented Made in China 2025, one of its main development policies which aims to make the country a “manufacturing superpower” within the next few decades. It is part of the Chinese Communist Party’s goal of modernizing China and turning it into a fully developed nation by 2049, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic.

Nobel Prizes

What do blue LEDs, a therapy against Malaria and conductive polymers have in common? All of them were found or invented by Asian Nobel laureates. To this date, more than 50 Asians have been honored with a Nobel Prize, roughly half of them from Japan. The high number of Nobel Peace Prizes reflects Asia’s turbulent recent history.


In Asia, where more than half of the world’s population lives, numerous conflicts are simmering that would have global consequences were they to escalate.


Within the last decade, the parity between men and women has basically improved across Asia. Nevertheless, compared to other parts of the world, many Asian countries still score poorly, according to the Global Gender Gap ranking compiled by the World Economic Forum. The best parity is achieved in the Philippines, while two of the regions wealthiest nations, Japan and South Korea, rank at the lower end of the scale.


Overall, when it comes to equality between the sexes, things are moving in the right direction. However, they are moving at a very slow pace – in some regions at a glacial pace, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report.


The raw materials used in smartphones come from all over the globe. But the hundreds of components that make up the phones are mostly manufactured in Asia where the finished products are also mostly assembled


Asia is home to half of the planet’s population. But what do Asian people think of one another? The Pew Research Center’s 2017 Global Attitudes Survey shows that Asians have strong views, especially towards China, the region’s leading power.


For decades, the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been dominated by the US. However, the picture is changing and China is determined to take over the top spot. China has already overtaken the US in the funding of AI start-ups: In 2017, China accounted for 48 percent of the world’s total AI start-up funding, compared to 38 percent for the US. Various other metrics also show that China’s government is working hard to win the race

China's Targets for AI

The government in Beijing has laid out a plan for China to become the world leader in Artificial Intelligence by 2030. It sees AI as a new and important driver of economic expansion and also as an area of intense international competition. Globally, AI is forecast to boost global economic output by a further 14 percent by 2030

Asia's National Icons

The modern political history of most Asian nations is shaped by revolts – both violent and peaceful – against oppression and colonization. Many of these independence fighters, nation builders and revolutionaries are still celebrated as heroes and, in some cases, demigods. Their words speak of war, strife, pride and nationalism.

China's big 3 Tech Giants

China’s three tech giants Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent are collectively known as BAT. They have driven the country’s digital economy forward and created a multifaceted digital ecosystem that touches every aspect of consumers’ lives, serving close to one billion active users monthly. Although they are private companies, they are under strict government control.


There is no clear pattern for which European countries Asian students choose when studying abroad. While the United Kingdom, France and Germany usually share the top spots, there are some surprises among the runners-up. Spain might be popular among tourists from all over the world, but it is not a destination of choice for students from Asia, and often less desirable than countries like Finland or the Czech Republic.


Rapid economic growth in many parts of Asia in recent decades has greatly amplified wealth, increased GDP per capita and reduced poverty. But the growth has also been accompanied by growing – and in some cases severe –income gaps in many countries.


European countries may have lower or no tuition fees, yet Chinese students choose the United States and Australia as their preferred places to study. Still, Chinese students take the top spot among foreign students in many European countries. The vast majority return home after graduating.

Panda Diplomacy

The giant panda is arguably one of the world’s cutest animals. As the trademark of the World Wildlife Fund, it has become a symbol for endangered species, and the “Kungfu Panda” series has made the animals a pop culture phenomenon. By sending animals to foreign zoos, China has made the panda its heart-winning ambassador.