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Asia Update

March 2020

Asia-related activities of Bertelsmann Stiftung and insights into important developments in the region.


Intro Newsletter

Dear readers,
The coronavirus crisis is affecting all of us in unprecedented ways and shifting our priorities. Overall however, the current crisis highlights even stronger the challenges of the changing world order.  Therefore, we will continue to inform you about developments in Asia that remain relevant and important. In the new issue of our newsletter, you will find information about social cohesion and connectivity in Asia, aspects that affect the way societies are dealing with the crisis.

Warmest regards,
Stephan Vopel
Director, Germany and Asia


Book Publication

Social cohesion in Asia

Social cohesion in Asia has a Janus-faced quality. Depending on the political and social framework, it can have both positive and negative effects, a new study shows. On the one hand, it can function as the glue that holds a society together, allowing for economic progress and an inclusive development policy. On the other hand, social cohesion can serve as a source of authoritarian durability.
Read more here.



India's fragile cohesion

In India, the conflict between Hindus and Muslims is escalating. It threatens the cohesion of Indian society - and the trust of foreign countries. Our colleague Peter Walkenhorst argues that India would be well advised to return to its policy of accommodation between religious groups that has served the country well for decades.
Read more here.



Asia gets connected

How well connected is Asia and how ready is it to go digital? A big part of the growth in new unique mobile subscribers is expected to be driven by Asian nations, especially India, China, Pakistan, Indonesia and Bangladesh. But overall, Asia also has more ground to cover compared to Europe and North America as the region is lagging behind in terms of connectivity, both in terms of mobile-phone and Internet penetration.
Read and download the infographic here.



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