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Asia Update

November 2015

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




Asia Policy Brief

Modi’s Reform Agenda: Change You Can Believe In?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi entered office with a historic political mandate. For the first time in thirty years, a single party won a majority of seats in the lower house of Parliament (Lok Sabha). However, Modi faced sky-high expectations to fulfill his campaign promises of getting India's economy back on track. Eighteen months into his government's term and in the wake of electoral defeats in Delhi and Bihar, questions are being raised about its economic performance. In the new issue of the Asia Policy Brief Milan Vaishnav, an associate in the South Asia program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC, examines the state of reforms in India. Read more and download the Asia Policy Brief here


Social Cohesion Radar

Measuring Common Ground: Social Cohesion In Asia

Social cohesion has become an important public goal in many countries across the globe, not only in the Western hemisphere, but also in Asia. Despite the growing political and academic interest in the concept, there is as yet no generally accepted definition of social cohesion. As a result, empirical insights are lacking. Against this backdrop, the Bertelsmann Stiftung has initiated the “Social Cohesion Radar” and now plans to extend this project to South, Southeast and East Asia. Read more



Trade Relations

Germany and Asia are interconnected on many levels. Of this interconnectivity, economic flows are but one of the many aspects. Here trade flows from Germany to Asia make up more than 15% of Germany's total external trade, and China is Germany's most important non-EU trading partner. Within Asia, China clearly dominates in both trade and investment flows, but export-driven Germany has significant ties to many countries of the region. Germany and Asia are therefore truly interdependent, and what happens in Asia carries great weight for Germany's future development. Bertelsmann Stiftung offers a graphic portraying the trade relations here



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