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Asia Update

December 2016

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



Europe's companies consider themselves disadvantaged compared to Asia

"Made in Europe" under pressure: With innovative technologies and business models companies from newly industrialized Asian countries like China or India are challenging their European competitors. Europe's entrepreneurs say that the competition is more and more unbalanced - and wish for a stronger support by politics. This is the main result of a timely study by Bertelsmann Stiftung in cooperation with the Economist Intelligence Unit. Read the executive summary and download the study here



Europe needs China – and vice versa

One of the biggest issues within the EU-China relations in 2016 was the question about China's market economy status: Beginning December 11, China expects the EU to treat it like a country with that status – as laid out in the agreement Beijing signed when it joined the WTO in 2001. The discussions following the debate have giving rise to concerns that European companies might no longer be sufficiently protected from inexpensive Chinese exports. The current situation is more than just a maneuvering for economic advantages, it is also a game of power politics, Cora Jungbluth and Anika Laudien write in a comment. Read their comment here


Event Report Asia Briefing

"Gangnam Blues: South Korea between Boom and Crisis"

South Korea is the prime example of an emerging economy, which has managed to become a modern economic hub - initially through manufacturing, later through innovation. Recently, however, the South Korean economy and government have drifted into a crisis. Against this background, the Bertelsmann Stiftung organized a panel discussion on the developments in South Korea on 22 November together with the journal "Internationale Politik" (IP). Read the full report here



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