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Asia Update

September 2019

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



What the West is Investing along China's New Silk Road

China is propagating its "Belt & Road Initiative" as a development initiative for the Eurasian continent, thereby pursuing geopolitical ambitions. However, our new study shows that Europe need not feel small in light of China's efforts. As a comparison of Western and Chinese financial flows reveals: The West is investing just as much in countries of the so-called "Silk Road" and is the better partner for many countries. Read and download the study here


Asia in Infographics

Asian students in Europe

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. Read and download the infographic here


Asia in Infographics

Chinese students studying abroad

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. Read and download the infographic here



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Dr. Peter Walkenhorst

Senior Project Manager


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