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Asia Update

March 2019

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


Asia Policy Brief

Outpaced by the chain - How Blockchain is being promoted in East Asia

Blockchain is one of the new key technology that will dominate the economy in the near future. China, Japan and South Korea protect their blockchain innovations with patents. By the time German players wake up, the field will have been staked out. Applications can be bought, but others will have the control and the earnings. The private sector and government in Germany should drop their skeptical attitude, invest in research and test practical applications, argues Finn Mayer-Kuckuk in our Asia Policy Brief.
Read the new Asia Policy Brief here


Asia in infographics


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. Read and download the infographic here


Asia in infographics


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. Read and download the infographic here



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