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Asia Update

October 2015

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




Initiative and Award

China - More than a Market

The German Chamber of Commerce in China, Shanghai, together with the Bertelsmann Stiftung and supported by the German Consulate in Shanghai, have started the initiative "More than a Market". In 2016, the inaugural „More than a Market Awards“ will be given out for exemplary social projects of German companies in China. German enterprises have been active in China for more than 30 years and have long started to grow roots there. In an increasingly complex market, environment and society, German companies operating in China face a multitude of challenges. The study „More than a Market“ explores what is happening at the intersection of German companies, the Chinese market and Chinese society. Read more about the initiative and download the mapping study here


Essay by Vidya Subrahmaniam

From Emergency to Now: The Wide Arc of a Hack’s Ideological Journey

The Indian political landscape changed post the imposition of Emergency by Indira Gandhi between 1975 and 1977 when she ruled by decree, suspending elections and curbing civil rights. The path taken by a nation built on the ideals of secularism and economic and social equity from authoritarianism towards hindu nationalism is the subject of this essay. The veteran journalist at The Hindu explains how she outgrew her obsessive anti-Congressism, became more empathetic to Dalit and backward caste aspirations, and simultaneously came to view Hindutva as a threat to India’s social and emotional well-being. Read the essay here


Asia Policy Brief

Hard or smart landing: What to expect from China?

Chinese economic growth is slowing down, leading to waning confidence in the performance of the Communist Party. Two years after the launch of Xi's reform initiative, optimism has suffered greatly. The current political and economic signals are generating uncertainty - not only in China. How China will make the transition to a more sustainable development model largely depends on the confidence in the capacity of the government to control the new challenges. In the new issue of the Asia Policy Brief (in German only, English version forthcoming), Bernhard Bartsch, Senior Expert in the program “Germany and Asia” at the Bertelsmann Stiftung, analyzes the challenges facing the Chinese government and their potential consequences for Germany and Europe. Read and download the German Asia Policy Brief here



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