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Asia Update

November 2016

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


Invitation Asia Briefing

"Gangnam Blues: South Korea between Boom and Crisis"

The Bertelsmann Stiftung and the journal „Internationale Politik” (IP) invite you to a panel discussion in our dialog series “Asia Briefings” on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, from 18:00 – 20:00 at the Bertelsmann representative office, Unter den Linden 1, 10117 Berlin.

We are delighted to discuss the latest developments on the Korean Peninsula with experts from academia, business and politics, and hope to see you there. Please register here


GED Blog Post and Study

Is China buying “Made in Germany”?

German technology is globally very popular – including in China. However, not everyone is enthusiastic about the interest being shown in it by the Middle Kingdom (i.e. China). Takeovers by Chinese firms are being observed with increasing skepticism and in some recent cases are even subject to government review. A study by our colleague Cora Jungbluth from Bertelsmann Stiftung's Global Economic Dynamics project has analyzed Chinese investments of recent years. She finds that the overall impact of Chinese investment in Germany has been positive so far, but that a lack of reciprocity and transparency could increasingly lead to tensions in the future. Read the summary and download the German-language study here


Event Report

Social Cohesion in Transformation

The Bertelsmann Stiftung and the India Today Group, one of India’s largest media groups, organized a high-level roundtable discussion in New Delhi on September 23, 2016 titled Social Cohesion in Transformation. The Experience of India and Beyond”. The conference assembled 30 thought leaders from business, politics, academia and civil society, and was based on a background paper on “Social Cohesion and Transformation in India”, written by Suhas Palshikar, Co-Director of Lokniti and former Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the SavitribaiPhule Pune University. Read the full event report and download the paper here


Blog Post

Are Deals Like the TTIP Putting India's Economy at Risk?

India has been historically reserved when it comes to larger trade deals. This could be about to change. Its economy could gain significantly from regional trade agreements like RCEP and FTAAP, argue Cora Jungbluth and Murali Nair from Bertelsmann Stiftung. However, their redistribution effects could lead to significant political backlash, they explain in this recent blog post. Read the full blog post here



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