Asia in Infographics

„Asia in Infographics“ is an ongoing initiative of Bertelsmann Stiftung’s project “Germany and Asia”. Every week, we will publish a new visualisation of political, economic, social or cultural trends in the Asia-Pacific region.

CHINA’S SOCIAL CREDIT SYSTEM

It’s been dubbed the most ambitious experiment in digital social control ever undertaken. The Chinese government plans to launch its Social Credit System nationally by 2020.

HOW GERMANY TRADES

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.

Cost of Living

Standards of living vary greatly among Asian countries. This is reflected in the vastly different working time needed to afford everyday products. An average employee in India would need to work almost a year to buy a single top-notch smartphone. A worker in Singapore can afford more than 30 smartphones in the same amount of time.

Sports in South and East Asia

Soccer, basketball and baseball are among the most popular – and certainly most watched – sports all across Asia. Yet apart from these global team sports, many people also engage in various national sports (official or unofficial), often in the field of martial arts.

MADE IN CHINA 2025

In 2015, the Chinese government presented Made in China 2025, one of its main development policies which aims to make the country a “manufacturing superpower” within the next few decades. It is part of the Chinese Communist Party’s goal of modernizing China and turning it into a fully developed nation by 2049, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic.

Nobel Prizes

What do blue LEDs, a therapy against Malaria and conductive polymers have in common? All of them were found or invented by Asian Nobel laureates. To this date, more than 50 Asians have been honored with a Nobel Prize, roughly half of them from Japan. The high number of Nobel Peace Prizes reflects Asia’s turbulent recent history.

ASIA’S VIOLENT CONFLICTS

In Asia, where more than half of the world’s population lives, numerous conflicts are simmering that would have global consequences were they to escalate.

THE ASIAN GENDER GAP

Within the last decade, the parity between men and women has basically improved across Asia. Nevertheless, compared to other parts of the world, many Asian countries still score poorly, according to the Global Gender Gap ranking compiled by the World Economic Forum. The best parity is achieved in the Philippines, while two of the regions wealthiest nations, Japan and South Korea, rank at the lower end of the scale.

CLOSING THE GENDER GAP

Overall, when it comes to equality between the sexes, things are moving in the right direction. However, they are moving at a very slow pace – in some regions at a glacial pace, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report.

BIRTH OF A SMARTPHONE

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

HOW ASIANS VIEW EACH OTHER

Asia is home to half of the planet’s population. But what do Asian people think of one another? The Pew Research Center’s 2017 Global Attitudes Survey shows that Asians have strong views, especially towards China, the region’s leading power.

THE RACE FOR AI SUPREMACY

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