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This short book offers a concise, comprehensive survey of political, economic and social opportunities and challenges in Asia. Michael Backman does a solid job of aggregating information about the most important countries in this vast region, especially information that challenges conventional wisdom. At a time when numerous books prophesy China’s unstoppable ascent, getAbstract recommends this refreshingly frank look at an alternative future – a future of problems in China so daunting as to seem almost insoluble. Asia’s future, it seems, will be at least as complex and difficult as its past.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why Asia is economically more important than ever;
  • What opportunities seem brightest there; and
  • What challenges could impede or even reverse economic growth in Asia.

About the Author

Michael Backman, a columnist for The Age in Melbourne, also wrote Asian Eclipse: Exposing the Dark Side of Business in Asia, named by the Economist as one of 2008’s best nonfiction books.



Demographic Destiny
Asia’s importance is undeniable. China and India are already the world’s most populous countries, and their economic growth has certainly captured attention. However, few recognize the complexities and challenges reshaping this rapidly changing region.


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