Can the world order catch up with the world?

The world turned a corner last year. The problem is that the world order didn't turn with it. This disconnect could have disastrous consequences.

The biggest global change has been the start of the "Asian Century". Today, Asia is home to three of the world's top four economic powers (in purchasing power parity terms): China, India and Japan. The region's combined gross domestic product exceeds that of the United States and of the European Union.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 25, 2020, with the headline 'Can the world order catch up with the world?'. Print Edition | Subscribe