Asia's growing wealth has been accompanied by rising economic, cultural and political influence, prompting predictions that the region will come to dominate the 21st century. Investors have tended to focus most heavily on China, but the region is far larger than China alone.
Numerous other Asian nations are huge economies in their own right, and many have far more favourable demographics and higher long-term growth prospects. Nevertheless, the Covid-19 pandemic and intensifying Sino-US geopolitical tensions have radically transformed their operating environments. Without drastic changes to the underpinnings of their financial and economic systems, not only may the Asian Century never materialise, but underlying imbalances could also precipitate social and economic turmoil.