What's in a name?

Raleigh Addington
Raleigh Addington
editor at Chartwell Speakers

An interesting discussion at Asia House this morning on the market risks that currently shape Asia. Moderating and opening the discussion was the ever-impressive Parag Khanna. He kicked off proceedings by questioning the very notion of Asia as an entity. Parag pointed out that there are 13 different geographical definitions of “Asia” so terminological confusion is one risk to be aware of. The BRICs label is a good example of this where, by conveniently lumping together a group of four very different states, there is a danger of losing what each one is all about. He warned that it is a mistake to overstate Asian unity, just because it may be the current way of thinking. “Chindia” anyone?

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