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Is the Asian Century Really Here?

Asia is already a major global power, and some regard the ongoing COVID-19 crisis as a tipping point that will accelerate the region’s resurgence. But the twenty-first century will really belong to Asia only if it can develop unified, collective leadership.

SEOUL – The COVID-19 pandemic has not been the West’s finest hour. Most Western governments failed to contain the deadly outbreak and the resulting economic damage effectively. And by pursuing inward-looking and protectionist policies, they have contributed relatively little to an effective international response to the coronavirus.