What Asia Wants, or the “Four C’s”: Consumption, Connectivity, Capital & Creativity
Policy brief " What Asia wants, or the "Four C's": Consumption, Connectivity, Capital & Creativity" is the first paper prepared within the framework of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club research program. The theme for the first note, which opens the Club’s new research program, was not chosen randomly. In recent years, Asia has made a serious claim as a new economic and political center of the world, and the region's role on the international arena is growing rapidly.
The authors underscore the need for debunking the old stereotypes, the most illustrious of which is the label "made in China", pointing to the poor quality of products made in the Middle Kingdom, as well as the neighboring developing countries. But Asia is no longer to be the workshop of the world and to flood the planet with cheap consumer goods; it begins to live for itself and to produce for itself. The note addresses the four necessary conditions for such a qualitative change in the internal development of the region: consumption, interconnectedness, capital and creativity.