Cities and entire regions across Asia are rapidly modernizing. Billions are being invested in roads, ports, railways, energy, AI, healthcare, jobs and education. And it's not just replacing the old but upgrading to world standards. The investments are drivers of inclusive growth, regional integration and economic opportunity. And some are met with opposition at home and abroad, especially when narratives collide or words and actions don't match.
For anyone doing business in and with Asia, and for Asian entities that engage with the rest of the world, now is the time to revisit long held beliefs and assumptions. Getting it right quickly is vital as progress can't wait. Certainly not in Shenzhen, Dubai and the other Asian boom towns.
Understanding the economic and political facts is indispensable. The distinguishing feature however is having a solid grasp on Asian history and the socio-cultural context. It clarifies motivations and rationales, which translates to better communications and competitive advantage.