January 16, 2014 12:00 am JST

Where to?

Property bubbles, regional trade tie-ups, territorial disputes -- Asian countries face these challenges and more this year. Wage-hike pressures continue to mount, and the dreaded "middle-income trap" is beginning to ensnare many countries. India and Indonesia are set to hold elections that many believe are crucial to keeping their societies stable. This week, the Nikkei Asian Review zooms in on these issues and contemplates what is in store for the region in 2014.