May 8, 2014 12:00 am JST

From East to West

Asia's spectacular economic growth is shaking up the Western-dominated world order. Underpinning this historic shift is the sheer number of people living there -- 4.2 billion, or 60% of the global total. The wave of prosperity that originated in East Asia has spread to Southeast Asia and can now be seen in the expanding economies of India and beyond. And ambitious companies and individuals are making names for themselves all over the map.