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Dynamic Asia: a new center for growth

In regional shift, migrants and money flow into Asia

E-commerce has been very good for Thailand’s durian sales. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

SHENZHEN/CHANTHABURI, Thailand/MUMBAI/TOKYO -- Laurent Le Pen, 36, was assigned to Shenzhen as an engineer by a French telecommunications company in 2007. He initially regarded the city in Guangdong Province as merely another emerging metropolis in Asia, but he soon found himself captivated by its energy and speed.

Inspired by Shenzhen's dynamism, Le Pen quit the French company in 2013 to launch his own business selling mobile devices that monitored the health and safety of elderly people.

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