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2022 look ahead: Expect more of the same for Asia's economy

The four significant macro risks will all prove relatively uneventful over the year

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Lujiazui financial district in Pudong, Shanghai, pictured on July 13: it is China's outlook, not the U.S.'s, which matters more.   © Reuters

William Bratton is author of "China's Rise, Asia's Decline." He was previously head of equity research, Asia-Pacific, at HSBC.

One of the challenges when considering Asia's near-term outlook is that the trends shaping its economic, financial and political future are multi-decade affairs. They roll remorselessly forward irrespective of the constraints of the Gregorian calendar, and it is often misleading to assume that the trends over the next 12 months will be materially different from those that typified the years recently passed.

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