World Health & Population

World Health & Population November -0001 : 0-0.doi:10.12927/whp..17530

Education and Training - Capacity Building

Sagar C. Jain


The twenty-first century could very well be called the Asian century. Asia has many positive attributes; sixty percent of the world's population lives in this continent, and numerical superiority has a habit of asserting itself. Asia is also experiencing an extraordinarily rapid growth in its scientific, technical and managerial expertise, and this momentum is likely to increase. Asian economies are expanding faster than economies in most other parts of the world. The ingrained habits of its people to save and invest are likely to perpetuate this process of economic expansion. More and more Asian countries are considering democracy as a way of life and are taking steps to arrest corruption and to protect human rights. Increasingly aware of the inter-activity between economic and political power, Asian countries are becoming more sophisticated in linking these factors when dealing with other countries. All of these factors have helped generate a sense of self-confidence and a new behaviour of political assertiveness.
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