Trade and network flows in Asia

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Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

The future of Asia: Asian flows and networks are defining the next phase of globalization

– The Asian Century has begun. Asia is the world’s largest regional economy and, as its economies integrate further, it has the potential to fuel and shape the next phase of globalization.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

What will (and won’t) change in the future of Asia: An interview with the CEO of DBS

– The continued economic integration of Asia will open up opportunities for savvy businesses, predicts Piyush Gupta.

China Brief: The state of the economy

– Welcome to the first edition of China Brief. In this series, linked to our monthly podcast, McKinsey on China, our China-based partners share the latest insights from this dynamic market.

Asia and Globalization


ASEAN’s transformation to a global player

Kaushik Das, managing partner in McKinsey’s Southeast Asia offices, discusses ASEAN’s growth and expansion, and how its economy has stayed resilient despite political volatility.

Manufacturing and trade in Asia

Karel Eloot, coleader of McKinsey’s Operations Practice in Asia, discusses how Asian economies are building more domestic supply chains, as trade gradually shifts between Asian countries. He also examines how executives in Asia should align their manufacturing footprints with evolving trade flows.

Future of Asia Podcasts

Asian networks and flows are defining the next phase of globalization

October 2019 – The Asian Century has begun. Asia is the world’s largest regional economy and it is poised to lead the world into the next phase of globalization. We discuss how global flows are shifting toward Asia, and what companies and governments can do to win in a world led by Asia.


Future of China and its relationship with the world

November 2019 – After four decades of opening up its economy, China is facing their first set of challenges with their relationship to the world. Could we be seeing the beginning of a new trend of less engagement between China and the world after years of deepening ties?