Easternisation: The Rise of Asia and Decline of the West



The fourth episode of the 85% takes us to London, where host Afshin Molavi speaks with Gideon Rachman, chief foreign affairs commentator for the Financial Times and author of the book Easternization: Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline From Obama to Trump and Beyond. For some 500 years, the West dominated the world. That is no longer true, Rachman argues, suggesting the rise of China, India, and other Asian powers are rewriting our global script.


The extraordinary rise of Chinese travellers are part of that script rewrite, argues lab co-director Afshin Molavi as he sat down with the BBC World News on his London visit to discuss this transformative trend. In the second part of the podcast, we include an excerpt of that interview.


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