The Future of Asia: Forces of Change and Potential Surprises - Supplementary Report

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Policy Horizons Canada
Strategy and Delivery Division of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia

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Foresight Study

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Background to this Report

This supplementary report provides more detailed information on the issues raised in The Future of Asia: Forces of Change and Potential Surprises foresight report. Click on the images below for more information.

Multiple buildings are all linked by arrowsThis image represents three nuclear reactors in function. This image represents the capacity to modify cells for industrial purposes. Two draglines are moving components of a genome. A 3D printer is pictured above upward arrows, while a security helmet is shown below downward arrows. This image represents diminishing water supplies. Three bottle of water are filled at different levels going from full to almost empty.The American and China flags are cut diagonally and form together a single flag, with the dollar and renminbi symbols in opposite corners.This image represents all aspects of life being managed by artificial intelligence and data analytics. A laptop computer, a pig bank, a group of people, a tank and gears are surrounding a robotic arm.  A smartphone with a shopping cart on the screen is depicted above an arrow showing an incremental increase. This image represents the need to protect cyber data. A shield and a lock are pictured over a motherboard. Image represents Asia soft power. We can see a dragon in combat with two people.Two colour-coded pie charts show that the proportion of youth is decreasing and the population is aging. The colour-code refers to depictions of a baby and a senior. A government building and a factory are combined into one building. The background shows a line chart representing an incremental increase in dollars. This image represents a technology race in the energy industry. An electric plug with the cord and two race flags are pictured in front of a race track.This image represents building bridges between Asian countries through common infrastructure and technology projects. The pillars of a bridge are transmitting waves of data. This image represents increased trade relations between continents of the South. Red arrows link South America, Africa, Asia and Oceania, while North America and Europe are excluded. Liquid metal is being poured from a bowl containing melting skyscrapers into molds on a production chain. The product, cubes of metals, is being carried away on a treadmill. This image represents a wired city where every building is connected to a central network. Skyscrapers are transmitting and receiving waves of data. This image represents the protection of Asian staple food items. A shield is connected to a rice bowl, wheat, fish, eggs, and an apple. This image represents points of tensions in Asia. On the world map, the Kashmir Border, the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, the Liancourt Rocks and the Spratly Islands are represented by red dots. This image represents an increasing presence of robots. Two lines of human-like robot are undergoing production. An arm is being added to the first robots in line by robotic arms. The image shows an adults and children with a no equal sign betweenThis image represents savings and green energy as consumer priorities. A call out bubble contains a pig bank and a sprouting light bulb on a scale.  A microphone is surrounded by fists and handsA family surrounded by items: car, cell phone, foodThis image represents the use of digital technologies to link governments and populations. A digital web is shown linking different points in Asia on the globe. Two sets of hands: on offering money and the other signaling no