Probably one of the centres, or even the most important centre of global development has moved to Eurasia <…> We understand and consider these processes as universal, as a kind of association that allows to weave the canvas of a new global world. One of many forms of these interconnections is the building of new regional globalization that will further expand <…> The entire configuration of the world largely depends on the efforts made by these countries — Andrei Bystritsky, Chairman of the Board, Foundation for the Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club.
Growth of economic and political importance of Asian countries, both major ones, like India and China, and smaller ones <…> is changing the whole geopolitical map of the world. Today the Asian region is becoming not only the workshop, the smithery, where most goods for global markets are produced, but also a source of ideas, investments and political influence — Timofei Bordachev, Director, Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics; Programme Director, The Valdai Discussion Club .
Now everybody knows that Asia is the driver of modern economic growth, as China and India have shown. Since 2009 China has been the largest automobile, concrete and textile producer in the world <…> At the same time, this territory is a real centre, a hub and a generator of various problems of the 21st century; it consumes more energy than any other region — Kim Jin Hyun, Chairman, World Peace Forum.