North Africa and Asia

Are there long-term consequences for East Asia in the revolts which have been stirring an Arab world long lost in self-pity, outmoded systems and oppressive governments? It has long been obvious that Western Europe has failed to develop the kind of links with Arab neighbors across the Mediterranean which developed Northeast Asia has with the lower income Southeast. The northeast's capital and manufacturing technology, together with access to western markets, have done wonders for its neighbors thanks to their being – with the glaring exception of Burma – open to foreigners and generally favoring market-driven economic policies and private ownership.

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