The nineth session of the Valdai Club's 16th Annual Meeting was dedicated to the topic: "Breaking New Ground in the World Economy: Asia as a Driver of Growth or Space for Confrontation?"
Asia has been the main beneficiary of globalization having achieved impressive economic successes. As the global economic model is changing, the issue of how the future interaction will work is arising. Will the 21st-century neomercantilism prevail? Will regional economic systems emerge? Or will the period of turmoil be followed by revival of more or less universal rules? What role will the huge and vibrant Asia play in that?