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The Quest for Peace and Prosperity in the Asia-Pacific and Beyond

Ladies and gentlemen,

The fact that Asia aspires to take the helm of the United Nations for the next decade is one indication of the rise of the Asia-Pacific region in the global scheme of things. And by all accounts, the rise is likely to continue. The coming years promise to be a time of exciting challenges and accomplishments for the region. As it enters the 2nd half-century, the Asia Society, too, looks headed for an era of heightened activity. May the Society and its distinguished members live in interesting times.

Thank you for your kind attention. Now, I'd be happy to take questions and comments.