Asia’s anti-poverty gains are under threat as the coronavirus and deglobalisation deliver a double whammy
- Too many people, especially outside China, are in danger of slipping back into destitution: governments must act now to hand out cash, fund universal pensions, disability and child benefits, and strengthen social safety nets for the long term
James Crabtree is a Singapore-based author and journalist, and associate professor of practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. His best-selling 2018 book, The Billionaire Raj, was short-listed for the FT / McKinsey book of the year. His career has spanned both policy and media, including working at the Financial Times, and as an adviser in the UK Prime Minister's Strategy Unit under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.