A tale of two Asias
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A tale of two Asias

The December edition of Euromoney focuses on Asia - the best Asian companies, the most talented bankers and commercial figures and the best banks. These are the crisis busters, the people and institutions whose success or failure will spell not just a renaissance in their own countries but will also provide a spur to economic growth elsewhere in the emerging and developed markets.

Take Yangho Byeon. He masterminded Korea's successful re-entry into the bond markets last year and went on to create single-handed an investor relations programme that has kept foreigners informed of developments in the country.

Look at Sommai Phasee. His efforts in conjunction with finance minister Tarrin have restored international confidence in Thailand and enabled the restructuring agency to attract international buyers to the country's repackaged assets.

Contrast these reform-minded and entrepreneurial Asians of the future with the men whose opinions count most in Asia's largest and most disappointing democracy.

Euromoney's Asia editor, Steven Irvine, has just spent two weeks in India. He met the cream of India's political and financial elite. What he found depends on your point of view. India has come out of the recent crisis remarkably unscathed by comparison with its eastern neighbours.

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