Two of Asia’s most fertile minds – one genius political, the other genius entrepreneurial – recently greeted one another for an officially described “exchange of views.” This was in the office of Malaysia’s newest prime minister, Mohamad Mahathir, 93. His guest was the Alibaba guru, Mr Jack Ma, four decades younger. So what’s the so-called Asian aging problem again? The demographic knock against Asia is that many countries find their population growing older. But after one look at Mahathir, and one look at Ma, 53, you have to ask: How exactly is this a problem? Perhaps Asia’s ‘aging problem’ is more of a treasure than a demographic drain and offers more good answers for Asia than worries.

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