Late 15th century History’s most famous explorer, Christopher Columbus, was on his way to India in a fleet of three ships. He wanted to return from it with a wealth of spices and seasonings, but instead he reached an unknown land that will be known as the “New World”, or America, or the United States. As for the ancient world, it was, of course, Europe from which it came.
However, there is a world no less ancient, searched for by other explorers, such as (also Italian) Marco Polo, who had reached China and lived there for about two decades. That is the Asian continent of which we are a central part. It is the largest human gathering on earth, once it includes China and India, but it also includes Indonesia, the largest Islamic country.
For centuries, Asia was a country of underdevelopment, slavery, and opium inactivity, but now it has become the new world and gold mines. It turned from a continent of famine to a continent of exponential growth, speed and vastness. Hong Kong Island was the model of poverty, addiction and smuggling, and it became the most expensive real estate in the world. The Asian giant woke up everywhere, while Europe began to be called sarcastically, the old continent. As the “Group of Twenty” adults constitute 60 percent of the world’s population; Most of them are in Asia, where major countries such as China, Japan, Thailand and South Korea have made incredible progress, as well as a middle group such as Hong Kong and Singapore.
From the “Twenty” summit on the island of Bali, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, embarked on this round of developing partnership with Asian friends. The good new thing about this partnership is that it is between two equal teams. Saudi Arabia, rich in opportunities, finds in the Asian partner a competent investor in the energy field and its branches, not just another partner. The American “new world”, or the European old world, is no longer the only economic partner of the Saudi oil giant. In this special relationship, the crown prince completes what the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz started in 2017 on his major Asian tour, and the son follows in the footsteps of the father in supporting prospects for international friendships and the independence of the Saudi decision. The first element of this independence is the robustness of the economy. As part of the goodwill, the kingdom had designated Asia a 5 percent stake in Aramco.
From Bali to Bangkok, passing through Seoul, the horizons of a new world open to the partners and sons of the Asian continent. Father’s message and son’s dream.