As part of the Power of Asia season across the BBC's international news services - BBC World Service staged a panel discussion at the London Stock Exchange Theatre on Wednesday 29 June 2011.
The panel covered the reasons behind the rise of regional economies and asked whether democracy was necessary for economic development.
The agenda for the discussion was put together by some of the BBC's multilingual services including, BBC Burmese, BBC Chinese, BBC Hindi, BBC Indonesia and BBC Vietnamese.
The debate was chaired by Britt Yip of BBC Chinese and Hoang Nguyen of BBC Vietnamese.
The panel included:
Professor Athar Hussain, Director of the Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Professor Shaojia Liu, Economics and Finance, Brunel University
Dr Intan Syah Ichsan, University of Exeter
Martina Nguyen, Historian of Southeast Asia, University of California, Berkeley
Van Biak Thang, Assistant Editor of internet-based news agency, Chinland Guardian
You can listen to a shorter version of the debate or watch the debate in full via the four clips below.