Explain the modern “Gap” that has emerged between the rich world and the poor and embodies a “great reversal” featuring the modern “rise of the West”, but might also itself soon be reversed in a new “Asian century”.

Your essay should present detailed summaries of four news articles—any four news articles that deal with at least two different regional units. More than just summary, the essay should tie all four articles together in a discussion about a particular theme. Here is the theme you need to build your essay:

• the modern “Gap” that has emerged between the rich world and the poor and

embodies a “great reversal” featuring the modern “rise of the West”, but might also

itself soon be reversed in a new “Asian century”