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Asia is poised to enter a historical sweet spot, with three of its most populous countries – China, India and Indonesia – led by strong, dynamic and reform-minded leaders. In fact, China's Xi Jinping, India's Narendra Modi and Indonesia's Joko "Jokowi" Widodo could end up ranked among their countries' greatest modern leaders.Over the years, corruption has become endemic in China, with regional party leaders and bosses in state-owned enterprises wielding their vast privileges and authority to accumulate personal wealth.It will succeed only if strong institutions are created to protect and nurture the rule of law long after Xi is out of power.Modi now must lay the foundations for India's emergence as a global economic power.To win the support needed to implement these reforms without undermining political stability or social cohesion, Modi must demonstrate that he is an inclusive leader capable of cooperating with Indians outside of his Hindu nationalist base – including the country's 150 million-plus Muslims. If he succeeds, he, like Xi, will become his country's next iconic leader.Jokowi must now lay the institutional foundations for good governance.
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