A year to remember and to forget in Asia

Suddenly, the business events of the last year in Asia seem trivial.

1st January, 2005

Suddenly, the business events of the last year in Asia seem trivial. The fast-rising death toll from last weekend's earthquake and resulting tsunami eclipses everything else.

The disaster, which has claimed at least 120,000 lives and perhaps far more, highlighted the region's vulnerability to the whims of nature. And lessons can be learned all around.

Governments received a grim wake-up call for the need to upgrade the warning systems that proved woefully inadequate in the face...

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