The Future

  • Ian Rae
  • Morgen Witzel


Over the past centuries, South-East Asia has served as, variously, a supplier of luxury goods to the lands to the north and the west, a centre of production of raw materials and resources needed by industrialised countries, a low-cost manufacturing centre, and a supplier of capital and investment, most especially to mainland China. Through all the various phase of its development, South-East Asia’s economy has had one common feature: it has been largely based on exports. Unlike China, the United States or Western Europe, the internal market alone has never been enough to fuel strong economic growth.


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  • Ian Rae
  • Morgen Witzel

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