Foong Li Mei
Oct 4, 2018

Southeast Asia comes of age

As the countries grew richer, so did their people.

Time to upgrade: Many of the region’s infrastructure projects are running on the Chinese Yuan. Above, Bangkok, Thailand

It wasn’t obvious that Southeast Asia would transform itself into the economic Optimus Prime it is today. After all, its parts hardly fit. Political regimes run the gamut from absolute monarchies to democracies to communism. The region is also a mash-up of some of the wealthiest nations in the world Singapore and Brunei and some of the most impoverished Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia.

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