Ever wondered how someone from Southeast Asia can get to live and work illegally in the developed world?
One answer is here…lah.
In my travels through the Twitterverse I came across the Spectator Index here. The caveat is that I don’t know the source of some of these statistics, but will take them on trust out of curiousity.
Drawing on just a few recent posts there (at the time of this post), I can tell you that these Southeast Asian countries rate in the global top ten on the following measures…
If you are interested in statistics, and borderline statistical trivia, the Spectator Index may be a Twitter account awaiting your following.
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I have intermittently linked to individual EastAsia Forum articles in the past, but I should take the opportunity to introduce the full EastAsia Forum site here.
The EastAsia Forum has some very insightful pieces by some world class contributors and is highly recommended.
What are the leading trade partnerships in Southeast Asia?
I am glad you asked the question, because I spent far longer than I should have (and wanted to!) using extremely primitive Microsoft Office tools seeking to answer the question in two graphs.
In the first image below is each Southeast Asian nation depicted by the largest source of imports. And yes, if it is too small to see clearly, that import source is China in every country except miniscule Brunei and impoverished Laos, the latter being an economic adjunct to Thailand.
As for Southeast Asia’s main export market for each country, the next image below tells that story.
On this export measure Laos is still aligned with Thailand, while Myanmar, Indonesia and Singapore stay with China. In contrast, Malaysia links to Singapore, Cambodia to the EU, Thailand and Vietnam to the United States and both Brunei and the Philippines to Japan.
FYI the sources were some WTO statistics from the last couple of years. Message me if you seek the details.
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The post title is shared with the great McKinsey discussion paper here that was prepared for the World Cities Summit 2018 in collaboration with the Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore.
Reviewing the footnotes there are many related publications. I am open to posting links to these too (where possible), depending on reader feedback.
There is a lot in these 44 pages to absorb. Limiting my thoughts to just one, I am always cautious about expressing certainty over the future. The report wisely (usually) offers statistical ranges, but even these need to be viewed through the lens of merely greater probability.
The report is also silent on the underlying politics, an even greater risk to the assumed certainties.
I will stop there and let you read the paper!
There were volcanic tremors in Indonesia with Agung volcano in Bali stirring to life as described here, while in Malaysia the political tremors keep coming with the arrest of former Prime Minister Najib Razak as announced here.
And the headline photo above? The best compromise I could find between volcanic impacts and the fading embers of a political dynasty.
As those with direct memories of World War II pass away our collective memory of that time is increasingly shaped by the available photos.
These photos are usually of poor quality and are almost always in black and white.
As such, it is easy to forget that the war was conducted in vivid colour.
Thanks to the great website here, some of their colour pictures bring the conflict in the Pacific Theatre (and thus the Southeast Asian region) to historical life.
There are hundreds of pages and tens of thousands of pictures, so feel free to search for better examples than the ones that follow.
I will gladly update this post with other relevant links that readers can offer.