Connect with us

Asean

Chinese investors are taking a closer look at Asean and Thailand

Published

on

438320

Thailand and Southeast Asian countries continue to be a magnet for investment by Chinese companies thanks to the growth prospects of the region and the imminent formation of the Asean Economic Community (AEC).

As the ‘factory of the world’ faces rising labour and production costs, Chinese companies are taking a closer look at Asean and Thailand.

Vietnam overtook China to become the largest producer of Nike shoes in 2010.

438320

Last year China-Asean trade value totalled $362.3 billion

 

“Chinese investors have shown a growing tendency to establish production bases in Asean and Thailand is among the first countries to which they pay attention,”

said Bang-on Thitapaisalpol, the director of the Guangzhou office of the Board of Investment (BoI).

She said there were many reasons for the trend but one of the biggest advantages Thailand has is its location in the centre of Asean, where new rail and road links would help make Thailand the logistics centre of the region.

Asean, which currently has about 600 million people and trade valued in excess of $2 trillion, has seen its role gradually rise among Chinese investors, who have either used the region as the source for materials for their manufacturing sector or as export markets for processed goods.

Last year China-Asean trade value totaled $362.3 billion

This has prompted a surge in two-way trade between China and Asean which hit a new high last year, reflecting the gains made under free trade agreement that took effect in 2010 between Asean and the world’s second largest economy.

Last year China-Asean trade value totaled $362.3 billion, a surge of 24% from 2010. In the first seven months of the year, the figure was up 9% year-on-year to $220.57 billion. China’s top three Asean trade partners are Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore.

Under the FTA, the average tariff on goods from Asean countries to China has been reduced to 0.1% from 9.8%.

Apart from this, there has been a gradual shift of production bases from China to Asean nations over the past few months in response to rising wages at home. As a result, some Asean members have started to take China’s place as the “world’s factory”. Vietnam is a good example, usurping China to become the largest producer of Nike shoes in 2010.

via China’s big shift | Bangkok Post: business.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Asean

ASEAN commemorates Youth in Climate Action and Disaster Resilience Day 2021

An intergenerational dialogue titled ‘Teaming up with You(th) for a Disaster-Resilient and Climate-Friendly ASEAN’, was moderated by the ASEAN Youth Forum’s Programme Manager, Rastra Yasland.

Published

on

f1db4345

JAKARTA, 30 November 2021 – The ASEAN Secretariat hosted an interactive webinar to commemorate ASEAN Youth in Climate Action and Disaster Resilience Day on 25 November.

(more…)
Continue Reading

Vietnam

Vietnam’s Tay Ninh Province: Promising for Investors in the Greater Mekong Subregion

The SKER is one of four key economic regions which cover most economic and investment hubs in the country. The SKER consists of Tay Ninh along with Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Long An, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Binh Phuoc, and Tien Giang.

Published

on

Tay Ninh Province: Promising for Investors in the Greater Mekong Subregion

Vietnam’s Tay Ninh province located in the Southern Key Economic Region (SKER) acts as a key connection point between Ho Chi Minh City and Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, sharing a border with Cambodia at Moc Bai and Xa Mat border gates, the main trade centers between the two countries.

(more…)
Continue Reading

Recent

Most Read

Join 14,209 other subscribers