A test train zips along a trial section of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway in Indonesia on November 8. The prestigious project reflects China’s expanding economic influence in Southeast Asia. Photo: Xinhua
A test train zips along a trial section of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway in Indonesia on November 8. The prestigious project reflects China’s expanding economic influence in Southeast Asia. Photo: Xinhua
Chengxin Zhang
Opinion

Opinion

Chengxin Zhang

From soft power to FDI, China must work on its economic ties with Asean

  • China is Asean’s top trading partner and more China-invested projects are gaining traction but its expanding economic influence is also attracting suspicion and distrust
  • Beijing should boost its FDI in the region and ensure China-funded projects are much more observant of local values and laws

A test train zips along a trial section of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway in Indonesia on November 8. The prestigious project reflects China’s expanding economic influence in Southeast Asia. Photo: Xinhua
A test train zips along a trial section of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway in Indonesia on November 8. The prestigious project reflects China’s expanding economic influence in Southeast Asia. Photo: Xinhua
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