Labourers work at a garment factory in Hanoi. Photo: Reuters

US-China trade war presented Vietnam a golden opportunity but can its infrastructure keep up?

  • Businesses are complaining about congested ports and roads, soaring costs for land and labour, and regulations being loosened too slowly
  • If Vietnam is unable to fast-track progress in closing its infrastructure gap, it risks losing its ‘mini-China’ status as supply chains are diverted
Topic |   Vietnam

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Labourers work at a garment factory in Hanoi. Photo: Reuters
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Mukhriz Mahathir at his official residence in the Kedah state capital of Alor Setar. Photo: Tashny Sukumaran

Battle for spoils of US-China trade war has Malaysia’s Mukhriz Mahathir touting Kedah’s arsenal

  • Fifth child of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has the tall order of luring Chinese businesses to one of Malaysia’s poorest states as investors eye new markets
  • But the chief minister says the region is well armed for the task and Kedah is the natural choice for tariff-weary manufacturers
Topic |   Malaysia

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Mukhriz Mahathir at his official residence in the Kedah state capital of Alor Setar. Photo: Tashny Sukumaran
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