Foreign Investment in Thailand & Exports

Today @chomsowhat posted some very interesting charts and statistics on twitter, showing foreign investment in Thailand and the top 3 countries for exports.

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Of course the purchasing power of China has been increasing dramatically across the globe, China becoming the number one country for export is no surprise. Exports to Japan being almost even with exports to the entire EU was a bit surprising.

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Japan has long been the biggest investor in Thailand, think about the automotive sector, and Japan’s level of investment has remained consistent and is rising from a few years ago. The United States and EU have seen the level of investment falling over the past few year, while China’s investment remains very low.

Interesting to see the United States as a significant investor, but the Unites States is not a top destination for exports.

The media have detailed the new government in Thailand is very close with China, the export numbers and potential for China to invest in new rail networks throughout Thailand provide support for discussions that ties between China and Thailand are very strong and will continue to grow.

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Additional pictures: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/faranginbangkok For more updates about Bangkok, Thailand and other thoughts: www.twitter.com/lilrichardb I began working in Bangkok during 2008- a time that featured a great deal of political unrest in Thailand and particularly Bangkok. I had lived in San Francisco for 15 years and was working on a project in Thailand. Generally I spent 2 weeks in Bangkok and then 3-4 weeks in San Francisco. Did Bangkok begin to feel like home? Yes, and No. Bangkok and the Thai culture forced me to feel many things, the change in culture and environment was so dramatic it forced the decision- embrace or ignore. I embraced and made Bangkok my home and base in 2009. I have enjoyed living in Bangkok, experiencing Thailand and the entire ASEAN region.
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