Aging China a Boon for Southeast Asia
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  • Thanks for a BADLY needed message – and very neatly and pointedly summarized in the final paragraph too.

  • Kris

    [email protected]: “Thanks for a BADLY needed message”

    Which contains some not entirely reassuring news. The Philippines, for example, is “messier” than Japan or South Korea. And dealing with Indonesia and Malaysia will undoubtedly be a barrel of laughs. But reality is what it is.

  • “For a country whose economic boom was driven largely by a plentiful supply of cheap, young labor,”

    Where do you get this was stuff from? Reports of the death of cheap labor in China are highly exaggerated. (Makes a good headline though!)

  • “The Philippines, for example, is ‘messier’ than Japan or South Korea. And dealing with Indonesia and Malaysia will undoubtedly be a barrel of laughs.”

    Sure. But at the same time, Kris, didn’t you write in a recent post: “There are no easy answers”?

    Besides, who’s to say those aren’t EXACTLY the kinds of problems we need? Deep and murky and patience-requiring, and hard to untangle. And even multi-colored (maddening mixtures of Red and Blue and Purple and Violet and God only knows what). The sort of problems that resist easy ideological confinement and proof-texting. The kind that, the more you go down into them, the more you’re tempted – despite all your (or my) most vehemently held principles – to see ON THEIR OWN TERMS, and according to their own uniquenesses and peculiarities. Best of all, the sort of problems that most unequivocally remind us that we’re human – neither gods nor beasts – and so occasionally still have need to WAIT FOR answers, clarity and meaning. As opposed to merely sniffing and digging and scrounging around for them like some clever old goat.

    As for the messiness of, say, the Philippines or Malaysia (or even India), didn’t the post-war Korea of the ’50s and early ’60s give every appearance of being a similarly hopeless mess? At least that’s ONE US occupation, it seems to me, that hasn’t paid off so badly. But then we were a different nation then, with different (less digitalized?) time horizons. Or might I be so bold as to say, we WERE a Nation then . . .

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