China Costs Compared With Cambodia, Laos and Indonesia

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CDE Op-Ed Commentary

Asean-map_550x400pixOur sister website, ASEAN Briefing is running a ten-part, detailed series of articles about the costs of business in ASEAN and comparing these with China. First up are two of the smaller members of ASEAN, the China friendly, yet little explored nations of Cambodia and Laos, as well as the economic giant of Indonesia. 

The articles examine bilateral trade volumes, as well as other major trading partners and the most commonly traded products. In addition wage comparisons, infrastructure and other demographic data and intelligence concerning bilateral trade and opportunities are also discussed. These articles can be as follows for Cambodia here, Laos here and Indonesia here, and are of use to anyone interested in exploring alternative production facilities to China. The series continues during this week with Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines to follow.

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Chris Devonshire-Ellis
is the Founding Partner of Dezan Shira & Associates – a specialist foreign direct investment practice providing corporate establishment, business advisory, tax advisory and compliance, accounting, payroll, due diligence and financial review services to multinationals investing in emerging Asia. Since its establishment in 1992, the firm has grown into one of Asia’s most versatile full-service consultancies with operational offices across China, Hong Kong, India, Singapore and Vietnam, in addition to alliances in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand, as well as liaison offices in Italy, Germany and the United States. For further information, please email or visit

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