June 12, 2014 12:00 am JST

Better teamwork

Southeast Asia's borders are eroding as the region's politicians look to deepen integration and boost their economies. Direct aggregate foreign investment in Asean in 2013 surpassed China's, nearly half a century after the political and economic organization was founded. Tariff cuts have lifted regional trade volume, which has increased by 270% in the last decade. That figure is likely to rise further as leaders across the region ready for the launch, by the end of next year, of the Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Economic Community.

     People, companies and cash are flowing through the region at an unprecedented rate. Direct investment among association members grew more than fivefold over the decade to 2012, as infrastructure projects have helped enhance mobility, and ambitious businesses have embarked on regionwide projects to increase their customer bases. What are the coming highs and lows of integration? Read on...