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Chinese investment in Southeast Asia is nothing to fear

More optimistic future for region than the fuss about Chinese investment suggests

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Blue Bay beach resort in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, pictured in August 2018: money from China created new skyscrapers, hotels, casinos, restaurants and apartments, and increased real estate prices.   © Getty Images

Guanie Lim is a research fellow at the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Alvin Camba is a senior fellow of the Paramadina Public Policy Institute, Indonesia.

Is China "buying up" Southeast Asia? Since Beijing boasts the world's second-biggest economy and is the largest trade partner of many of the region's economies, this question unsettles onlookers across the world, from Washington's Capitol Hill to Metro Manila's jeepney drivers.

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