Editor’s note: This was written by Kayla Matthews, a freelance writer focusing on technology and online media. You can find more of her work on VentureBeat, MakeUseOf, Motherboard and Gear Diary. 

If you’ve kept up with global news recently, maybe you’ve noticed a huge increase in Chinese companies moving into Southeast Asia. Let’s take a look at why those investments are advantageous for China and the nations of Southeast Asia, and then explore a few Chinese companies that have made meaningful transitions into neighboring territory.

One of the most prominent reasons for the Chinese expansions is that China wants to keep its economic strength in the world. It has achieved the world’s second-largest economy but the country’s currency, the yuan, has been weakening.

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