Why Manila Wants to Be Detroit

Carmaking could provide the jobs the Philippines needs.

Aquino wants to jumpstart a manufacturing sector.

Photographer: Mark Fredesjed R. Cristino/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

For a leader facing a plethora of challenges at home, Philippines President Benigno Aquino is thinking a lot about Detroit -- in particular, how to steal the title "Detroit of Asia” away from his Southeast Asian neighbor Thailand.

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