Craven the exception to your rule is Singapore which is 250 mile north of the Equater which at present is establishing the most comprehensible Biotech research facilities in the world.
Craven de Kere in his firts post wrote:
I do not pose the following as a rule with no exceptions.
I have lived in both nations you name and currently do business with Malaysia daily (I work for a company that is a subsidiary of a Malaysian glove manufacturer).
I know the countries well and as fbaezer points out Malaysia is not exactly a picture of wealth. My memory of Malaysia (I had my first coconut there) is not dissimilar to other moderately poor Asian nations.
In any case, I never said there were no exceptions to this trend and I never posited it as a rule. I also avoided the dependance on anecdotal evidence.
In other words that's like pointing at a guy with long hair and trying to deny that the current trend is toward short hair.
there are exceptions. Heck there are exceptions to the trend of inductrialization determining wealth as well. Any region whose economy is primarily fueled by tourism is a good start. Many of them are located in warm climates.
Your comments are more pre 21st Century.
Certainly! Industrialization is a passing fad. As fbaezer notes it's all about services. And since services are now cross border (think tech center in India answering tech support for American firms) regional limitations will be far less important.
As fbaezer notes climate affected the start of the race and interestingly in the cooler nations the cultures generally have more means (e.g. air Conditioning) to fight the elements.
With the rise in the importance of services climate will be irrelevant and technical capability and competitiveness will be key.
In that I couldn't agree more.