colonization of Southeast Asia
Colony - Singapore and later Burma
Why here? - Singapore was a major stopping point for steamship traffic going to or from China, while capturing Burma would help protect Britain's possessions in India.
Resources - Singapore mainly produces goods and some mineral gases, while Burma is a country rich in jade and gems, oil, natural gas and other mineral resources.
Colony - Vietnam
Why here? - This would give france a military advantage against the British.
Resources - Land and minerals.
Colony - Philippines
Why here? - This was a jump point to trade with China.
Resources - Minerals.