Room for optimism amid global turbulence

Asean's commitment to trade, integration of financial sectors is one of its key strengths

As America and China lurch further down the path towards a trade war, many in South-east Asia are concerned that they will suffer some collateral damage from the tension.

There is, however, room for optimism. Economic ministers from all 10 Asean countries who met in Singapore last month for their retreat, as well as finance ministers and central bank governors from the region who were in town last week, resolved to remain committed to deepening the region's economic integration.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 08, 2018, with the headline 'Room for optimism amid global turbulence'. Print Edition | Subscribe