Speaking Of Asia

Taking the Asean trade horse to the water

As Asean economic ministers gather in Singapore for a retreat next week, they have the opportunity to discuss far-reaching initiatives that could change the face of regional commerce

Singaporeans, it is sometimes said, are more familiar with the Appalachian mountain ranges of America than the Visayas of the Philippines.

Seized by the distant beauty, they often fail to spot how much of it exists in their backyard as well.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 23, 2018, with the headline 'Taking the Asean trade horse to the water'. Subscribe