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Barriers Remain for Southeast Asia’s Economic Integration Plans

Efforts to integrate Southeast Asia’s economies are beginning to bear fruit, experts say, although there is some way to go before the goal of turning the region into a single market and production base can be reached. The 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations officially formed the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), an ambitious regional trade bloc, at the start of this year. The move has been viewed as a boost for the region’s economies and is part of the U.S....

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