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Analysts guardedly optimistic about 2017 Asian growth

Revised forecasts show improvements, but concerns over Trump remain

Economists of major Southeast Asian countries revised up their growth forecasts for 2017 from three month ago due to brighter prospects for exports and in anticipation of U.S. President Donald Trump's pro-growth policies in the short term. Currently, the negative effects of his protectionist policies have yet to impact real economies. In the longer term, however, concerns have increased over protectionism and various uncertainties as well as on the effectiveness of his administration.

The Japan Center for Economic Research and Nikkei conducted a quarterly consensus survey from March 10-30, collecting 59 answers from economists and analysts in India and the five biggest members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations -- Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

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