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Trade war

Southeast Asia poised for export boost from new US tariffs

Businesses seek reprieve as trade war squeezes Chinese shipments

A cloth stall in Jakarta: Indonesia is seen exporting more textiles and clothing to the U.S. to fill the hole left by China.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Southeast Asia will likely enjoy a boost in exports from the new U.S. tariffs on China announced recently, with more companies diverting production and shipments through the region in order to avoid higher rates.

But the trade war could prove a double-edged sword. Shipments to China, Southeast Asia's biggest trading partner, are seen suffering, and it is unclear how the region will fare once the dust has settled.

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