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Malaysia, Indonesia exports surge as energy and food prices soar

China slowdown and U.S. rate hikes loom over robust ASEAN trade

Malaysia's liquefied natural gas exports more than doubled by value in June.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Historically high food and energy prices are driving brisk exports in Southeast Asia's commodity-rich nations, though a slowing Chinese economy poses a risk to the region's growth.

Malaysia's exports climbed 39% on the year in June to a monthly record of 146.1 billion ringgit ($32.7 billion), according to the latest government figures.

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