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'Trump risks' cast shadow over bright Asian outlooks

Protectionism ranked as biggest concern for first time in a year, JCER says

Shipping containers stand at a port in Bangkok. While painting bright pictures, economists also identified emergent concerns for economy in southeast Asia.   © Reuters

Asian economists still have bright outlooks for their economies in 2018 and beyond, but concerns are rapidly increasing over the negative impact of U.S. President Donald Trump's protectionist policies, a survey found. The rise of protectionism is now seen as the biggest risk for the region's economies for the first time in a year, according to a risk scoring system of the Japan Center for Economic Research.

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