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Southeast Asia's drastic coronavirus response squeezes trade

ASEAN sacrifices advantages of economic integration to block contagion

A health officer checks the temperature of an arriving passenger at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

SINGAPORE/HANOI -- Strict border controls meant to fight the coronavirus pandemic are limiting the advantages of Southeast Asia's economic integration, putting the region's four-year-old effort to promote cross-border trade and investment under pressure.

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