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What the UK's exit from the EU means for Asian integration

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British Finance Minister George Osborne, second left, visits the Hitachi Rail Europe plant in Ashford, Britain, on June 15.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE To Asian leaders who have looked to the European Union as a forerunner in economic integration, Britain's vote to exit the bloc comes as a stunning disappointment.

"The EU is the foremost example of regional integration. This seems to now [be] threatened," Ong Keng Yong, a former secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, told the Nikkei Asian Review.

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