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ASEAN exports and consumption are up, but for how long?

Positive outcomes depend on good government policy and regional security

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A ship prepares to dock at PSA's Tanjong Pagar container port in Singapore.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE/MANILA One weekend in late May, car dealerships in Singapore's Queenstown were packed with families and middle-aged couples hunting for new cars. Brochures in hand, a 50-year-old businessman had been visiting showrooms of upscale brands such as BMW and Volvo, looking for a second auto.

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