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    China-ASEAN Trade Sees Strong Growth in First Half of 2014

    Trade between China and the ASEAN nations reached US$220.69 billion in the first half of 2014, an increase of 4.8 percent compared with the same period last year, China’s Ministry of Commerce announced this week.

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    Manufacturing Hubs Across Southeast Asia

    ASEAN manufacturers can be divided into those that have invested in mid- and high-tech manufacturing and those which, for the time being, are concentrated in low- or no-tech assembly. In this article, we explore the market characteristics of ASEAN’s most important manufacturing destinations.

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    ASEAN +3 Bolsters Financial Assistance in the Region

    An expanded financial assistance pool among the ASEAN +3 nations was implemented last week, strengthening financial cooperation within the region.

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    Singapore Boosts Information Technology Cooperation with South Korea

    Small and medium sized information technology companies in South Korea and Singapore can look forward to more opportunities for cooperation and growth as the two countries inked a Memorandum of Understanding on Information and Communications Technology collaboration last Friday.

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    Cambodia Reports Strong Business Growth

    According to Cambodia’s Ministry of Commerce, the number of newly registered businesses has increased by 33 percent over last year, including a strong contingent of foreign enterprises.

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    Myanmar Establishes New Special Economic Zone

    Plans are currently underway to develop a new special economic zone in Myeik. Located in Myanmar’s southeastern Tanintharyi region, Myeik is home to one of Myanmar’s growing number of industrial zones.

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    New ASEAN-RCEP Talks Held in Singapore

    Leaders of 16 Asia-Pacific nations gathered in Singapore last week for the fifth round of negotiations for the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

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    July 2014 ASEAN Regional Meetings

    There are a number of important ASEAN regional meetings taking place in July, including the 5th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Meeting.

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    ASEAN and the Intellectual Property Ladder

    The less developed nature of business-related legislation in the ASEAN region means the dangers of intellectual property (IP) infringement are often great. In this article, we take a look at IP legislation across the ASEAN region and highlight important frameworks governing the protection of IP.

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    Thailand’s GDP Growth Forecast Raised to 2.3 Percent for 2014

    Thailand is expected to experience 2.3 percent economic growth in 2014, according to a revised forecast by Kasikorn Research Center.

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