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ASEAN meeting grapples with trade, territory row

WorldNews Saturday, 2 November 2019
ASEAN meeting grapples with trade, territory rowSoutheast Asia should use the sway of its shared market of 650 million people and speak with “one voice” to ensure that it is treated fairly in an age of protectionism, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday as leaders gathered for a regional summit. The image of unity ASEAN strives to project has been clouded by wrangling over a long-delayed agreement on a free-trade bloc. The group’s 10 members are also divided over the handling of territorial disputes with China. There were signs of progress, with officials saying that they hope to...
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