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Economic diplomacy brief: ASEAN fans, TPP sans Australia, PNG hospital pass and more

ASEAN: not all at sea With the Philippines mired in drug executions, Malaysia caught up in corruption allegations and a broader impasse over China's maritime boundary claims, Southeast Asia's plans for regional economic integration have been facing some new scepticism. Sanchita Basu Das at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies neatly wraps up the state of play here. But amid the many geo-political challenges at the regional and many individual country levels, Australian business on the ground is taking a remarkably upbeat approach to the economic future and, surprisingly, the outlook for integration.
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