Asian Governments should stay on alert for financial downturn: UNESCAP
UNESCAP Press Release No: G/34/2006, 31 August 2006
Japan, Asean plan mother of all trade blocs
Economic Times, 24 August 2006
Japanese 10 Bln Yen For East Asia ASEAN Economic Research Center
Tradingmarkets.com, August 18, 2006
Malaysia Urges ASEAN to Aim for 2015
businessweek.com, 14 August 2006
Japan-India economic ties not fully tapped
Business Line, 10 August 2006
BIMSTEC meet sets early deadline for FTA
The Hindu, 10 August 2006
ASEAN and East Asia group on track for free-trade deal by 2016
Channelnewasia.com, 8 Aug 2006
ASEAN-India trade talks stalled but political will persists: ASEAN chief
Todayonline.com, August 8 2006
Japan envisions 16-nation Asian free trade zone
Hiroko Tabuchi, Shanghai Daily.com, August 2, 2006
India a better place to invest than China, says Forbes survey
Hindu Business Line, August 1 2006
Asian factory output gains from diversity
International Herald Tribune, August 1, 2006













Asian Governments should stay on alert for financial downturn: UNESCAP
UNESCAP Press Release No: G/34/2006, 31 August 2006

UNESCAP is issuing a warning to Asian governments to reduce exposure to the impact of a sudden or unexpected market downturn, urging a mood of protection and preparation rather than the celebratory atmosphere of today’s prosperity.

Asian countries have to stay alert despite the lull in financial markets recently, says UNESCAP in a new report: “The Calm Before the Storm? Managing the Risks of an Asia-Pacific Financial Downturn”.

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Japan, Asean plan mother of all trade blocs
Economic Times, 24 August 2006

SOUTHEAST Asian nations and Japan agreed to investigate establishing a giant 16-nation Asian trade bloc, but the two sides must first overcome a wrangle over their own free-trade deal. Japan has proposed a massive new trade zone embracing half the world's population, from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) plus China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, India and New Zealand.

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Japanese 10 Bln Yen For East Asia ASEAN Economic Research Center
Tradingmarkets.com, August 18, 2006

In an effort to establish an East Asian regional forum to coordinate economic policies on the lines of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Japan intends to contribute 10 billion yen toward this, The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported . Japan's move is likely to give impetus to the creation of the proposed organization.

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Malaysia Urges ASEAN to Aim for 2015
businessweek.com, 14 August 2006

Malaysia's trade minister urged Southeast Asian nations to get serious about tackling hurdles to regional integration, and try to form a European-style economic bloc by 2015 _ five years earlier than originally planned.

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Japan-India economic ties not fully tapped
Business Line, 10 August 2006

Pointing out that Japan-India economic relations were now at a new high, Mr Yoshikazu Takeuchi, Consul General of Japan in Kolkata, said here on Thursday that the full potential of such ties were yet to be exploited. The two-way trade between the two nations in 2005 at $6.8 billion is said to be incommensurate with the built-in potential.

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BIMSTEC meet sets early deadline for FTA
The Hindu 10 August 2006

Foreign Ministers from the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Economic and Technical Cooperation have agreed that negotiations to finalise a BIMSTEC free trade agreement should be concluded before the next BIMSTEC summit scheduled to be held early next year in India.

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ASEAN and East Asia group on track for free-trade deal by 2016
Channelnewasia.com, 8 Aug 2006

A free trade agreement between Southeast Asia and the East Asia Summit grouping is on track to be signed within the next 10 years, ASEAN Secretary-General Ong Keng Yong said.

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ASEAN-India trade talks stalled but political will persists: ASEAN chief
Todayonline.com, August 8 2006

EA proposed free-trade agreement between Southeast Asia and India has stalled but the political will to push through with the negotiations still exists, ASEAN's chief Ong Keng Yong said.

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Japan envisions 16-nation Asian free trade zone
Hiroko Tabuchi, Shanghai Daily.com, August 2, 2006

Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Toshihiro Nikai will call for a pan-Asian FTA - involving Australia, China, South Korea, India, Japan and New Zealand, along with the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations - at an ASEAN ministerial gathering in Kuala Lumpur later this month, according to ministry official Hideyasu Tamura.

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India a better place to invest than China, says Forbes survey
Hindu Business Line, August 1 2006

This is the kind of headline that will gladden any Indian heart — `Indian Tiger trumps Chinese dragon,' more so because it's the latest survey of Forbes magazine that says so. Its second annual survey of India's top 40 companies begins thus: "Foreigners can be forgiven for forgetting it, but there is more to India's economy than information technology outsourcing," adding, "it is dominated by banking, energy and manufacturing groups."

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http://www.blonnet.com/2006/08/01/stories/2006080103290900.htm


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Asian factory output gains from diversity
International Herald Tribune, August 1, 2006

Recent data suggest that factory production in much of Asia appears robust, a sign that demand from Europe plus intra-Asian trade will support Asian economies even if there is a slowdown in the United States. Japan, South Korea and Singapore all reported stronger-than-expected industrial output for June. In India, output in May rose by a higher-than-expected 10 percent from a year earlier, which suggested that the pace of growth there could be accelerating.

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http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/08/01/business/output.php


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