Asian integration: large hurdles still remain
MY Khan , Former Economic Advisor, SEBI, Financial Express 30 June 2006
Rewriting the line on Japan
Frank Ching, Hong Kong based Journalists, Japan Times, 30 June 2006
PTA with ASEAN — Tread with caution
S. Srinath, Hindu Business Line, 28 June , 2006
How to build a stable, prosperous Asia
Mark Austin / Daily Yomiuri Staff Writer, Daily Yomiuri Online, June 21, 2006
New century belongs to Asia
Menafn.com, 16 June 2006
Asia can stand on its own: Petronas president
Ravi Nambiar, Business Times, 16 June 2006
The global tie that binds: Anxiety over Asia
William Pesek Jr., International Herald Tribune, 15 June 2006
China and India set to renew Silk Road ties
Andy Mukherjee, International Herald Tribune, 14 June 2006
Asian Highway network gathers speed
Raja M, 14 June 2006
China and India cannot fill the world's skills gap
Guy de Jonquieres, Financial Times, June 13 2006

ADB Launches New Strategy to Strengthen Poverty-Reducing Assistance
ACN Newswire, 13 June 2006

China, India Set to Rediscover Silk Route Ties: Andy Mukherjee
Bloomberg.com, 13 June 2006

India’s gains predicated on competitiveness
C P Ravindranathan, Professor, XIME, Bangalore, Hindu Business Line, June 2, 2006

Indonesia role on road to Asian community
Jusuf Kalla, Vice President, Indonesa, The Jakarta Post, June 1, 2006








































Asian integration: large hurdles still remain
MY Khan , Former Economic Advisor, SEBI, Financial Express 30 June 2006

The Asian Development Bank’s ) recent meet in Hyderabad raised the pertinent issue of agglomarisation of Asian economies finally culminating in an Asian Free Trade Area. Another important issue which came up was the formation of the Asian Monetary Union with a common currency, on the pattern of the European Union (EU). Both the proposals converge into one tall objective—an Asian Economic Union . AEU would like to achieve a uniform trade policy and substantial reduction in tariff rates, free movement of goods, services and financial resources, common exchange rate polices, alignment in monetary policies and interest rate structure and full capital account convertibility.

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Rewriting the line on Japan
Frank Ching, Hong Kong based Journalists, Japan Times, 30 June 2006

There are encouraging signs that both China and Japan are looking for ways to ease the prolonged deadlock between their two countries and improve relations -- an essential prerequisite to any strengthening of East Asian regional integration and the eventual emergence of an Asian community.

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PTA with ASEAN--Tread with caution
S. Srinath, Hindu Business Line, 28 June, 2006

Recently India concluded a FTA with ASEAN The FTA with ASEAN was signed against the prospect of the formation of a Pan-Asian Economic Community to be followed by a common currency. The success of any FTA depends on the selective items for trade — that is, items covered by the FTA with or without riders — and the Rules of Origin (ROO) that determine which product is from member-state, qualifying for preferential tariff.

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How to build a stable, prosperous Asia
Mark Austin / Daily Yomiuri Staff Writer, Daily Yomiuri Online, June 21, 2006

It is often said that the 21st century will belong to Asia, but six years into the new century the region is beset with as many problems as it is blessed with advantages. The Daily Yomiuri talked about the challenges facing Asia and what are the key issues confronting Asia?

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New century belongs to Asia

Menafn.com, 16 June 2006

Participants at the opening session of the World Economic Forum on East Asia were told that Asia's economic growth is steadily enabling it to replace its longstanding reliance on exports to the West with intraregional trade in goods and services aimed at its own increasingly affluent consumers. Ensuring that this transition continues smoothly, however, will depend on how well Asian nations can boost cooperation and integration to find common solutions to disparities of income, scarce resources and environmental pollution.

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Asia can stand on its own: Petronas president

Ravi Nambiar, Business Times, 16 June 2006

The rise of China and India, coupled with the economic power houses of Japan and South Korea, is enough reason to promote intra-Asian trade and business.

Petronas president and chief executive officer Tan Sri Hassan Marican said the US and Europe should no longer be seen as the prime movers of growth through investments in Asia.

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The global tie that binds: Anxiety over Asia

William Pesek Jr., International Herald Tribune, 15 June 2006

How will the world look if the center of power is in Beijing or New Delhi? If there's a common thread, it's anxiety. The forces of globalization that have benefited rich nations seem to be turning on them. High-paying jobs are migrating to cheaper locales. Demand from developing nations is driving up oil prices, to the chagrin of sport utility vehicle owners. And the richest nations can't do much about it.

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China and India set to renew Silk Road ties

Andy Mukherjee, International Herald Tribune, 14 June 2006

The Western world's rediscovery of China and India has produced an important side effect: It has become a trigger for the two rising Asian superpowers to renew their own 2,000-year-old acquaintance. This month, China and India will reopen the only all- weather overland trade route joining them through the Himalayas at 4,420 meters, or 14,500 feet, above sea level. The Nathula Pass was once part of the thriving Silk Road, connecting ancient China with India, the Middle East and Europe.

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Asian Highway network gathers speed

Raja M, 14 June 2006.

The $44 billion Asian Highway network weaves through 32 countries, connects Asia with Europe, and promises to boost regional economies by facilitating trade and tourism through its linkage of Asian seaports, airports and major tourist destinations. It also fleshes out dreams of a Pan-Asian community with a common socio-political-economic identity analogous to the European Union.

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China and India cannot fill the world's skills gap

Guy de Jonquieres, Financial Times, June 13 2006

The world's two most populous countries face growing critical skills shortages. Their apparently bottomless pools of low-cost brainpower, which have lured local research and outsourcing by foreign companies, are in danger of drying up. The problem is likely to get worse before it gets better.

How can two poor countries that together manage to produce almost 7m graduates a year be running short of talent?

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ADB Launches New Strategy to Strengthen Poverty-Reducing Assistance

ACN Newswire, 13 June 2006


Asian Development Bank has launched its new medium-term strategy, covering 2006-2008, to strengthen the poverty-reducing impact of its assistance. To this end, it has adopted five priorities: (i) catalyzing investment, (ii) strengthening inclusiveness, (iii) promoting regional cooperation and integration, (iv) managing the environment, and (v) improving governance and preventing corruption.

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China, India Set to Rediscover Silk Route Ties: Andy Mukherjee
Bloomberg.com, 13 June 2006

The Western world's rediscovery of China and India has produced an important side effect: It has become a trigger for the two rising Asian superpowers to renew their own 2,000-year-old acquaintance.

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India's gains predicated on competitiveness
C P Ravindranathan, Professor, XIME, Bangalore, Hindu Business Line, June 2, 2006

The Free Trade Agreement with ASEAN is a link up with a group of dynamic economies that can test India's mettle in several areas of trade. More than the comfort of tariff quotas it will be the country's sustained competitiveness that would bring it best gains from the proposed FTA.

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Indonesia role on road to Asian community
Jusuf Kalla, Vice President, Indonesa,
The Jakarta Post, June 1, 2006

TOver the last few decades, Asia, the largest and most densely populated continent in the world, has become richer faster than any other continent. Some studies have shown that the rapid development of Asia, most particularly in the East Asian countries, was the result of the fast technological catch-up in these economies, with Japan as the pioneer, followed by South Korea and more recently China and other East Asian countries.


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