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Asia's factories on song in March amid fears of trade war discord

Higher commodities prices have helped boost value of exports, along with global thirst for electronic gadgets

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A tangle of power lines in Cambodia. While Asia's factory output saw an electrifying first quarter, progress for export-reliant economies could be quickly snared if Mr Trump goes on a trade offensive.

Hong Kong

FACTORIES across much of Asia posted another month of solid growth in March, rounding off a strong quarter for the world's manufacturers, even as exporters fear a rise in US protectionism could snuff out a global trade recovery.

China again led the way, with an official

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