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Asean's regional integration: Look beyond the South China Sea

SMEs in Singapore have reason to stay the course on the Asean Economic Community despite simmering South China Sea tensions.

Despite criticisms, the Asean Way of doing things with consultation and consensus has been credited with fostering close economic and socio-political cooperation in a region that is far more diverse in culture, religion and ethnicity than any other part of the world.

RECENT developments have not been too kind to Asean's efforts towards regional economic integration, but small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore should not lose faith in the region and the vision of the Asean Economic Community (AEC).

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