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Boosting intra-Asean trade key community goal

Shanmugam says current figures do not compare well with other common market communities

Prime Minister Lee, Philippine President Benigno Aquino (left), Prime Minister Abe (right) and other heads of state arriving for the Asean-Japan Summit during the Asean Summit at the Myanmar International Convention Centre in Nay Pyi Taw.

THE Asean Economic Community will become a reality next year - but trade among member states still has some way to go.

"What does Asean mean to our people? It must be to increase trade," Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam told reporters here on Wednesday.

"If you look...