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Trading blows across the seas

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IT'S started. The verbal swashbuckling has ramped up to the beginnings of a full-on trade war. As the US-China plot and tit-for-tat tariffs continue to unfold, where will South-east Asian economies stand as trade dynamics shift? Which Asean countries could be winners and which stand to lose? Brunch sketches out the possibilities this Saturday in The Business Times Weekend.

What do M&Ms, pet food and veterinary hospitals have in common? (No, this is not a bad joke...) They're all owned by Mars Wrigley Confectionery. Ehab Abou-Oaf, regional president and self-confessed chocoholic, explains how the group keeps up with its diverse products, many markets and today's needs.

In our Investing & Wealth section, we have an analysis of what a full-scale trade war will do to China's growth. And CFA Singapore Insights charts the evolution of fintech in the various areas of the financial services sector. Elsewhere in the paper, a commentary on why it's high time we close the gaps in sustainable investing in Asia, which, given that investor demand is clear and present, are all the more worrisome.

Innovation is a key priority for many companies, but often does not amount to more than a buzzword. How can businesses foster the right spirit and genuinely improve innovation? Question Time with Mentor John tackles some key issues.

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