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REDEFINING US-ASEAN TIES
AMIDST THE RISE OF CHINA
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AseanAffairs Magazine
March - April 2010
CONTENT
 • ASEAN EDUCATION
• ASEAN MONEY
   • ASEAN TRAVELLER
INSIDE OUT
 • OPINION
• SPOTLIGHT  AUSTRIA
• SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING

The United States is facing daunting prospects in the Asia-Pacific region, a huge market for US goods, while China’s influence is growing as it makes rapid trade inroads in the region. The implications for the US and its need to redefine its ties with Asean are explored in our exclusive interviews with Ernest Z. Bower, Senior Adviser & Director - Southeast Asia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Founding Partner, Brooks Bower Asia LLC and former President of the US-Asean Business Council, and Demetrios Marantis, Deputy United States Trade Representative for Asia.

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REDEFINING US-ASEAN TIES
AMIDST THE RISE OF CHINA

The United States is facing daunting prospects in the Asia-Pacific region, a huge market for US goods, while China’s influence is growing as it makes rapid trade inroads in the region. The implications for the US and its need to redefine its ties with Asean are explored in our exclusive interviews with Ernest Z. Bower, Senior Adviser & Director - Southeast Asia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Founding Partner, Brooks Bower Asia LLC and former President of the US-Asean Business Council, and Demetrios Marantis, Deputy United States Trade Representative for Asia. View Sample 

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16 AseanTalk
IS THE SINGLE MARKET
DRIVE ON TRACK?
After the simultaneous launch of free trade deals with China, India, Australia and New Zealand along with its own – Afta - in January this year, Asean seems to be highly distracted by the United States and the European Union renewing their free trade drives in the region. This distraction is raising concerns for the timely launch of the much-awaited Single Market, scheduled for 2015.
 

20 Vietnam

CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE
INCOME BRACKET?

Having set itself a 2010 target of embracing middle-income
status, Vietnam is now facing a threat of being trapped in that virtual bracket. How will Vietnam keep the momentum after a decade of rapid economic growth? 
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18 InsideOut
PHILIPPINES:
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS 2010:
PEOPLE POWER VERSUS PESO POWER
Philippine presidential elections have started shaping up as a two-man race. Thanks to lavish campaign spending, the country’s wealthiest politician has closed in on the son of a democracy icon and the champion of the People Power Movement in 1986, and the odds are yet to be in anyone’s favour. 
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24 SAVE OUR PLANET: Event Highlights

30 Asean Money

 THE SECRET OF
CHINA’S RISING ECONOMY

The government owns the Banks; the bankers do not own the government. Paul A. Ebeling, Jnr explains why China’s stimulus plan is working better than that of the USA and the UK.  View Sample

SPOTLIGHT AUSTRIA : Pages 33-47

34 AUSTRIA
THE HEART OF EUROPE 
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34 REDISCOVER AUSTRIA
THE AUSTRIAN

Dr. Andreas Bierwirth, Chief Commercial Officer, Austrian Airlines Group  View Sample

36 EUROPEAN HUB FOREVER
Herbert Kaufmann, Speaker of the Management Board of
Flughafen Wien AG (Vienna International Airport)  
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38 AUSTRIA
DESTINATION FOR ALL SEASONS

Dr. Petra Stolba, CEO,
Austrian National Tourism Office (ANTO)
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41 ALL KINDS OF FLAVOURS AND HUES
Interview with Hans Schenner, President, Federal Tourismand Leisure Industries Division , Austrian Economic Chamber   View Sample

42 VIENNA
THE GLOBAL CONFERENCE HUB

Norbert Kettner, CEO, Vienna Tourist Board 
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44 TASTE OF TYROLEAN HOSPITALITY
Josef Margreiter, Geschaeftsfuehrer – CEO,
Tirol Werbung GmbH - Tirol Tourist Board 
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45 THINK AUSTRIA, THINK INNSBRUCK
Peter Staudinger, Innsbruck Tourism 
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47 ASEAN INTEGRATION
KEY TO ATTRACTING AUSTRIAN
INVESTORS TO ASEAN
 
 
Dr. Gustav Gressel, Commercial Counsellor,
Embassy of Austria, Bangkok, Thailand 
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