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Corrected: ASEAN signs free trade, investment pacts with Hong Kong


(Clarifies timing in second paragraph)By James Pomfret and Enrico Dela CruzMANILA (Reuters) - Hong Kong on Sunday signed free trade and investment pacts with the ten-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations, in what one of the Chinese territory's senior officials called a "loud and clear" vote against rising regional trade protectionism.The pacts conclude nearly three years of talks, are expected to take effect on January 1, 2019 at the earliest, and aim to bring "deeper and bolder" integration of market access with the bloc, said Edward Yau, Hong Kong's commerce and development ...

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First Published: Sun, November 12 2017. 17:36 IST