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Thursday, 7 February, 2002, 05:30 GMT
Asian meet aims to strengthen trade
Trade experts from four Asian countries are meeting in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, to explore the possibility of forming a new economic block in the region.

The experts, from Bangladesh, China, India and Burma, will be discussing ways of developing the necessary infrastructure to strengthen trade links between them.

Officials at the conference say Bangladesh and China are committed to such an initiative but say the authorities in India and Burma remain protectionist in the field of international trade.

The conference organisers say one of their main objectives is to revive the route following the ancient trading link between Asian countries and Europe known as the Silk Road.

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