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Emerging Asia Chart Book

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Asia's FX moves are a sensible response to a big problem

Economic growth across Emerging Asia generally eased in July-August while inflation pressures remain relatively high and will probably bring further monetary policy tightening in a number of countries soon. Rapid exchange rate appreciation across the region due to the surge in capital inflows (see table 8 on page 15) will inevitably bring more interventions into the currency markets in coming weeks. But the measures will almost certainly be framed to curb the pace of appreciation and create some two-way moves. A big push to weaken regional currencies is very unlikely. We continue to expect that regional currencies and Emerging Asia equity markets will eventually climb further.

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