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Asem summit nations push for stronger ties

Both sides call for freer trade, more investment

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The ninth Asia-Europe Meeting (Asem) summit held this week in Laos, highlights the stark contrast between Asia's vibrant economies and Europe's subdued prospects. 

But despite the continued economic struggles in Europe, European leaders have expressed confidence in Vientiane that the euro-zone community will be able to contain its ongoing debt crisis.

For their part, Asian countries have voiced commitment to staying the course in Asia and bolstering their own economies during the summit which began yesterday and wraps up today.

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