Bulletin – June Quarter 2011 Destinations and Uses of East Asian Merchandise Exports Abstract

Over recent decades, Australia's trade has become increasingly oriented toward east Asia (excluding Japan). Rapid growth in economies from this region is often attributed to their export-oriented policies, with the volume of east Asian exports having increased six-fold over the past 20 years. Using information on the destinations and uses of east Asian exports, this article examines the characteristics of both intra-regional trade and exports to economies outside the region.

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