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It’s the potential Trump trade war Asia didn’t see coming: a weaker dollar.

A “too strong” greenback is “killing us,” then-President-elect Donald Trump told the Wall Street Journal, uttering perhaps the only words on the planet that might get China’s President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the phone together. What Asia’s two biggest economies had going for them is sliding currencies making exports more competitive. Is 2017 the year Asia finally beats its export-led-growth addiction?

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