SINGAPORE (June 19): The world has been battered by the coronavirus pandemic. Most economic activity has been suspended. The Asia Pacific region will not escape unscathed. Decades of globalisation ensures that we are all in this together. 

That said, there are three reasons why this region may be better placed to weather the storm. 

First, Asian countries have been among the most successful in tackling the public health crisis. Many were among the first to restrict the movement of people; test populations at a meaningful scale; and do contract tracing. 

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