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In two decades of spectacular economic growth and poverty reduction, Asia has nonetheless seen income inequality rising by more than 20 per cent - a growth pattern that cannot be considered inclusive.

Environmental goals hardly attracted attention in national economic agendas during Asia's heady charge for growth 20 years ago. But, as the costs of environmental destruction and climate change mount, the economic plans of China, India, Malaysia and the Philippines, among others, all stress the urgency for green growth.

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