HONG KONG — With companies beginning to take China’s continued economic success and growth potential for granted, the region’s focus is turning toward global politics — namely on how a U.S.-led attack on Iraq could impact business and the adverse affects that terrorism might have in the region. More than this, however, is the state of the world’s economy that’s on everyone’s mind.

"We are expecting around 300 exhibitors at Interstoff Asia," said Katy Lam, General Manager of Trade Fairs for Messe Frankfurt, which organizes the fair. "But it really depends a lot on the world economy, especially the U.S. Hong Kong companies are especially dependent on exports to the U.S. and Europe. If these two economies aren’t good, it affects the show."

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