March 21 (Reuters) - Business confidence among Asian companies rose in January-March to the highest in seven years, a Thomson Reuters/INSEAD survey showed, as a fresh surge in the Chinese economy helped businesses shrug off concerns about rising trade barriers.
The Thomson Reuters/INSEAD Asian Business Sentiment Index , representing the six-month outlook of 67 firms, advanced to 79 for the March quarter from 78 in December and 70 in the same period last year.
A reading above 50 indicates a positive outlook.
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