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    How to understand the underlined?

    US President Barack Obama said China and Asia could be a huge market for US exports going forward.


    Dear all,

    Does the underlined mean "China and Asia will continue to a huge market for US exports"?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: How to understand the underlined?

    This means "from now on".

    "Going forward" is an expression that's become more popular in recent years in business, government, etc. to mean "from now on" or "starting now".

    I think that part of the reason is that "from now on, do X" has a little too much emotional connotation. It reminds me of something a parent says to a child when they've done something wrong. "Going forward" is businesslike.

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