Top executives of Itochu, Charoen Pokphand and Citic pose at a ceremony to commemorate the companies' alliance in Hong Kong on Jan. 23. (Photo courtesy of Itochu)

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Japan's Itochu and Thailand's CP navigate minefield to seal Citic deal

TOKYO -- Japanese trading house Itochu and Thailand's Charoen Pokphand, best known for its food and retail businesses, have announced plans to effectively invest 1.2 trillion yen ($10.1 billion) in Citic, one of China's most powerful state-owned fina...

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Hotline proposed: Ho Chi Minh City anti-corruption push aims to restore investor faith

HO CHI MINH CITY -- In an effort to stamp out corruption and attract direct foreign invest...


Real estate investment: REITs may have a leg up on property stocks

TOKYO -- Real estate investment trusts in Japan have been growing more popular, while real...