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  • Microsoft and Intel need China's help

    TOKYO/GUANGZHOU, China -- Microsoft and Intel, which formed the Wintel juggernaut during the personal computer's glory days, are now rushing to partner with Chinese mobile device makers. Microsoft, known for its still-dominant Windows PC operating s

    September 19, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Border showdown clouds China-India summit

    NEW DELHI -- A military standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Himalayas on Thursday served as a stark reminder of lingering tensions between the two major Asian powers, overshadowing a summit the same day that touted economic cooperation

    September 19, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • China to invest $20B in India over next 5 years

    NEW DELHI -- Chinese President Xi Jinping announced Thursday that his country will invest $20 billion in India over the next five years as part of an economic package designed to deepen bilateral ties and counter U.S. and Japanese influence on the s

    September 19, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Home prices fell across China in August

    BEIJING -- Home prices dropped across major Chinese cities in August, fueling concerns that a cool housing market will slow corporate activities. Prices of new homes were down on the month in 68 of the 70 cities covered in a survey by the Nation

    September 19, 2014 05:04 am JST
  • State enterprises to test Xi's mettle for reform

    BEIJING -- Just how far is President Xi Jinping prepared to go in his reform drive? Critics at home and abroad have debated the question for months, but recent developments with respect to state-owned enterprises have made the answer a bit more clea

    September 19, 2014 04:29 am JST
  • Chinese footwear maker's leaders, cash go missing

    FRANKFURT, Germany -- Ultrasonic, a Chinese shoe manufacturer listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, has reported that its top two bosses have vanished along with cash, raising questions here about corporate governance of Chinese companies. On

    September 19, 2014 12:16 am JST
  • Amazon faces Alibaba as Chinese e-commerce heats up

    When Linfeng Zhang and Yanming Huang traveled to the U.S. from China to visit their daughter in May, they had an unusual tourist stop on their itinerary: a branch of General Nutrition Corporation, a Philadelphia-based retail chain that sells health

    September 18, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • East Asia to go easy on endangered Japanese eel

    TOKYO -- Three months after the Japanese eel was designated an endangered species, a quartet of East Asian governments have agreed to scale back farming in 2015 and may consider further reductions starting in 2016 to forestall a ban on trade. Re

    September 18, 2014 06:35 am JST
  • China central bank pumps 500 billion yuan into top banks

    BEIJING -- China's central bank provided 500 billion yuan ($81.4 billion) to five state-owned banks in an effort to boost corporate cash flows and prop up a sluggish economy. The People's Bank of China handed out 100 billion yuan to each of the

    September 18, 2014 05:39 am JST
  • China, India cinch up economic ties

    NEW DELHI -- Indian and Chinese leaders rarely go out of their way to look chummy -- their countries still nurse a Himalayan border dispute, after all. Tell that to Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping, his eyebrow-raising birthday guest Wednesday. Chin

    September 18, 2014 05:35 am JST
  • Asian free trade agreement may leave India behind

    TOKYO -- Countries negotiating a comprehensive Asia-Pacific free trade pact might reach an agreement without India, whose low target for tariff liberalization has thrown a wrench into the talks. The proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partn

    September 18, 2014 04:39 am JST
  • Japan, China race to become Asia's 2020 financial hub

    TOKYO -- Olympic medals will not be the only thing that China and Japan compete for during 2020. The two nations will also be tussling for first place as East Asia's financial hub. To achieve this goal, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has set

    September 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japan must move toward long-term friendship with South Asia

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently visited Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. This was the first time in 24 and 14 years, respectively, that a Japanese prime minister had visited these South Asian countries. Japan should make the most of the results

    September 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Humphrey Hawksley: China's choice over Hong Kong is contagion or compromise

    Beijing has delivered a dose of reality to its citizens in Hong Kong with its recent announcement on how the territory's next leader, known as the chief executive, will be appointed. Its restrictive new rules allow the electorate a choice, but only

    September 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • US welcomes change in its Japan alliance

    TOKYO -- Shinichi Kitaoka, the president of International University of Japan and a security policy adviser to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, paid a visit to Washington in mid-June this year. He was anxious to make sure his old American friends

    September 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • US supports rapprochement between Japan, neighbors: Kennedy

    TOKYO -- The U.S. wants Japan, China and South Korea to work together more closely, U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy told The Nikkei in an exclusive interview earlier this month, calling strong ties vital to regional peace, prosperity and efforts to

    September 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • China's WeChat has big retail ambitions

    GUANGZHOU -- In China, people celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival by giving yuebing, mooncakes, to friends and family. This year, some people did their mooncake gifting via the WeChat smartphone app from Tencent Holdings. WeChat users could buy co

    September 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Asia's growing trend of late retirement

    Economic growth in Asia is creating labor shortages and an urgent need for more workers, which has led governments to push back legal retirement ages. In 2013, Malaysia pushed up its legal retirement from 55 to 60. South Korea has passed a law to ke

    September 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Chinese ambassador to Iceland arrested for espionage: report

    HONG KONG (Kyodo) -- Chinese Ambassador to Iceland Ma Jisheng and his wife Zhong Yue were arrested early this year by Chinese authorities for allegedly spying for Japan, Hong Kong media reported Wednesday. "According to a Chinese official, the C

    September 17, 2014 10:44 pm JST
  • Brazil needs a Thatcher (and it may get a Socialist one): fund exec

    SAO PAULO -- The Brazilian national soccer team's defeat on home soil at this year's World Cup had a curious side effect: It sent the country's stock market rallying. Frederico Mesnik, head of Brazilian fund management firm Humaita Investimentos, sa

    September 17, 2014 07:00 pm JST