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  • Taiwan's president says 'spy' leaks will not affect China ties

    TAIPEI -- President Ma Ying-jeou has said the case of a former senior Taiwanese negotiator with China, who is alleged to have leaked state secrets to Beijing, will not have any negative impact on relations between Taiwan and China, according to stat

    August 28, 2014 08:40 pm JST
  • Still-struggling China seen opting for additional easing

    HONG KONG -- As gloomy economic data continues to cast shadows over the money market, China is approaching a crossroads in its monetary policy. Beijing's repeated "mini-stimulus" measures have helped keep the economy chugging along so far, but it ma

    August 28, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • The big uneasy: South Korea's close economic ties with China a two-edged sword

    SEOUL -- China's meteoric rise to global superpower status has given South Korea reason to both celebrate and squirm, as economic ripples from its giant neighbor can hit like tidal waves. Raon Private Town is a resort complex on Jeju, an island

    August 28, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Ministop goes on Asia investment spree

    TOKYO -- Japanese convenience store chain Ministop will step up efforts to further strengthen its footprint across Asia. Ministop will refurbish existing stores in South Korea, its core overseas market, in a bid to attract more customers, especi

    August 28, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • US, China talk guidelines in wake of jet flyby

    WASHINGTON -- American and Chinese officials are debating new rules of military conduct, a task given greater urgency by what the U.S. describes as a close scrape with a fighter jet off the coast of China. In this, the second round of talks, the

    August 28, 2014 04:24 am JST
  • Myanmar seen licensing multiple Japanese banks

    YANGON -- Myanmar will issue licenses to foreign banks for the first time since the 2011 transition to a civilian government, and multiple Japanese banks are expected to get the nod thanks to their sizable client bases and global prominence. Wit

    August 28, 2014 04:22 am JST
  • East Asian free-trade talks stumble over tariff rates

    TOKYO -- Sixteen Asia-Pacific nations negotiating a free-trade pact were unable to settle on a common target for tariff elimination at a ministerial meeting Wednesday in Naypyitaw, making a conclusion by the end of next year unlikely. This marke

    August 28, 2014 03:50 am JST
  • China relaxes rules on foreign hospital ownership

    CHONGQING, China -- The government announced Wednesday that it is easing restrictions on foreign ownership of hospitals, and has already lifted the ban preventing overseas investors from wholly owning such institutions in seven regions. Until no

    August 28, 2014 03:13 am JST
  • Trading company Sun-wa targeting 3 years of record profit

    TOKYO -- Electronic parts trader Sun-wa Technos aims to generate 4.7 billion yen ($44.7 million) in group pretax profit next fiscal year, up 37% from fiscal 2013 for what would be its third straight year of record profit. The Tokyo-based company

    August 28, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Gold: A tale of two countries

    TOKYO -- People in India are buying more gold even as demand levels off in China, which overtook its neighbor last year to become the world's biggest consumer of the precious metal. In India, gold sells at a premium, partly determined by domesti

    August 28, 2014 12:21 am JST
  • George Magnus: The clock is ticking for an aging Asia

    The rapid aging of the population is widely recognized as one of the most daunting challenges facing developed economies, such as Japan and Germany. Less attention has been paid to the fact that graying demographics are a ubiquitous global phenomeno

    August 28, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Interview: World wants Asian faces

    DALIAN, China -- The Dalian Model Art School is China's first institution dedicated to training professional models. Principal Yu Mei was a pioneering Chinese supermodel and was named as one of the country's top 10 models in 1990. A native of Da

    August 28, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Chinese models in vogue

    DALIAN, China -- The latest "Top 50 Models" list on features five women from China. As 10% of the list, this marks a significant, and growing, trend in an industry that is mostly Caucasian. The Chinese models on the list include Sui He

    August 28, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Stem the spread of export curbs on natural resources

    The World Trade Organization, ruling on a dispute over China's export restrictions on rare earth metals and other mineral resources, has almost entirely acknowledged the claims of Japan, the U.S. and the European Union. The final decision, published

    August 28, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Prachi Priya: What the Sino-Indian nexus means for the region

    A July meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Brazil reinforced an increasingly positive tone in the Asian nations' relationship. During their 80-minute discus

    August 28, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Mobile tech easing China's health care inefficiencies

    BEIJING -- Lin Zhongying used to resist going to the doctor for her regular blood-sugar tests. But the 59-year-old Fujian Province housewife, a diabetic for 10 years, has dutifully taken them twice a week since her daughter, He Wenjun, bought her a

    August 28, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • George Magnus: Strategies for winning the demographic battle

    Asia's aging population will inevitably affect its economic growth. But demographics are not destiny; all nations have the capacity to develop ways of navigating the transition toward grayer societies. The main mechanisms for coping with a stagn

    August 28, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Alibaba's Yu'E Bao: Is its high-yield era coming to an end?

    HONG KONG -- Yu'E Bao, Alibaba Group Holding's online money market fund, has been losing its luster of late. With its exceptionally high yields, the financial product's assets under management grew quickly after its launch in June last year. The

    August 28, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • KidZania CEO sees opportunity in Asia's education ethic

    MEXICO CITY -- From Sao Paulo to Moscow, KidZania is expanding around the world. It is particularly keen to branch out in Asia, where large cities and education-minded families spell vast opportunities for the children's theme park operator. CEO

    August 28, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Let me edutain you: KidZania's high hopes for Asia

    TOKYO -- Mexico's KidZania is looking to Asia to expand its chain of entertainment and educational centers for children and to make the business truly global. There are seven KidZanias in Asia, including those in Tokyo, Bangkok, Jakarta and Mumb

    August 28, 2014 12:00 am JST