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  • Richard Heydarian

    Duterte and Putin double act heralds new regional order

    "Historically, I have been identified with the Western world. It was good [while] it lasted," Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in their first meeting in November last year on the sidelines of the Asi

    May 26, 2017 02:02 pm JST
  • Investors shrug off terror attacks in Southeast Asia, for now

    MANILA/JAKARTA -- Investors in Asia have shrugged off terror attacks in Indonesia and the Philippines this week, but authorities are struggling to prevent further attacks and protect soft targets.MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside

    May 26, 2017 01:31 am JST
  • ICTSI abandons Nigeria port project

    MANILA -- International Container Terminal Services has walked away from a port contract in Nigeria due to prolonged delays of the project.The Philippine firm's Nigerian unit and Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise, the project's promoter, have mutually agre

    May 25, 2017 11:45 pm JST
  • East Asian workers remarkably disengaged

    TOKYO -- Workers in East Asia are much less engaged in their jobs than their counterparts in the rest of the world, a recent survey by Gallup shows. Experts say East Asian companies need to alter their management styles before disengaged workforces

    May 25, 2017 10:40 pm JST
  • Booming Southeast Asian vehicle sales drive urban congestion

    JAKARTA -- Vehicle sales in Southeast Asia are set to outpace all other regions of the world during 2017, according to industry research, highlighting surging economic expansion in some parts of the region.But the growing number of new cars and truc

    May 25, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Policy upheavals buffet mining in Philippines, Indonesia

    SANTA CRUZ, Philippines/JAKARTA -- In the eyes of Diosdado Alota, chief of Guinabon village in the northwest Philippines, the mining industry is key to his community's health.Until the national government ordered a suspension of operations in 2014 o

    May 25, 2017 04:08 pm JST
  • Terrorism once again proving to be grave concern in Asia

    TOKYO -- Counter-terrorism measures, including expanding support for anti-Islamic State operations, are likely to feature prominently in the Group of Seven summit taking place in Italy on Friday and Saturday. The talks will center around the deadly

    May 25, 2017 02:58 pm JST
  • Asian companies shine in Forbes Global 2000

    TOKYO -- Chinese banks topped the list and a slew of Asian corporations were featured in the Forbes Global 2000 ranking of the world's largest and most powerful public companies, reflecting the region's growing economic clout.Industrial and Commerci

    May 25, 2017 02:30 pm JST
  • Policy upheavals buffet mining in Philippines, Indonesia

    SANTA CRUZ, Philippines/JAKARTA In the eyes of Diosdado Alota, chief of Guinabon village in the northwest Philippines, the mining industry is key to his community's health.Until the national government ordered a suspension of operations in 2014 over

    May 25, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Mining companies face tough decisions despite the industry's rebound

    SYDNEY Big international mining companies like BHP and Rio Tinto made it through the crash in global commodity prices by slashing costs, shedding less productive units and taking full advantage of the economies of scale their vast operations provide

    May 25, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • China and ASEAN take a step toward South China Sea rules

    GUIYANG, China The Chinese government and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed on a framework for a code of conduct in the South China Sea on May 18, an internal document obtained by The Nikkei shows. Details such as the star

    May 25, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Duterte moots martial law for the Philippines

    MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte warned Wednesday he may declare martial law throughout the country if terrorism spills beyond Mindanao in the conflict-torn south.Duterte proclaimed martial law in Mindanao on Tuesday night after security forces c

    May 25, 2017 01:37 am JST
  • Cebu Air cuts Middle East frequencies

    MANILA -- Philippine low-cost airline Cebu Air is halting flights to Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, after increased rival capacity severely damaged its business.The company, which operates Cebu Pacific Air, will fly its last four-times-weekly Mani

    May 24, 2017 11:20 pm JST
  • Philippine markets open lower after martial law declaration

    MANILA -- Philippine financial markets opened lower on Wednesday after President Rodrigo Duterte placed the war-torn southern island of Mindanao under martial law.The Philippine Stock Exchange index lost 24 points, or 0.31%, to start the trading day

    May 24, 2017 01:05 pm JST
  • Philippines leader declares martial law on southern island as fighting rages

    MANILA (Reuters) -- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law on the southern island of Mindanao on Tuesday after a fierce bout of fighting between the army and militants linked to Islamic State in the city of Marawi.Three members o

    May 24, 2017 02:05 am JST
  • 16 Asia-Pacific nations agree to conclude free trade talks soon

    HANOI (Kyodo) -- Ministers from 16 Asia-Pacific countries agreed Monday in Hanoi to conclude a regional free trade deal swiftly, with their joint statement expressing their hope to strike a deal by the end of this year, which falls in the "milestone

    May 22, 2017 11:11 pm JST
  • Southeast Asia digital consumer market to hit $50bn in 2017: report

    SINGAPORE -- An increasing number of Southeast Asian people are relying on digital means to purchase products and services, helping the region's internet economy to balloon to more than $50 billion, according to a report by Bain & Co.The management

    May 22, 2017 10:00 pm JST
  • Asia's star stocks on an upswing despite 'Trump shock'

    TOKYO -- Despite turmoil in the global financial markets over allegations of U.S. President Donald Trump's ties to Russia, stocks in emerging Asian economies, particularly India, Indonesia and the Philippines, seem to be performing as strongly as ev

    May 22, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Asia-Pacific meeting puts Trump's trade turmoil center stage

    HANOI (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump's new trade representative held his first face-to-face meetings with some key partners on Saturday as the United States charts an "America First" policy that has upended the old global order and sparked

    May 20, 2017 03:30 pm JST
  • Duterte says China's Xi threatened war if Philippines drills for oil

    MANILA (Reuters) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday Chinese counterpart China Xi Jinping had warned him there would be war if Manila tried to enforce an arbitration ruling and drill for oil in a disputed part of the South China S

    May 20, 2017 03:20 pm JST