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  • Regional views canvassed

    Japan tops Pew survey among Asians

    TOKYO -- Japan is judged the most favorable country in Asia among regional neighbors, but the people of the Asia-Pacific region held views of China that are "far more positive than the perception held by Americans." Those were the findings of a surv

    September 3, 2015 11:30 am JST
  • Indian Oil Corp. to lay first pipeline to Nepal

    NEW DELHI -- State-owned Indian Oil Corp. plans to lay a 41km pipeline to Nepal, a project whose potential strategic importance far outstrips its modest length. Nepal imports all of the petroleum products it uses -- some $1.1 billion worth each

    September 3, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • To raise or not to raise? No direction out of Jackson Hole

    JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming -- In a speech that attracted the attention of market participants around the globe, Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer left the door open for a rate rise as soon as September, even as market turbulence cast a cloud

    September 3, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Nicholas Spiro: China the real worry for emerging market investors

    Investor sentiment toward emerging markets remains bleak. Emerging market stocks have lost 10% in dollar terms in August, resulting in a 20% decline over the past three months. In the period between Aug. 19 and 26, emerging market bond funds suf

    September 3, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Indian Oil Corp.

    Refiner to lay first India-Nepal pipeline

    NEW DELHI -- State-owned Indian Oil Corp. plans to lay a 41km pipeline to Nepal, a project whose potential strategic importance far outstrips its modest length. Nepal imports all of the petroleum products it uses -- some $1.1 billion worth each

    September 2, 2015 05:00 pm JST
  • Signs of pullback growing

    Spiking gold to oil ratio points to trouble for world economy

    TOKYO -- The world economy is showing signs of stress, as reflected in turbulent global stock markets. Investors and policymakers are on guard, with the outlook China and other emerging economies particularly grim. One closely watched commodity

    September 1, 2015 02:15 pm JST
  • India-Pakistan relations

    Peace is back off the agenda

    TOKYO -- Hopes for a resumption of peace talks between New Delhi and Islamabad have been dashed again. Proposed talks between National Security Advisors, high-level officials from both countries, were called off one day before they were scheduled to

    September 1, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Nariman Behravesh

    What are the ramifications of the 'rolling routs' in financial markets on US and global growth?

    Global financial markets have been gripped by fear in recent weeks. What began as "Taper Panic" two years ago turned into "The Great Deflation" in commodity prices last year, and finally morphed into a huge stock market sell-off this summer, first i

    September 1, 2015 09:28 am JST
  • Ryan Manuel

    One Belt, One Road, many mixed messages

    A central problem with commenting on Chinese foreign policy is that it is hard to ever be satisfied. For a long time, critics have suggested China did not do enough in the international arena. Today, the problem appears to be that it does too much.

    September 1, 2015 07:00 am JST
  • Nicholas Spiro

    China the real worry for emerging market investors

    Investor sentiment towards emerging markets remains bleak. Emerging market stocks have lost 10% in dollar terms this month, resulting in a 20% decline over the past three months. In the period between Aug. 19 and 26, emerging market bond funds s

    August 28, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Leaning left

    Draft constitution worries Nepal's business leaders

    KATHMANDU -- It has taken almost a decade for Nepal's fractious political parties to reach basic agreement on a new constitution. Now that they have, the country's business community is increasingly worried that the pending charter could jeopardize

    August 27, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Andrew Colquhoun

    Sri Lanka awaits economic transition

    Sri Lanka's parliamentary election on Aug. 17 confirmed the nation's political shift away from the Sinhalese-nationalist ruling style of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. However, the end of Rajapaksa's 10-year rule in January 2015 has not yet

    August 27, 2015 06:00 pm JST
  • Electric trikes

    Goodbye, nasty 'tuk-tuk'; hello, clean, green machine

    TOKYO -- The ancient city of Luang Prabang in northern Laos, with its countless Buddhist temples, is wrapped in silence at 5:30 a.m. Suddenly, the calm is shattered by a roar of three-wheeled tuk-tuk taxi bringing tourists for a look at the monks ou

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Sri Lanka challenges Bangladesh on textiles

    COLOMBO -- Textiles are already Sri Lanka's No. 1 export, but the industry is boosting growth by updating equipment and training staff. Benefiting from a highly productive workforce, extremely competitive maritime transportation costs and an ex

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Goodbye, nasty 'tuk-tuk'; hello, clean, green machine

    TOKYO -- The ancient city of Luang Prabang in northern Laos, with its countless Buddhist temples, is wrapped in silence at 5:30 a.m. Suddenly, the calm is shattered by a roar of three-wheeled tuk-tuk taxi bringing tourists for a look at the monks ou

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Crisis takes its toll on currencies

    BANGKOK -- Knee-jerk reactions to Chinese moves in equity markets are currently grabbing headlines. But a longer-term perspective looking at the currency market shows just how deeply connected China has become with the global economy. The Nikkei

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • International cooperation will be essential

    TOKYO -- The unrest rippling through global markets will test policymakers' ability to work together, calm investors and maintain economic momentum. Fears of slowing Chinese growth have cast a pall over the global economy and investors are scram

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Sri Lankans vote to give change a chance

    COLOMBO -- The morning after Sri Lankans voted in their general election, the smell of sulphur was hanging in the air outside a sprawling building in a Colombo suburb. Residue lingered from firecrackers lit to echo the jubilant mood within the build

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Tied to China

    Crisis takes toll on currencies

    BANGKOK -- Knee-jerk reactions to Chinese moves in equity markets are currently grabbing headlines. But a longer-term perspective looking at the currency market shows just how deeply connected China has become with the global economy. The Nikkei

    August 26, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Batten down the hatches

    China brews a global economic storm

    TOKYO -- Market participants are rereading a year-old International Monetary Fund paper that took up the question of the global consequences of slower Chinese growth. China's economic ties with the rest of Asia have deepened not only in terms of

    August 26, 2015 07:00 pm JST