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  • Guy de Jonquieres

    Beijing's Belt and Road summit invites caution in the West

    On May 14 and 15, at least 28 heads of government and a bevy of other foreign dignitaries will attend a lavish coming-of-age party in Beijing. The event is intended to celebrate China's ambitious plans to carve out a bigger role on the global stage

    April 27, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • The long, frustrating quest for free trade in Asia

    SINGAPORE -- It was a punch in the gut for Jenesis (Shenzhen) when the U.S. called it quits on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Just like that, the contract electronics manufacturer's very raison d'etre was thrown into question.Jenesis, which supplies

    April 27, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Think the RCEP is about free trade? Think again

    SINGAPORE -- Delegates from Pakistan's remote Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were all smiles as they signed an economic cooperation agreement with China on April 17."We have set the stage to begin [a] journey of industrialization," the province's chief

    April 27, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • If US won't lead on trade, China will: Ex-US trade rep

    TOKYO America's withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership leaves the door open for China to set the agenda in Asia-Pacific trade, warns former U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.Now a distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relation

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Think the RCEP is about free trade? Think again

    SINGAPORE Delegates from Pakistan's remote Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were all smiles as they signed an economic cooperation agreement with China on April 17."We have set the stage to begin [a] journey of industrialization," the province's chief mi

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The long and frustrating quest for free trade in Asia

    SINGAPORE It was a punch in the gut for Jenesis (Shenzhen) when the U.S. called it quits on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Just like that, the contract electronics manufacturer's very raison d'etre was thrown into question.Jenesis, which supplies el

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Thai hotel operator Dusit eyes Bangladesh for growth

    BANGKOK -- A long-standing Thai hotel operator will break into Bangladesh this year in a move to diversify from business risk at home, where political unrest has dealt a blow to the tourism sector.Dusit Internatonal, a Bangkok-headquartered hospital

    April 27, 2017 02:39 am JST
  • AI now and tomorrow

    Is your job robot-ready?

    TOKYO -- Robots are making people redundant, and you may be next.Once a flight of fancy, we are now in an age where workers of all stripes, including professionals and white-collar workers, could be on the receiving end of pink slips thanks to robot

    April 22, 2017 10:00 pm JST
  • Nepalese earthquake rubble inspires creative response

    KATHMANDU -- On April 25, 2015, about 50 people had gathered in the centuries-old Kasthamandap Temple in central Kathmandu to donate blood. The blood donation camp, organized by Nimbus Savings and Credit Co-operative, was about to wrap up. But just

    April 22, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • Pakistan's top court rejects bid to oust prime minster

    ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif narrowly avoided a legal bid to force him out of office after the country's Supreme Court ruled Thursday against his disqualification on charges related to his family's offshore wealth.The 3-2 rulin

    April 21, 2017 01:25 am JST
  • Pakistan's top court rejects call to disqualify prime minister

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) -- Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday ruled there was insufficient evidence to order Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's removal from office over corruption allegations levelled by the opposition, but it ordered further investigation

    April 21, 2017 12:35 am JST
  • Tea Leaves

    The politics of elephants in the room

    I grew up in a corner of Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, where a domesticated elephant was a regular presence in daily life. "Our" elephant belonged to the Buddhist temple near our home. On some mornings, it would lumber past our front gate, the ch

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The politics of elephants in the room

    I grew up in a corner of Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, where a domesticated elephant was a regular presence in daily life. "Our" elephant belonged to the Buddhist temple near our home. On some mornings, it would lumber past our front gate, the ch

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Sujeev Shakya: South Asia must embrace frontier opportunities

    In South Asia, connectivity is seen as the prerogative of capital cities, with people who live in border areas routinely ignored. Instead of finding ways of improving connectivity throughout the region, summits of the South Asian Association for Reg

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Richard Ghiasy

    China-Pakistan corridor could help stabilize South Asia

    So far in its two-year history the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has fanned Indian-Pakistani rivalry and added to regional security tensions. But the $55 billion infrastructure and energy project, officially launched on April 20, 2015 (though som

    April 20, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Sri Lanka seeks new flight path for ailing airline

    COLOMBO -- Hopes are rising for Sri Lanka's ailing national carrier, SriLankan Airlines, as U.S.-based private equity firm TPG Capital conducts due diligence on the indebted company.The process is scheduled to be completed by the end of May, after w

    April 18, 2017 10:55 pm JST
  • Jonathan Hillman

    Mishandled China-Pakistan Economic Corridor could misfire

    It has been a tumultuous two years in Pakistan and China's regional interactions. Since it was launched on April 20, 2015, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has sparked praise, skepticism, and even violence. The result is widespread confusion abo

    April 13, 2017 04:10 pm JST
  • Sri Lanka struggles to build up foreign reserves

    HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka A South Korean ship unloads its cargo of cars at the Hambantota port, the only sign of life at Sri Lanka's newest harbor on its southern coast. The rest of this $1.4 billion port, built with a loan from the Export-Import Bank o

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Pakistan equities are buoyant ahead of MSCI index promotion

    LAHORE The Pakistan Stock Exchange emerged as Asia's best performing equity market and the fifth best in the world in 2016 as it boasted a total return of 45.7%. The market peaked at 50,192.4 points on Jan. 26, and fell back slightly in February and

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Japan, Sri Lanka Prime Ministers vow further cooperation on maritime security

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe agreed Wednesday to further advance their cooperation in maritime security.According to a joint statement released after their talks in Tokyo, th

    April 13, 2017 09:15 am JST