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  • Pakistan's booming car market attracts global attention

    KARACHI -- As Pakistan aims for emerging-economy status, its automotive industry is already motoring along at a healthy clip. Annual passenger car sales recently topped 200,000 units for the first time, and all of the country's automakers are planni

    February 19, 2017 06:45 pm JST
  • Snapshots of Pakistan's big shots

    Pakistan's major conglomerates -- the drivers of industry in the country -- are enjoying a fresh boost from the launch of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor and an uptick in the economy.With operations ranging from finance to energy to infrastruct

    February 16, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Chinese investment boosts Pakistan's economic growth

    KARACHI Pakistan, the world's sixth-most populous country, has embarked on a high-growth trajectory.The nation of around 200 million people posted gross domestic product growth of 4.7% in the fiscal year that ended in June 2016, and the economy is p

    February 16, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Pakistan's booming car market attracts global attention

    KARACHI As Pakistan aims for emerging-economy status, its automotive industry is already motoring along at a healthy clip. Annual passenger car sales recently topped 200,000 units for the first time, and all of the country's automakers are planning

    February 16, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Chinese investment boosts Pakistan's economic growth

    KARACHI -- Pakistan, the world's sixth-most populous country, has embarked on a high-growth trajectory.The nation of around 200 million people posted gross domestic product growth of 4.7% in the fiscal year that ended in June 2016, and the economy i

    February 16, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Trump immigration order leaves Bhutan refugees in limbo

    BELDANGI, Nepal -- Just days away from a new life in the U.S. city of Atlanta, Hema Devi Chhetri had squeezed all her clothes -- and all of her parents' -- into three duffle bags. The 23-year-old Hindu refugee from Bhutan had quit her job as a teach

    February 14, 2017 11:00 pm JST
  • Asia's Standouts

    A Pakistani director tackles taboos

    NEW DELHI -- In eastern Pakistan, a 19-year-old girl was beaten and threatened at gunpoint because she wanted to marry the man she loved. When she stepped out of her home, her uncle caught her, shot her, put her in a bag and dumped her in a river.Th

    February 13, 2017 08:00 pm JST
  • A Pakistani director tackles taboos

    NEW DELHI In eastern Pakistan, a 19-year-old girl was beaten and threatened at gunpoint because she wanted to marry the man she loved. When she stepped out of her home, her uncle caught her, shot her, put her in a bag and dumped her in a river.This

    February 9, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Ian Bremmer

    More Trump jolts on the way

    Donald Trump's move to ban immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries has triggered a fight in U.S. courts and provoked angry protests in many U.S. cities. But the arguments over its legal and moral merits won't change many minds. The new presi

    February 8, 2017 07:30 pm JST
  • Brahma Chellaney

    Nepal needs bridge over troubled waters

    Nepal sits on vast water resources. The United Nations describes the landlocked Himalayan state as "one of the Asian countries with the highest level of water resources per inhabitant." Water can potentially be to Nepal what oil is to Arab sheikhdom

    January 29, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Muslim bloc urges Myanmar to end humanitarian crisis in Rakhine

    KUALA LUMPUR -- The multinational Organization of Islamic Cooperation said on Thursday that Myanmar must stop the oppression of its Rohingya population and prevent extremist groups from fanning religious hatred in Rakhine State, home to most of the

    January 19, 2017 11:47 pm JST
  • Developing countries share acquired know-how with peers

    MANILA -- "When the rice seedlings grow to about this high, transplant them to a paddy," Lea Abaoag at the Philippine Rice Research Institute instructed. "Calculate how many hours of sunlight they'll get to plan when you'll harvest them."Abaoag was

    January 19, 2017 02:30 pm JST
  • Patrick Low: Don't write off the WTO

    International trading relationships are more uncertain today than they have been in a long time. The inability of the World Trade Organization to bring closure to the Doha round negotiations after more than a decade and a half has undermined already

    January 19, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Top marks in 1st term see Sharif eyeing 2018 re-election

    KARACHI -- Having delivered on governance, economic reform and, crucially, security, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif now turns his attention to winning a second term.Having earned no uncertain praise in business circles and the media, some ar

    January 13, 2017 08:20 pm JST
  • World Bank arm to make bond market debut

    TOKYO -- The World Bank Group will issue debt for the first time to help fund aid to the poorest countries in an effort to prevent terrorism and instability from spreading through the most fragile regions of the world.The International Development A

    January 10, 2017 07:10 am JST
  • With Pakistan bourse investment, China tightens economic grip

    NEW DELHI -- A Chinese consortium's pending investment in the Pakistan Stock Exchange looks to link the South Asian nation's economic fortunes even more closely to the continent's superpower -- a potential win for both sides as Beijing's pan-Asian d

    January 8, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • China-led consortium wins 40% stake in Pakistan bourse

    NEW DELHI/SHANGHAI -- A consortium led by Chinese stock exchanges has obtained approval to buy a 40% stake in the Pakistan Stock Exchange, or PSX, The Nikkei has confirmed with Haroon Askari, the bourse's deputy managing director.The deal marks the

    January 8, 2017 12:47 am JST
  • Chaudhary blames politics for Nepal earthquake 'struggle'

    JAKARTA -- Binod Chaudhary, Nepal's best-known -- and possibly only-- billionaire, is famous for his surprising, even disarming, frankness.Chaudhary, who heads a diversified global business empire ranging from real estate to telecoms, wrote in his a

    January 2, 2017 03:30 pm JST
  • The Japanese who transformed Nepal's tourism industry

    POKHARA, Nepal -- In the chilly, pre-dawn darkness, a convoy of cars slowly ascend a winding road toward Sarangkot, a hamlet on the edge of Pokhara, Nepal's second largest city.Tourists wrapped in thick jackets and mufflers stumble out of the vehicl

    December 29, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Patrick Low

    R.I.P. TPP, time to turn back to the WTO

    International trading relationships are more uncertain today than they have been in a long time. The inability of the World Trade Organization to bring closure to Doha round negotiations after more than a decade and a half has undermined already sha

    December 26, 2016 01:00 pm JST