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  • Frederic Neumann: Asia does not have a dollar problem

    After a few false starts in recent years, the greenback is embarking on a relentless climb. Major swings in exchange rates force investors to reassess their positions, not just tactically but strategically. Global finance is thus in for a turbul

    December 18, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • UN talks agree building blocks for new-style climate deal in 2015

    LIMA (Reuters) -- About 190 nations agreed on Sunday the building blocks of a new-style global deal due in 2015 to combat climate change amid warnings that far tougher action will be needed to limit increases in global temperatures. Under the de

    December 14, 2014 06:18 pm JST
  • Frederic Neumann

    Asia does not have a dollar problem

    It is finally happening. After a few false starts in recent years, the greenback is embarking on a relentless climb. This is bound to rattle markets. Major swings in exchange rates force investors to reassess their positions, not just tactically

    December 8, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • $2.4B power plants

    India's investment in Nepal's hydroelectricity gives hope

    KATMANDU -- When Nepal built its first hydropower plant in 1911, it was among the first Asian countries to do so. The 500kW plant was funded by the British and named Chandra Jyoti, after the then prime minister. It was meant to light the palaces of

    December 8, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Tejraj M. Aminabhavi: Carbon -- a versatile gift from nature

    Carbon is available in many different forms: carbon dioxide, methane gas, coal, petroleum and natural gas. It is the active element of photosynthesis -- a key process for all living matter that combines water, sunlight and carbon dioxide to create u

    December 4, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Dalai Lama leaves succession question up to his people

    NEW DELHI -- The 14th Dalai Lama recently made waves by suggesting that, perhaps, the Tibetan way of choosing a successor to his spiritual post may have run its course. According to Tibetan tradition, the next Dalai Lama would be found by seekin

    December 4, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Nigel Gould-Davies

    Ukraine crisis highlights new Asian big powers game

    In this Pacific century the pendulum of economic power, and the political and military influence it brings, is swinging back towards Asia. But sudden shocks, harder to predict, will intrude on this slow rhythm. The Ukraine crisis is such a moment. P

    December 1, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Mongolia's political crisis

    New leader must resuscitate stalling economy

    ULAN BATOR -- Mongolia finally has a new prime minister. Just over two weeks after the dramatic ousting of Norov Altankhuyag, the ruling Democratic Party named his close ally and cabinet secretary to the top job on Nov. 21. The choice of Chimed

    November 21, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Islamic State in Central Asia

    Aging autocrats find pretext for crackdowns

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- A propaganda video posted by the Islamic State group on Oct. 17 was the latest evidence that Central Asian militants have joined the ranks of the terrorist group. "We should take this and put it on the Internet. Let the inf

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Islamic State: The new face of terror

    In its quest to acquire manpower and support for its operations in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State militant group is making deep inroads into Asia -- and achieving a level of success that al-Qaida could only have dreamed of. The growing presence o

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Kamal Alam: Syria offers clues to Islamic State's future in Asia

    One of the more remarkable documents found in the Osama bin Laden compound included a letter to the Islamic State group of Iraq and Syria cautioning Abu Musab al-Zarqawi over his group's extreme violence. The insurgency in Fallujah and Tal Afar

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Central Asia energy

    Turkmenistan to pipe gas to Afghanistan, India and Pakistan

    NEW DELHI -- State energy companies in Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Turkmenistan have established a joint venture to build, own and operate an ambitious 1,800-km pipeline exporting natural gas from resource-rich Turkmenistan to the other three c

    November 17, 2014 10:30 pm JST
  • Keith B. Richburg: Facing 'pathological hatred' at home, Obama may find he can still lead during his Asia tour

    U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Asia this week a damaged leader, weakened at home after midterm elections saw his Democratic Party rejected across the board and, most crucially, his Republican opponents take control of the Senate for the firs

    November 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Minghao Zhao: How Obama and Xi could focus on common interests

    U.S. President Barack Obama will land in China on Monday under the shadow of the Democratic collapse in America's Nov. 4 midterm elections. Top Chinese and U.S. officials have agreed to explore the possibility of establishing what Beijing has termed

    November 9, 2014 07:22 pm JST
  • Beijing has $40 billion for Silk Road nations

    BEIJING -- The Chinese government said Saturday that it would establish a $40 billion fund for infrastructure development in what it calls Silk Road Economic Belt nations. With the plan, China hopes to gain clout in neighboring countries. In tha

    November 9, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Keith B. Richburg: Asia provides refuge from 'Obama derangement syndrome' -- but then what?

    U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Asia in the coming days a damaged leader, weakened at home after midterm elections saw his Democratic Party rejected across the board and, most crucially, his Republican opponents take control of the U.S. Senat

    November 7, 2014 07:30 pm JST
  • Kawasaki Heavy to build world's 1st gas-to-gasoline plant in Turkmenistan

    TOKYO -- Kawasaki Heavy Industries of Japan has long trailed domestic rivals JGC and Chiyoda in the business of building oil and gas plants. But that is starting to change. In August, Kawasaki Heavy won a roughly 150 billion yen ($1.44 billion)

    November 6, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Kazakhstan casts wary eyes on Putin's appetite for expansion

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan/BISHKEK -- The bride and groom posed for a portrait in front of a perpetual flame in an Almaty park that commemorates soldiers who died fighting in the Russian civil war and World War II. The two shared the dark complexion, high

    November 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • An Asian post-election checklist for Obama

    Just days after the Nov. 4 midterm election transformed the U.S. political landscape by handing control of Congress to Republicans, President Barack Obama will land in Asia for a series of summits with regional and world leaders. The timing is signi

    November 5, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Yves Tiberghien: Should the world yawn, cheer or fear November's summits?

    For a week in November, an unusual cluster of globally significant economic summits will take place in the Asia-Pacific region: the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Beijing (Nov. 10-11), the East Asia Summit and the Association of

    November 4, 2014 09:00 pm JST