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  • Giri Jadeja

    Green lending -- a new growth model for Asia and beyond

    China is no stranger to the perils of rapid economic development. According to research by the World Bank and the Chinese State Council's Development Research Center, health problems caused by air pollution cost China as much as $300 billion a y

    January 26, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Stephen Grenville: Low oil prices provide a fleeting chance for reform

    If the global price of oil had jumped by 50%, there is little doubt that economic commentators would be calling it a disaster for world growth. The price has in fact fallen by more than 50% since last June, but this ray of good news has not yet pier

    January 22, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Richard Ghiasy

    Afghanistan's new cabinet may spell trouble ahead

    Forty-five days at most. That is how long Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah had planned to form a new cabinet in 2014. They ended up taking over double the time to do so, since they had to satisfy election campaign loyalists an

    January 21, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Executive women in Asia

    Philippines leads the region with its women in management

    SINGAPORE -- The Philippines is leading Asia with its high percentage of women in management positions, according to a recent report by the International Labor Organization. A ranking complied by the ILO shows the Philippines to be the only Asian co

    January 19, 2015 07:30 pm JST
  • Expanding the roster

    China-led Asian infrastructure bank picks up new members

    BEIJING -- The multilateral development bank proposed by China is gaining more signatories from the Middle East and Central Asia, making Beijing likely to enjoy stronger power in Asia. Saudi Arabia and Tajikistan have decided to sign up for the

    January 15, 2015 05:43 am JST
  • Unity government

    Afghanistan unveils cabinet after months of bickering

    NEW DELHI -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has announced his new cabinet three and a half months after he was sworn in, finally reaching an agreement with his rival. The process of forming a government was delayed because Abdullah Abdullah, who

    January 15, 2015 04:08 am JST
  • Living with terror: In South Asia, say 'Je suis Charlie' at your own risk

    Attacks on staff at Charlie Hebdo and shoppers at a kosher supermarket in Paris this month have left Europe stunned and uneasy. Many felt, while they mourned, that this type of attack could happen again. Then it did. Only two days after the sati

    January 15, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Journalists in the crosshairs

    In South Asia, say 'Je suis Charlie' at your own risk

    Attacks on staff at Charlie Hebdo and shoppers at a kosher supermarket in Paris this month have left Europe stunned and uneasy. Many felt, while they mourned, that this type of attack could happen again. Then it did. Only two days after the sati

    January 14, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Natural gas

    Turkmenistan faces competition from Russia as China's largest supplier

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Once known mainly for its remoteness and belligerent tribesmen, Turkmenistan has emerged as a major natural gas producer -- and China's largest supplier. Only five years after a 1,818km pipeline between the two countries opened

    January 14, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Asia-Pacific economy

    ESCAP forecasts 5.8% regional growth in 2015

    BANGKOK -- Asia Pacific countries are set for 5.8% growth in gross domestic production in 2015, slightly more than the 5.6% estimated for 2014, according to a survey released by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Paci

    January 13, 2015 11:00 pm JST
  • Order for energy

    Toshiba to supply nuclear power equipment to China

    TOKYO -- Toshiba is set to receive a roughly 200 billion yen ($1.65 billion) order to supply equipment for six to eight nuclear reactors in China. Details of the deal are being finalized. Through its American subsidiary Westinghouse, the Japanes

    January 4, 2015 02:00 am JST
  • Emerging global risks

    Ebola, terrorism and the return on capital

    In 2014, Russo-U.S. ties soured, the extremist Islamic State group turned terrorism uglier, and Ebola killed thousands and frightened millions. These and other threats appeared quickly and sent ripples far and wide. Russia is heavily involved in

    December 31, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Afghan conflict

    US wraps up campaign even as Taliban regroup

    NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON -- A U.S.-led international force in Afghanistan is ending its combat mission, yet concerns linger that security there may deteriorate as Taliban insurgents regain their footing. The International Security Assistance Force h

    December 29, 2014 03:58 am JST
  • Understanding dunes and dust

    Japanese university tackles the problems of arid climates

    TOKYO -- A university in western Japan is seeking new ways to cope with arid climates by reproducing them on campus. When most Japanese think of Tottori Prefecture, they think of the area's famous sand dunes. So perhaps it is appropriate that th

    December 28, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • 2015: Where is Asia going?

    "Making predictions is tough, especially about the future," said legendary baseball player Yogi Berra. Skidding oil prices, the ruble's collapse, the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment and the downfall of another high-ranking Chinese official ar

    December 25, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • President calls for 'drastic steps'

    Kyrgyzstan mulls gold mine's nationalization

    BISHKEK -- The Kyrgyzstan government is edging closer toward nationalizing Kumtor, the former Soviet republic's biggest exporter, employer and taxpayer, following a string of legal claims by foreign investors aggrieved about other projects. In a

    December 19, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • 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