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  • Mongolia mining

    Back to business as Rio Tinto brings $5.4 billion deal

    The news that a whole country had been waiting for for months finally broke on May 18 in a brief statement by Turquoise Hill, a Canadian company controlled by mining powerhouse Rio Tinto. The contents of that statement brushed aside the uncertaintie

    May 21, 2015 08:18 pm JST
  • The Future of Asia 2015

    Mongolia's Elbegdorj proposes mini UN, Forum of Asia

    TOKYO -- Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj on Thursday proposed a new dialogue platform, the Forum of Asia, he called it, to build mutual trust, promote stronger ties and boost regional integration. brightcov

    May 21, 2015 04:50 pm JST
  • Raj Kumar Sharma: India needs to be patient as Ghani gambles on Pakistan

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani paid his first visit to India April 27-29, seven months after being elected to head the war-torn country and having already visited China, the U.S., Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Power changed hands in both India and Afgha

    May 21, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Blast in Afghan capital

    Car bomb on EU vehicle kills at least 3

    KABUL (Reuters) -- A suicide car bomber rammed a European Union vehicle near the main airport in Afghanistan's capital on Sunday, killing at least two Afghans and a British national in the latest attack in the city, officials said. The Taliban c

    May 17, 2015 07:56 pm JST
  • Modi's trip

    India to open $1B credit line to finance infrastructure in Mongolia

    ULAN BATOR (Reuters) -- India will open a $1 billion credit line to bolster Mongolia's "economic capacity and infrastructure", the Mongolian and Indian prime ministers announced on Sunday. Mongolia is seeking investment in infrastructure for the

    May 17, 2015 04:49 pm JST
  • Sharia-compliant investing

    Pakistan's first REIT expected to boost property market

    KARACHI, Pakistan -- Two of Pakistan's biggest companies have joined forces to launch the country's first real estate investment trust. It has been a long time coming. The government laid down regulations for issuing this kind of security back in 20

    May 14, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Pakistan's first REIT expected to boost property market

    KARACHI, Pakistan -- Two of Pakistan's biggest companies have joined forces to launch the country's first real estate investment trust. It has been a long time coming. The government laid down regulations for issuing this kind of security back in 20

    May 14, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Nepal earthquake

    Another lethal temblor hits Kathmandu

    NEW DELHI -- At least 65 people have been killed and more than 1,900 injured in a 7.3-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal today nearly three weeks after the biggest temblor since 1934 claimed more than 8,000 lives. Collapsing already weakened

    May 13, 2015 01:30 pm JST
  • Raj Kumar Sharma

    India needs to be patient as Ghani gambles on Pakistan

    Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani paid his first visit to India April 27-29, seven months after being elected to head the war-torn country and having already visited China, the U.S., Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. New governments came to power in India

    May 11, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Anita Inder Singh

    Lessons for the world from China's Afghan diplomacy

    Security is Afghanistan's top priority. The prospect of the country's instability, which could spill over into neighboring countries, is a concern for the region, as well as for the U.S. as it gradually withdraws. The massive Taliban attack in the n

    May 8, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Ben Simpfendorfer: A golden era for midsize companies

    Midsize companies are Asia's new champions. Big multinationals and local conglomerates used to be the kings of the region's consumer goods business. They were able to build up in a way that no midsize company could hope to replicate. But size is

    May 7, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Meeting funding needs

    ADB tells members to brace for capital increase

    BAKU, Azerbaijan -- The Asian Development Bank will need to boost its capital to meet the region's enormous infrastructure financing needs, President Takehiko Nakao told member nations Monday. In response, Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei said

    May 5, 2015 01:33 am JST
  • ADB-AIIB engagement

    Mapping the boundaries of future collaboration

    BAKU, Azerbaijan -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and forthcoming Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) are discussing the parameters of their future partnership following the announcement on Friday that they intend to collaborate on infras

    May 2, 2015 11:45 pm JST
  • Asian Development Bank

    Greater lending capacity to meet the China challenge

    BAKU, Azerbaijan -- As China prepares to roll out its Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the Asian Development Bank is looking for ways to expand capacity. At the ADB's 48th annual meeting, which is being held in Azerbaijan from May 2 to 5, t

    May 1, 2015 12:49 am JST
  • How safe are your medical records from viruses?

    TOKYO -- Hospitals have always had to be careful about the spread of infections. But in this modern era of networked healthcare, the danger of viruses has taken on new meaning. Threats from both opportunistic computer viruses and deliberate cyberatt

    April 30, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Kamal Alam

    China's road to Kabul runs through Islamabad

    On the eve of his visit to Pakistan, Chinese President Xi Jinping wrote an editorial in both Chinese and Pakistani newspapers emphasizing the unique and matchless bond between the two nations. The tone of the article starts off with sentimental

    April 28, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Kazakhstan elections

    Landslide victory gives president five more years

    Almaty -- Kazakhstan's long-serving President Nursultan Nazarbayev has secured another five years in office, following a landslide victory at the presidential elections on April 26. Nazarbayev garnered a record 97.7% of the votes, according to p

    April 27, 2015 07:50 pm JST
  • Ben Simpfendorfer

    A golden era for midsize companies

    Midsize companies are Asia's new champions. It used to be that big multinationals and local conglomerates were the region's biggest consumer goods success stories. They were able to build and scale in a way that no midsize company could hope to repl

    April 26, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Kazakhstan votes

    Nazarbayev awaits re-election amid economic uncertainty

    ASTANA -- On the left bank of the Ishim River, where steppe land once prevailed, the Bayterek tower soars 97 meters into the blue sky. Its slender, spiky metal structure embodies the "tree of life," a symbol from an old myth that Kazakh tribes borro

    April 23, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Bypassing Russia

    Central Asian nations warming to Beijing

    MOSCOW -- Central Asian nations, whose economies are rapidly deteriorating due to cheaper energy prices and Russia's business slump, are increasingly looking to China to boost their growth. Kazakhstan's approach was rewarded when Prime Minister

    April 20, 2015 07:00 pm JST