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  • IMF aid raises questions about Mongolia's ability to reform

    ULAANBAATAR/LONDON -- The International Monetary Fund has finally approved a much-needed $5.5 billion aid package for Mongolia, but experts question if the government is able to implement painful structural reforms to put the economy back on track.T

    May 26, 2017 12:40 am JST
  • East Asian workers remarkably disengaged

    TOKYO -- Workers in East Asia are much less engaged in their jobs than their counterparts in the rest of the world, a recent survey by Gallup shows. Experts say East Asian companies need to alter their management styles before disengaged workforces

    May 25, 2017 10:40 pm JST
  • IMF approves $434.3 million to support Mongolia economic reform

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Thursday it approved a three-year financial arrangement of about $434.3 million to support Mongolia's economic reform programme.The IMF said in a statement that Mongolia was hit hard

    May 25, 2017 11:35 am JST
  • Kazakhstan aims to swap Cyrillic for Roman letters by 2025

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan For more than 75 years, the Kazakh language has been written in Cyrillic, the alphabet of Russian and other Slavic tongues. But President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who led Kazakhstan to independence from the former Soviet Union in 199

    May 25, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Raj Kumar Sharma

    Central Asia warily welcomes China's Belt and Road Initiative

    China's Belt and Road Initiative is making some leaders in Central Asia nervous as they welcome economic engagement with Beijing but remain wary of potential problems the project could unleash. Russia is not all happy, either.Central Asia is strateg

    May 24, 2017 08:45 pm JST
  • China's COSCO to invest in Kazakhstan border project as part of Silk Road drive

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- China's COSCO Shipping plans to invest in a special economic zone on Kazakhstan's border with China as it looks to increase investment in countries involved in the new Silk Road, the company's chairman said on Sunday.Officially

    May 14, 2017 11:20 pm JST
  • Brahma Chellaney

    America's deepening Afghanistan quagmire

    The proposed dispatch of several thousand more U.S. troops to war-torn Afghanistan by President Donald Trump's administration begs the question: If more than 100,000 American troops failed between 2010 and 2012 to bring the Afghan Taliban to the neg

    May 11, 2017 09:00 pm JST
  • Kazakhstan seeks to accelerate switch to Western alphabet

    ALMATY -- For more than 75 years, the Kazakh language has been written in Cyrillic, the alphabet of Russian and other Slavic tongues. But President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who led Kazakhstan to independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991, is acc

    May 9, 2017 11:41 pm JST
  • Syria says up to 5,000 Chinese Uighurs fighting in militant groups

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- Up to 5,000 ethnic Uighurs from China's violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang are fighting in various militant groups in Syria, the Syrian ambassador to China said on Monday, adding that Beijing should be extremely conce

    May 9, 2017 11:05 am JST
  • The ADB faces up to new challenges

    Asia has seen remarkable growth in recent decades, but it still needs to improve power grids, roads, waterworks and other infrastructure, both to sustain that growth and as a result of it. Asian economies also need to attract private-sector capital

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Kunda Dixit: Giant neighbors and shifting plates put the squeeze on Nepal

    Sandwiched between two of the world's largest countries, Nepal has always described itself as a "small" country. But with a population of about 28 million, it is still around the world's 45th most populous nation. It is small only compared with Chin

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The ADB faces up to new challenges

    TOKYO -- Asia has seen remarkable growth in recent decades, but it still needs to improve power grids, roads, waterworks and other infrastructure, both to sustain that growth and as a result of it. Asian economies also need to attract private-sector

    May 3, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Mongolia to revise new law after IMF postpones bailout

    ULAANBAATAR -- Following last Friday's postponement of a much-needed bailout from the International Monetary Fund, the Mongolian government on Tuesday moved to assure the fund that it was ready to make adjustments to a controversial new regulation.T

    May 2, 2017 10:05 pm JST
  • Asia-Pacific press freedom takes another step back

    HONG KONG -- Freedom of the press is eroding all across the globe, according to the latest findings by watchdog organization Reporters without Borders. While relatively speaking, the Asia-Pacific region is not as bad as others, like the Middle East

    April 29, 2017 01:00 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kunda Dixit

    Nepal feels both geopolitical and geotectonic squeeze

    Sandwiched between two of the world's largest countries, Nepal has always described itself as a "small" country. But with a population of 28 million, it is still the world's 40th most populous nation. It is small only compared with China, to the nor

    April 23, 2017 04:30 pm 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
  • 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