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  • Signs of pullback growing

    Spiking gold to oil ratio points to trouble for world economy

    TOKYO -- The world economy is showing signs of stress, as reflected in turbulent global stock markets. Investors and policymakers are on guard, with the outlook China and other emerging economies particularly grim. One closely watched commodity

    September 1, 2015 02:15 pm JST
  • Nariman Behravesh

    What are the ramifications of the 'rolling routs' in financial markets on US and global growth?

    Global financial markets have been gripped by fear in recent weeks. What began as "Taper Panic" two years ago turned into "The Great Deflation" in commodity prices last year, and finally morphed into a huge stock market sell-off this summer, first i

    September 1, 2015 09:28 am JST
  • Nicholas Spiro

    China the real worry for emerging market investors

    Investor sentiment towards emerging markets remains bleak. Emerging market stocks have lost 10% in dollar terms this month, resulting in a 20% decline over the past three months. In the period between Aug. 19 and 26, emerging market bond funds s

    August 28, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Humphrey Hawksley

    A beckoning Asia could help to reduce Arctic tensions

    At their closest, the U.S. and Russia lie barely 4km apart, facing each other from two islands in the middle of the Bering Strait, the icy waterway that connects the Arctic and Pacific oceans. Military observation posts operate along the upper ridge

    August 28, 2015 05:50 pm JST
  • Online shopping takes hold

    Harbin's unique arcades left out in cold

    The temperature in Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang, China's northernmost province, can drop to below minus 20 C in winter. The city of 10.6 million sits closer to the Russian border than any other large Chinese burg. Perhaps, then, it is no surp

    August 27, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Crisis takes its toll on currencies

    BANGKOK -- Knee-jerk reactions to Chinese moves in equity markets are currently grabbing headlines. But a longer-term perspective looking at the currency market shows just how deeply connected China has become with the global economy. The Nikkei

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • International cooperation will be essential

    TOKYO -- The unrest rippling through global markets will test policymakers' ability to work together, calm investors and maintain economic momentum. Fears of slowing Chinese growth have cast a pall over the global economy and investors are scram

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Michael Auslin: Russia and China fuel Asia's other 'Great Game'

    Asia watchers have spent years divining the growing competition between the U.S. and China in East Asia, seen by some as a new version of the 19th century Great Game -- the Central Asian rivalry between the Russian and British empires. Those predict

    August 27, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Tied to China

    Crisis takes toll on currencies

    BANGKOK -- Knee-jerk reactions to Chinese moves in equity markets are currently grabbing headlines. But a longer-term perspective looking at the currency market shows just how deeply connected China has become with the global economy. The Nikkei

    August 26, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Batten down the hatches

    China brews a global economic storm

    TOKYO -- Market participants are rereading a year-old International Monetary Fund paper that took up the question of the global consequences of slower Chinese growth. China's economic ties with the rest of Asia have deepened not only in terms of

    August 26, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • International schisms

    Western leaders pass on China's WWII commemorations

    BEIJING -- Leaders of major Western nations will not attend China's events commemorating the end of World War II, a sign of security and economic rifts between the two sides. "So far, a total of 49 countries have confirmed presence at China's Se

    August 26, 2015 02:03 am JST
  • Protectionism, resource dependence key issues

    Slow reforms worsening plunge by emerging-market currencies

    JAKARTA/MOSCOW -- Emerging-market currencies have softened against the dollar in response to the Chinese economic slowdown and falling commodity prices, with countries that have lagged behind on reform hit especially hard. In Indonesia, which re

    August 25, 2015 10:06 pm JST
  • Despite depressed prices

    Aluminum, nickel production holding up

    TOKYO -- Global production of aluminum and nickel is showing no signs of trending down, even though prices for these nonferrous metals are at their lowest levels in about six years. The main factors keeping aluminum output from sinking are incre

    August 25, 2015 03:00 pm JST
  • Spreading financial malaise

    Who will be the next victim of China crisis?

    TOKYO -- China's "One Belt, One Road" initiative has opened the door to financial crisis for its trading partners, and more are sure to follow. China-driven worries are casting a dark shadow over the global market, with crude oil and other commo

    August 25, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Turkey, China routes

    Russian gas pipeline projects clogged

    MOSCOW -- Two huge Russian projects to build natural gas pipelines to Turkey and China have been delayed, and their future is now in doubt. The projects were launched as important pillars of Russian President Vladimir Putin's foreign policy with

    August 25, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • End of supercycle

    Plummeting commodity prices could put emerging economies at risk

    TOKYO -- After a decade on the rise, commodity prices are entering a correction phase. The prices for copper, iron ore and gold have been on a downward trend after they peaked in 2011. After geopolitical risks in the Middle East and Russia spurred c

    August 24, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Russian PM visits disputed island off Japan's Hokkaido

    VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Kyodo) -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday visited one of the Russian-controlled, Japanese-claimed islands off Hokkaido at the center of a long-standing territorial dispute between Tokyo and Moscow. The pre

    August 23, 2015 01:25 am JST
  • Russian PM visits disputed island off Japan's Hokkaido

    VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Kyodo) -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday visited one of the Russian-controlled, Japanese-claimed islands off Hokkaido at the center of a long-standing territorial dispute between Tokyo and Moscow, local media

    August 22, 2015 12:59 pm JST
  • Foreign exchange

    Japanese companies face emerging-currency risk

    TOKYO -- Emerging markets' sagging currencies are becoming a concern for the multinationals that operate there, too. The Russian ruble and other currencies already prone to weakness began losing more strength in June as expectations rose of an i

    August 22, 2015 02:08 am JST
  • Making a statement

    China to flaunt new weaponry at victory parade

    BEIJING -- China seeks to project an image of military power with its parade celebrating victory over Japan in World War II, showing off 12,000 soldiers and an array of weapons being revealed to the public for the first time. The Sept. 3 event,

    August 21, 2015 11:34 pm JST