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  • Company in focus: Hong Kong's MTR gets praise abroad but criticism at home

    HONG KONG Long before any talk of belts and roads, MTR looked beyond the territory for expansion.But it was not until recently that the monopoly operator of Hong Kong's profitable metro system said it wanted to do business in Southeast Asia. With a

    May 25, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Policy upheavals buffet mining in Philippines, Indonesia

    SANTA CRUZ, Philippines/JAKARTA In the eyes of Diosdado Alota, chief of Guinabon village in the northwest Philippines, the mining industry is key to his community's health.Until the national government ordered a suspension of operations in 2014 over

    May 25, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Mining companies face tough decisions despite the industry's rebound

    SYDNEY Big international mining companies like BHP and Rio Tinto made it through the crash in global commodity prices by slashing costs, shedding less productive units and taking full advantage of the economies of scale their vast operations provide

    May 25, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • 'TPP 11' are working to save the trade deal, but members remain far apart

    HANOI The remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal showed at least some level of unity in a statement May 21, but the outlook for a "TPP 11" version of the trade pact after the U.S. bailed on the deal looks hazy as gaps remain o

    May 25, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • New Zealand leads the push to keep the TPP alive

    TOKYO New Zealand is keen to press ahead with the Trans-Pacific Partnership and avoid any major reworking resulting from the U.S. departure, both to avoid a lengthy renegotiation process and to leave the door open in case Washington decides to retur

    May 25, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • A family fights for an Aboriginal artist's rich legacy

    SYDNEY A racist injustice that blighted much of the life of late Australian artist Albert Namatjira may soon be at least partially rectified. Internationally esteemed during his lifetime, the Aboriginal watercolorist sold his lambent paintings of th

    May 25, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Fog of cyberwar spurs virtual arms race on Korean peninsula

    CANBERRA -- In Units 110 and 121 of North Korea's General Staff Reconnaissance Bureau, several thousand information technology experts are working on ways to disrupt the vital installations and systems of their enemy countries via the internet.About

    May 22, 2017 03:30 pm JST
  • 'TPP 11' make show of unity, but members remain far apart

    HANOI -- The remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership showed some level of unity in a statement Sunday, but the outlook for a "TPP 11" version of the trade pact after the U.S. ditched the deal looks hazy amid gaps on some issues.Ministers

    May 22, 2017 02:40 am JST
  • Company in focus

    Hong Kong's MTR is praised abroad for efficiency, but criticized at home

    HONG KONG -- MTR has been venturing abroad long before the Belt and Road Initiative was proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013.But it was not until recently that the monopoly operator of Hong Kong's profitable metro system said it wante

    May 21, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • 'TPP 11' ministers in discord ahead of Sunday meeting

    HANOI -- Ministers from the 11 remaining TPP countries will sit down together here on Sunday to discuss implementing the trade deal without the U.S.But events on Saturday showed they remain at odds.There is a major sticking point. Japan wants the jo

    May 21, 2017 01:45 am JST
  • TPP ministers head to Vietnam to debate pact's fate

    TOKYO -- Negotiators and ministers from Trans-Pacific Partnership countries are set to begin deciding the future of the trade pact without the U.S.Nobuteru Ishihara, Japan's economic revitalization minister, spoke with reporters on Friday morning be

    May 19, 2017 12:50 pm JST
  • Singaporean banks bulk up in wealth management

    SINGAPORE A pullback by global competitors is giving Singaporean banks opportunities to expand their wealth management operations in Asia. The latest case in point came on May 11, when Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. said it is buying National Austral

    May 18, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • New Zealand's free trade vision includes China

    TOKYO -- New Zealand is renegotiating its free trade agreement with China as part of a larger strategy of helping steer the creation of favorable rules for commerce in the Asia-Pacific region.During his visit to Japan on Wednesday, Prime Minister Bi

    May 18, 2017 06:15 am JST
  • New Zealand leads push to keep TPP alive

    TOKYO -- New Zealand aims to avoid reworking the Trans-Pacific Partnership in resurrecting the trade pact without the U.S., both to avoid a lengthy renegotiation and to leave the door open in case Washington returns, Prime Minister Bill English said

    May 18, 2017 06:00 am JST
  • Abe, NZ PM English to discuss TPP without US in Tokyo

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his New Zealand counterpart Bill English are set to discuss the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact without the United States in their meeting Wednesday in Tokyo.While the Abe ad

    May 17, 2017 02:04 pm JST
  • 'TPP 11' to Washington: We'll keep your seat warm

    TOKYO -- The 11 remaining signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership intend to proceed without the U.S. but lay an easy path for its return, hoping to tempt Washington back to the table.The U.S. withdrew from the trade agreement in January, leavin

    May 16, 2017 05:32 am JST
  • Some businesses in Asia disrupted by cyber attack, authorities brace for more

    SINGAPORE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Asian governments and businesses reported some disruptions from the WannaCry ransomware worm on Monday but cybersecurity experts warned of a wider impact as more employees turned on their computers and checked e-mai

    May 15, 2017 02:45 pm JST
  • Japan to push for 'TPP 11' by year-end

    TOKYO -- Japan on May 21 will call on the 10 other remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to come to a general agreement by the end of the year on implementing an accord without the U.S. It will make the push during a meeting in Vietnam.

    May 14, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • China-led AIIB approves seven new members ahead of new Silk Road summit

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- The China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) said on Saturday it had approved seven new members to join the bank, a day before China's biggest diplomatic event of the year kicks off.Leaders from 29 countries will

    May 13, 2017 07:30 pm JST
  • Aussie Rules football makes play for Chinese fans

    SEOUL -- Chinese soccer fans are accustomed to European teams arriving in the summer for gentle exhibition games, but this Sunday two teams from a very different sport will play a match in Shanghai in front of a sell-out crowd.The game of Australian

    May 13, 2017 10:00 am JST