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  • Trump's shifting China views raise specter of Asian turmoil

    TOKYO -- U.S. President Donald Trump's tough talk on China before taking office has softened of late, a development whose genesis has worrying implications for Asian security.American and Chinese VIPs have jetted back and forth more often lately. St

    March 23, 2017 01:30 pm JST
  • Insurance promises Asia much more than peace of mind

    TOKYO Trinh Pham, a 25-year-old office worker in Ho Chi Minh City, vividly remembers the day she decided to join an insurance program."My colleague suddenly passed away three months ago with colorectal cancer," she said. "I felt so sorry for him and

    March 23, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Jeffrey Frankel

    Mnuchin's Mission

    CAMBRIDGE -- US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is hemmed in on all sides. Domestically, he's trapped between the promises he has made (such as the "Mnuchin rule" that taxes wouldn't be cut for the rich), the actions of President Donald Trump (who

    March 23, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Paytm goes global via Canada

    MUMBAI Paytm, the Alibaba-backed financial technology startup from India run by One97 Communications, has launched its bill-payment app in Canada as a first step in an ambitious global expansion plan."This is just the beginning," Paytm's blog said.

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Insurance promises Asia much more than peace of mind

    TOKYO Trinh Pham, a 25-year-old office worker in Ho Chi Minh City, vividly remembers the day she decided to join an insurance program."My colleague suddenly passed away three months ago with colorectal cancer," she said. "I felt so sorry for him and

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Tillerson sets the tone for Trump in Asia

    BEIJING U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used his first official tour of Asia to reassure allies and open the door to constructive relations with China. And just as the secretary wrapped up the trip, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued yet a

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Trump prevails as the G-20 softens its language

    BADEN-BADEN, Germany Finance chiefs from the Group of 20 nations reaffirmed exchange rate commitments and vows to "refrain from competitive devaluations" at their mid-March meeting in Baden-Baden, Germany. Under pressure from the U.S., however, repr

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Richard McGregor: Trump plays into Beijing's hands

    Just before traveling to Washington to meet U.S. President Donald Trump on March 17, Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, took a call from Chinese President Xi Jinping, in which the two leaders discussed their support for "free trade and open marke

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • China's Li tries to avoid rocking the boat with Washington

    BEIJING If Premier Li Keqiang's measured tone on U.S. relations is anything to go by, China would prefer to avoid friction ahead of its leadership reshuffle this autumn."China-U.S. relations have been going forward in spite of twists and turns in th

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • How does a steakhouse stand out in the US? With no chairs

    NEW YORK In the narrow, warmly lit space, casually dressed diners dig into steaks sizzling on slabs of cast iron, sip pinot noir and Sapporo beer and chat with friends. This could be any trendy New York restaurant, except for one thing: Everyone is

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • George Magnus: Asia braces for fallout from the Fed

    The U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates for only the third time this decade at its March 15 meeting. The policy rate now stands at 0.75-1%. The hike itself was heavily discounted, but markets were tuned in to the Federal Open Market Committee

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Daniel Twining: India's optimism is an antidote to Western woe

    Americans suffering a crisis of confidence about the future of their country's democratic institutions under President Donald Trump could use a dose of Indian-style optimism. The country's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, elected on a populist platform

    March 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Starbucks CEO stands by pledge to hire refugees

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz presided over his last annual shareholder meeting as head of the company Wednesday by standing by its pledge to hire refugees and expanding on previously announced goals to hire veterans and at-risk yout

    March 23, 2017 09:10 am JST
  • China's ZTE Corp pleads guilty in U.S. court in sanctions case

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp on Wednesday pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court in Texas for conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions by illegally shipping U.S. goods and technology to Iran.The guilty plea was part of an

    March 23, 2017 08:27 am JST
  • Business Insight

    Disney chooses its battles in Malaysia and China

    Walt Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" missed its original opening date in Malaysia due to the company's refusal to accept cuts by state censors involving a gay character. But the movie opened on time and in a big way in China, in complete, unedited f

    March 23, 2017 08:05 am JST
  • Choppy day on Wall St; all eyes on Trump and healthcare

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Wall Street ended mixed after a choppy session on Wednesday as investors focused on President Donald Trump's struggle to push through a healthcare bill and snapped up stocks after a steep drop the day before.U.S. stocks in the

    March 23, 2017 06:52 am JST
  • US, South Korea look to ratchet up pressure on Pyongyang

    SEOUL -- The U.S. and South Korea agreed Wednesday to increase diplomatic economic pressure on North Korea in response to an apparent failed missile launch from the North's eastern coast.The rocket is said to have exploded seconds after it was fired

    March 23, 2017 05:20 am JST
  • Markets suffer Trump letdown

    TOKYO -- Doubt has gripped global markets as U.S. President Donald Trump's economic policymaking appears to lose steam, sending the yen to a roughly four-month high against the dollar and dealing setbacks to shares in exchange-rate-sensitive Japanes

    March 23, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • Keith B. Richburg

    Trump's North Korea credibility crisis

    Three dramatic developments over recent days involving U.S. President Donald Trump's two-month old administration underscore how the world, and particularly Asia, have neared a dangerous inflection point. The stakes are as high as war and peace.Firs

    March 22, 2017 05:20 pm JST
  • Airbnb set to develop into comprehensive travel agency

    TOKYO -- Short-term lodging website Airbnb has announced a plan to develop into an online "comprehensive travel agency" with an expansion of services.Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia announced at a press conference in Tokyo on Tuesday that the San Franc

    March 22, 2017 05:00 pm JST