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  • Economic slump may end up shackling Tsai

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's prolonged economic slump could change from a tailwind to shackles for Tsai Ing-wen, who became president on May 20.There are only three buildings on Yilan Science Park's site of about 71 hectares, located about 5km south of centra

    May 24, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Tsai policy lifts Taiwan stocks tied to Southeast Asia

    HONG KONG -- Taiwan investors flocked Monday to companies operating in Southeast Asia after President Tsai Ing-wen advocated closer relations with the region to wean the island off its dependence on cross-strait business.In her inauguration speech F

    May 24, 2016 01:11 am JST
  • Foreigners return to Taiwan stocks after inauguration

    HONG KONG -- Foreign investors snapped up a net 8.48 billion New Taiwan dollars ($260 million) in Taiwanese shares Monday, turning net buyers for the first time since April 27 after the island's new president was sworn in.The Taiwan Stock Exchange p

    May 24, 2016 12:20 am JST
  • BOC Hong Kong rises for third day on divestment speculation

    HONG KONG -- BOC Hong Kong (Holdings) gained for the third straight session here Monday following media reports the bank will sell its entire stake in a local affiliate.The shares ended up 2% at 22.90 Hong Kong dollars after reaching as high as HK$2

    May 24, 2016 12:00 am JST
  • Hong Kong transit operators jostle for growth

    HONG KONG -- A rapidly aging population and intensifying competition are turning up the heat on Hong Kong's public transit operators.Hong Kong Tramways, which has operated the island's iconic tram system for more than 110 years, introduced an open-t

    May 22, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • As China slows, Swiss watchmakers cut jobs

    GENEVA -- Swiss watchmakers are increasing shedding workers. Exports of their luxurious watches are slowing as Chinese consumers are buying less, and a stronger currency is also hurting their business. Cuts have been made mostly in administrative jo

    May 22, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • Asia's millennials proving cautious consumers, investors

    HONG KONG -- In Asia, as in the U.S. and Europe, millennials are emerging as the new darlings of marketers, manufacturers and retailers who see them carrying the economy in the coming decades.But as Asian economies enter into a maturity phase, the r

    May 21, 2016 01:00 pm JST
  • China up close

    Xi Jinping's Taiwan conundrum

    TOKYO -- Even Homer sometimes nods.Chinese President Xi Jinping, widely seen as an expert on Taiwanese affairs, may now know the meaning of this old expression. It has been half a year since his historic meeting with then Taiwanese President Ma Ying

    May 20, 2016 07:00 pm JST
  • Commentary

    Willy Lam -- China's No. 3 man delivers warning on Hong Kong separatism

    Zhang Dejiang, China's third-ranked leader, warned the people of Hong Kong not to "seek secession in the name of localism" during a three-day visit to the Special Administration Region that ended Thursday.However, Zhang, the head of China's National

    May 20, 2016 11:35 am JST
  • Asia prepares for a greater role in managing the internet

    TOKYO -- Since the dawn of the internet, the U.S. has taken charge of managing the network. Responsibility for running it, however, is shifting eastward.The global online population is expected to reach 5.5 billion by 2025, up from more than 3 billi

    May 19, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • As China's economy cools, East Asia feels the chill

    TAIPEI -- China has long been a prime export destination for its East Asian neighbors, but the lingering slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy has become a major headache for Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.China accounts for some 40% of Taiwan's tota

    May 19, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Corporate China's debt problem only getting worse

    HONG KONG -- As China's economy continues to sputter, many local companies are having difficulty servicing their debts. A look at 3,000 listed Chinese businesses by French investment bank Natixis found that interest costs exceeded cash flow for 18.5

    May 19, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Earnings slump betrays shaky state of China economy

    SHANGHAI/HONG KONG -- In early May, Chinese heavy machinery maker Sany Heavy Industry was on the receiving end of some pointed public criticism. A local securities newspaper implied the company was not moving quickly enough to streamline its operati

    May 19, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Corporate China's debt problem only getting worse

    HONG KONG As China's economy continues to sputter, many local companies are having difficulty servicing their debts. A look at 3,000 listed Chinese businesses by French investment bank Natixis found that interest costs exceeded cash flow for 18.5% o

    May 19, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Earnings slump betrays shaky state of China economy

    SHANGHAI/HONG KONG In early May, Chinese heavy machinery maker Sany Heavy Industry was on the receiving end of some pointed public criticism. A local securities newspaper implied the company was not moving quickly enough to streamline its operations

    May 19, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • For China's ruling elite, home is where the haven is

    HONG KONG The massive leak of documents known as the Panama Papers suggests that Hong Kong has played a role of connecting China's elite with a global network of tax havens.Top officials in China's Communist Party are tied to this link via relatives

    May 19, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • The son of 'Superman' eases investor jitters at CK Hutchison

    HONG KONG It was supposed to be a chance for shareholders to hear from the "superman" of Hong Kong himself about the European Commission's decision just two days earlier to block his telecom merger bid in the U.K. But the mood quickly switched from

    May 19, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • As China's economy cools, East Asia feels the chill

    TAIPEI China has long been a prime export destination for its East Asian neighbors, but the lingering slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy has become a major headache for Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.China accounts for some 40% of Taiwan's total e

    May 19, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • 2016 hasn't been too kind to Chinese stocks

    HONG KONG Chinese stock markets have gotten off to a shaky start this year. The old China Inc. is continuing to falter, but new consumption-related shares have yet to gain steam, held back by a fall in purchasing power and earnings.Just a fifth of t

    May 19, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • A look at the earnings of 3,000 Chinese companies reveals the true state of the nation's economy

    Gauging China's economy is not easy, even for Premier Li Keqiang. While head of Liaoning Province, he reportedly voiced distrust of the nation's gross domestic product figures and said he tracks electricity consumption, railroad cargo and loans inst

    May 19, 2016 12:00 pm JST