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    Tokyo to push for TPP without US, says Aso

    TOKYO -- Japan wants to convince 10 other Pacific Rim countries to enter into the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal without the U.S., Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said on Thursday.In a reversal of earlier reticence about a TPP minus the U.S., Japan n

    April 27, 2017 09:00 pm JST
  • TPP talks to get going -- with notable absentee

    TOKYO -- The 11 remaining signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership will start talks next week aimed at putting the trade agreement into force, without the participation of the U.S. Lead negotiators gather in Canada to begin the new talks on May

    April 27, 2017 06:35 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
  • Think the RCEP is about free trade? Think again

    SINGAPORE -- Delegates from Pakistan's remote Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were all smiles as they signed an economic cooperation agreement with China on April 17."We have set the stage to begin [a] journey of industrialization," the province's chief

    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
  • Think the RCEP is about free trade? Think again

    SINGAPORE Delegates from Pakistan's remote Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were all smiles as they signed an economic cooperation agreement with China on April 17."We have set the stage to begin [a] journey of industrialization," the province's chief mi

    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
  • Governance at Vietnam's dairy giant gets a modern makeover

    HO CHI MINH CITY Things are shaking up at Vietnam's biggest dairy company, which is overhauling its governance with an eye to attracting investment and expanding its global reach.Shareholders in Vietnam Dairy Products (Vinamilk) approved changes to

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN countries at impasse on North Korea

    MANILA -- Association of Southeast Asian Nations members are reportedly at odds over how to address mounting international controversies over North Korea at an upcoming summit after the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother

    April 27, 2017 05:20 am JST
  • ASEAN easing stance on China's maritime encroachment

    MANILA -- As leaders of Southeast Asian nations prepare to meet for an annual summit starting Wednesday, their collective stance against China's territorial ambitions appears to have grown markedly softer, reflecting delicate balancing acts by count

    April 25, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Kavi Chongkittavorn

    Pence puts Trump administration on right foot with ASEAN

    During his week-long trip to four major Asia-Pacific countries, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence delivered a strong message of a continued U.S. security commitment to the region and a firm stance on trade issues in line with U.S. President Donald Trum

    April 23, 2017 06:10 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
  • Asian container shipments to US hit record

    TOKYO -- U.S.-bound shipping containers from Asia are on the rise, as manufacturers in China and Southeast Asia deliver their wares to a market where consumer spending and housing investment are robust.Shipping volume for the January-March quarter c

    April 22, 2017 04:56 am JST
  • Foreign ministers of US, ASEAN to meet in May

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of State on Thursday said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will chair a meeting with his counterparts from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, to be held on May 4 in the U.S. capital.The foreign ministers wi

    April 21, 2017 10:30 am JST
  • Trump to visit Philippines, Vietnam in November

    JAKARTA/WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- U.S. President Donald Trump will make a visit to the Philippines and Vietnam in November to attend regional summits, Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday.Trump will take part in a summit with ASEAN leaders and the Ea

    April 21, 2017 09:27 am JST
  • Japan pushing to preserve agreed-on TPP framework

    TOKYO -- In moving ahead with the Trans-Pacific Partnership without the U.S., Japan will urge other member nations to stick with the tariff and commerce agreements reached under the previous 12-country framework to avoid tricky renegotiation.The Jap

    April 21, 2017 03:00 am JST
  • Vietjet sees another high-flying year in 2017

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietnamese low-cost carrier Vietjet Air is aiming for a 36% profit jump on hefty 53% revenue growth this year, ambitious targets that won shareholders' blessing Thursday.Those goals translate to 42 trillion dong ($1.8 billion) in

    April 21, 2017 12:50 am JST
  • 14-nation Pacific pact breaks through trade gloom

    AUCKLAND -- Fourteen Pacific nations, some of the world's smallest and poorest, agreed Thursday to a trade and economic agreement with rich neighbors Australia and New Zealand after 8 years of tortuous negotiations.In the wake of the collapse of the

    April 20, 2017 08:16 pm JST
  • Vinamilk expands board, modernizes management

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Shareholders in Vietnam Dairy Products (Vinamilk) approved changes to corporate governance at the annual general meeting on Saturday, including the adoption of management committees that are common among listed companies in the W

    April 19, 2017 12:24 am JST
  • Vietnam's FPT looks to put self-driving cars on Asian roads

    HANOI -- Vietnam's FPT aims to jostle into competition among industry titans like Apple and Google over autonomous vehicles by commercializing a low-cost system within the next two years.The country's leading information technology company is target

    April 18, 2017 06:00 am JST