SINGAPORE -- Asian companies increased their global clout this year, especially in the technology arena, triggering mergers and acquisitions while attracting investors from around the world. But some faced major headwinds, thwarted by sparring countries, plunging currencies and -- in one notable case -- a jailed executive. Following are the Nikkei Asian Review's picks for the top business stories in 2018, along with what we see in store for the region in 2019.
China's two major telecommunications equipment makers, ZTE and Huawei Technologies, are likely glad 2018 is over. Both battled intense pressure from the U.S. over security concerns stemming from their suspected close ties with the Chinese government and People's Liberation Army.