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  • Export growth brings currency headaches for Asia

    SINGAPORE/MUMBAI Pasir Panjang, a port in southern Singapore, is bustling with activity. Total container throughput in August rose 9.9% on the year to 2.94 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units), according to the Maritime and Port Authority of

    September 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Speculation swirls over China's next central bank chief

    BEIJING With China's central bank Gov. Zhou Xiaochuan set to step down after 14 years on the job, a likely successor has emerged in the person of Jiang Chaoliang, party secretary of Hubei Province.Whether Jiang ascends to the post will say a great d

    September 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • European business leaders back a Thai canal project

    BANGKOK An ambitious, $28 billion plan to build a ship canal linking the Indian and Pacific oceans has received a major boost of support as European business leaders in Thailand join Chinese government advisers and influential Thais to urge the mili

    September 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Chinese makers offer Asia what Apple doesn't: Affordability

    BANGKOK On a recent Saturday morning, the MBK Center, a regional mecca for electronic gadgets in the heart of the Thai capital, was crowded with young technology buffs. Just days earlier, Apple had unveiled its iPhone X, but despite the worldwide bu

    September 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Spring Airlines' success creates more competition for Chinese tourists

    SHANGHAI Wang Zhenghua's instincts on China's travel industry have proven visionary.As China's middle class began to develop more than three decades ago, Wang founded a travel agency that focused on individuals rather than group travel. He then laun

    September 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Huawei's hefty paychecks make a splash in Japan

    TOKYO China's Huawei Technologies is causing a stir among young Japanese job seekers by offering monthly salaries of around $4,000 for prospective science and engineering graduates.Huawei, the world's No. 3 smartphone maker by sales, will set up a m

    September 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asia's regulators crack down on digital currencies

    HONG KONG Authorities in Asia are alarmed at the rapid volume of investment in digital tokens offered through initial coin offerings, and are scrambling to create regulatory frameworks for the sector.The People's Bank of China has declared all ICOs

    September 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The remarkable ability of opera to defy cultural appropriation

    Opera Hong Kong's new production of "Aida" in October will feature a Chinese soprano playing an African princess singing in Italian.At a time when cultural appropriation, whitewashing and other actual or perceived artistic infractions are topics of

    September 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Richard Heydarian: ASEAN can act as a bridge for the two Koreas

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations could play an effective role in easing tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile program because of its ties with both Koreas.North Korea appears well on its way to becoming a nuclear power. As the wo

    September 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Why Tencent and Alibaba are China's most powerful investors

    HONG KONG Almost a decade ago, Xie Guomin set out to create a music streaming business for China. He spent eight years painstakingly obtaining the licenses for thousands of songs, eventually building a giant library that helped give his music app th

    September 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • As Alibaba and Tencent swell, so does their political risk

    HONG KONG Virtually every day, the People's Daily and its English-language counterpart, the China Daily, feature either President Xi Jinping or Premier Li Keqiang -- or both -- on their front pages. That is hardly surprising since the newspapers ref

    September 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The remarkable ability of opera to defy cultural appropriation

    Opera Hong Kong's new production of "Aida" in October will feature a Chinese soprano playing an African princess singing in Italian.At a time when cultural appropriation, whitewashing and other actual or perceived artistic infractions are topics of

    September 21, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • China's environmental rules threaten GM, VW parts supply

    SHANGHAI -- China's crackdown on polluters could threaten the operations of carmakers such as General Motors and Volkswagen, as a supplier to a leading auto components maker was shut down due to a violation of the country's stricter environmental la

    September 21, 2017 06:40 am JST
  • Rare-earth prices surge on higher demand, supply constraints

    TOKYO -- The prices of rare-earth metals used in motors for electric and hybrid vehicles have increased significantly due to supply-demand imbalance.Spot prices for neodymium, a key element of magnets found in electric motors, are hovering around $9

    September 21, 2017 01:31 am JST
  • Tata Steel hopes Thyssenkrupp joint venture will end European woes

    MUMBAI -- India's largest private sector steelmaker Tata Steel has entered an agreement with Germany's Thyssenkrupp, eyeing cost savings of up to 600 million euros ($720.2 million) per year through integration.The talks that have been ongoing for ov

    September 20, 2017 10:50 pm JST
  • Geely hits record high as automakers rally in Hong Kong

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) - Automakers led Hong Kong stocks higher on Wednesday on speculation that environmentally friendly cars will enjoy stronger support from Chinese policymakers. The broader market posted modest gains in cautious trade before

    September 20, 2017 08:13 pm JST
  • Hong Kong shares edge higher ahead of US Fed announcement

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Hong Kong stocks edged higher in cautious morning trade on Wednesday, tracking overnight gains on Wall Street, as investors looked ahead to the U.S. Federal Reserve's monetary policy announcement due later in the day. A

    September 20, 2017 03:02 pm JST
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    As Alibaba and Tencent swell, so does their political risk

    HONG KONG -- Virtually every day, the People's Daily and its English-language counterpart, the China Daily, feature either President Xi Jinping or Premier Li Keqiang -- or both -- on their front pages. That is hardly surprising since the newspapers

    September 20, 2017 01:50 pm JST
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    Why Tencent and Alibaba are China's most powerful investors

    HONG KONG -- Almost a decade ago, Xie Guomin set out to create a music streaming business for mChina. He spent eight years painstakingly obtaining the licenses for thousands of songs, eventually building a giant library that helped give his music ap

    September 20, 2017 01:30 pm JST
  • Chinese bike-share operators making tracks for Southeast Asia

    SINGAPORE/BANGKOK -- Chinese bike-sharing startups Mobike and Ofo are expanding to several Southeast Asian countries, betting that the push by local governments to encourage cycling will overcome the region's structural barriers against the mode of

    September 20, 2017 10:30 am JST