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  • China's environmental crackdown means big business for Japan

    TOKYO -- Tougher environmental regulations in China spell major opportunity for Japan's materials and chemical makers, as factories in the Asian economic powerhouse must either adopt technologies to curb pollution or close down.The government in Bei

    February 23, 2018 05:46 am JST
  • Sharp drops suit against China's Hisense over TV brands

    OSAKA -- Electronics maker Sharp has abandoned legal action to stop China's Hisense group from selling televisions in North America under the Japan-based company's brands.As of Thursday, Sharp had dropped a U.S. federal lawsuit and an action filed w

    February 23, 2018 05:44 am JST
  • Bank of East Asia boosts mainland retail lending amid internet finance curbs

    HONG KONG -- Bank of East Asia looks to grow its consumer banking services in China, as competition eases thanks to Beijing's ongoing crackdown on internet financing.The Hong Kong-based, family-run lender plans to double the size of its retail loan

    February 23, 2018 01:15 am JST
  • Accused in Kim Jong Nam's murder told to fly to Macao, court heard

    SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (Kyodo) -- A woman charged with killing Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was told to fly to Macao to perform a "prank" just days before he was fatally attacked with the VX nerve agent i

    February 22, 2018 11:14 pm JST
  • Intel deal gives its 5G modems a big door into China

    TAIPEI -- Intel has made a deal that could help a mobile chip unit of the Beijing-backed Tsinghua Unigroup end up with fifth-generation modems faster than its rivals.Unigroup Spreadtrum & RDA could then start delivering whole chipset solutions to sm

    February 22, 2018 11:01 pm JST
  • China probes report of possible North Korea sanctions breach at sea

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- China said on Thursday it is investigating a Japanese report that a Chinese ship may have carried out a ship-to-ship transfer with a North Korean vessel in breach of U.N. sanctions.Japan said late on Tuesday that its military ha

    February 22, 2018 09:51 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index falls as Fed minutes boost rate hike bets

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan declined Thursday as the threat of faster pace of U.S. rate increases damped demand for equities.The Nikkei Asia300 Index dropped 0.9% to 1,443.86.The losses on the index came after minutes of the U

    February 22, 2018 09:47 pm JST
  • Hong Kong shares post biggest decline in nearly two weeks

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Hong Kong shares retreated on Thursday, taking cues from weak global equities on worries about the outlook for U.S. interest rates. Mainland Chinese stocks jumped in a catch-up rally as markets reopened after the week-l

    February 22, 2018 07:55 pm JST
  • US steel protections put Japan's JFE at risk of collateral damage

    TOKYO -- After a stellar nine months through December, Japanese steelmaker JFE Holdings faces a number of risk factors that could interrupt its momentum. One is sitting in the White House.U.S. President Donald Trump is considering restrictions on im

    February 22, 2018 05:00 pm JST
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    Beijing clampdown robs China's savers of a fair return

    On a macro level, few countries look to be in better shape than China as it pauses in its great economic leap forward for the lunar new year break.Reserves are recovering fast from recent drops, swelling by $21.5 billion in January to $3.16 trillion

    February 22, 2018 03:15 pm JST
  • Hong Kong shares slide amid US rate increase concerns

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Hong Kong shares headed lower on Thursday as investors appeared to be spooked by rising yields on U.S. Treasuries amid expectations for a faster pace of interest-rate increases in the world's largest economy.The Hang Se

    February 22, 2018 02:01 pm JST
  • Bill Gates and China spur development of next-generation reactors

    BEIJING -- The Chinese city of Cangzhou is known for its long tradition of martial arts mastery. If Bill Gates has his way, it will also be known as the birthplace of the nuclear power plant of the future.TerraPower, a U.S. nuclear-reactor design co

    February 22, 2018 02:00 pm JST
  • Australian miners ramp up investment in electric-vehicle metals

    SYDNEY -- Australia's mining companies are shelling out more to find copper and other materials used in electric vehicles as demand for the next-generation automobiles grows.Anglo-Australian mining group BHP Billiton looks to invest $6.9 billion in

    February 22, 2018 12:15 pm JST
  • Frederic Neumann

    Asia's 'dollar buffer' should not be taken for granted

    Markets have been buffeted by recent economic headwinds. Faster-than-expected-wage growth in the U.S. was the spark that sent markets around the world into a tailspin, igniting worries about growing inflation pressures, and fanning expectations that

    February 22, 2018 12:15 pm JST
  • Beijing hits back at criticism of its Maldives policy

    BEIJING China has blasted claims by former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed that Beijing is trying to take over the island nation as "absolutely false."Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, speaking to reporters on Feb. 13, said Nasheed

    February 22, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • China debt puts the Maldives at risk of 'land grab,' ex-leader warns

    COLOMBO Massive debts could force the Maldives to cede territory to China as early as 2019, according to former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed, who also warns that a flawed presidential election this year would open the door for a Chinese takeo

    February 22, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Provinces across China are admitting to padding figures

    BEIJING More local governments in China are admitting that they have faked economic data, and are moving to correct their doctored numbers. This growing trend comes in response to a major shift in Beijing's economic policy toward the quality of grow

    February 22, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • China's hard power and hurt feelings

    China's Communist authorities must consider their 1.3 billion citizens as exceptionally fragile souls, prone to having their feelings hurt at the smallest slight. Not only are mainland Chinese restricted from openly saying what they want, they also

    February 22, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Minxin Pei: The US needs to be real about China's ambitions

    The realists have won, the liberals have lost. This looks to be history's most likely verdict on the Western debate over China's rise and its emerging conflict with the U.S.As we worry about the prospect of this looming 21st century great power stru

    February 22, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Apple in talks for first-ever order with a Chinese memory chipmaker

    TAIPEI Apple is in talks with state-backed Yangtze Memory Technologies to buy NAND flash chips from it. The move would mark Apple's first purchase from a Chinese memory chipmaker and a huge boost to the local sector.For Yangtze Memory, a little know

    February 22, 2018 10:00 am JST