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  • White House brings in another China hawk in Kudlow

    WASHINGTON/BEIJING -- U.S. President Donald Trump has chosen Larry Kudlow, a vocal critic of China's trade policies and intellectual property violations, as his top economic adviser, in yet another sign that the White House is pursuing a harder line

    March 16, 2018 05:31 am JST
  • China's semiconductor 'Big Fund' to focus on advanced chips

    SHANGHAI -- China will continue to invest in the development of high-end chips and will monitor the sector to ensure that only products of high quality are manufactured, said the head of the country's national semiconductor fund."We should definitel

    March 16, 2018 01:24 am JST
  • Hisense looks to turn around Toshiba TV unit in 3 years

    BEIJING -- China's Hisense Group must bring the television operations it recently bought from Toshiba into the black within three years, Chairman Zhou Houjian said Wednesday.Listed arm Hisense Electric acquired Toshiba Visual Solutions from the trou

    March 16, 2018 01:05 am JST
  • China's ZTE returns to net profit in 2017

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- Chinese telecoms equipment group ZTE Corp returned to the black in 2017 with a net profit of 4.57 billion yuan ($723.52 million), boosted by better sales in its telecom equipment business.ZTE's net profit in 2017 reported on Thu

    March 15, 2018 11:06 pm JST
  • Australia and Vietnam sign strategic partnership pact

    SYDNEY/HO CHI MINH CITY -- Australia and Vietnam signed a new strategic partnership Thursday, in an apparent move to counter China's growing assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific region.The partnership agreement, signed by Australian Prime Minister Malc

    March 15, 2018 09:09 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index little changed as concerns linger over US trade policies

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan ended little changed on Thursday as uncertainty surrounding U.S. trade polices weighed on the outlook for equities.The Nikkei Asia300 Index closed almost unchanged at 1,480.04.The losses came after

    March 15, 2018 08:49 pm JST
  • Hong Kong shares rise, but US trade-policy woes weigh on China

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Hong Kong shares rebounded on Thursday, helped by gains in technology and property stocks, even as concerns over a potential trade war between the U.S. and China kept investors cautious.The Hang Seng Index ended 0.3% hi

    March 15, 2018 07:33 pm JST
  • Business confidence of China bankers, entrepreneurs rises in Q1 - survey

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- Business confidence among bankers in China improved in the first quarter, from the previous three months, even though a bigger percentage now believe monetary policy is "relatively tight", a central bank survey showed on Thursda

    March 15, 2018 06:13 pm JST
  • Ctrip's profit dragged down by regulations and rising competition

    HONG KONG -- Quarterly profit for China's leading online travel company International dropped from last year as Beijing's restriction on bundling products weighed on sales amid increasing competition in the domestic market.According to the

    March 15, 2018 05:01 pm JST
  • Samsung to start building new China memory chip line this month

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd plans to begin building a new memory chip production line in China in late March, a spokesman said on Thursday, as the tech giant ramps up efforts to boost NAND flash technology to meet future demand.The

    March 15, 2018 02:42 pm JST
  • Hong Kong shares inch up as US trade-policy caution prevails

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Hong Kong shares edged higher on Thursday after a choppy morning session, as renewed concerns over a trade war between the U.S. and China kept investors cautious.The Hang Seng Index was up 0.1% to 31,473.14 by the noon

    March 15, 2018 02:16 pm JST
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    Time to confront workplace sexual harassment in Asia

    The #MeToo movement against sexual harassment that kicked off in the U.S. is starting to gain momentum in Asia. Actresses in Hong Kong, a prosecutor in South Korea, a journalist in Japan and even factory workers in China have spoken out about their

    March 15, 2018 02:00 pm JST
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    Pacific trade rules on digital data may already be outdated

    TOKYO -- When 11 countries from around the Pacific signed a sweeping free trade pact in Chile on March 8, it included rules touted as being geared for the 21st century, including those on digital trade, which will no doubt be key to economic growth

    March 15, 2018 01:00 pm JST
  • China's Belt and Road rail project stirs discontent in Laos

    BANGKOK -- Some 4,000 families in Laos affected by a China-Laos high-speed rail link, begun in 2016 as part of China's Belt and Road Initiative, are to receive compensation, but the amounts involved and timing are unclear. Channelled through new acc

    March 15, 2018 11:20 am JST
  • US presses China to cut trade surplus by $100bn

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The Trump administration is pressing China to cut its trade surplus with the United States by $100 billion, a White House spokeswoman said on Wednesday, clarifying a tweet last week from President Donald Trump.Last Wednesday,

    March 15, 2018 11:12 am JST
  • Australia's immigration debate flares up over property prices

    MELBOURNE An Australian think tank's report on housing affordability has heated up debate on population size and quality of life in a country whose large migrant intake has resulted in the fastest-growing population in the developed world.In its rep

    March 15, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Speed was key to scrapping China's term limits

    BEIJING Chinese leader Xi Jinping made sure his opponents had little time to try to block an amendment axing presidential term limits.The process by which the amendment came together was unusual. Xi revealed his plans to change the country's charter

    March 15, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • China opens the door for Xi to be president for life

    BEIJING China has abolished term limits on the presidency, opening a path for President Xi Jinping to rule the country as he pleases for decades to come, absent some unforeseen blow to his substantial political support.The National People's Congress

    March 15, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs stir worries, and some hope

    SEOUL/MANILA China on March 9 condemned U.S. tariffs on imported aluminum and steel, while Japanese and South Korean officials expressed concerns and vowed to try to persuade the Trump administration to exempt the two countries.The reactions came af

    March 15, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • The 'TPP 11' is signed, and ready to welcome more members

    SANTIAGO, Chile The revised Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact was signed on March 8 in Chile's capital. The deal is positioned to serve as a critical bastion against the U.S. administration's protectionist policies as the pact is set to take effe

    March 15, 2018 10:00 am JST