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  • Banks lead Hong Kong shares higher ahead of US rate decision

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Hong Kong shares advanced on Wednesday, with lenders leading after a financials-led rally on Wall Street overnight and as investors looked toward the U.S. Federal Reserve's interest-rate decision.The Hang Seng Index had

    December 13, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Sharp gives tarnished Japan Inc. a rare piece of good news

    OSAKA/TOKYO -- Forgive Sharp if it blushes, but it suddenly finds itself in position to convince investors to put their money into Japanese shares.The Japan-based, Taiwanese-owned electronics maker on Dec. 7 returned to the Tokyo Stock Exchange's fi

    December 13, 2017 12:30 pm JST
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    Taiwan eyes 'important role' in alternative Asian sphere of influence

    TAIPEI -- Taiwan is turning to Southeast Asia and beyond as part of a strategy to reduce its economic dependence upon China, its biggest trading and investment partner. The island economy also hopes to identify itself more closely with an emerging "

    December 13, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Jonathan Hillman

    South Korea bids to close rift with China

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in is today starting a four-day state visit to China that could be a major opportunity to improve strained bilateral relations amid intense concern about North Korea's nuclear program.Tensions over North Korea will to

    December 13, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Chip equipment market on track for a record 2017

    TOKYO -- The market for semiconductor manufacturing equipment is poised to beat its high-water mark for the first time in 17 years, says industry group SEMI, with global shipments for 2017 seen jumping 35.6% from last year to $55.9 billion as chipma

    December 13, 2017 06:51 am JST
  • Japan, US and Europe push back on China's data controls

    TOKYO -- Japan, the U.S. and Europe are increasingly challenging a wave of protectionist measures in China that could disrupt the global flow of data and threaten corporate supply chains in Asia, though Beijing shows little sign of backing down.Hiro

    December 13, 2017 06:23 am JST
  • China's JAC Motors takes on the world with Volkswagen tie-up

    BEIJING -- China's state-owned Anhui Jianghuai Automobile, better known as JAC Motors, looks to drive greater growth by graduating from its home market to the world stage with help from electric vehicles and Volkswagen.Chinese authorities approved p

    December 13, 2017 04:44 am JST
  • Asia-Pacific leaders vow a doubling of water security investment

    YANGON -- Asia-Pacific leaders made a move against flooding in the region at a summit here Tuesday, committing to double investment in infrastructure related to water security as climate change exacerbates the threat to the region.The roughly 600 at

    December 13, 2017 03:08 am JST
  • South Korean business improves in China ahead of Moon's first visit

    SEOUL -- South Korean companies are increasing their investments in China at a time when the two economic powers are moving to repair their relationship that was damaged by the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system on South Korean soil in Marc

    December 13, 2017 01:51 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index falls as investors await Fed policy

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan fell Tuesday, halting a three-session winning streak, as investors awaited cues on outlook for U.S. interest rates.The Nikkei Asia300 Index declined 0.5% to 1,373.84 after climbing over 2% over the

    December 12, 2017 08:52 pm JST
  • South China chemical producer halts ammonia output as gas crisis deepens

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- A major Chinese chemical producer based in thesouthern province of Yunnan said it has halted production of synthetic ammonia and urea due to natural gas shortages as China's winter heating crisis deepens.Yunnan Yuntianhua Co sto

    December 12, 2017 08:28 pm JST
  • China-backed buyer aims to fund $5.2 bln HK skyscraper deal mostly via debt-sources

    HONG KONG (Reuters) -- The China-backed buyer of a Hong Kong skyscraper from billionaire Li Ka-shing for a record $5.2 billion is seeking to borrow as much as 90 percent to fund the deal, according to a term sheet seen by Reuters and people with kno

    December 12, 2017 08:23 pm JST
  • Hong Kong stocks halt 3-day winning streak

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Hong Kong shares fell for the first time in four days on Tuesday, with Apple supplier Sunny Optical Technology Group among companies leading losses after it reported a drop in component shipments for mobile handsets.The

    December 12, 2017 07:32 pm JST
  • Tech stocks drag Hong Kong shares lower

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Hong Kong stocks fell during a choppy morning session on Tuesday, weighed down by weakness in Apple suppliers Sunny Optical Technology Group and AAC Technologies Holdings.The Hang Seng Index had shed 0.5% to 28,832.66 b

    December 12, 2017 02:22 pm JST
  • Prominent Australian senator resigns over China links

    SYDNEY -- A proposed Australian ban on foreign political donations hints at growing concern over China's sway over lawmakers and the economy amid a series of political scandals and nonstop investment from the Asian economic heavyweight. It's a conce

    December 12, 2017 01:31 pm JST
  • Why mainland Chinese IPO shares jump 44% on trading debut

    SHANGHAI -- Beijing's tight grip on China's stock market seems to be choking the life out of what would otherwise be a bustling equities trade, pushing the most valuable companies to list overseas and stifling trading for fear of state intervention.

    December 12, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • US company sues China's HNA over deal, cites opaque ownership

    NEW YORK, (Reuters) -- Ness Technologies S.A.R.L., a U.S. software engineering company, has sued Chinese conglomerate HNA Group accusing it of failing to adequately answer questions about its ownership in a U.S. review of takeovers by foreign compan

    December 12, 2017 12:07 pm JST
  • North Korean defector describes horrors following Chinese repatriation

    UNITED NATIONS -- Beijing's forced repatriation of North Korean escapees came under fire Monday as a defector recounted the brutal treatment such returnees receive at the North's detention centers.Ji Hyeon A, who was repatriated three times by China

    December 12, 2017 08:37 am JST
  • China-North Korea border bridge closes for repairs

    BEIJING -- A major border bridge between China and North Korea was closed for repairs Monday, temporarily cutting off a vital trade corridor between the two countries.China's Foreign Ministry maintains that repairs to the China-North Korea Friendshi

    December 12, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • China hits resistance in bid for Aussie gas developer AWE

    SYDNEY/BEIJING/TOKYO -- A Chinese oil and gas supplier's offer to buy out an Australian natural gas developer has hit opposition on all sides, with an Aussie rival sparking a bidding war as Canberra weighs blocking a deal for national security reaso

    December 12, 2017 07:26 am JST