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  • Hong Kong shares extend gains after Chinese New Year break

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Hong Kong shares advanced by midday on Tuesday after a choppy morning session, as investors bought into local equities ahead of quarterly earnings announcements by HSBC Holdings and Hang Seng Bank.The Hang Seng Index wa

    February 20, 2018 02:13 pm JST
  • Vandana Hari

    China saves on oil with switch to high-speed rail

    It is that time of the year when millions of Chinese have crisscrossed their country to be with their families for the Lunar New Year festivities, joining what has been tagged as the world's largest human migration.The phenomenon gets its fair share

    February 20, 2018 12:45 pm JST
  • Alibaba-backed Tokopedia takes online shopping throne

    Indonesia's e-commerce sector is soaring as technology continues to disrupt consumer behavior. The country gained 11 million new online shoppers in 2017, taking the total to 35 million, according to an FT Confidential Research estimate.Our survey of

    February 20, 2018 11:00 am JST
  • Brahma Chellaney

    China ensnares vulnerable states in a debt trap

    "There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country," American statesman John Adams (U.S. president from 1797 to 1801) famously said. "One is by the sword. The other is by debt."China has chosen the second path. Aggressively employing economic tool

    February 20, 2018 07:00 am JST
  • Comment

    US and China project 'sharp power' in the Indian Ocean

    TOKYO -- As the world's two largest economies compete to expand their spheres of influence, the U.S. and China are pushing separate development initiatives centered around the Indian Ocean.China has its Belt and Road Initiative, proposed in 2013 by

    February 20, 2018 06:30 am JST
  • Dhaka Stock Exchange picks China's bid for stake over India's

    NEW DELHI -- Bangladesh's stock exchange has selected a Chinese offer for a 25% stake in the bourse, although the decision still requires a green light from authorities, which appear to favor a competing Indian bid.In an effort to modernize, the Dha

    February 20, 2018 04:49 am JST
  • Earnings preview

    Pigeon's profit growth streak backed by Chinese e-tailers

    TOKYO -- Baby goods maker Pigeon is expected to report a 19% rise in group operating profit to just over 19 billion yen ($178 million) for the year ended in January, thanks to growing online sales in China and demand from visitors to Japan.The figur

    February 20, 2018 04:06 am JST
  • Australia, US, India and Japan in talks to establish Belt and Road alternative: report

    SYDNEY (Reuters) -- Australia, the United States, India and Japan are talking about establishing a joint regional infrastructure scheme as an alternative to China's multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative in an attempt to counter Beijing's spre

    February 19, 2018 05:54 pm JST
  • Cash for coverage expands in China as media bottom lines plunge

    DALIAN, China -- Interview requests in China have to go through a special procedure: Convincing the PR office that there will be no money involved.A recent interview request to an equipment manufacturer in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, was met by a

    February 19, 2018 02:30 pm JST
  • China and India take battle for influence to Dhaka stock market

    NEW DELHI -- China and India are vying to invest in Bangladesh's stock exchange, a battle that has implications for the two regional powerhouses' rivalry in South Asia.The Dhaka Stock Exchange plans to sell 25% of its shares. On one side is a consor

    February 19, 2018 01:00 pm JST
  • Posco seeks growth catalyst with China battery materials tie-up

    SEOUL -- In a move to make its battery-related operations a major part of its business, South Korean steelmaker Posco is forming a partnership in China with Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt to produce cathode materials used in lithium-ion batteries.Demand for

    February 19, 2018 10:50 am JST
  • China up close

    What Olympics? Xi has eyes on Trump alone

    TOKYO -- The Winter Olympics in South Korea has been reduced to a backdrop for some geopolitical intrigue. While the world's eyes have been on Pyeongchang, one pair in Beijing has been focused on Washington. Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to fin

    February 19, 2018 08:00 am JST
  • US sends signal to China with aircraft carrier's Asia tour

    WASHINGTON -- The arrival of an American aircraft carrier in the Philippines symbolizes heightened U.S. involvement in Asia as President Donald Trump steps up efforts to push back against China's rise.A carrier strike group led by the USS Carl Vinso

    February 19, 2018 06:08 am JST
  • Daiwa House to build 1,700 condos in China

    OSAKA -- Daiwa House Industry will undertake its first major Chinese housing development in six years, with plans to begin constructing 1,700 condominiums as early as October.Under the project, estimated to cost about 66 billion yen ($620 million),

    February 19, 2018 01:06 am JST
  • Chinese buyers spur rise in global luxury car sales

    FRANKFURT, Germany -- China accounted for almost 90% of sales growth at leading luxury automakers in 2017, The Nikkei has calculated, highlighting the huge market's power to make or break car companies' earnings.Global sales at nine high-end brands

    February 18, 2018 09:00 pm JST
  • Nestle serves up robots in Japan to woo Chinese customers

    TOKYO -- "How about a coffee?" greets Pepper the humanoid robot in Chinese, as tourists come to an open booth on the third floor of a commercial complex in Asakusa, Tokyo's historic downtown area.The visitor chooses the type, size and strength of co

    February 18, 2018 07:38 pm JST
  • Shanghai umbrella-sharer doesn't fret over returns

    SHANGHAI -- A Shanghai startup is pushing the concept of umbrella-sharing, though its service is based on the assumption that some users will not return them.The key is a deposit system designed to hit the sweet spot: charging enough to deter thieve

    February 18, 2018 04:30 pm JST
  • Chinese giant pandas unveiled to public in Finland

    HELSINKI (AP) -- Two giant pandas on loan from China have been unveiled at a zoo in central Finland and they have frolicked, galloped, climbed trees and played in the snow after a month-long quarantine.Hua Bao, a 4-year-old male, and 3-year-old fema

    February 17, 2018 09:48 pm JST
  • Chicago Stock Exchange mulls options after sale blocked

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- The Chicago Stock Exchange said on Friday it was evaluating its options after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission blocked the sale of the bourse to a group of U.S. and China-based investors due to the opaque nature of t

    February 17, 2018 01:08 pm JST
  • China's neighbors gear up for record Lunar New Year tourism

    BANGKOK/HANOI/SINGAPORE -- Countries throughout Southeast Asia and Japan are hoping for a banner Lunar New Year holiday in terms of tourism and sales, with Chinese expected to visit in record numbers on top of buzzing intraregional travel.Some 6.5 m

    February 17, 2018 12:00 pm JST