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  • For ASEAN, Japan is a key counterbalance to China

    TOKYO -- Five decades after the Association of Southeast Asian Nations was established, changing economic and political dynamics in the region are putting a spotlight on Japan's growing importance to the bloc as a counterbalance to China.Japan and t

    August 14, 2017 12:16 pm JST
  • Business Insight

    Apple has to face question of its 'red line' in China

    Where is your red line, the point beyond which you are not prepared to go? If you are doing business in China and you have not had that discussion with your chief executive and your board, your company is playing with fire -- and with its reputation

    August 14, 2017 10:20 am JST
  • 'Made in Japan' label powers cosmetics exports

    TOKYO -- Japan's cosmetics exports are on track to hit another all-time high this year as Shiseido and other heavyweights accelerate efforts to attract consumers in China and other parts of Asia with the appeal of the "Made in Japan" label.These exp

    August 14, 2017 08:16 am JST
  • China, India lead Asian advance of smartphone payment

    SHANGHAI/MUMBAI -- Mobile phone-based payment is spreading rapidly through emerging Asian economies, where low takeup of other methods has allowed the services to leapfrog older technologies.The Bingo Box, which opened in a Shanghai suburb in June,

    August 14, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • US poised to turn up pressure on China over trade

    WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to order his trade office Monday to look into alleged unfair trade practices by China, seeking to push Beijing to take tougher action against North Korea as tensions mount over Pyongyang's nuclea

    August 14, 2017 01:48 am JST
  • Concern for fate of Liu Xiaobo's widow builds

    HONG KONG -- Aug. 13 marks a month from the death of Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and long-time Chinese democracy activist.While people around the globe continue to mourn his passing, attention is now on the whereabouts of his widow Li

    August 13, 2017 06:27 pm JST
  • China smartphone game craze gets reined in

    DALIAN, China -- China's growing obsession with smartphone games has seen the country's online gaming market become the world's largest. But their boom in popularity has led to some unwanted side effects -- and drawn the ire of the Communist Party."

    August 13, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Uniqlo to double China stores, but real fight lies online

    TOKYO/HONG KONG -- Uniqlo has developed into one of Japan's most iconic brands, but by 2020, the casual clothing retailer will operate more stores in China than in its home country. By strengthening overseas operations, the company hopes to achieve

    August 13, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Japan lags behind on free trade, despite EU partnership

    TOKYO -- The share of Japan's total trade which is covered by free trade pacts or economic partnership agreements will stand at a little more than 30% when its EPA signed with the European Union takes effect, according to data from the Japan Externa

    August 13, 2017 12:54 am JST
  • In call with Trump, China's Xi urges restraint over North Korea

    BEDMINSTER, N.J./BEIJING (Reuters) -- China's President Xi Jinping said there needs to be a peaceful resolution to the North Korean nuclear issue, and in a telephone call with U.S. President Donald Trump he urged all sides to avoid words or action t

    August 12, 2017 10:38 pm JST
  • Chinese companies expanding presence in Brazil

    SAO PAULO -- Infrastructure investment by Chinese companies in Brazil is gathering steam as economic activity stagnates in the South American country.HNA Group signed a deal in July to partially acquire the rights to manage Rio de Janeiro-Galeao Int

    August 12, 2017 08:59 pm JST
  • Japan readies for North Korean strike on Guam

    TOKYO -- With tensions mounting on the Korean Peninsula, Japan's Ministry of Defense and the country's Self-Defense Force on Saturday deployed Patriot Advanced Capability-3 surface-to-air missile systems at bases in four prefectures in western Japan

    August 12, 2017 08:55 pm JST
  • Chongqing's former mayor still wields plenty of political power

    BEIJING -- Last month, the inland city of Chongqing once again shook Chinese politics to the core. Sun Zhengcai, secretary of the city's Communist Party committee and a likely candidate to succeed President Xi Jinping, was detained. Five years ago,

    August 12, 2017 05:15 pm JST
  • Trump to call for China IT trade probe on Monday -Politico

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump will call on Monday for his chief trade adviser to investigate China's intellectual property practices, website Politico reported, citing an unnamed administration official.Trump had been expected

    August 12, 2017 04:40 pm JST
  • China M&A conference highlights overseas investments linked to Belt and Road

    HONG KONG -- Despite efforts by Chinese authorities to rein in outbound investments by mainland companies, a major conference on mergers and acquisitions took place in Hong Kong on Friday, attracting several hundred participants.Speakers from the fi

    August 12, 2017 10:28 am JST
  • China tightens the vise on social media

    CHENGDU, China -- The Chinese government has begun investigating a trio of hugely popular internet services in an apparent effort to contain opinions and information that could hinder the consolidation of power by President Xi Jinping.Users post mat

    August 12, 2017 05:06 am JST
  • Richard Heydarian

    Divided ASEAN hands China diplomatic coup

    The annual regional forum and related meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Manila brought together 27 foreign ministers from around the Asia-Pacific region -- but the outstanding result was a major diplomatic victory for

    August 12, 2017 04:14 am JST
  • Citic Telecom's DataMall rollout delayed by nerves over party congress

    HONG KONG -- The telecom unit of Chinese state-owned conglomerate Citic said Friday that the international rollout of its DataMall mobile application has stalled as a partner adopted a wait-and-see attitude ahead of the twice-a-decade Communist Part

    August 12, 2017 02:45 am JST
  • Global brewery output falls for three years straight

    TOKYO -- The world's breweries produced steadily less in aggregate in 2014, 2015, and 2016 because of beer's reduced popularity in the world's three largest markets: China, the U.S., and Brazil.In 2016, the world produced a total of 190.9 million ki

    August 12, 2017 01:08 am JST
  • China's new-auto sales edged up 6% in July

    GUANGZHOU -- China's new-vehicle sales climbed 6.2% on the year in July as automakers slashed prices following declines earlier this year, though the recovery in passenger-car sales has yet to reach full speed.Some 1.97 million new autos rolled off

    August 12, 2017 01:03 am JST