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  • Frederic Neumann

    TPP to rise from the ashes

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is clinging on. Despite the U.S. withdrawal from the pact earlier this year, the other 11 members are still aiming for ratification -- for good reason: Even without the world's largest economy, the agreement s

    October 12, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • A manufacturing uptick can't pierce South Korea's gloom

    HONG KONG Despite escalating threats from its northern neighbor, South Korea saw its manufacturing condition pick up on stronger domestic demand and output last month. But analysts remain cautious about the country's economic outlook as the ongoing

    October 12, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Malaysia, Singapore stocks fall ahead of Fed meeting minutes

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Malaysia shares fell for a second consecutive day, weighed by a decline in mobile phone operators. Singapore stocks ended lower ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's meeting minutes.Investors shrugged off the positive

    October 11, 2017 08:58 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index advances as Samsung extends gains

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Wednesday, as heavyweight Samsung Electronics extended gains ahead of its preliminary third-quarter earnings.The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 0.7% to 1,337.13.Asian equities also got a boost from

    October 11, 2017 08:28 pm JST
  • Bilahari Kausikan

    Growing complexities threaten ASEAN consensus politics

    Within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, "centrality" is a defining concept -- an implied vision of regional order in which the collective interest of member states comes first -- or at least is not disregarded"ASEAN centrality" is not a m

    October 11, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Ride-hailing apps a boon for Asia's motorcycle taxis

    Mobile ride-hailing apps are fast finding a place in Asia's taxi industry via motorcycles and motorized tricycles, typically cheaper alternatives to autos.The trend is being helped along by the increasing ubiquity of smartphones and improved wireles

    October 11, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • ASEAN5 outlook up as export-led growth continues

    Economists have revised their 2017 growth forecasts upward for major Southeast Asian countries, reflecting stronger-than-expected exports of electronic goods and spillover effects on domestic economies. The Indian economy is expected to slow down th

    October 11, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Malaysia's September palm oil stockpile tops 2 million tons

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Malaysia's palm oil inventory rose for the third straight month in September, breaching the two million tons mark for the first time in more than a year, and a swelling stockpile could weigh on prices of the commodit

    October 10, 2017 07:55 pm JST
  • Singapore, Malaysia stocks fall as investors seek fresh cues on U.S. rates

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Shares in Singapore and Malaysia fell Tuesday as investors awaited more cues on U.S. interest rate outlook.Tuesday's losses came after a quiet session on Wall Street overnight. U.S. stock indexes posted moderate loss

    October 10, 2017 07:41 pm JST
  • Axiata unit strengthens Cambodia foothold

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Smart Axiata, a unit of Malaysian mobile telecommunications operator Axiata Group is set to acquire a 30% equity stake in Sabay Digital Plus, an online content provider in Cambodia. On Monday, the group said the move is aimed at bols

    October 10, 2017 05:42 pm JST
  • South Korea's gloom prevails despite manufacturing upturn

    HONG KONG -- Despite escalating threats from its northern neighbor, South Korea saw its manufacturing condition pick up on stronger domestic demand and output last month. But analysts remain cautious about the country's economic outlook as the ongoi

    October 10, 2017 11:05 am JST
  • FT Confidential Research

    Electric vehicle race is on in Southeast Asia

    Thailand is leading other Southeast Asian countries in providing incentives for consumers and investors to boost its domestic electric vehicle industry.Malaysia is dealing with Chinese manufacturers to speed up the adoption of battery-only electric

    October 10, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Proton's new CEO sets course to revive Malaysian carmaker

    KUALA LUMPUR -- The new head of troubled Malaysian carmaker Proton is promising to restore the loss-making company to its former glory by targeting the Southeast Asian market, which is now dominated by Japanese auto brands.Li Chunrong, an industry v

    October 9, 2017 11:26 pm JST
  • Singapore, Malaysia stocks little changed on slowdown in China services

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Shares in Singapore and Malaysia ended little changed on Monday after services activity in China, the largest trading partner of the two nations, declined to a near two-year low, damping investor sentiment.The China

    October 9, 2017 09:02 pm JST
  • AirAsia X to increase flights to South Korea on strong demand

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) - AirAsia X, the long-haul arm of Malaysia's budget carrier AirAsia, plans to increase flight frequencies to South Korea as it sharpens focus on North Asian markets to meet an anticipated robust demand, top company exec

    October 9, 2017 08:33 pm JST
  • ASEAN migrant remittances equal to Myanmar GDP

    JAKARTA -- Vast differences in living standards and wages across Southeast Asia have driven a massive rise in migration in the region since the mid-1990s, resulting in an estimated 6.77 million migrant workers sending home substantial chunks of thei

    October 9, 2017 07:42 pm JST
  • Solar cars begin 3,000 km journey through center of Australia

    DARWIN (Kyodo) -- Four Japanese teams were among 38 solar cars that set out Sunday from the northern Australian city of Darwin on a 3,000-kilometer endurance race through the center of continent.Teams from 19 countries and regions have entered this

    October 8, 2017 10:37 pm JST
  • Eswar Prasad and Karim Foda

    Economic breathing space is an opportunity to strengthen resilience

    The world economy has settled into a holding pattern, with a broad-based but plodding recovery underway characterized by weak productivity and investment growth. Both advanced and emerging market economies have maintained modest growth momentum, but

    October 8, 2017 07:00 pm JST
  • Malaysia arrests eight over suspected terror links

    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) -- Malaysia has arrested four foreigners and four Malaysians for suspected involvement in terrorist activities linked to Abu Sayyaf, the Islamic State and Jemaah Islamiah, the police said on Saturday.Among the foreigners arres

    October 7, 2017 09:38 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index over 2% on week after US shares' record run

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan advanced on Friday to end the week higher after U.S. equity indexes rose to fresh record highs on optimism over tax reforms.The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 0.4% to 1,320.81 points Friday. The index is

    October 6, 2017 08:44 pm JST