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  • Knives out as Malaysia's ruling party gears up for election

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's ruling camp is condemning its longtime superstar, former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, as the country hurtles toward a lower house election that will test the popularity of scandal-tainted leader Najib Razak."This man h

    December 7, 2017 06:21 pm JST
  • Asia's Muslim leaders slam Trump's decision on Jerusalem

    TANGERANG, Indonesia -- Asian governments in countries with large Muslim populations condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move its embassy to the city, with the leaders of Indonesia and Mala

    December 7, 2017 04:49 pm JST
  • India's economy to be world's No.3 by 2028: forecast

    TOKYO -- India and key Association of Southeast Asian Nations members will become increasingly vital drivers of Asian growth over the coming decade, while China's economy slows to a pace comparable with the U.S., new projections from the Japan Cente

    December 7, 2017 12:40 pm JST
  • Remembering former ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan

    BANGKOK In what would be his final interview, Surin Pitsuwan spoke passionately about a topic close to his heart: the future of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The former secretary-general of ASEAN died hours later of a heart attack in B

    December 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Michael Vatikiotis: The statesman who raised Southeast Asia's profile

    Southeast Asia is a hard region for anyone to straddle. There is no common language, sovereignty is strongly asserted, and there are plenty of deeply felt enmities. If there was one man in recent history who managed to overcome some of these obstacl

    December 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • North Korea loses friends in Africa and Asia

    SINGAPORE/TOKYO North Korea is finding itself increasingly alone as once-friendly countries in Africa, Southeast Asia and elsewhere take a harsher stance following the hermit state's continued nuclear and missile provocations, including its launch o

    December 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Prime minister makes the case for setting up shop in Malaysia

    KUALA LUMPUR The Malaysian government is urging foreign businesses to use the country as a launchpad to Asia, as the region's economy is expected to grow further.Addressing over 500 business people at the Malaysia Nikkei Business Forum 2017 in Kuala

    December 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Autos the best performer in Asia sector PMI in November

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Asia Sector Purchasing Managers' Index for November showed output growth in 15 of the 19 sectors monitored, instead of 13 for the previous month.Automobiles and auto parts (61.0) posted the most pronounced growth, followed by pha

    December 7, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index extends losses on Trump's Jerusalem move

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan extended losses on Wednesday, amid concerns that U.S. President Donald Trump's move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel could trigger unrest in the Middle East.A plunge in copper prices

    December 6, 2017 09:18 pm JST
  • Singapore, Malaysia stocks fall as Wall Street losses hurt Asia

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Singapore shares fell Wednesday, led by lenders, as a further pullback on Wall Street pressured Asian markets. Malaysia shares also declined.The city-state's Straits Times Index dropped 1.2% to 3,397.21. The Bursa Ma

    December 6, 2017 07:47 pm JST
  • Malaysia's exports growth pace accelerates in October

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Malaysia's exports growth gathered pace in October thanks to stronger shipments of electronics and robust demand from China, widening trade surplus to the most in 19 months, official data Wednesday showed.Exports in

    December 6, 2017 06:59 pm JST
  • Cover story

    Asia braces for the end of easy money

    TOKYO -- Visitors to the Royal Palace Park in Phnom Penh don't need to worry if they forget to bring wads of Cambodian riel with them -- all of the owners of the nearby food and drink stalls tell their customers to pay in U.S. dollars anyway. It is

    December 6, 2017 03:25 pm JST
  • Southeast Asia letting startups play in the fintech sandbox

    SINGAPORE/SHANGHAI -- Southeast Asian countries are working to cultivate homegrown financial ventures by temporarily waiving regulations to let them experiment with innovative services. The so-called regulatory sandbox, an idea originated in the U.K

    December 6, 2017 06:07 am JST
  • Southeast Asia's new-car sales climb 3% in October

    BANGKOK -- New-car sales in six major Southeast Asian countries grew 3% on the year in October, with double-digit growth in the Philippines and Thailand compensating for declines in Malaysia and Vietnam.Total unit sales for the region reached 279,71

    December 6, 2017 05:29 am JST
  • YTL to develop 2 Marriott hotels each in Malaysia, Japan

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- YTL, a Malaysian construction-to-utilities conglomerate, said Tuesday it has agreed to develop two new luxury hotels in Malaysia with American hospitality firm Marriott International.The company also signed memorandu

    December 5, 2017 09:58 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index falls as technology stocks edge lower

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan declined Tuesday, as a rally triggered by optimism over U.S. tax reforms faded and technology shares resumed their fall.The Nikkei Asia300 Index lost 0.7% to 1,371.98. Index heavyweights Tencent Hol

    December 5, 2017 09:09 pm JST
  • Singapore stocks little changed, Malaysia equities rebound

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Singapore shares ended little changed on Tuesday, as weak cues from other Asian markets offset positive economic data at home.Malaysia shares rebounded from nine-month lows, helped by a late rally by Hong Leong Bank

    December 5, 2017 08:24 pm JST
  • Texas Chicken targets supersize expansion in Malaysia

    KUALA LUMPUR -- If you want a taste of Texas Chicken, head to Malaysia.The Atlanta-based company, known as Church's Chicken in the U.S., has just opened its 42nd outlet in the Southeast Asian country, having expanded at a rate of nearly 10 a year si

    December 5, 2017 05:21 pm JST
  • DRB Hicom pins hopes on Chinese input for real profit

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Despite swinging to a profit recently, Malaysia's DRB Hicom is not exactly celebrating, but is looking instead to Chinese input to turn around Proton Holdings, its 50.1%-owned national automaker, and to give a further boost to Pos Ma

    December 4, 2017 08:54 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index rises as U.S. inches closer to corporate tax cuts

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Monday as the U.S. took a step closer to passing a bill that offered significant tax cuts to businesses.The Nikkei Asia300 Index advanced 0.6% to 1,380.98.Index equity futures pointed to a stro

    December 4, 2017 08:34 pm JST