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  • Trump's tour of Asia shows just how powerful Xi has become

    HANOI The hospitality U.S. President Donald Trump received on his tour of Asia was so warm that he may have felt more at home than in Washington, where he is constantly sparring with the media. But while Trump was relishing the red-carpet treatment

    November 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • James Crabtree: Asia must learn to love higher taxes

    On his recent tour of Asia, Donald Trump must have looked with envy at the many low-tax nations he visited. While the U.S. president struggles to sell his own taxation reforms back at home, Asia's leaders remain vocally proud of their rock-bottom ta

    November 23, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Malaysia and Indonesia mull free trade zone in Borneo at annual summit

    KUCHING, Malaysia -- The leaders of Malaysia and Indonesia said on Wednesday that they have agreed in principle to establish more trading points along their border on the island of Borneo to strengthen bilateral ties.At an annual meeting in Kuching

    November 22, 2017 09:09 pm JST
  • Telekom Malaysia's 3Q net profit jumps 32.5% on forex gains

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Telekom Malaysia Wednesday reported a 32.5% jump in its third quarter net profit buoyed by currency gain, but analysts warned the state-run fixed-line telecommunications company could miss its annual revenue growth t

    November 22, 2017 08:40 pm JST
  • Wall Street rally leads Nikkei Asia300 Index higher

    NEW DELHI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose on Wednesday after all three major U.S. indexes scaled record highs overnight. Regional energy producers advanced as global crude prices headed for a second day higher.The Nikkei Asia300 Ind

    November 22, 2017 08:15 pm JST
  • Credit tightening 'dominoes' threaten Asia with hidden risks

    HONG KONG/SINGAPORE -- With Asia's economies humming along, consumer prices rising and the U.S. edging toward higher interest rates, markets have been unloading Asian government bonds and sending long-term interest rates soaring. Expectations are gr

    November 22, 2017 07:50 pm JST
  • Singapore, Malaysia shares rise as Wall Street rally spreads across Asia

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Shares in Singapore and Malaysia extended gains, with Singapore's Straits Times Index rising to a two-and-a-half year high, as an overnight record run on Wall Street spilled over into Asia.Gains for the region came a

    November 22, 2017 07:39 pm JST
  • How Bangkok became a model for mass transit

    BANGKOK -- To many Bangkok residents, the mass transit system is the jewel of the Thai capital for its role in rescuing the city from its own choking prosperity.For other emerging Asian countries seeking to relieve their traffic-clogged streets, it

    November 22, 2017 02:32 pm JST
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    Emerging Asian economies race to build metros amid choking congestion

    HO CHI MINH CITY/MANILA -- The distance between Maye Cristobal's house and her office in Manila's Makati business district is just 5km, but the 26-year-old lawyer often has to travel for one and a half hours. And that's just one way."It's hell!" she

    November 22, 2017 02:31 pm JST
  • Itochu gets serious about selling Japanese goods online in China

    TOKYO -- Itochu and two partners are investing roughly 7.6 billion yen ($67.6 million) in an e-commerce venture selling Japanese goods to the Chinese market -- a move the trading house hopes will enhance its own forays into China's internet sector.T

    November 22, 2017 06:48 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index gains as Tencent, China insurers rally

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan advanced Tuesday, as index heavyweight Tencent Holdings' market capitalization crossed $500 billion. Chinese insurers rallied.The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 1.1% to 1,411.97.Hong Kong-listed Chinese

    November 21, 2017 08:56 pm JST
  • Singapore stocks rise to two-year highs, Malaysia shares advance

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Singapore shares rose to more-than-two-year highs on Tuesday, encouraged by signs of strength in the domestic economy. Malaysia shares rebounded from near eight-month lows.Most other Asian markets also gained during

    November 21, 2017 08:12 pm JST
  • Tenaga Nasional aims to raise annual return on assets

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Tenaga Nasional, Malaysia's national electric utility firm, is seeking to raise its return on assets, pursue renewable energy projects and lift non-regulated revenue to help offset a slowing domestic growth.The compa

    November 21, 2017 07:58 pm JST
  • Hong Kong, Singapore are Asian stars in IMD talent ranking

    TOKYO -- Hong Kong and Singapore were the top two finishers in Asia in this year's IMD World Talent Ranking, bright spots in otherwise mediocre results for the region.The list, compiled by IMD, a Switzerland-based business school, aims to measure th

    November 21, 2017 03:47 pm JST
  • Strong exports spur third-quarter growth in Southeast Asia

    SINGAPORE -- Economic growth accelerated in all of the six major economies of Southeast Asia in the July-September quarter, driven by robust exports. But amid such signs as slowing consumer spending in Indonesia, it is not clear how long the uptrend

    November 21, 2017 03:07 pm JST
  • Malaysia's Pecca Group in talks with local airlines to supply seat covers -- CEO

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Malaysian leather upholstery supplier Pecca Group is in talks to sell seat covers to domestic airlines and the initiative, if successful, could help boost the company's profit margin, its chief executive said.The com

    November 21, 2017 12:31 pm JST
  • Sime Darby flags risk on luxury property projects nod freeze

    KUALA LUMPUR (NikkeiMarkets) -- Malaysian conglomerate Sime Darby expects a government decision to freeze approvals on luxury property projects will affect some of its developments that are pending clearances, the managing director of the property d

    November 20, 2017 09:09 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index gains as Tencent rises to record

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Monday, as index heavyweight Tencent Holdings hit another record high and Thailand economy's expanded at the fastest pace in more than four years.The Nikkei Asia300 Index added 0.2% to close at

    November 20, 2017 08:55 pm JST
  • Banking stocks drag Malaysian equities lower, Singapore shares post marginal gains

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Malaysian stocks swung to losses on Monday, dragged by banks ahead of their earnings. Singapore shares edged higher as the bullish outlook for the domestic economy outweighed negative cues from China and Europe.The B

    November 20, 2017 08:14 pm JST
  • China, ASEAN still far from South China Sea code of conduct

    MANILA -- The leaders of China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have formally endorsed the framework adopted by their foreign ministers in August for a code of conduct (COC) to handle overlapping territorial claims in

    November 17, 2017 11:59 pm JST