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  • Malaysia seeks Chinese fillip to reach high-income status by 2020

    KUALA LUMPUR -- The clock is ticking on Malaysia's drive to become a high-income country by 2020, and it has turned to China for some extra momentum.The country's self-imposed development goals, originally set by the government of then-Prime Ministe

    November 15, 2017 12:30 pm JST
  • Asia Insight

    Xi Jinping bests Trump in Asia-Pacific diplomacy

    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 treatme

    November 15, 2017 06:00 am JST
  • South China Sea dispute 'toned down' at ASEAN meeting

    MANILA -- Competing claims over territory in the South China Sea, which have long held center stage at meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, have been getting less attention at the current ASEAN summit and in related meetings being

    November 14, 2017 11:12 pm JST
  • After delay, RCEP leaders resolve to wrap up pact in 2018

    MANILA -- Leaders of the 16 nations negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, a proposed Asia-Pacific free trade deal, resolved on Tuesday to conclude the talks within 2018. The plan had been to finalize a deal this year."I am opt

    November 14, 2017 09:56 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index falls as China data sparks slowdown worries

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan fell Tuesday as a slowdown in China's industrial output and retail sales dented investor appetite.The Nikkei Asia300 Index declined 0.3% to 1,380.97.China's industrial output rose 6.2% in October, d

    November 14, 2017 08:44 pm JST
  • Malaysia's minister estimates palm oil price to fall in 2018

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Price of crude palm oil is expected to range between 2,600 ringgit ($620.6) a ton and 2,700 ringgit per ton in 2018, edging lower from this year's levels amid rising output, Malaysia's plantation minister said Tuesda

    November 14, 2017 08:15 pm JST
  • Singapore, Malaysia shares fall as China data damps investor appetite

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Singapore stocks lost ground on Tuesday as tepid Chinese data brought some caution among investors, damping key index components. Malaysian stocks fell for a third day, hitting seven-month lows.Singapore's Straits Ti

    November 14, 2017 08:09 pm JST
  • Nikkei Editorial

    TPP 11 trade agreement is a deal to build on

    The 11 remaining signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership have reached a broad agreement on a renegotiated version of the trade pact that does not include the U.S. The TPP 11, as they are called, have kept intact key provisions from the original

    November 14, 2017 05:30 pm JST
  • ASEAN may partially dump its rule-by-consensus principle

    MANILA -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is planning to revise the principle way it has governed itself for half a century -- by taking positions only when all members form a consensus. The 10-nation bloc is also looking at strengthening

    November 14, 2017 03:13 pm JST
  • ASEAN+3 pledges to fight deglobalization, protectionism

    MANILA -- In an effort to fight rising protectionism, leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, China, Japan and South Korea are seeking greater cooperation at the 20th ASEAN+3 summit in Manila on Tuesday.The 13 nations represented at t

    November 14, 2017 01:30 pm JST
  • 'ASEAN way' confronts new realities of US, Chinese power

    MANILA -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations finds its ability to set a safe course between the world's colliding powers -- an approach to diplomacy that served it well for much of its first 50 years -- threatened by the changing dynamics of

    November 14, 2017 12:30 pm JST
  • Growth in emerging Asia to slow to 6.3% in 2018-2022: OECD

    MANILA -- Economic growth in emerging Asia will remain steady this year before slowing over the medium term as China's expansion decelerates in the next five years, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Center

    November 14, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Trump's devotion to trade puts North Korea issue on hold

    MANILA -- The ASEAN summit is shaping up to be a missed opportunity for participating nations to strengthen their unity against North Korea, as U.S. President Donald Trump's push for "reciprocal" trade with the region puts the issue on the back burn

    November 14, 2017 01:15 am JST
  • Vietnam and Malaysia play vital roles in making TPP 11 happen

    DANANG, Vietnam -- Vietnam and Malaysia played key roles in salvaging the 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, which came close to collapsing after the U.S. pulled out.TPP 11 members -- the original 12 signatories minus the U.S. -- have m

    November 13, 2017 08:43 pm JST
  • Malaysia shares fall as banks decline, Singapore stocks little changed

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Malaysia shares fell Monday, as losses in banking stocks eclipsed a rally in Petronas Dagangan.Singapore equities ended little changed, as pullback in heavyweight DBS Group Holdings offset gains in ComfortDelGro Corp

    November 13, 2017 08:32 pm JST
  • Trump pitches 'reciprocal' trade to ASEAN

    MANILA -- U.S. President Donald Trump told ASEAN leaders he wants "reciprocal" trade relationships -- ones that will allow the U.S. to slash its deficits with countries in the bloc."We celebrate your incredible success and we also seek economic part

    November 13, 2017 05:52 pm JST
  • Cigarette smuggling gouges Asia's taxes, anti-smoking drive

    SINGAPORE -- With Asia facing potentially debilitating health care costs related to high rates of smoking, many countries have been trying to curb tobacco consumption by increasing taxes. But this seems to have backfired by triggering an upswing in

    November 13, 2017 04:10 pm JST
  • Trump to press ASEAN on North Korea and to fix lopsided trade

    MANILA -- Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and their counterparts from outside the region have gathered in the Philippine capital for the ASEAN summit and other meetings, which began Monday. On the agenda are key security and

    November 13, 2017 02:03 pm JST
  • Asia-Pacific's in-flight broadband market to grow to $52bn by 2035

    SINGAPORE -- Asia Pacific's in-flight broadband market is set to be worth $52 billion by 2035, with demand being driven by the region's growing affluent middle class, who are willing to pay for an enhanced onboard experience, according to a report b

    November 13, 2017 11:30 am JST
  • RCEP trade agreement delayed till 2018

    MANILA -- The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a proposed trade pact involving 16 countries including China, Japan and the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), will not reach an agreement in 2017, a mi

    November 12, 2017 11:12 pm JST