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  • Trump to press China on North Korea, trade on Beijing visit

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump will urge Chinese President Xi Jinping to fully implement U.N. Security Council resolutions against North Korea and take other steps to pressure Pyongyang when he travels to China next month, a sen

    October 24, 2017 02:28 am JST
  • ASEAN defense ministers lock in against terrorism and other common threats

    CLARK FREEPORT, Philippines -- Southeast Asian defense ministers have agreed to step up joint efforts to counter regional terrorism, and have expressed "grave concern" about heightened recent tensions on the Korean Peninsula after North Korea carrie

    October 24, 2017 12:11 am JST
  • Philippines declares end of 5-month battle with IS in Marawi City

    CLARK FREEPORT, Philippines -- The Philippines' five-month battle with Islamic State-linked militants in the southern city of Marawi has ended, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced on Monday."After 154 days of the siege of Marawi by the Daes

    October 23, 2017 11:51 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index falls as Chinese property developers decline

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan edged lower on Monday, weighed by losses in Chinese mainland property developers after data showed that home prices increased at a slower pace last month.The Nikkei Asia300 Index declined 0.1% to 1,

    October 23, 2017 08:20 pm JST
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    Japan Coast Guard quietly helps Asian nations counter China

    TOKYO -- As tensions mount in Asia, fueled by the crisis on the Korean Peninsula and China's increased activities in the region's seas, maritime order is in danger of collapsing.Japan is well-equipped to ward off this unwanted outcome, and the Japan

    October 21, 2017 12:23 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index ends week higher after US stocks rally

    NEW DELHI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan eked out modest gains for the week, as persistent gains on U.S. equities supported risk appetite, even as regional investors remained focused on China's 19th Communist Party Congress.The Nikkei A

    October 20, 2017 09:12 pm JST
  • Michael Vatikiotis

    After Marawi, no room for complacency

    It seemed like a significant defeat for terrorism. In the week that the Philippine armed forces declared the besieged northern Mindanao city of Marawi liberated, the Islamic State in Syria lost its key stronghold in the city of Raqqa. For Marawi was

    October 20, 2017 02:57 pm JST
  • Zombie companies open back door to Philippine bourse

    MANILA -- With zero sales and a roughly 2.8 million peso ($54,400) loss in 2016, the Philippines' Abra Mining and Industrial Corp. is a textbook case of a comatose company. It has also posted similarly lifeless results for several years, and its Man

    October 19, 2017 04:05 pm JST
  • Honda eyeing electric scooter that can power home appliances

    TOKYO -- Japan's Honda Motor plans to start selling motorized scooters that run on detachable batteries in Southeast Asia starting as early as 2019, amid toughened environmental measures across the region.The vehicles will adopt lithium ion batterie

    October 19, 2017 06:14 am JST
  • Asia has $26tn in infrastructure projects up for grabs

    Asia is set to spend $26 trillion on airport and other infrastructure projects through 2030, according to the Asian Development Bank.It is a rich pie that has already whetted contractors' appetites.In Vietnam, an urban rail project funded by Japanes

    October 18, 2017 12:18 pm JST
  • Indonesia shows lofty ambitions for Jakarta air hub

    JAKARTA -- Indonesia is pouring billions of dollars into its flagship international airport, seeking to gain an edge in the race for passengers in a region where air travel has taken off in recent years. A decade and a half of steady economic growth

    October 18, 2017 12:16 pm JST
  • Richard Heydarian

    Duterte's pro-China shift fractures anti-Beijing alliance in Southeast Asia

    One of the major unintended consequences of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's foreign policy is the fracturing of an emerging regional alliance in the South China Sea. By cozying up to China and turning away from allies in Southeast Asia, the F

    October 18, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index gains tracking record-high U.S. stocks

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan edged higher on Tuesday after all major U.S. indexes climbed to records overnight.The Nikkei Asia300 Index advanced 0.1% to 1,358.91.U.S stocks rose Monday along with the dollar, while bond yields d

    October 17, 2017 08:31 pm JST
  • Philippine President Duterte declares Marawi City liberated

    MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday declared the besieged southern city of Marawi "liberated from the terrorist influence," a day after troops killed two militant leaders."Ladies and gentlemen, I hereby declare Marawi City libe

    October 17, 2017 06:15 pm JST
  • Philippine military kills IS-linked leaders in Southeast Asia

    MANILA -- The Philippine military killed the leaders of Islamic State-linked militants in a predawn raid to liberate parts of Marawi City on the southern island of Mindanao, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Monday. The deaths of militant l

    October 16, 2017 03:48 pm JST
  • Filipinos' love of chocolates helps to revive cacao industry

    MANILA -- When Gladys Hernando's father became sick last year, the television network executive visited the family farm and started thinking of ways to make it more productive under her management."A friend convinced me to look into cacao farming,"

    October 14, 2017 01:30 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index gains as Singapore stocks rally on economic growth

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Friday, helped by a rally in Singapore shares after better-than-expected third-quarter economic growth in the city-state.Samsung Electronics declined as record earnings were overshadowed by the

    October 13, 2017 08:45 pm JST
  • Duterte scales down drug war after ratings dip

    MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has moved to scale down his controversial war on illegal drugs following a sharp drop in public support.The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency will lead anti-drug operations instead of the Philippine National Poli

    October 13, 2017 07:27 pm JST
  • Anthony Couse

    Green office blocks secure better tenants

    Singapore's Asia Square Tower 2 made headlines last month when it was sold to CapitaLand Commercial Trust for $1.5 billion, setting the record for the biggest office deal in Asia Pacific this year. In 2016, Asia Square Tower 1 was acquired by Qatar

    October 13, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • ASEAN renews currency swap deal to provide $2bn support: Malaysia central bank

    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has agreed to renew a currency swap deal for two more years from Nov. 17, providing a total of $2 billion in financial support, the Malaysian central bank said on Friday. T

    October 13, 2017 02:08 pm JST