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  • Ganeshan Wignaraja

    India could overtake China -- one day

    India has now beaten China in terms of gross domestic product growth for three years in a row, with an estimated 7.5% for 2017 compared with 6.9%. And the outlook is for more of the same: The International Monetary Fund expects India to grow at 7.7%

    January 19, 2018 12:00 pm JST
  • Pulp prices soaring on tight supply and brisk Chinese demand

    TOKYO -- Pulp prices are surging as growing Chinese demand combines with a tight supply, sending December shipment prices to Japan near record highs after rising over 20% in three months.North American needle bleached kraft pulp, often used in produ

    January 19, 2018 07:25 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index advances, buoyed by Wall Street gains, China growth

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Thursday, as U.S. indexes continued their record run and China's fourth-quarter economic growth exceeded expectations.The Nikkei Asia300 Index added 0.3% to close at 1,495.46.The S&P 500 Index

    January 18, 2018 09:00 pm JST
  • Indonesia's Kalbe Farma moves into clinical testing

    JAKARTA -- Indonesian pharmaceutical company Kalbe Farma is entering the clinical testing business with two Japanese companies to tap the country's growing demand for prevention of lifestyle-related diseases.The foray marks a further diversification

    January 18, 2018 07:14 pm JST
  • Jakarta railway projects spark bedroom suburb buildup

    JAKARTA -- Residential developments are sprouting on the periphery of Jakarta, now that new railways are about to offer commuters a way around the city's notorious traffic. Indonesia's first high-capacity commuter rail network, the Jakarta Mass Rapi

    January 18, 2018 12:35 pm JST
  • Russia courts Southeast Asian leaders with authoritarian streaks

    BANGKOK A quarter of a century after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia is back in Southeast Asia, where creeping authoritarianism is giving Moscow room to maneuver.A prime example is Cambodia, where the biggest opposition party has been force

    January 18, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • William Pesek: New heads at central banks in Asia-Pacific could shake up 2018

    Asia investors typically scrutinize data, charts and market moves to divine central bank policy direction. This year, add the human factor.At least six central banks in the Asia-Pacific will see their chiefs replaced or reappointed in the months ahe

    January 18, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Better paydays are in store for Asia

    TOKYO Asian workers are expected to enjoy the highest real wage growth in the world in 2018 thanks to solid growth and changes in the region's economic structure, while their counterparts in Japan and the West will see wages stagnate amid budding in

    January 18, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index slips after U.S. equities drop from record highs

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan edged lower on Wednesday, after U.S. equities retreated from record highs overnight and as investors awaited China's fourth-quarter economic data.The Nikkei Asia300 Index fell less than 0.1% to 1,49

    January 17, 2018 08:43 pm JST
  • Moody's warns of ongoing risks on Korean Peninsula despite dialogue

    TOKYO -- Despite tentative signs of a thaw in inter-Korean relations recently, Moody's Investors Service reminded investors Wednesday that "nothing has changed" in terms of the fundamental tensions over Pyongyang's development of nuclear weapons.The

    January 17, 2018 07:05 pm JST
  • Where are all the tourists in Japan coming from?

    TOKYO -- Japan's tourism bonanza shows no signs of abating. The country welcomed a record 28.6 million visitors from abroad in 2017, an increase of 19.3% on the year. Travelers also spent significantly more: 4.4 trillion yen ($39.68 billion), up 17.

    January 17, 2018 05:43 pm JST
  • Widodo reshuffles cabinet with eye on 2019 presidential contest

    JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo reshuffled his cabinet on Wednesday, his third such change since taking office in October 2014, roping in senior members of his coalition and the military, in a move seen as an attempt to consolidate his s

    January 17, 2018 02:32 pm JST
  • APEC summit outlook clouded by new host's problems

    AUCKLAND -- Corralling the 21 governments in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation bloc into acting on regional challenges is hard enough at the best of times. It may be something practically unachievable in 2018.Already strained by U.S. President D

    January 17, 2018 12:30 pm JST
  • Indonesian president replaces social affairs minister in modest reshuffle

    JAKARTA (Reuters) -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo replaced the social affairs minister in his Cabinet on Wednesday and picked a new chief of staff in the third reshuffle of his five-year term.The reshuffle was widely expected because some of Wid

    January 17, 2018 12:24 pm JST
  • Michael Vatikiotis

    Indonesia sets sights on peacemaker role

    In a world where ideals and principles are being eclipsed and eroded by the rise of populism and new geopolitical tensions, Indonesia is stepping forward with a foreign policy that seeks to redress the balance. In a broad-ranging statement delivered

    January 17, 2018 07:00 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index advances as Chinese insurers rally

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Tuesday, paced by mainland insurers and lenders.The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 1.1% to 1,491.87. Ping An Insurance Group advanced 2.8% after the Chinese insurer said accumulated gross premium in

    January 16, 2018 08:17 pm JST
  • More than 70 injured in Jakarta stock exchange balcony collapse

    JAKARTA -- Over 70 people were injured and hundreds of others were evacuated from the Indonesia Stock Exchange building in Jakarta's main business district as a balcony above its main lobby collapsed at noon on Monday. Police are investigating the c

    January 16, 2018 07:28 pm JST
  • Asia Insight

    Russia courts Southeast Asian partners with authoritarian streaks

    BANGKOK/TOKYO -- A quarter of a century after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia is back in Southeast Asia, where creeping authoritarianism is giving Moscow room to maneuver.A prime example is Cambodia, where the biggest opposition party has b

    January 16, 2018 01:15 pm JST
  • Made-in Japan cake exports satisfy Southeast Asia's sweet tooth

    A weekend afternoon at Chateraise, a pastry shop located in a Singapore shopping center, brings the usual stream of customers. "Which cake do you want? The new ones look delicious, too." People stare at the glass display case, trying to decide which

    January 16, 2018 12:10 pm JST
  • Simon Tay and Cheryl Tan

    Singapore goes for quiet ASEAN diplomacy

    Singapore is settling into its one-year rotating chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations at a time when the region's economic growth is outperforming the world. But the possibility of unpredictable political and economic changes b

    January 16, 2018 11:47 am JST