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  • Nikkei Asia300 Index gains as Tencent rises after earnings

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan advanced Thursday, as Tencent Holdings paced a rally in technology shares after upbeat third-quarter earnings.The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 0.8% to 1,380.25.Index heavyweight Tencent advanced 2.3% a

    November 16, 2017 08:28 pm JST
  • Indonesia House speaker may be put on fugitive list

    JAKARTA -- Indonesian House Speaker Setya Novanto may soon be put on a list of fugitives after he evaded arrest by anti-corruption officials on Wednesday over alleged involvement in a $170 million scam.Investigators from the Corruption Eradication C

    November 16, 2017 05:49 pm JST
  • The TPP 11 rekindle multilateral trade hopes as Trump looks on

    DANANG, Vietnam When Japanese Minister of Economic Revitalization Toshimitsu Motegi walked into the press briefing room at the International Media Center in Danang on Nov. 11, his expression told many stories. One of them was of fatigue, as was to b

    November 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Duterte says the South China Sea dispute is better left untouched

    MANILA Following bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping the previous day, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Nov. 12 that a territorial dispute in the South China Sea between China and five Asian countries, including the Philipp

    November 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Can an 'America first' approach restore US leadership in Asia?

    DANANG, Vietnam U.S. President Donald Trump has made it clear -- finally -- that America intends to stay involved in the Asia-Pacific region. What is far less certain is whether bilateral deals that put "America first" will be enough to curb China's

    November 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The TPP aims to be a template for 21st-century trade deals

    SINGAPORE There is an invisible territorial struggle going on in East Asia.It is a battle not only to achieve freer trade of goods and investment but also to counter protectionist forces seeking to bring digital information under the control of thei

    November 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Uniqlo aims for just local enough

    Uniqlo operator Fast Retailing is planning to expand its lineup of localized products without sacrificing its globally recognized identity."We will offer more variations [in our items] to meet our customers' growing need for modest clothing," Fast R

    November 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Indonesia's Adaro Energy embraces 'self-disruption'

    Major Indonesian coal miner Adaro Energy, which in recent years has entered the domestic power plant business, is now looking to build power plants in neighboring countries in Southeast Asia.Garibaldi Thohir, the company's president director and CEO

    November 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • In search of Southeast Asia's colorful Peranakan culture

    It was during the 15th and 16th centuries that men from China's Fujian and Guangdong regions emigrated to a new world opening up along the Strait of Malacca. Some dreamed of striking it rich as traders. Others were merely looking to escape poverty o

    November 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Indonesia begins consolidation of state-owned miners

    JAKARTA -- Indonesia finally began formal moves to merge four state-owned mining companies under one giant holding company, in order to allow it to take over large-scale concessions -- including one of the world's largest copper mines operated by U.

    November 16, 2017 12:49 am JST
  • Tenaga signs pact to build power plant in Indonesia

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Tenaga Nasional, Malaysia's national electric utility, said Wednesday it has signed an initial agreement with Indonesia's state-owned PLN (Persero) to develop a 400-megawatt power plant in Borneo island.The two-year

    November 15, 2017 08:41 pm JST
  • Lift taxes for Southeast Asian infrastructure push: OECD

    MANILA -- Southeast Asian governments need to collect more taxes to sustain the region's infrastructure expansion, the Organization for Economic Development Development Center said in a report published Wednesday.In the OECD's latest outlook for eme

    November 15, 2017 08:23 pm JST
  • Indonesia and Malaysia fire back at EU in palm oil war

    JAKARTA/KUALA LUMPUR -- Indonesia and Malaysia are considering joint action to counter possible European Union restrictions on the import of palm oil. The two countries, which account for 82% of global palm oil output, raised the issue of import res

    November 15, 2017 07:09 pm JST
  • J. Brian Waterhouse

    Japan's banks look southeast

    Japan's manufacturing industries have been enjoying record profits thanks to a combination of stringent cost controls, growth in global trade and a weakening yen. Yet, the banking industry remains under a cloud, with the latest round of interim resu

    November 15, 2017 07:00 am 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
  • 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