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  • The SCO welcomes rivals into its fold

    ASTANA/TOKYO -- India and Pakistan have joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as the bloc's first new members in its 16-year history. But while the addition brings the SCO a new level of international relevance, it may also invite internal up

    June 14, 2017 11:51 pm JST
  • Asian bloc's expansion may widen cracks between China, Russia

    ASTANA -- The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is set to accept India and Pakistan as full members, a move intended to enhance its influence as an alternative to the West. But with core members China and Russia already on different pages, this grow

    June 9, 2017 04:57 am JST
  • Shanghai exchange to acquire 25.1% stake in Kazakhstan exchange

    SHANGHAI, (Reuters) -- The Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) said on Thursday it has signed an agreement with the financial centre of the Republic of Kazakhstan to acquire a 25.1 percent stake in the country's exchange.The Shanghai exchange will coopera

    June 8, 2017 09:35 pm JST
  • Afghanistan's woes expose power moves on Asia's chessboard

    NEW DELHI -- On the morning of May 31, a water truck driven by a terrorist exploded in the diplomatic district in the capital of Afghanistan, killing 150 people and injuring more than 400. The tanker, used to drain sewage reservoirs, was instead fil

    June 8, 2017 04:10 pm JST
  • The Future of Asia 2017

    Mongolian minister 'confident' on structural reform

    TOKYO -- Mongolia will be able to implement the structural reforms it has agreed to with the International Monetary Fund, Foreign Minister Tsend Munkh-Orgil told the Nikkei Asian Review in an interview on Monday in Tokyo.Last month the IMF approved

    June 6, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • The Future of Asia 2017

    Middle-class surge will change everything, Mongolian minister says

    TOKYO -- Of all the important trends shaping Asia, the rise of the middle class will have the most profound impact, Mongolian Foreign Minister Tsend Munkh-Orgil said on Monday.Citing an OECD estimate that the middle-class population will surge to 4.

    June 5, 2017 07:33 pm JST
  • An animated look at how Asia has changed over 50 years

    Asia has changed considerably since the Association of Southeast Asian Nations came together as a political bloc in August 1967. But how can we get a sense of the pace and direction of that change? Inspiration comes from the Gapminder Foundation,

    June 5, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Taliban affiliate blamed for Kabul attack

    NEW DELHI -- Afghan authorities have accused the Taliban-linked Haqqani network of carrying out the deadly bombing on Wednesday in Afghanistan's capital of Kabul, though the group has yet to claim responsibility for the attack.A tanker truck explode

    June 2, 2017 05:14 am JST
  • Mongolia signs agreement with IMF on $5.5bn aid package

    ULAANBAATAR/LONDON The International Monetary Fund has approved a much-needed $5.5 billion aid package for Mongolia, but experts question whether the government will be able to implement painful structural reforms to put the economy back on track.Th

    June 1, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • At least 80 killed, 350 wounded in Kabul blast-health official

    KABUL (Reuters) -- At least 80 people were killed and 350 wounded in Kabul on Wednesday when a powerful vehicle-borne bomb exploded in the middle of the Afghan capital, a public health official said.The attack is one of the most serious seen in the

    May 31, 2017 04:47 pm JST
  • Huge car bomb near embassies in Afghan capital kills or wounds dozens

    KABUL (Reuters) -- A powerful car bomb exploded in the centre of Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday, killing or wounding dozens of people and sending clouds of black smoke into the sky above the presidential palace and foreign embassies, officials s

    May 31, 2017 04:21 pm JST
  • IMF aid raises questions about Mongolia's ability to reform

    ULAANBAATAR/LONDON -- The International Monetary Fund has finally approved a much-needed $5.5 billion aid package for Mongolia, but experts question if the government is able to implement painful structural reforms to put the economy back on track.T

    May 26, 2017 12:40 am JST
  • East Asian workers remarkably disengaged

    TOKYO -- Workers in East Asia are much less engaged in their jobs than their counterparts in the rest of the world, a recent survey by Gallup shows. Experts say East Asian companies need to alter their management styles before disengaged workforces

    May 25, 2017 10:40 pm JST
  • Kazakhstan aims to swap Cyrillic for Roman letters by 2025

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan For more than 75 years, the Kazakh language has been written in Cyrillic, the alphabet of Russian and other Slavic tongues. But President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who led Kazakhstan to independence from the former Soviet Union in 199

    May 25, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Raj Kumar Sharma

    Central Asia warily welcomes China's Belt and Road Initiative

    China's Belt and Road Initiative is making some leaders in Central Asia nervous as they welcome economic engagement with Beijing but remain wary of potential problems the project could unleash. Russia is not all happy, either.Central Asia is strateg

    May 24, 2017 08:45 pm JST
  • Brahma Chellaney

    America's deepening Afghanistan quagmire

    The proposed dispatch of several thousand more U.S. troops to war-torn Afghanistan by President Donald Trump's administration begs the question: If more than 100,000 American troops failed between 2010 and 2012 to bring the Afghan Taliban to the neg

    May 11, 2017 09:00 pm JST
  • Kazakhstan seeks to accelerate switch to Western alphabet

    ALMATY -- For more than 75 years, the Kazakh language has been written in Cyrillic, the alphabet of Russian and other Slavic tongues. But President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who led Kazakhstan to independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991, is acc

    May 9, 2017 11:41 pm JST
  • The ADB faces up to new challenges

    Asia has seen remarkable growth in recent decades, but it still needs to improve power grids, roads, waterworks and other infrastructure, both to sustain that growth and as a result of it. Asian economies also need to attract private-sector capital

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Kunda Dixit: Giant neighbors and shifting plates put the squeeze on Nepal

    Sandwiched between two of the world's largest countries, Nepal has always described itself as a "small" country. But with a population of about 28 million, it is still around the world's 45th most populous nation. It is small only compared with Chin

    May 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The ADB faces up to new challenges

    TOKYO -- Asia has seen remarkable growth in recent decades, but it still needs to improve power grids, roads, waterworks and other infrastructure, both to sustain that growth and as a result of it. Asian economies also need to attract private-sector

    May 3, 2017 01:00 pm JST