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  • Washington tries to push TPP-shaped wedge between Taipei, Beijing

    WASHINGTON/TAIPEI -- As negotiators continue trying to hammer out a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, the U.S. is courting a potential new participant: Taiwan. Including the island's economy in the free trade bloc would jibe with Washington's bro

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Choppy waters for Asia's economies, but clearer sailing ahead

    Data is everywhere. Faster credit growth in China, slowing gross domestic product in Japan, resilience in Indonesia, a dip in Taiwanese export orders. Rather noisy. The Lunar New Year has something to do with this, throwing economic data release

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Taiwan's Acer in a sticky situation

    TAIPEI -- Acer is going through its third and gravest business slump. Although the big Taiwanese PC company announced massive restructuring measures in November, its blueprint for revitalization remains unclear. Even in January, when Acer installed

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Meet Hong Kong's Wong, the 'Magic Boy'

    HONG KONG -- Ricky Wong Wai-kay, chairman of Hong Kong Television Network, is nicknamed "Magic Boy." He has continued to challenge regulatory restraints in Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China known as one of the most business-friendl

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Ang angles for San Miguel diversification

    MANILA -- Ramon Ang is considered an effective and powerful leader who can "execute the country's national strategy all alone" in the Philippines. The president of San Miguel oversees his company's domination of the domestic beer market. San Miguel

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Singapore's Ho steers economy

    SINGAPORE -- Ho Ching, the chief executive of Singapore's government-owned investment fund Temasek Holdings, commands the economy with a cool head. Temasek has Singapore Telecommunications and other leading companies in its portfolio. It has be

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014: Suh naturally looks to China

    SEOUL -- Suh Kyung-bae has his eyes on China. The chairman of AmorePacific, South Korea's leading cosmetics maker, is looking to capitalize on the popularity of his country in the neighboring nation. AmorePacific has enjoyed steady growth in ove

    February 27, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japanese construction companies rack up Southeast Asian contracts

    TOKYO -- Southeast Asian countries are scurrying to develop infrastructure, and Japanese general contractors are snagging quite a few of the orders. While Japan's construction companies stand to reap rewards as Tokyo prepares to host the 2020 S

    February 26, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Tokyo Girls Collection heads to Asia

    TOKYO -- Tokyo Girls Collection, one of Japan's largest fashion events, will be exported across Asia to attract young women. A show will be held in Thailand in May, followed by Taiwan by next year. Similar events are being planned for Singa

    February 25, 2014 01:30 pm JST
  • A smartphone tells a story of deeper China-Taiwan ties

    Rumors abound that the presidents of China and Taiwan -- Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou -- will hold a historic meeting. But businesses are far ahead of politicians in trying to strengthen cross-strait relations, as symbolized by a gift recently given

    February 25, 2014 04:59 am JST
  • Beijing-Taipei detente stirs hope for stability with a dash of anxiety

    China and Taiwan recently held the first talks between ministerial-level officials since the revolution in 1949. Representatives in charge of cross-strait relations agreed to set up a framework for carrying on direct discussions. Regular government-

    February 21, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Taiwan's Acer in a sticky situation

    TAIPEI -- Acer is going through its third and gravest business slump. Although the big Taiwanese PC company announced massive restructuring measures in November, its blueprint for revitalization remains unclear. Even in January, when Acer installed

    February 21, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • China crisis shock waves could hit Mongolia hardest: UBS

    HONG KONG -- China's local government debt, shadow banking and attempts at structural reform have left the country on a precipice. If it falls over the edge, which countries will be hit hardest, asks UBS. Emerging market turbulence has calmed fo

    February 20, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • What Taiwan's fabless star can teach Japan's not-so-fabulous chip sector

    TOKYO -- MediaTek, a major fabless semiconductor company in Taiwan, is a rising star in the global market. Japan's chip industry, meanwhile, appears to be sinking into oblivion. Can Japanese companies learn from MediaTek and other thriving players b

    February 20, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Global shipping

    It's Europe against Asia

    FRANKFURT/BEIJING -- Europe's shipping industry is realigning itself to better compete against Asian rivals. Germany's Hapag-Lloyd, the world's sixth-largest container line, has merged with No. 20 CSAV of Chile to become the fourth-largest operator.

    February 20, 2014 07:00 am JST
  • Beijing-Taipei detente stirs hope for stability with a dash of anxiety

    China and Taiwan recently held the first talks between ministerial-level officials since the revolution in 1949. Representatives in charge of cross-strait relations agreed to set up a framework for carrying on direct discussions. Regular government-

    February 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014:Philippines hopes Pangilinan can make a pipeline for peace

    MANILA -- Does Manuel Pangilinan hold the key to solving a territorial dispute between the Philippines and China? The government in Manila thinks so. Politicians in the Philippines are looking to Pangilinan, chairman of Philex Mining, for advice

    February 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • ASIA'S NEXT VANGUARD 2014:Kochhar duets with India's rock star central banker

    MUMBAI -- Chanda Kochhar's ICICI Bank is at the forefront of Indian financial reform. The 52-year-old CEO of ICICI, India's largest private bank, joined management in the early 2000s. Since becoming CEO in 2009, she has led the bank's expansion.

    February 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Taiwan's Papago to release smart tire-pressure monitors in Japan

    TOKYO -- The Taiwanese car accessory maker Papago wants to have its smart tire-pressure monitoring system available in Japan by the end of this year. Such smart monitors could soon become mandatory in Japan and Papago is aiming to have its GoSafe TP

    February 18, 2014 03:00 pm JST
  • Renesas to up its game in chips for cars

    TOKYO -- Renesas Electronics, which already controls a 40%-plus global share in microprocessors for automobiles, plans to begin mass production of chips made with a 40-nanometer design rule, possibly within the year. With quintuple the data-proc

    February 18, 2014 05:23 am JST