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  • Pavida and Thitinan: Trump's Asia visit a test of bilateral deal making

    It has become a cliche to note the ongoing power shifts in geopolitics and geoeconomics. China is on the rise with such launch pads as the Belt and Road Initiative, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Pa

    November 9, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Abbosh and Casati

    Asia's aging manufacturers must innovate

    Many of the industries that laid the bedrock for economic success in Asia in the 1970s and 1980s now face the same pressures as their older rivals in the West. Whether it is auto parts, machine tools or transport, they are seeing margins squeezed as

    November 9, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • 'TPP 11' narrowing down areas of contention

    DANANG, Vietnam -- As the 11 remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership countries launch final talks on whether a few key provisions should still apply without the U.S., the trade pact's chances of taking effect could rest on Japan letting go of parts it s

    November 9, 2017 05:57 am JST
  • Coming week may determine fate of TPP and shape global trade

    TOKYO -- For seven days spanning this week and next, leaders and ministers from Asia and the Pacific region will gather in Danang, Vietnam, then in Manila, for meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and the Association of Southeast Asian

    November 8, 2017 07:14 pm JST
  • Vietnam keen on salvaging Pacific trade deal minus US

    HANOI -- Vietnam seeks a preliminary deal this week on moving forward with the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact without U.S. participation, President Tran Dai Quang told Japan's TPP point man here Tuesday, even though the smaller group would not

    November 8, 2017 06:51 am JST
  • Vincom Retail tops $3bn market cap in stock debut

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vincom Retail, a subsidiary of Vietnamese property developer Vingroup, listed 1.9 billion shares Monday on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange, taking another a step toward its ambitious plans for nationwide expansion.The shoppin

    November 8, 2017 05:30 am JST
  • Munir Majid

    Southeast Asia does not need Trump's rhetoric

    The phrase "boots on the ground," often used by American leaders to describe the importance of deploying actual soldiers to support U.S. interests, represented a military commitment and actual physical presence.As he tours Asia, U.S. President Donal

    November 7, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Interview

    Asian farmers can't meet rising food demand: Rabobank

    HONG KONG -- Asians may be getting wealthier, but their money may not be able to buy them all the food they need, as the region faces a lack of arable land and low agricultural productivity, according to Dutch cooperative lender Rabobank."Although t

    November 5, 2017 04:01 pm JST
  • Power struggle unfolds behind Vietnam's state reforms

    HANOI -- Vietnam's leader has declared a sweeping government overhaul that will slash 400,000 public-sector jobs. But the campaign seems as much about his consolidating power in the one-party state as about righting its finances."This is a revolutio

    November 3, 2017 10:48 am JST
  • Vietnamese banks tap foreign execs to drive growth

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietnamese banks are recruiting more foreigners to key positions in a bid to expand their businesses in a market where incomes are rising and most people still lack bank accounts.Vietcombank, one of the country's three biggest li

    November 3, 2017 12:18 am JST
  • 5 things to watch during Trump's visit to Asia

    TOKYO -- U.S. President Donald Trump will embark on a 12-day, five-nation tour of Asia, starting Friday Nov. 3 and running through Nov. 14. This will be his longest overseas trip as president and see him in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the

    November 2, 2017 05:55 pm JST
  • ASEAN manufacturing PMI inches up in October

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, edged up slightly in October, signalling a mild improvement in the health of the sector.The composite indicator of manufacturing performance stood at 50.4 in October, up sli

    November 2, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • India plunges to 108th in gender equality ranking

    TOKYO -- Asia's largest economies dropped in the World Economic Forum's latest gender equality ranking, announced on Thursday, with India falling 21 places to 108th.The new Global Gender Gap Index shows that while the region has become a major drive

    November 2, 2017 08:05 am JST
  • Sumitomo Forestry partners on housing in Indonesia

    TOKYO -- Sumitomo Forestry will market single-family homes in Indonesia, as the Japanese housing and wood products company branches out to Southeast Asia's rising middle class.Sumitomo Forestry will form a special-purpose company in January with loc

    November 2, 2017 04:06 am JST
  • 'TPP 11' negotiators make headway before crucial summit next week

    URAYASU, Japan -- The 11 remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership members have narrowed down the rules that should be shelved from the original deal -- an important step ahead of a pivotal summit in Vietnam next week."We were able to further the debate [

    November 1, 2017 10:36 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index rises as Indian mobile phone operators, Chinese insurers rally

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan advanced Wednesday, helped by gains in Indian mobile phone operators, China insurers, and South Korean chipmakers.The Nikkei Asia300 Index advanced 1.2% to 1,381.75.Investors digested data on manufa

    November 1, 2017 08:54 pm JST
  • Thailand and Vietnam jump in business-friendliness ranking

    TOKYO -- Asia's emerging economies, including Thailand and India, have become significantly more business-friendly, according to this year's Ease of Doing Business Ranking published by the World Bank on Tuesday.Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong m

    November 1, 2017 01:55 pm JST
  • Vietnam's manufacturing PMI dips to 51.6 in October

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Vietnam Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, dipped in October, with weaker rises in output, news orders, and employment.The composite indicator of manufacturing performance stood at 51.6 in October, down from 53.3 i

    November 1, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Pavida and Thitinan

    Business will boost US ties with ASEAN even under Trump

    It has become a cliche to note the ongoing power shifts in geopolitics and geoeconomics. China is on the rise with such launch pads as the Belt and Road Initiative, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Pa

    November 1, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index gains as South Korean stocks rally

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Tuesday, helped by a rally in South Korean shares after Seoul and Beijing agreed to normalize relations that were marred following the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system in the Korean pen

    October 31, 2017 08:36 pm JST