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  • Nikkei Asia300 Index gains as Tencent rises to record

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Monday, as index heavyweight Tencent Holdings hit another record high and Thailand economy's expanded at the fastest pace in more than four years.The Nikkei Asia300 Index added 0.2% to close at

    November 20, 2017 08:55 pm JST
  • Thai Q3 GDP grows 4.3% on year, best since 2013

    BANGKOK (Reuters) -- Thailand's economy expanded by the most in 4.5 years in July-September on an annual basis, though the quarterly pace slowed, indicating monetary policy will likely remain loose to support still-sluggish domestic demand.Exports a

    November 20, 2017 12:40 pm JST
  • Thai team fights climate change with aerial reseeding

    MAE SA MAI, Thailand -- The Phantom whirred skyward, hovered, then veered off to skim over a tropical forest, peering into its tangled, soaring canopy. It was a test mission for this agile drone -- not to target an enemy hiding below, but to bring n

    November 18, 2017 01:10 pm JST
  • Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors to share truck platform in SE Asia

    BANGKOK -- Japanese automakers Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Motors will share a common platform on pickup trucks in Southeast Asia beginning with the next-generation models due to hit the market around 2021, hoping to cut costs through joint producti

    November 18, 2017 12:22 am JST
  • Reaching for aluminum throne, Japan's UACJ draws its sword

    TOKYO -- Japan's UACJ, the world's third-largest producer of flat-rolled aluminum products, is on an expansion spree, focusing on the automotive industry in a bid to catch up with the two leading aluminum giants, Novelis and Alcoa of the U.S., by fa

    November 17, 2017 08:30 am JST
  • Singapore's ban on North Korea trade highlights tougher line

    SINGAPORE -- Singapore's recent ban on all commercial trade with North Korea, as the international community seeks to cool leader Kim Jong Un's nuclear ambitions. The move is in line with the increasingly tough steps that other Southeast Asian natio

    November 16, 2017 11:44 pm JST
  • 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
  • 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
  • Southeast Asian auto sales make a comeback

    BANGKOK The Southeast Asian auto market is set to have a second straight year of growth, thanks especially to Thailand and the Philippines, where sales have been particularly strong.New-auto sales in six major countries in the region climbed 5% on t

    November 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The Mall is optimistic about traditional Thai retail

    The chairwoman of The Mall Group, Thailand's second-largest retailer, is on the lookout for a "strategic partner" to help fend off global e-commerce giants Alibaba Group Holding and Amazon.com in Southeast Asia.Supaluck Umpujh said that she feels "p

    November 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index drops as energy stocks fall on crude's slide

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian equities outside of Japan fell Wednesday as easing crude oil prices dragged energy related stocks lower amid weakening global risk appetite.The Nikkei Asia300 Index lost 0.8% to close at 1,369.47. H-shares of PetroChina an

    November 15, 2017 08:13 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