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South Korea and Japan's feud explained
August 23, 2019
The nations share a complicated history, tied to atrocities committed when Japan colonised Korea.
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Indian companies bet big on China
August 22, 2019
Shanghai is the most popular investment destination for Indian companies in China, according to a survey by the Confederation of Indian Industry and Evalueserve.
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Japan’s baby food market growing steadily despite low birthrate
August 23, 2019
Japan’ baby food market is on a steady expansion track despite a falling number of children thanks to growing demand from working parents seeking convenient, ...
Tokyo temple mixes Buddhism with beatboxing to attract younger, more diverse crowd
August 23, 2019
Buddhism meets beatboxing, hip hop dancing and laser light shows at a temple in Tokyo, where efforts to get youth and foreign nationals interested in ...
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Pakistan blacklisted over terror finance
August 23, 2019
The Asia Pacific Group (APG) of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has put Pakistan in the Enhanced Expedited Follow Up List (Blacklist) for its failure to meet its standards, officials said on Friday. Pakistan will now have to focus on avoiding the blacklist in Oct 2019, when the 15-month timeline ends on the FATF's 27-point action plan, an official said.
Now, Abhishek Singhvi backs Jairam Ramesh: 'Demonising Modi wrong'
August 23, 2019
Former Union minister Jairam Ramesh had said on Thursday that Modi's governance model was "not a complete negative story". On Friday, another Congress leader echoed Ramesh's views. Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Friday said that demonising the Prime Minister was "wrong" and acts must be judged issue-wise, not person-wise. Both Congress leaders hailed Ujjawala scheme.
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A Hong Kong ‘Troublemaker’ With a Clean Conscience
August 23, 2019
Jimmy Lai, alone among the territory’s elite, supports the protests and refuses to pay even token obeisance to Beijing, which calls him a “black hand” and a C.I.A. agent.
Rebecca Wei, Head of Christie’s Asia, Is Departing
August 23, 2019
The move comes less than a year after she was named chairwoman of the auction house.
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In South Korea’s hypercompetitive academia, esports gamers carve out larger niche   
August 23, 2019
High schools and universities now offer esports in the classroom. It’s helping give some students a sense of achievement and self-worth. 
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Liquor group Kweichow Moutai’s market valuation tops $200bn
August 23, 2019
Chinese company defies stock market downturn and is now worth twice as much as UK’s Diageo
Liquor group Kweichow Moutai’s market valuation tops $200bn
August 23, 2019
Chinese company defies stock market downturn and is now worth twice as much as UK’s Diageo
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Hong Kong stocks at 'compelling' lows and could be a buying opportunity, strategist says
August 23, 2019
Hong Kong's battered stocks may be on the cusp of a historic buying opportunity, with eleven straight weeks of protest and a protracted trade war pushing equity valuations to "compelling" lows.
Qatar may be losing the top spot as world's biggest LNG exporter
August 23, 2019
The U.S Energy Information Administration (EIA) says Australia is on track to consistently export more LNG than Qatar.
Another Asian central bank cuts interest rates — analysts say the region's not done easing yet
August 23, 2019
Bank Indonesia on Thursday cut its key policy rate by 25 basis points to 5.5% to support growth amid an increasingly fragile global economy.
South Korea is scrapping a security deal with Japan — here's why it matters
August 23, 2019
Recent trade friction between the two Asian powerhouses has morphed into a dispute with political implications that go far beyond the region.
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Tony Soprano Now Runs The World Economy
August 23, 2019
China is following the mob’s playbook as it instructs Hong Kong CEOs to toe the party line. Call it the Tony Soprano playbook, one that is back in vogue in more corners of the globe than investors may care to admit.
Huawei Cannot Escape Google -- Unless It Wants To Say Goodbye To Western Markets
August 22, 2019
The US-trade war confirmed a big weakness in China’s fast rising economy: an inability to make the transition from imitation to innovation, ie developing and commercializing breakthrough technologies.
One Week Left Before Nearly All 'Made In China' Is Tariffed
August 22, 2019
China prices are rising. Pro tip: get your Christmas shopping done before Dec. 15.
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ASIA • Markets
Sensex Tumbles 346 Points; Nifty Dips Below 10,700
August 23, 2019
Indian shares opened sharply lower on Friday, with rising oil prices and worries over an extended slowdown in the domestic economy keeping investors nervous. The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex fell 346 points or 0.95 percent to 36,126, a five-month low, after tumbling 1.6 percent the previous day. The...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
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Singapore stocks: STI resumes Friday afternoon at 3,108.95, down 0.6% on day
August 23, 2019
INVESTORS continued to stay on the sidelines following a lacklustre session on Wall Street ahead of US Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell's speech at Jackson Hole. The local benchmark also underperformed regional peers with a number of counters going ex-dividend on Friday.
Ayondo in convertible note deals worth up to S$9.9m; granted extensions to release Q2, Q3 results
August 23, 2019
CATALIST-LISTED Ayondo on Thursday entered into three convertible note agreements worth up to S$9.9 million. Two of the deals are with partner Golden Nugget Jinzhuan Limited and one is with Japanese investor Mamoru Taniya.
Singapore shares open lower on Friday; STI down 0.1% to 3,124.75
August 23, 2019
SINGAPORE shares opened slightly lower on Friday, with the Straits Times Index losing 0.1 per cent, or 2.99 points to 3,124.75 as at 9.01am. 
Frasers Property to redeem S$600m 4.88% perpetual bonds on Sept 24
August 23, 2019
FRASERS Property said on Friday that it is redeeming S$600 million of 4.88 per cent subordinated perpetual bonds issued in 2014 that were also the biggest sale that year.
Stocks to watch: Chip Eng Seng, Boustead Singapore, Baker Tech, Sakae
August 23, 2019
THE following companies saw new developments that may affect trading of their shares on Friday:
US$3.7m claim against unit to hit Baker Tech's profitability
August 23, 2019
OILFIELD services provider Baker Technology on Friday said that a claim of about US$3.7 million against its subsidiary, CH Offshore, will have a material impact on the company's cash reserves and profitability for the current financial year.
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Kiwi outperforms on RBNZ Governor comments
August 23, 2019
  Waiting until November The New Zealand dollar was the best performing Asian currency during this morning’s
Asia PMIs below forecast
August 22, 2019
  A taste of things to come? PMI data out of Japan and Australia came in below forecast in August. The
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Investors are hoping that Powell’s speech at this weekend’s Jackson Hole retreat can clarify where interest rates are headed. Will it?
August 23, 2019
Against the backdrop of a vulnerable economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell takes centre stage Friday with the financial world seeking clarity on whether last month’s first Fed rate cut in a decade likely marked the start of a period of easier credit.The confusion has only heightened in the days leading to the annual gathering of global central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, at which Powell will give the keynote address.Investors are looking for a clearer signal from Powell that he…
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ASIA • Insights
The turmoil in Hong Kong stems in part from its unaffordable housing
August 24, 2019
While undermining autonomy, the Chinese government has preserved the economy in aspic
Why Macau is impervious to the turmoil in Hong Kong
August 24, 2019
It helps that the government pays each resident more than $1,000 a year
Karaoke with colleagues is no longer compulsory in South Korea
August 24, 2019
But singing with friends, or even alone, is on the rise
India’s justice system does far too little to protect witnesses
August 24, 2019
Conviction rates are just 6% in cases involving politicians
When India’s government abuses power, the media cheer
August 24, 2019
Reporting on Kashmir is a travesty
Violent protests rack the Indonesian part of New Guinea
August 24, 2019
Discrimination against indigenous Papuans sparked local outrage
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