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What will Trump's visit do for US-India ties?
February 23, 2020
This visit is a genuine opportunity to explore how the two countries can shape the 21st Century.
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Foreign-funded firms getting back to normal
February 22, 2020
MOST foreign-funded enterprises in Shanghai are gradually resuming operations with the support of local authorities amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. According to recent monitoring data
Japan News
Christchurch mayor apologizes for 2011 quake building collapse that killed 28 Japanese
February 23, 2020
The mayor of Christchurch offered a formal apology on Sunday to families, including from Japan, who lost loved ones in the collapse of a six-story ...
Survey finds most Japanese do not want to attend live Olympic or Paralympic events
February 23, 2020
Fewer than 40 percent of Japanese want to watch live Tokyo Olympic or Paralympic events at venues, a recent Jiji Press opinion poll found.According to ...
India News
RBI alone can not contain inflation: Rangarajan
February 23, 2020
Former RBI governor C Rangarajan has said the Reserve Bank alone can not contain inflation as supply side shocks are needed to be managed by the government. Rangarajan said the adoption of inflation targeting by India has given rise to many doubts and concerns.
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Coronavirus Live Updates: South Korea’s Leader Raises Alert Level to Maximum
February 23, 2020
President Moon Jae-in said the country was at a “critical time” in its fight with the outbreak, with five deaths and more than 550 infections confirmed.
A Bittersweet Homecoming for Egypt’s Jews
February 23, 2020
A rare ceremony at an ancient synagogue brought 180 Jews back to Egypt, decades after they were pressured to leave. But few Egyptians knew about it, highlighting government ambivalence.
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Coronavirus cases spike in Italy, China says most new infections limited to Hubei, South Korea declares ‘red alert’
February 23, 2020
The 132 cases in Italy are the most outside Asia. China reported 648 new cases and 97 more deaths; authorities have sent cruise ships to Wuhan to house medical workers.
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ASIA • Business
Philippines: Duterte takes aim at the oligarchs
February 23, 2020
The president has turned his populist fire on big business, but is he attacking corporate greed or political opponents?
Philippines: Duterte takes aim at the oligarchs
February 23, 2020
The president has turned his populist fire on big business, but is he attacking corporate greed or political opponents?
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Coronavirus live updates: Turkey closes Iran border, South Korea on high alert
February 23, 2020
Turkey will close its border with Iran as a precautionary measure after the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in the country worsened.
South Korea raises alert level to maximum, Italy and Iran cases spike
February 23, 2020
Mainland China's total is now 76,936 cases, and 2,442 deaths. Cases in South Korea and Italy continued to spike.
IMF lowers global growth forecast, cases surge in South Korea
February 23, 2020
The World Health Organization confirmed that over 77,794 people are infected with the coronavirus, with 2,348 deaths in China and 11 deaths outside of China.
New coronavirus cases in Iran, Italy fuel concerns the disease cannot be contained
February 22, 2020
With several localized coronavirus cases popping up in places such as Iran, Italy, South Korea and Japan, some experts are beginning to wonder: Is the genie out of the bottle?
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‘Super Robot Wars X’ Switch Review: All The Isekai
February 23, 2020
Following the Switch releases of the excellent 'Super Robot Wars V' and 'T', we now have a Switch port of the middle entry, in the form of 'Super Robot Wars X'. While 'V' focused more on space-oriented series, 'X' takes a more fantastical approach.
Fosun, A China Investment Heavyweight, Elevates Drug Exec In Shake-Up As Coronavirus Hits
February 22, 2020
The coronavirus outbreak has damaged the world’s No. 2 economy, crippled global supply chains, and threatens to wreak even more havoc on business globally.
Series Mania Festival To Screen Occult K-Drama Thriller ‘The Cursed’
February 22, 2020
Occult k-drama thriller 'The Cursed, 'will be screened as part of the International Panorama at Series Mania, an upcoming international TV festival, taking place in Lilles, France.
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ASIA • Markets
Will fresh data heighten fears of a recession in Japan?
February 23, 2020
Market Questions is the FT’s guide to the week ahead
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SGX grants Hong Leong Asia time extension to release FY19 results
February 23, 2020
HONG Leong Asia has been granted a time extension by the Singapore Exchange (SGX) to release its FY2019 results by March 31 on the back of the fallout from the Covid-19 outbreak.
Singapore banks cautious about H1 with outbreak hitting customers
February 21, 2020
SWEPT into fresh uncertainty from the virus outbreak, Singapore banks are cautious over the next three to six months, given that about 10 per cent of their total loan portfolio is seen to be exposed to vulnerable sectors for now.
Man who acted for SembMarine units in Brazil gets nearly 20 years jail for graft
February 21, 2020
AN individual in Brazil connected to the consultants engaged by Sembcorp Marine's (SembMarine) subsidiaries has been found guilty of corruption, money laundering and participation in a criminal organisation.
Sembcorp Industries posts Q4 loss of S$15m on impairments
February 21, 2020
A PROTRACTED downturn in the marine sector and impairments of its UK energy asset pushed Sembcorp industries into the red. It posted a net loss of S$15 million for the fourth quarter, reversing from a profit of S$106 million a year earlier.
SBS Transit CEO to step down, COO to be acting CEO from March 1
February 21, 2020
SBS Transit has promoted its chief operating officer (COO) Cheng Siak Kian to acting chief executive officer (CEO) with effect from March 1.
DBS' US$1b perp said to set benchmark for other Asian banks
February 21, 2020
DBS' US$1 billion 3.3 per cent perpetual deal sold on Thursday has paved the way for other Asian banks looking to raise AT1 capital, said the bank's head of fixed income, Clifford Lee.
Forex Markets
More pressure for the Aussie on risk aversion
February 21, 2020
  The shift in risk appetite overnight, caused by a jump in new CoVid-19 cases outside of China, piled
Asia Finishes the Week with Sniffles
February 21, 2020
Wall Street showed the first glimpses of grudging acknowledgement that the coronavirus outbreak could
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ASIA • Economy
Finance chief issues Hong Kong budget warning over ‘finite’ resources as lawmakers call for cash handout
February 23, 2020
Hong Kong’s finance minister said not all wishes would be granted in his upcoming budget, as pro-establishment lawmaker maintained calls for a universal cash handout amid increased unemployment rates and the coronavirus epidemic.Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po said he had finalised the government’s latest budget plan, which is to be delivered in the Legislative Council next Wednesday.“The government’s resources are finite, it is impossible for this budget to completely satisfy demands from…
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ASIA • Insights
Singapore has almost wiped out its mother tongues
February 22, 2020
Elderly speakers of Cantonese, Hakka and Hokkien sometimes cannot talk to their own grandchildren
China finds a use abroad for Twitter, a medium it fears at home
February 22, 2020
The country’s diplomats are learning to play rough online
Amid a virus lockdown, how are China’s migrant workers surviving?
February 22, 2020
A sense of powerlessness can hurt as much as dwindling savings
In China, newly confirmed cases of coronavirus infection are falling
February 22, 2020
Yet many Chinese are still enduring tight quarantine
Thailand’s courts ban the country’s third-biggest political party
February 21, 2020
Future Forward had offered an escape from the 20-year feud that afflicts Thai politics
America and the Taliban agree to wind down their long war
February 21, 2020
A week-long reduction in violence is due to be followed by an accord. Then the hard part begins
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