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  • Abe 'neutral' on whether to raise Japan sales tax Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 12:08 AM ET
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

    Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said on Sunday he remained "neutral" on whether to proceed with a hike in Japan's sales tax to 10 percent.

  • Alibaba has entrenched link to elite military family Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 12:52 AM ET
    Alibaba.com's headquarters in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China

    Alibaba's acquisition of Citic 21CN is an example of how China's political elite benefits from the private sector. The New York Times reports.

  • Shangri-La CEO: Chinese still want luxury Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 11:02 PM ET

    Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts remains committed to luxury despite growing concerns about weak fundamentals in the Chinese hotel market.

  • Is fresh China stimulus a done deal? Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 11:32 PM ET

    Economists expect Beijing to turn on the stimulus taps to prop up the economy following a sharp deceleration in activity growth in August.

  • Central banks in driving seat this week Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 6:36 PM ET

    Three central bank meetings will likely top the agenda for Asian markets this week, with particular focus on the U.S. Federal Reserve.

  • Shanghai free trade zone, one year on Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 7:38 PM ET

    A disappointing first year for Shanghai's free-trade zone raises questions about China's commitment to opening up its markets.

  • Meet Simon Xie: Alibaba's unassuming No. 2 Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET
    Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd.

    Simon Xie is the only individual besides Executive Chairman Jack Ma who owns the domestic Chinese companies.

  • Sinopec to sell $17.4B retail unit stake Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 8:20 PM ET

    Sinopec is selling a $17.4 billion stake in its retail unit as the country reforms its sprawling state-owned enterprises. The Financial Times reports.

  • Modi's India to develop disputed border region Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 7:26 PM ET

    India has eased restrictions on building roads and military facilities along its disputed border with China, as it takes a stronger stance on Beijing.

  • Weak China factory data raise prospect of stimulus Saturday, 13 Sep 2014 | 3:27 AM ET

    China's factory output grew at the lowest pace in nearly six years in August while growth in retail sales and investment also cooled, adding to signs of fragility in the economy that may prod Beijing into fresh policy measures to prevent a sharper slowdown.

  • MAS flight turns back due to autopilot defect Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 4:52 AM ET

    A Malaysian Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to Hyderabad was turned back on Saturday due to a defect with the plane's auto-pilot system, the airline said in a statement.

  • Philippines starts inquiry into Filipino militants Saturday, 13 Sep 2014 | 4:21 AM ET

    The Philippines is investigating the involvement of Filipino Islamists in the three-year civil war in Syria after two locals were reported killed fighting for Islamic State militant group.

  • Australia answers US call to fight Islamic State Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 4:35 AM ET
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia inspects the troops during a Honor Cordon at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, during a U.S. state visit in June.

    Australia became the first country to detail troop numbers and aircraft for a U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, as Washington drums up support for global action to counter the terrorist threat.

  • North Korea sentenced U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller to six years hard labour for committing "hostile acts" as a tourist to the isolated country, a statement carried by state media said on Sunday.

  • UK to launch world’s first RMB bond outside China Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 11:13 AM ET
    Containers waiting to be transported in Qingdao port in Qingdao, east China's Shandong province.

    Britain stepped up its bid to become a leading trading partner with China with the launch of the first offshore renminbi government bond.

  • Australia raises terror threat level to 'high' Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 12:09 AM ET
    Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has raised the country's terror threat level to "high," a level which indicates that the government believes a militant attack on home soil is likely.

  • Chinese are most upbeat about their economy Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 12:49 AM ET
    Premium Chinese shopping

    Chinese people are the most upbeat in the world about their domestic economy, a poll by Pew Research Center showed this week.

  • Soaring costs of Australian degree put off students Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 10:39 PM ET
    Young Chinese students that have just received their graduation diplomas from the Australian National University in Canberra, facing their backs to the camera.

    The perception of the price and quality of Australian education is deteriorating, according to an HSBC report published Wednesday.

  • China reforms to start dragging on growth in 2015 Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 10:33 PM ET

    China's economy is set to suffer a further slowdown in 2015 as rebalancing pains become more acute.

  • 'China risk' still haunts Japan firms Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 7:22 PM ET
    The Toyota Motor logo is displayed on a vehicle in Beijing, China.

    Amid a revival in sales of Japanese goods in China and talk of renewed investment, a dusty industrial park near Nanjing offers a cold reality check.

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