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    Four years after coming into existence, Hong Kong’s nascent market for renminbi-denominated bonds — a core plank in China’s drive to internationalize its currency — has burst into life. The Financial Times reports.

  • Like all emerging markets, Brazil’s success story has a lot to do with its fast growing middle class, a key driving force behind the country’s economic growth. Brazil is not just about commodities but also a very strong domestic story. And returns have reflected the positive story.

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    The U.S. government may make it more difficult for China’s ruling elite and their families to receive visas following a series of diplomatic snubs by the Chinese government, according to US officials. The FT reports.

  • This is a transcript of top stories presented by China's CCTV Business Channel as produced by CNBC Asia Pacific.

  • Canadian Loons

    The Canadian dollar has been on a roll. Can the loonie still move higher, or is it about to fall to earth?

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    From harvest to transportation to strorage and preparation, the US food system is about as energy inefficient as it gets — and it’s only getting worse.

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    How much do you know about the economics of food?

  • To explain why, the "Mad Money" host refutes a list of negatives.

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    China Investment Corp, the Chinese sovereign wealth fund, will soon receive $100bn-$200bn in new funds from the government, according to three people familiar with the matter. CIC is to get the new money as Beijing seeks to reduce its exposure to US government debt. The FT reports.

  • This is a transcript of top stories presented by China's CCTV Business Channel as produced by CNBC Asia Pacific.

  • This is a transcript of top stories presented by China's CCTV Business Channel as produced by CNBC Asia Pacific.

  • US President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

    "In the past, Brazil's reach has always exceeded its grasp," says one former U.S. official. "It always saw itself as a leader, but has been frustrated that the world saw it another way. The Brazilian economy is developing to the point where it does have the global heft that people have to take it seriously."

  • China overtook the US in 2009 to become the world's largest car market and a record 16.4 million cars were sold in 2010. This week, the world’s largest automakers descended on Shanghai to launch their latest models in an attempt to increase their market share in this rapidly growing market.

    The 14th annual Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition features 2,000 carmakers and parts suppliers from 20 countries. Check out the highlights!

  • A rescue worker stands atop rubble during a body recovery mission March 20, 2011 in Ofunato, Japan. More than a week after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, the death toll has risen to over 8,000 with thousands more still missing. Presently the country is struggling to contain a potential nuclear meltdown after a nuclear plant was seriously damaged by the quake.

    In the wake of the devastating March 11 earthquake, Japan faces one of its greatest ever clear-up jobs. The deadly tsunami that followed the quake turned whole towns along the northeastern coast into tangles of steel, wood, concrete and silt that must be removed before true recovery can begin. The FT reports.

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    From lipsticks and handbags to plastic figures of Buzz Lightyear, almost  everything Priscila is selling in her small shop in São Paulo’s Paraisópolis favela, or slum, has been made in China.  Cheap imports from Asia help to reduce the price of household goods but they are also accused of undermining domestic manufacturers in Brazil. The FT reports.

  • Risk is in fashion and the U.S. dollar is not, but it's anchors aweigh for the Aussie — time for your Thursday FX Fix.

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    Sotheby’s and Christie’s Spring auctions in Hong Kong are seen as a barometer of Asia’s art market. Click to view Asia’s most expensive paintings sold via the two auction houses over the past year.

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    Stocks rallied hard on positive earnings news Wednesday and will likely key off of Thursday's quarterly reports, but the pre-open weekly jobless claims will also be a major factor.

  • This is a transcript of top stories presented by China's CCTV Business Channel as produced by CNBC Asia Pacific.

  • CNBC Investing In Green Tech 2011

    The U.S. was an early leader in many areas, but has since slipped a bit. Some say cleantech could be the nest Internet and that the U.S. needs to exploit its considerable expertise. What do you think?