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  • TAIPEI, Taiwan— Negotiators from Taiwan and China met Saturday for talks in an attempt to maintain momentum for the forging of closer ties in the face of a skeptical Taiwanese public. Topics discussed included controlling the illegal excavation of sand from the ocean floor, opening outlying Taiwanese islets to more China- based tourism and letting Chinese...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 4 Friday, 22 May 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    SINTRA, Portugal- European Central Bank board member Vitor Constancio chairs session 2 on "Structural Perspectives on European Employment, Productivity, and Growth in a Global Context" at an ECB forum on Central Banking "Inflation and Unemployment in Europe"- 0800 GMT. SINTRA, Portugal- Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer participates in a panel...

  • PARIS— France is trying to shake up a top-down system of teaching, end an elite bilingual program and give schools more say in how students spend their time, saying entrenched inequality in education threatens the country's future. The plan from the Socialist-led government came after an international study ranked France among the developed world's most...

  • Eric Chu's meeting with Xi, who also heads China's Communist Party, will be the first meeting between the heads of the two parties since defeated Nationalist forces fled to Taiwan at the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949.. China views Taiwan as a renegade province. Most countries, including the United States, do not recognise Taiwan as a nation due to pressure...

  • Tattoo snafu irks inked Apple Watch wearers Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 2:08 AM ET

    SYDNEY, April 30- Early adopters of the Apple Watch, Apple Inc's first new product in five years, are complaining that a number of its key functions are disrupted by their tattoos. Owners of Apple Watch- including this reporter, who bought a 42 mm version with stainless steel case and black classic buckle for A $1,029- have found that their inked skin confuses the...

  • TAIPEI, April 24- Apple Inc aims to ship at least 20 million Apple Watches this year, well above many analysts' forecasts, according to supply chain sources. Shipment estimates for the smartwatch, Apple's first wearable gadget that went on sale on Friday, vary widely as it's a relatively new type of consumer product and the market is largely untapped.

  • China clings to strong yuan despite export slowdown Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 5:16 AM ET

    *China exports unexpectedly tumbled 15 pct in March. According to Goldman Sachs, its yuan trade-weighted index has jumped 13 percent since June last year, and the currency's strength is a key reason for China's disappointing export sales. The reluctance to weaken the currency comes after China's capital and financial account recorded a deficit of $91.2...

  • ITU, Brazil, April 13- The Brazilian iPhone was meant to mark a new era. Foxconn has created only a small fraction of the 100,000 jobs that the government projected, and most of the work is in low-skill assembly. That Brazil has so little to show for the Foxconn investment underscores the shortcomings of its industrial policy, defined by costly tax incentives that...

  • BEIJING/ TAIPEI April 1- China welcomes Taiwan's decision to apply to join the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as long as the self-ruled island uses an appropriate name, state news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday. Most countries, including the United States, do not recognise Taiwan due to pressure from China. Taiwan is not a member of the...

  • HANOI, March 31- Thousands of workers at a major factory in southern Vietnam went on strike for a fifth day on Tuesday in protest over social insurance cover, in rare show of labour unrest in a country positioning itself as a future Asian manufacturing powerhouse. Witnesses in the industrialised suburbs of Ho Chi Minh City said hundreds of workers massed...

  • *Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei shares to rise through 2015. BENGALURU, March 31- Shares in China and other East Asian markets will extend their rally this year, buoyed by additional policy easing expected from Beijing and other regional central banks, a Reuters poll showed. "mainland government has shown a clear attitude in supporting the stock market as it is a...

  • Vietnam hit by rare strike at major footwear factory Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 2:44 AM ET

    HANOI, March 31- Thousands of workers at a major factory in southern Vietnam went on strike for a fifth day on Tuesday in protest over social insurance cover, in rare show of labour unrest in a country positioning itself as a future Asian manufacturing powerhouse. Witnesses in the industrialised suburbs of Ho Chi Minh City said hundreds of workers massed...

  • SEJONG, South Korea/ SEOUL, March 27- South Korea hopes its infrastructure companies will benefit from the country joining the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the finance ministry said on Friday. China has set March 31 as the deadline for joining the bank as a founder member, which will be capitalized at an initial $50 billion to provide...

  • SEJONG, South Korea/ SEOUL, March 27- South Korea hopes its infrastructure companies will benefit from the country joining the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the finance ministry said on Friday. China is South Korea's biggest trading partner and the two countries are set to sign a free trade agreement in the first half of this year.

  • TAIPEI/ SINGAPORE March 24- Taiwanese President Ma Ying- jeou flew to Singapore on Tuesday to pay his respects after the death of the city-state's first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, a diplomatically sensitive visit given China's stance that Taiwan is a renegade province. China, which maintains a close relationship with Singapore, holds that there is only "One...

  • DIARY-Emerging Markets Economic Events to April 6 Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    MAKATI CITY, Philippines- Asian Development Bank to release Asian Development Outlook Report 2015- 0130 GMT. MANILA- Philippines Investment Forum 2015. Philippines President Benigno S Aquino III, Philippines Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and Philippines Central Bank Amando M Tetangco Jr are the key speakers. PRAGUE- Czech Republic Finance Minister...

  • *Tencent joins Alibaba, Baidu in car ventures. Hon Hai, WeChat operator Tencent and luxury car dealer China Harmony Auto Holding Ltd signed an agreement to work together in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, Henan province, the contract manufacturer said without detailing specifics. The partnership would put Tencent on a par with online peers Alibaba Group Holding...

  • TAIPEI/ TOKYO, March 20- Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co is considering joining efforts to help rescue Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp, the company said in a statement late on Friday. The world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, Hon Hai bought a 38 percent stake in a Sharp Corp TV panel plant in Sakai, Japan in 2012. It has been investing in...

  • *Chairwoman Cher Wang to double as CEO. TAIPEI, March 20- HTC Corp on Friday named Cher Wang as chief executive, giving its founder and chairwoman a bigger role in leading a potential turnaround of the Taiwanese smartphone maker. She replaces Peter Chou, who will lead product development as head of the HTC Future Development Lab, an executive role focusing on...

  • Some foreign banks are tightening lending criteria for China's state-owned enterprises, even for borrowers previously seen as safe as government debt.