• SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, Jan 27- Asian airlines are slashing fuel surcharges as oil prices hover at six-year lows, but passengers hoping for cheaper tickets will be disappointed as carriers are likely to bump up fares to maintain margins. Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd became the latest airline to eliminate the surcharge on Tuesday, but at the same time said it was...

  • BEIJING/ SHANGHAI, Jan 21- Alibaba and Tencent spent more than $8 billion last year alone backing often strikingly similar ventures, as the Chinese Internet giants race to create online one-stop-shops to win the digital loyalty of a tenth of the world's population. Before China became the biggest smartphone market, there was little overlap between the...

  • TSMC's stock to see 20-30% upside: Daiwa   Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 10:24 PM ET
    TSMC's stock to see 20-30% upside: Daiwa

    Rick Hsu, Regional Head of Technology at Daiwa, explains his "buy" rating on the Taiwanese semiconductor foundry, with a target price of TWD $170.

  • Kaisa Group last week failed to pay coupons for its dollar bond maturing in 2020, after government officials blocked sales of some of its projects in Shenzhen and several executives unexpectedly exited. Kaisa woes have frozen high-yield bond issuance from Chinese companies in the offshore market, where about $3.9 billion worth of G3 and dim sum bonds from...

  • Why the Fed won't be a risk for Asian equities   Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 5:51 PM ET
    Why the Fed won't be a risk for Asian equities

    Paul Christopher, Chief International Investment Strategist at Wells Fargo, says the Fed will likely hold off its rate hike until August, followed by a few "token hikes", which should bode well for Asian stocks.

  • In EM Asia, buy stocks with DM exposure: Pro   Tuesday, 6 Jan 2015 | 8:07 PM ET
    In EM Asia, buy stocks with DM exposure: Pro

    Jonathan Garner, MD and Chief Asia and Emerging Market Equity Strategist at Morgan Stanley, says emerging markets with exposure to developed markets, like Taiwan, are a good bet for 2015.

  • Cramer: As ISIS grows, so do defense stocks Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 6:56 PM ET
    A KC-135 Stratotanker from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., refuels a B-1B Lancer during a training exercise Sept. 23, 2014, over South Dakota.

    As the U.S. reduces its military budget, Jim Cramer sees allied countries are arming themselves. This is good news for one group of stocks.

  • TAIPEI, Dec 22- Taiwan's export orders grew slower than expected in November, amid global uncertainties, and the island's economics ministry slightly trimmed its forecast for this year's total, which still should set a record. Still orders for information communication goods, the main driver for Taiwan's exports, posted a record monthly high of US $13.69...

  • Taiwan's changing political landscape   Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 8:21 PM ET
    Taiwan's changing political landscape

    Steven Goldstein, Professor of Government at Smith College, says Taiwanese distrust President Ma Ying-jeou's relationship with mainland China.

  • Taiwan's KMT has a tough road ahead: Pro   Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 8:47 PM ET
    Taiwan's KMT has a tough road ahead: Pro

    Ross Feingold, Senior Advisor at DC International Advisory, weighs the chances of Taiwan's ruling party winning presidential elections following their heavy defeat at local polls.

  • Taiwan: Party's not over for the KMT   Sunday, 30 Nov 2014 | 8:37 PM ET
    Taiwan: Why the party's not over for KMT party

    Michael Boyden, Managing Director of Taiwan Asia Strategy Consulting, says although the ruling nationalist KMT party faced a heavy defeat at local elections, "it wasn't total annihilation."

  • Taiwan ruling party loses in local elections   Sunday, 30 Nov 2014 | 5:23 PM ET
    Taiwan ruling party loses in local elections

    Kerry Brown, Executive Director of the China Studies Center at the University of Sydney, discusses concerns over the KMT's defeat and what it means for Taiwan-China relations.

  • TAIPEI, Nov 29- Taiwan's China- friendly ruling party lost a slew of traditional strongholds in local elections on Saturday, triggering the resignation of the island's premier and the cabinet. The worse-than-expected showing underlined the growing unpopularity of the government of President Ma Ying- jeou, which has been trying to forge closer ties with China.

  • TAIPEI, Nov 29- Taiwan's premier announced his resignation on Saturday after a candidate backed by the pro-independence opposition party was elected as the next mayor of Taipei, ending the ruling Kuomintang's 16- year hold on the capital. In Taipei, independent candidate Ko Wen- je, a 55- year-old trauma surgeon, defeated the KMT's Sean Lien, the son of a wealthy...

  • SUVA, Nov 19- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday pledged a multi-million dollar line of credit for Fiji's struggling sugar industry, once worked by thousands of indentured labourers from India under appalling conditions. India will provide a $70 million line of credit to build a co-generation power plant at a sugar mill, Modi said in an address...

  • TAIPEI, Nov 17- Chips from Taiwan's MediaTek Inc were mostly passed over by the big phone brands a decade ago, with the likes of Nokia and Motorola commanding legions of in-house engineers who could advise on electronics and circuitry. Sparking the boom in budget smartphones is MediaTek, now a $23 billion go-to chip designer favoured by margin-conscious phone...

  • Why family firms matter to emerging economies Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 8:11 AM ET

    Family-run firms constitute up to 90 percent of the world’s economy and it’s in developing and emerging countries where they are most important.

  • TAIPEI, Oct 31- Taiwan's president said in remarks published on Friday that the island needed the United States to help it develop an indigenous submarine programme. "We are still discussing this issue with the United States," President Ma Ying- jeou told The New York Times, reaffirming Taiwan's commitment to construct diesel-electric submarines to replace...

  • TAIPEI, Oct 27- Taiwan is moving ahead with plans to build its own submarines, with an initial design to be completed by the year-end, after lengthy delays in getting eight vessels under a 2001 U.S. defence deal and as China's navy expands rapidly. While major obstacles remain, such as overcoming significant technical challenges and what would almost certainly be...

  • South China Sea: Lots of oil, lots of uncertainty Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 12:56 PM ET
    Coast guard vessels from China (rear) and Vietnam in a disputed part of the South China Sea near China's oil drilling rig, May 14, 2014.

    The area is expected to hold billions of barrels of oil and trillions of cubic feet of gas, but energy firms are tentative about the region.