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  • Jin Liqun, left, current secretary general of the Multilateral Interim Secretariat of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, shakes hands with China's Finance Minister Lou Jiwei ahead of a signing ceremony of articles of agreement of the AIIB, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, June 29, 2015.

    How China's new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank can rival the West's World Bank, says Curtis Chin.

  • HANOI, Vietnam— Vietnam's rubberstamp National Assembly on Thursday approved the construction of a new international airport by 2025 to accommodate growing tourism to the communist-ruled country. The assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution for the planned Long Thanh International Airport to be built just outside the southern commercial hub of Ho...

  • HANOI, Vietnam— Vietnam will drop its visa requirements for tourists from five more European countries in a bid to boost its slumping tourism industry. Under a decision by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung that was posted on the government's website, visitors from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain will no longer need a visa to visit Vietnam starting in July...

  • HANOI, Vietnam— Vietnam will waive the need for tourist visas for five more European countries in a bid to boost its ailing tourism industry. Under a decision by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung that was posted on the government's website late Wednesday, visitors from the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain will not need a visa to visit Vietnam starting in July if they...

  • Vietnam accuses China of attacking its fishermen Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 | 8:49 AM ET

    HANOI, Vietnam— A Vietnamese official on Wednesday accused China of attacking its fishermen in three separate incidents over the past week in the disputed South China Sea. The incidents come as Vietnam's foreign minister, Pham Binh Minh, who is also the deputy prime minister, began a three-day visit to China on Wednesday to talk about bilateral cooperation, with...

  • SEOUL, June 8- Hong Kong upgraded to "serious" on Monday its response to an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in South Korea, where the number of cases jumped and fears grew about the economic impact of the disease. South Korean President Park Geun-hye said the progress of MERS, which has been spreading in South Korea since last month when a businessman...

  • *Vietnam in talks with several European, U.S. defence firms. *Sources say Vietnam wants fighter jets, maritime patrol planes. SINGAPORE, June 5- Vietnam is in talks with European and U.S. contractors to buy fighter jets, maritime patrol planes and unarmed drones, sources said, as it looks to beef up its aerial defences in the face of China's growing assertiveness in...

  • LONDON, May 28- The South China Sea has become the most important testing ground for the changing economic, political and military relationship between China and the United States. China and the other littoral states dispute ownership as well as the rights to resources and maritime control that flow from it. China says it owns the outcrops so is entitled to...

  • Much of this equipment is likely to be used in and around the South China Sea, where Beijing's creation of artificial islands has alarmed some Asian countries and stoked tension between China's navy and the U.S. air force. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei also have overlapping claims. The interest in beefing up maritime capabilities was...

  • The new arms race in the South China Sea Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 1:19 PM ET
    An Indonesian naval vessel.

    Defense spending among nations in the South China Sea region is rising, but most of it isn't going to the United States.

  • But move would be good for rice exporters Thailand, Vietnam. JAKARTA, May 21- Indonesia's president could be forced to backtrack on promises to curb rice imports, with analysts saying the country may ship in as much as 1.6 million tonnes of the staple grain this year due to soaring prices at home and the threat of a strong El Nino. "Sometimes Indonesia's policy isn't...

  • What all the fighting is about over Pacific trade Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 2:35 PM ET
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a United Steelworkers rally in opposition to the proposed “fast-track” bill, or trade promotion authority, in Washington, April 15, 2015.

    Although the White House won a minor victory on Wednesday, Obama's push for trade fast-track is just the beginning of the battle.

  • *Japan, Australia forecasters announce arrival of El Nino. SINGAPORE, May 12- In 2009, the El Nino brought the worst drought in four decades to India. It razed wheat fields in Australia and damaged crops across Asia.

  • *Markets eyeing Japan, Australia forecast on Tuesday. SINGAPORE, May 12- In 2009, the El Nino brought the worst drought in four decades to India. It razed wheat fields in Australia and damaged crops across Asia.

  • Will economy give Vietnam shares a leg-up? Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 11:31 PM ET
    Will economy give Vietnam shares a leg-up?

    Despite Vietnam's economy being in the "best shape it has ever been," stocks have failed to capitalize on it. Kevin Snowball, CEO of PXP Vietnam Asset Management, explains why.

  • Russia steps up Asia engagement Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 | 12:44 AM ET
    Russia steps up Asia engagement

    The ongoing crisis with the West is prompting Russia to bolster relations with Asian countries, says Anthon Tsvetov, media and government relations manager at Russian International Affairs Council.

  • Russia is looking for allies in Asia: Pro Sunday, 5 Apr 2015 | 11:43 PM ET
    Russia is looking for allies in Asia: Pro

    Andrew Naylor, executive director at Cicero Group, outlines the diplomatic and economic aims of Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev's visit to Asia this week.

  • Tracking Russia's Asia Pivot Sunday, 5 Apr 2015 | 6:16 PM ET
    Tracking Russia's Asia Pivot

    Economics will be the top agenda of Russian prime minister Dimitry Medvedev's visit to Vietnam and Thailand this week, says James Brown, Assistant Professor at Temple University, Japan.

  • Why Vietnam’s positives aren’t boosting stocks Thursday, 2 Apr 2015 | 10:56 PM ET
    Stock prices are shown on a ticker outside a securities firm in Hanoi, Vietnam.

    Vietnam's economy seems to have it all – good demographics, rising incomes and growing consumption – but that's not enough to boost its stock market.

  • Look who supports Obama's open Cuba policy now... Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    A tourist buggy is drawn by a horse in Havana, Cuba

    The number of Cuban-Americans who support the decision to normalize relations with Cuba now stands at 51 percent, up from 44 percent in December.