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  • North Korea Snubs Key Ally China With Rocket Test Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 9:20 PM ET
    South Korean conservative activists burn anti-North Korean placards during a protest denouncing North Korea's rocket launch, in Seoul on December 12, 2012.

    There was anger and dismay after North Korea launched a long-range rocket into orbit on Wednesday -- plenty of it in South Korea and Japan. There was also surprise.

  • S.Korea Central Bank Holds Rates, Cut Seen in Early 2013 Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 8:59 PM ET

    South Korea's central bank kept interest rates on hold for a second consecutive month, as it feels out the effects from two rate cuts this year as well as latest policy easing from the U.S. Federal Reserve.

  • IMF Warns of Correction in Hong Kong Property Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 12:55 AM ET

    The sharp run-up in Hong Kong house prices raises the risk of an abrupt correction and the government should take further steps if necessary to contain risks arising from the property market, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Wednesday.

  • Move Over Amazon, Here Comes a China Juggernaut Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012 | 9:00 PM ET
    Student in front of an online Taobao shop.

    Millions of Chinese shoppers are turning to the web, fueling a booming $64 billion e-commerce market, as a local player gets set to overtake Amazon as the world's biggest online retailer by 2016.

  • Chinese Inventors Take Patent Crown From US: Report Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012 | 7:53 PM ET

    China has overtaken the United States to become the world's biggest processor of patent applications, giving an innovative edge to Beijing's economic and industrial clout.

  • Bottles of Suntory Holdings whisky bottles displayed at the company's distillery.  Suntory Holdings is Japan's third-largest brewer.

    Japan's Suntory Holdings plans to raise up to $6 billion in an initial public offering of its food and non-alcoholic beverage unit.

  • Japan's Construction Sector Set to Boom After Election Tuesday, 11 Dec 2012 | 4:29 PM ET

    Polls show the election is likely to return to power the long-dominant Liberal Democratic Party, which has promised to boost public works and talks of spending 200 trillion yen on projects over the next decade.

  • North Korea Rocket Launch Delayed Due to 'Glitch' Monday, 10 Dec 2012 | 4:19 AM ET

    North Korea has extended the window for a widely condemned long-range rocket launch by a week after discovering a "technical deficiency", the isolated state's news agency said on Monday.

  • This Country Would Like to See Japan Rearmed Sunday, 9 Dec 2012 | 6:21 PM ET
    Container terminal in Tokyo, Japan.

    The Philippines would strongly support a rearmed Japan shorn of its pacifist constitution as a counterweight to the growing military assertiveness of China, according to the Philippine foreign minister.

  • China Further Fuels Tension in South China Sea Dispute Thursday, 6 Dec 2012 | 4:04 AM ET
    oil drilling in the south China Seas

    China told Vietnam on Thursday to stop unilateral oil exploration in disputed areas of the South China Sea, raising tension in protracted maritime territorial disputes with its neighbors.

  • China to Fine-Tune Policies in 2013 Tuesday, 4 Dec 2012 | 10:18 PM ET
    Xi Jinping

    China will maintain its fine-tuning of economic policies in 2013 to ensure stable economic growth, state television quoted Chinese Communist Party chief Xi Jinping as saying on Tuesday.

  • What Will the Aussie Central Bank Do Next? Tuesday, 4 Dec 2012 | 1:37 AM ET

    In line with expectations, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) delivered a 25 basis point rate cut on Tuesday, taking the benchmark interest rate to 3 percent - its lowest level since 2009. However, analysts remain divided on whether the central bank will push rates even lower next year.

  • Is Asia’s Hot Spot for Investment Under Threat? Tuesday, 4 Dec 2012 | 1:21 AM ET

    Southeast Asia's largest economy is going to implement double-digit wage hikes next year which raises the question – Is the country's position as a hot spot for foreign investment under threat.

  • ADM Ups Pressure on GrainCorp With $2.9 Billion Bid Monday, 3 Dec 2012 | 9:02 PM ET

    U.S. agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland tightened its grip on GrainCorp, hiking its bid to $2.9 billion, but may need to offer more to win over Australia's last major independent grains handler.

  • Australia's Crackdown on Google Taxes Has Risks Sunday, 2 Dec 2012 | 10:51 PM ET

    Australia faces an uphill battle to capture a greater share of tax revenue from multinationals such as Google and needs to work with its trading partners to avoid scaring away investors with an image as a high tax nation, experts say.

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