CNBC Asia-Pacific Highlights

Here's where the experts say Apple is going next.

Korean rapper Psy (C) teaches Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (L) and Sebastian Vettel (R) the Gangnam Style dance before the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at the Korea International Circuit on October 14, 2012 in Yeongam-gun, South Korea.

Even as the South Korean economy struggled in 2012, there was one bright spot-K-Pop sensation Psy's "Gangnam Style" video–that helped bring a record number of tourists boosting revenues to a new high.


Japan has one of the world’s highest suicide rates. But last year the number of suicides fell below 30,000 for the first time in 15 years, thanks in part to community efforts. The CSM reports.


A group of workers in central China staged a "Gangnam Style" protest to shame a construction company into paying more than $37,000 in unpaid wages. The Global Post reports.

What If…Mumbai Gets Hit by a Storm Like Sandy?

India's finance minister hinted at a tough budget and said ratings agencies could be forced to change their minds.


While the banking industry is being "attacked" from all sides, Standard Chartered's CEO tells CNBC that the Asia-focused bank is looking forward to the year, which has got off to a good start.

Women in India's capital are taking self-defence classes, snapping up pepper sprays, booking cabs with female drivers or leaving work early, all signs of growing insecurity following the brutal gang rape and murder of a student last month.

Witnessing friends' vacations, love lives and work successes on Facebook can cause envy and trigger feelings of misery and loneliness, according to German researchers.

Guo Shuqing, Chairman of China's Securities Regulatory Commission

How close is China to driving financial reform and opening up its markets? Perhaps the answer lies not with the country's new leaders, who are being watched closely for their willingness to bring reforms, but with Beijing technocrats who appear to be pushing ahead with change.

While India raised taxes on gold imports, demand is expected to remain resilient. Find out why.

Top Chinese doctor says expats insult capital by using term 'Beijing Cough.' The Global Post reports.

China could be considering relaxing its harsh one-child policy because of women like Hu Yanqin, who lives in a village at the edge of the Gobi desert.

Morning bathers  by the Hooghly River with the massive outline of Howrah Bridge filling the skyline in Kolkata, India.

It was first reported in 2010 that the pillars of Kolkata's landmark Howrah bridge were being used as spittoons by pedestrians who chewed gutkha – a tobacco product popular with millions in India. The Christian Science Monitor reports.


Let's hear it for the boys. China's fashion-forward men are snapping up Gucci and Burberry bags, driving a rebound in the luxury market months after a slow down in spending by the world's biggest luxury goods buyers spooked global investors.

China Sunset

While China's gross domestic product (GDP) growth accelerated by a faster-than-expected 7.9 percent in the fourth quarter, analysts are questioning the sustainability of this uptick in economic activity.

Jackie Chan’s evolution toward a more vocal pro-Beijing stance has become more pronounced in both his movies and his politics.

US Withholds Blame for China's 'Undervalued' Yuan

As Beijing eases control over its currency and opens up its financial markets to foreign investors, the yuan is gaining ground as a global currency and is headed for further gains.

Cult of Equity Killed Off by Pension Funds

Developed and emerging market equities were locked in a tight race in 2012, both generating double-digit returns of up to 15 percent, however, this year asset managers expect a clear winner.

Cambodia is among Southeast Asia's most impoverished nations where, according to the United Nations, the majority of the population gets by on just $1 a day. But that hasn't stopped them from buying mobile phones like mad. The Global Post reports.

It's now illegal (again) for women to ride bicycles in North Korea. The country's leader Kim Jung Un reinstated his father's absurd law, but only after he lifted the ban last year. The GlobalPost reports.


Adding to a rising chorus of analysts warning of a potential bond market crash in 2013 is David Roche, president of Independent Strategy, who points to the most "dangerous" asset to own.

Shanghai street scene

China's growth is expected to have re-accelerated to near 8 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, but there are some troubling inconsistencies in the economy, according to the China Beige Book released on Wednesday.

There's an unexpected problem in New Delhi's high-end marriage market - there are too few "quality" men, as a growing pool of young women with unprecedented levels of education are seeking and making matches with educated men from higher socioeconomic groups. The New York Times reports.


India's passion for gold is putting such a strain on state finances that the government may slap higher import taxes on the precious metal, but demand buoyed by heady inflation and meager savings will blunt the impact of any rise in duties.

A Chinese government crackdown on lavish spending by officials has pushed expensive liquor and high-end watches out of favor in the luxury gift-giving market, a survey from the Hurun Report, known for its annual China Rich List, showed on Tuesday.

Often called the "lucky country" because of its rich natural resources, Australia's growth has long been funded by the commodities boom but now, economists say, there are a few other bright spots that could pick up where mining left off.

Eager to tap China’s movie market, Hollywood studios try to win censors’ approval — taking on Chinese partners, tweaking story lines and, when filming in China, inviting bureaucrats to the set. The New York Times reports.


Forget a weakening economy and the prospect of further monetary easing. Here's what will keep the Aussie dollar robust in the months ahead - a rebound in commodity prices and even lower interest rates among the world's big economies.

Toyota Motor's logo is seen on a tire wheel of an Avensis sedan.

Toyota has dethroned General Motors as the world's top-selling automaker. The Japanese company sold 9.7 million cars and trucks worldwide in 2012, although it's still counting. GM sold 9.29 million. Both companies saw higher sales.

The number of international schools registered in mainland China has skyrocketed in the past 12 years as they tap into a growing market of upwardly-mobile Chinese willing to pay as much as $41,700 a year for a Western-style education and a ticket to college overseas for their children.