CNBC Asia-Pacific Highlights

Is India's Government Becoming Big Brother? Friday, 10 May 2013 | 3:27 AM ET

The government has quietly started putting into place its new Central Monitoring System, a project that will give it access to its citizens' telephone calls, texts, and online activities.

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China as World’s Biggest Economy? Not So Fast Friday, 10 May 2013 | 1:52 AM ET

China's fast-growing economy has been forecast to overtake the U.S. as the world's biggest economy as early as 2016, but economists now say this is unlikely to happen.

The Race to Cut Rates: Just Look What Japan Started Thursday, 9 May 2013 | 5:47 AM ET

In a year that's supposed to be about rising interest rates, monetary policy seems to be moving in the opposite direction.

Abenomics Inspires Creation of 'Branomics Bra' Thursday, 9 May 2013 | 2:49 AM ET

Inspired by Abenomics, lingerie giant Triumph has chipped in with its own strategy to encourage growth.

It’s Lunchtime: Let’s Dance Thursday, 9 May 2013 | 1:41 AM ET

Midday dance parties are starting around the world. The goal: get the screen-addicted masses to move and groove.

Why There's a Lot More 'Juice' in the Yuan Trade Thursday, 9 May 2013 | 12:53 AM ET

Even as China gets serious in fending off speculative inflows, analysts tell CNBC the measures taken by Beijing will do little to derail a strengthening Chinese currency.

Watch Out, the Nikkei Train Is at Full Speed Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | 11:54 PM ET

Japan's benchmark stock index rose to its highest level in five years on Wednesday, taking its gains this year to just over 35 percent. Time to turn cautious? Perhaps not, say analysts.

The Shorter Your Name, the More You Earn? Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | 7:47 PM ET

Money, apparently. This study reveals that individuals with short names receive a larger salary.

Where the Millionaires Are Might Surprise You Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | 2:53 PM ET

If you were looking for millionaires, you'd probably head to London or New York or Monaco. But you might be better off trying Tokyo.

Ralph Lauren’s New $700,000 Supercar Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | 11:19 AM ET
The RUF CTR-3 pictured here is not Ralph Lauren’s actual vehicle, but he is driving a similar one in silver. RUF has sold 25 CTR-3’s since the product was launched in 2007, and only three of those were sold in the U.S.

Ralph Lauren, the fashion mogul and vintage-car collector, recently took delivery of a new RUF CTR-3, according to people familiar with the deal.

Half of All Employees Think Corruption Is OK: Report Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | 10:20 AM ET

Nearly half of all workers across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India think bribery and corruption are acceptable ways to survive an economic downturn, according to a report published by Ernst & Young on Tuesday.

Some workers have their lunch in one of the subway tunnels of the new train line 12 that is under construction and could be open to the public use this year with 20 stations in Mexico city.

Jakarta will soon receive its first mass transit railway project to help end the gridlock that brings the capital to a near halt during rush hour.

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Researchers have declared a new species of dinosaur found in northwestern China. The GlobalPost reports.

For Mobile Shopping, China Is Way Ahead of the Pack Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | 2:30 AM ET

Here is another record for China - over the next 12 months one in four consumers are going to use their smartphones or tablets to shop online, double the global average, says a recent survey.

Countries Woo Rich Chinese With Foreign Visas Monday, 6 May 2013 | 1:47 PM ET

Wealthy Chinese are on a global shopping spree. Along with handbags, art and condos, they're also buying foreign visas.

US-based studios such as Disney, Viacom and Fox are attempting to win a larger share of the Indian film market. The Financial Times reports.

Malaysia Vote Puts This Currency Back in Play Monday, 6 May 2013 | 12:33 AM ET

After Malaysia's ruling coalition won a tightly-fought election on Monday, analysts are turning bullish on the country's currency, expecting the ringgit to strengthen.

What's at Stake in World of High Fashion? Plenty Sunday, 5 May 2013 | 8:40 PM ET

One Hong Kong entrepreneur tells CNBC how she made it big in the competitive clothing industry.

Rubber Ducky, You’re the One Friday, 3 May 2013 | 3:06 AM ET
Florentijin Hofman's 16.5-meter tall inflatable Rubber Duck called 'Spreading Joy Around the World' seen at the Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong.

Dutch artist Florentijin Hofman's RUBBER DUCK sailed into Hong Kong's harbor on Thursday. CNBCs Bernie Lo gives his views on the 1.65-meter floating installation.

Singapore Stocks at 2007 High, but Rally at Risk Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 4:34 AM ET

The Singapore stock market has been on a tear recently, trading at highs not seen since late 2007, but the rally could be short-lived, analysts warn.

Trade Theft: One in Four US Firms May Be Exposed Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 1:27 AM ET

One in four U.S. businesses are vulnerable to having their trade secrets stolen, according an cyber expert, who said the ongoing threat could cost the U.S. economy "billions rather than millions".

Wind shear, or the sudden change in wind speed and direction, is the invisible enemy and something all pilots dread as they land at Asia's tropical island resorts.

Netizens Criticize Chinese Version of Iron Man 3 Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | 7:23 PM ET

CNBC's Bernie Lo rants on Hollywood's latest attempt to appeal to a Chinese audience.

How China Can Avoid Middle-Income Trap Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | 3:00 AM ET

The program's latest segment discusses how China can avoid the 'middle-income trap.'

Where Do the World’s Happiest Consumers Live? Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | 2:52 AM ET

The world's most optimistic consumers reside in this populous Asian country, according to a survey by Nielsen.

9-Year-Old Ferrari Driver Sparks Outrage in India Tuesday, 30 Apr 2013 | 1:54 PM ET
A 9-year old kid in India was videotaped driving a Ferrari F430 like this one featured, creating an uproar over India's super-rich.

The sight of a third-grader driving a $200,000 sports car in a country with crippling poverty has touched off a new round of controversy in the East over the new class of the super-rich, and the dangers of wealth gone wild.

Golden Week Loses Its Shine for Hong Kong Tuesday, 30 Apr 2013 | 3:34 AM ET

Three times a year, during Lunar New Year, this time of year, and the National Day holidays in October, a wide swath of the country essentially shuts down as people venture around the nation and beyond.

Big Brother Watching: China Sends 'Top Cop' to Macau Monday, 29 Apr 2013 | 11:11 PM ET
FILE - In this Thursday April 22, 2010 file photo, the Wynn Macau is lit up. The Chinese arm of Wynn Resorts Ltd. said it received approval on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 for a new casino in the Cotai district of Macau, the world's most lucrative gambling market. Wynn Resorts founder, chairman and CEO Steve Wynn said the Cotai development is the "single most important project" in his company's history. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

With little fanfare, China is sending an official with a 'tough cop' reputation to be its top man in Macau, as Beijing puts tackling corruption center stage.

Flood of Easy Money Putting This Region at Risk Monday, 29 Apr 2013 | 9:20 PM ET
Kek Lok Si temple in Penang, Malaysia.

The risk of asset bubbles in Southeast Asia's fastest-growing emerging economies is rising, warn economists, pointing to red flags including surging domestic credit growth.