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CNBC Asia-Pacific Highlights

Are You Cut Out for 'Superyacht' Lifestyle? Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 7:45 PM ET

As the Singapore Yacht Show kicks off, get a glimpse of life on board these million dollar vessels.

Abenomics Meets Ronald McDonald Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 7:05 PM ET

As the fast food giant is set to hike prices in Japan, find out why this is a boost to 'Abenomics.'

Could China's Bird Flu Be the Next SARS? Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 3:45 AM ET
A technician conducts tests for the H7N9 bird flu virus in Kunming, China.

As the death toll from a deadly strain of bird flu in China rises to 17, markets are closely monitoring Beijing's handling of the outbreak although officials appear to have learned a trick or two from the SARS crisis a decade ago.

Foreign Companies Face New Reality in China Wednesday, 17 Apr 2013 | 7:42 PM ET

As the Chinese public becomes more vocal about consumer rights advocacy, does this spell trouble for foreign firms operating on the mainland? CNBC's Eunice Yoon reports.

Sliding Yen Could Herald New Asia Crisis: Strategist Wednesday, 17 Apr 2013 | 8:58 AM ET
A businessman passes before a share prices board in Tokyo.

The falling yen coupled with a fall-off in Chinese investment inflows "increasingly resembles" the run-up to the 1997 currency crisis, said Albert Edwards, Societe Generale's ultra-bearish strategist.

Would You Buy a 'Man-Made' Diamond? Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013 | 8:50 PM ET

Consumers of high-end diamond jewelry want the real thing and are willing to pay up, even though the lab-made variety are free of the 'blood diamonds' stigma.

Chinese Banks Win If US Banks Break Up: Bove Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013 | 11:21 AM ET
Richard Bove of Rafferty Capital Markets.

Breaking up "too big to fail" banks could allow Chinese banks to top financial system, banking analyst Bove told CNBC.

How Gold's Fall Will Affect World's Biggest Consumer Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013 | 4:53 AM ET

The recent plunge in gold prices could be a silver lining for this Asian country, which is the largest consumer of the precious metal. Find out why.

China Eyes Iceland in Race for Arctic Resources Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013 | 2:02 AM ET

It is clear why Iceland is interested in China: the Arctic nation’s prime minister is currently in Beijing to sign a free trade agreement that will boost Icelandic fish exports more than somewhat.

Korean Rapper Psy's 'Gentleman' Rocks YouTube Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013 | 12:45 AM ET

South Korean rapper Psy's new video, "Gentleman", rocketed up the YouTube heights with more than 82 million views on Tuesday, chasing the success of his megahit "Gangnam Style".

Is India's Inflation Headache Finally Over? Monday, 15 Apr 2013 | 4:50 AM ET

India's key inflation gauge eased to below 6 percent in March for the first time since 2009, a sign that the days of stubborn inflationary pressures may finally be behind Asia's third largest economy, said economists.

Commodity Super Cycle Is Dead: Citi Monday, 15 Apr 2013 | 4:46 AM ET
A Freeport- McMoran Copper and Gold Inc. mine.

The super cycle in commodities has come to an end, according to researchers at Citi, who downgraded several mining stocks on Monday as metals prices have continued to decline.

Furs Fly as Chinese Drive Boom in US Mink Farming Monday, 15 Apr 2013 | 2:24 AM ET

American mink farmers are now in a different sort of quandary: scrambling to keep up with China's demand for all things fur.

Asia's Currency Meddling Could Turn Costly Sunday, 14 Apr 2013 | 8:57 PM ET

Currency interventions by many Asian governments may prove to be an expensive bet, here's why according to economist Michael Ivanovitch.

Can Kate Middleton Give Carnival a Royal Boost? Sunday, 14 Apr 2013 | 2:34 PM ET
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After several mishaps with its cruise ships, Carnival hopes Kate Middleton will give its new Princess Cruise division the royal touch.

Teen Golfer Changes the Face of Chinese Sport Saturday, 13 Apr 2013 | 4:13 AM ET
Tianlang Guan of China plays during the second round of the 77th Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

Chinese amateur teenage golfer Guan Tinglang's background is far from the typical rags-to-riches, product of a state sporting system story usually preferred by the Communist party. The FT reports.

Are Billionaires Just Smarter Than the Rest of Us? Friday, 12 Apr 2013 | 8:21 PM ET

A new study is turning the American dream on its head: Maybe it's not hard work that brings success and money. Maybe it's sheer brainpower.

Singapore: the 'Sick Man' of Southeast Asia? Friday, 12 Apr 2013 | 1:13 AM ET
Pedestrians walk down a street in downtown financial district in Singapore.

A surprise contraction in Singapore's economy in the first quarter of this year shows that the wealthy island state continues to struggle, prompting Credit Suisse to call for more downgrades to the country's 2013 growth forecasts.

Lack of Housing Forces India's Poor Into Death Traps Thursday, 11 Apr 2013 | 9:20 PM ET
Indian rescue workers and local residents stand near the debris at the site of a building collapse in Thane, on the outskirts of Mumbai last week.

A shortage of affordable housing in Indian cities has led to rampant illegal construction by developers using cheap materials and shoddy methods in order to offer low-cost homes to low-paid workers.

China Cancels Debut of Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' Thursday, 11 Apr 2013 | 4:34 AM ET
Quentin Tarantino attends the UK Premiere of 'Django Unchained' at Empire Leicester Square on January 10, 2013 in London, England.

The Chinese debut of Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-winning film "Django Unchained", a violent Western slave revenge tale, was suddenly canceled on Thursday for "technical reasons," movie theatres said.

'Absurd' Chinese Trade Data Confound Analysts Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 4:09 AM ET

China saw export growth of 10 percent year on year in March while exports to the U.S. and Europe, its two biggest markets, continued to slump, which is making analysts question the reliability of the data.

Beijing's Austerity Drive Not a Worry: Sands China CEO Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 3:58 AM ET
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Chinese President Xi Jinping's austerity drive hasn't put a dampener on business at Sands China, said Edward Tracy, president and CEO of Macau's largest operator of casinos and resorts.

Here's the Real Danger With North Korea Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 1:30 AM ET
A South Korean soldier stands at a military check point connecting South and North Korea at the Unification Bridge in Paju, South Korea.

Repeated threats of aggression from North Korea have created little panic in markets, but some experts warn that a big risk could be Pyongyang not knowing it's crossed the line.

Public Doubt on Bird Flu a Ghost of China's Past Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 10:26 PM ET

China has earned praise from international scientists for its handling of an outbreak of a deadly new bird flu, but a history of public health cover-ups means the Chinese public is harder to win over.

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High-rollers get lavish treatment and hefty credit lines at Singapore's two casinos, like any other gaming house in the world. But here, more of them skip town without paying their debt, a matter of increasing concern.

China 'Princeling' Eyes $500 Million Buyout Fund Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 2:48 AM ET
China's newly-elected President Xi Jinping (R) talks with former President Hu Jintao (L) during the fourth plenary meeting of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Nepoch Capital, a new private equity firm founded by the son of a former member of China's politburo, has launched the first 'princeling' fundraising since the new government took power vowing to clamp down on cronyism and nepotism.

A red bowl with a lotus pattern broke the world record for Chinese Kangxi ceramics on Monday, fetching over $9 million after a bidding war won by a Hong Kong ceramics dealer.

A Backroom Battle Delays China's One-Child Reforms Monday, 8 Apr 2013 | 11:26 PM ET

Two retired senior Chinese officials are engaged in a battle with one another to sway Beijing's new leadership over the future of the one-child policy, exposing divisions that have impeded progress in a crucial area of reform.

ADB Warns of Asset Bubbles in Developing Asia Monday, 8 Apr 2013 | 10:44 PM ET

Growth in developing Asia is seen gaining momentum this year, but authorities need to ward off risks of inflation and asset bubbles arising from strong capital inflows, the Asian Development Bank said Tuesday.

United States, Japan Now Money Printing Allies Monday, 8 Apr 2013 | 2:45 PM ET

U.S. markets, particularly the riskiest areas of investment, are likely to benefit at least near term from the latest entrant to the central bank money-printing arena: Japan.