Based in Singapore, Li Anne is Asia Pacific Digital Editor at CNBC International, and heads the digital editorial team in Asia. Follow her on Twitter @Li_Anne_Wong
Australia's economy lost jobs for the month of April after two strong months of employment, underscoring the continued fragility of the labor market.
The latest gauge of China's manufacturing activity showed the country's vast factory sector remained in contraction for the month of April.
China's economy grew at its slowest pace since the global financial crisis in the first quarter, official data showed on Wednesday, building the case for further stimulus from policymakers.