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  • Currency Agreement for Japan and China Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 | 8:25 AM ET

    China and Japan have agreed to start direct trading of their currencies, officials announced during a visit here on Monday by Japan’s prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, the New York Times reports.

  • Charting Asia | Hang Seng Index Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 | 12:09 AM ET
  • India's Reliance Group Linked to Covert Investments Monday, 26 Dec 2011 | 9:20 PM ET
    Anil Ambani, chairman of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group and one of India's richest men.

    A legal battle in London has revealed that a conglomerate controlled by Anil Ambani, the Indian telecoms tycoon, used a Mauritius-based fund to make covert investments in one of its own companies, triggering calls in India for a full investigation. The FT reports.

  • New North Korean Leader Ascends to Head of Party Monday, 26 Dec 2011 | 4:28 PM ET
    North Korean defectors hold defaced posters of North Korea leader Kim Jong-Il and his son Jong-un as they participate in a anti-North Korea protest in front of the South Korean Defense Ministry on November 29, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. Tensions between the two Koreas remain high following an artillery exchange on the disputed island of Yeonpyeong on November 24.

    Kim Jong-un’s meeting with a private delegation on Monday was his first encounter with visitors from South Korea since assuming the leadership of North Korea. The New York Times reports.

  • A Village in Revolt Could Be a Harbinger for China Sunday, 25 Dec 2011 | 10:09 PM ET
    Villagers listen to a speech by village leader Lin Zulian at a rally after he met with a senior government official and reached an agreement over illegal land grabs and the death in custody of a local leader in Wukan, Guangdong Province on December 21, 2011. Chinese authorities have agreed to release three villagers detained for leading September protests against land grabs, a community spokesman said December 21 after meeting a senior official.

    At least 625,000 small, locally run villages in China frequently suffer the same sorts of injustices that prompted the outburst this month in Wukan. The New York Times reports.

  • Sharing insight into this weeks economic data and the outlook for next week's market, with Mebane Faber, Cambria Investment Management and John Derrick, U.S. Global Investors.

  • Mark Mobius: Why China Will 'Keep Flying'     Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 12:00 PM ET

    Templeton's Mark Mobius explains why he doesn't agree with those who think China's economy is slowing.

  • Analysis: Vietnam Under Economic Strain Thursday, 22 Dec 2011 | 9:27 PM ET

    The number of property transactions in China’s largest cities has fallen to dangerously low levels, according to regulatory documents obtained by the Financial Times, and this could have a significant ripple effect. The FT reports.

  • India’s era of economic growth has created business opportunities for Dalits, the caste of untouchables, the New York Times reports.

  • The Changing Face of the Asian Consumer     Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 6:15 PM ET

    Asia's wealth is on the rise. What does this wealth effect mean for consumption patterns and for companies? CNBC's Emily Chan has the answers in the final installment of our "Wealth in Asia" series.

  • Mercedes and BMW Turn It On in Final Weeks Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 11:45 AM ET

    It’s been a while since we’ve seen true horse race for the top luxury auto brand in the U.S. In fact, since the late 90’s, Lexus has routinely won the title of being #1.

  • South Korea is adopting a carefully muted response to the death of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-il – a compromise between real condolences and absolute silence.

  • Property Deal Leads to Week-Long Revolt in South China Tuesday, 20 Dec 2011 | 7:56 PM ET
    Village spokesman Lin Zulian speaks at a rally and funeral for Xue Jinbo, a 42-year-old village leader who died in police custody in Wukan, a fishing village in the southern province of Guangdong.

    It has been nearly a week since police and local officials fled the village of Wukan after its 13,000 residents revolted over the death of a well-liked villager and an allegedly corrupt land deal. The New York Times reports.

  • North Korea's Next Leader?     Tuesday, 20 Dec 2011 | 7:53 PM ET

    Now that North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Il is dead, will his son, Kim Jong Un succeed him? John Rutledge, Rutledge Capital chairman, weighs in.

  • Asia Markets in 2012     Tuesday, 20 Dec 2011 | 4:44 PM ET

    Sharing insight into the Shanghai Composite and what to expect for next year, with CNBC Asia's Karen Tso.

  • Flag of the People's Republic of China

    In a move that could change the entire dynamic on the drive to economically isolate Iran’s regime, one Chinese company has done the unthinkable, and chosen to voluntarily stop pursuing new business activities in Iran.

  • Subprime Buyers Pushing Late Auto Sales Tuesday, 20 Dec 2011 | 10:56 AM ET
    Car Keys

    As auto sales have surged in recent months, I’m hearing from more and more dealers about the renewed strength of the subprime and deep subprime buyer.

  • Kim Jong il & Global Markets     Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | 5:27 PM ET

    Will the death of Kim Jong il cause instability in Asia, especially South Korea? Gina Sanchez, Roubini Global Economics, discusses the possible fallout from the demise of the former North Korean leader and the impact on global markets, with the Fast Money traders.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy speak at a meeting on debt crisis.

    The year ahead will see slow global economic growth combined with political uncertainty to create to a similar outlook for  stock markets to 2011 with a significant chance of continued stock market volatility, according to a research note published by HSBC’s global head of equity strategy, Gary Evans.

  • Charting Asia | Dow Daily Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | 12:07 AM ET

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