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  • World's Most Promising Companies Friday, 9 Nov 2012 | 5:12 PM ET

    Startup Open, a competition that searches for startups with the greatest growth potential, chose 50 companies to compete for the opportunity to present their business plans to experienced entrepreneurs, and gain insight from the experts.  Here is a sampling of the 50 , representing a range of ideas from around the world.

  • Asian Auto Domination     Friday, 9 Nov 2012 | 2:47 PM ET

    Asian brands now lead the U.S. thanks to a rebound by Japanese automakers, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • The New American Standard: An Asian Model Car Friday, 9 Nov 2012 | 12:37 PM ET

    Fifty-five years after Toyota became the first Asian automaker to sell cars in the U.S., the Far East has climbed to the top of the mountain with American car buyers.

  • While widely watched economic indicators on Friday showed the world’s second largest economy was on a path to recovery, a closer look at some pointers like electricity consumption and retail sales raises hopes that the rebound in China’s economy may surpass expectations.

  • Popular Wrench Fights a Chinese Rival Friday, 9 Nov 2012 | 12:56 AM ET

    Sears, which sold many Bionic Wrenches last holiday season, is selling a similar product this year — only now it is made in China instead of America. The NYT reports.

  • Reforming China’s financial sector looks likely to be a top priority for China’s new leadership.

  • A political scandal, a slowing economy and a territorial dispute with a major trading partner—not the backdrop China’s leadership would have hoped for heading into a significant once-in-a-decade political transition.

  • We look at six major changes that China has undergone since the last leadership transition in 2002.

  • Worries about a looming U.S. “fiscal cliff” are hurting risk appetite and weighing on global equity markets, although Asian shares should weather the storm better than other markets, analysts said.

  • China’s leadership transfer is more choreographed than a Bolshoi Ballet holiday production of Swan Lake. Before next week is out, Xi Jinping will be President, Li Keqiang will be Premier. It’s preordained, preconceived, and the polar opposite of a U.S. election that’s down to the wire.

  • Why Asian Currencies Should Celebrate Obama's Win Thursday, 8 Nov 2012 | 12:41 AM ET

    Asian currencies have had a good run so far this year against the U.S. dollar, and analysts expect further upside as President Barack Obama’s re-election signals an end to China bashing and raises hopes of further monetary easing.

  • Why Bank of Korea’s Work Is Done for the Year Wednesday, 7 Nov 2012 | 11:46 PM ET

    South Korea’s central bank, which cut interest rates twice this year, may hold off on further easing for the rest of the year amid signs the economy is bottoming and as the nation prepares for presidential elections on December, economists say.

  • As China ushers in a once-in-a-decade leadership change with the start of the ruling Communist Party’s congress on Thursday, a senior member of the Chinese government says the new generation of leaders will maintain the status quo - continuing policies of the outgoing team.

  • How Marketers Can Get the Rich Elderly to Spend Wednesday, 7 Nov 2012 | 9:25 PM ET

    The "Mature" market accounts for the majority of America's wealth and here is how companies can tap into it.

  • Will China's New Leadership Usher Bull Run for Stocks? Wednesday, 7 Nov 2012 | 6:07 PM ET

    China’s battered stock markets may finally have something to cheer about – a once-in-a-decade leadership change.

  • Auto Bailout Ultimately Steers Obama to Victory Wednesday, 7 Nov 2012 | 11:34 AM ET

    I doubt we'll ever be able to quantify exactly how many votes in Ohio and Michigan Governor Mitt Romney lost for the way his campaign bungled the issue of the auto bailout.

  • China’s New Leaders - Growth During Transition Wednesday, 7 Nov 2012 | 10:35 AM ET

    As the Party Congress begins, the momentum increases for structural reforms in China.

  • China at a Turning Point as New Leadership Takes Over Wednesday, 7 Nov 2012 | 1:34 AM ET

    Americans have just voted on who will govern them for the next four years, now China is poised to usher in a new generation of leaders that will rule the world’s second largest economy for the next 10 years.

  • 10 People You Should Know in China Wednesday, 7 Nov 2012 | 1:23 AM ET

    While there is a lot of interest in China's new generation of leaders, who are expected to keep the Asian giant on the path of growth, there are also individuals who are working behind the scenes, broking deals and influencing decision making. We've put together a list of 10 most important people to know in China who are likely to have an impact on the country’s future. Our top 10 includes China’s elite who exert political influence, are economic leaders and well known social figures. Find out which Chinese politicians, heads of key organizations and businessmen and women you should watch out for.

  • Suzuki’s Small Cars Were Wrong Fit in US Tuesday, 6 Nov 2012 | 10:19 PM ET

    For all of Suzuki’s tough talk about its “brush-busting” Samurai off-roader, the Japanese automaker never made it big in the United States. Its cars were too small, its safety record iffy and its branding a bit too comical (Suzuki Sidekick, anyone?). The NYT reports.

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