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  • As Secrecy Laws Loom, What Now for Singapore? Wednesday, 5 Jun 2013 | 9:10 PM ET

    Private banks in the Asian financial hub, Singapore, are the next target of tighter regulations after the crackdown in the U.S. and Europe on tax cheats.

  • Global Luxury Sales Growth Could Halve This Year Wednesday, 5 Jun 2013 | 5:35 PM ET

    Bain & Co. predicts that growth in luxury sales will be up to 50 percent slower this year than last. The main reason: Chinese are breaking away from their gift-giving culture and trying not to be ostentatious.

  • Cyberthreats Are the New Cold War, Expert Says Wednesday, 5 Jun 2013 | 4:39 PM ET
    President Barack Obama listens as Chinese President Xi Jinping answers a question following their bilateral meeting at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California, on June 7, 2013

    Cyberattacks will no doubt be a major topic when President Barack Obama meets Friday with China President Xi Jinping. Both sides call foul, and in a sense they are both right.

  • China's Strength Could Become Its Weakness Wednesday, 5 Jun 2013 | 9:42 AM ET

    Amid growing domestic tensions and internal imbalances, China's new leaders are working to wean its economy off decades of state investment.

  • 'Summer of Volatility' Heats Up as Nikkei Sinks Wednesday, 5 Jun 2013 | 3:40 AM ET

    The 1967 "summer of love" may have initiated a major political and cultural shift, but 2013 looks set to produce a sizeable change in investors' blood pressure.

  • Wine vs. Solar Panels: China Hits Back at EU Wednesday, 5 Jun 2013 | 3:29 AM ET

    China launched an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy probe in European wine on Wednesday in response to the European Union's decision to impose duties on imports of Chinese solar panels.

  • Consumers Not Sold on Abe's Promise of Change Wednesday, 5 Jun 2013 | 2:16 AM ET

    While the stock market and the yen might have given the initial thumbs up to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's radical policies for change, consumers are still greeting it with skepticism.

  • Apple Clone in China Builds a Smartphone Empire Wednesday, 5 Jun 2013 | 2:09 AM ET
    Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun speaks during the 2013 Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) at China National Convention Center in Beijing, China, in May.

    In a country where products like iPhones are made but rarely invented, Lei Jun - entrepreneur and billionaire - is positioning himself and his company as figurative heirs of Mr. Jobs. The New York Times reports.

  • Markets Vote Down Abe's Reform Plans Wednesday, 5 Jun 2013 | 2:09 AM ET

    Plans ranging from setting up special economic zones and raising incomes by 3 percent annually, weren't enough to excite equity investors.

  • Japan Fires 'Third Arrow,' but Will It Hit Bull's Eye? Wednesday, 5 Jun 2013 | 2:03 AM ET

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has unveiled a long-term plan to revive the economy and economists say execution is now key.

  • With Latest Ban, Has Samsung Cornered Apple? Wednesday, 5 Jun 2013 | 1:16 AM ET

    In an ongoing battle between the world's two leading tech giants, Samsung won a round against Apple when a U.S. trade agency ruled that the Silicon Valley bigwig had infringed on a patent owned by the Korean company.

  • UBS Warns of 'Abegeddon' Risk in Japan Wednesday, 5 Jun 2013 | 1:06 AM ET
    Cityscape, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo Japan

    Japan risks facing stagflation, or what UBS describes as an "Abegeddon" scenario, if the government fails to restore momentum in the world's third largest economy.

  • China Services Growth Modest, Stoking Concerns Tuesday, 4 Jun 2013 | 10:41 PM ET
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    Activity in China's services sector expanded modestly in May but the pace of growth was little changed from April, adding to worries about slowing momentum in the world's No.2 economy.

  • The Australian Dollar Just Can’t Catch a Break Tuesday, 4 Jun 2013 | 10:41 PM ET

    Just as the currency attempted to make a concerted rebound against the U.S. dollar this week, the prospect of further monetary easing in Australia has provided traders with another reason to dump the Aussie.

  • EU Gives China Two Months to Resolve Solar Row Tuesday, 4 Jun 2013 | 9:54 PM ET

    The European Union is to impose duties on imports of Chinese solar panels from Thursday, but announced a dramatically reduced initial rate after pressure from some large member states.

  • China's Deadly Factory Was Workplace 'Inspiration' Tuesday, 4 Jun 2013 | 9:25 PM ET
    Firefighters do rescue works after a fire at a poultry slaughterhouse in Dehui, Jilin Province of China.

    A local Communist Party official called it an "inspiring" factory three years ago. But now it is serves as a stark reminder of where at least 120 people died this week in a fast-moving fire. The New York Times reports.

  • Apple to Appeal Import Ban on Older iPhones, iPads Tuesday, 4 Jun 2013 | 5:08 PM ET

    Apple is "disappointed" with U.S. trade panel's ruling it infringed a Samsung patent.

  • Why the Emerging Market Bull Run Is Over Tuesday, 4 Jun 2013 | 8:13 AM ET

    The end of the emerging market bull run is upon us, Societe Generale boldly stated last week. Several other analysts have now turned bearish, forecasting worsening currency and bond outflows.

  • Lenovo Plans Smartphone Venture in Expansion Drive Tuesday, 4 Jun 2013 | 7:20 AM ET
    President of Lenovo shows the new Lenovo smartphone at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show

    China's Lenovo is in detailed discussions on a smartphone venture with NEC Corp, as it eyes partnerships and acquisitions to expand in high-growth markets.

  • Citi Bets Big on This Asian Market Laggard Tuesday, 4 Jun 2013 | 3:32 AM ET

    South Korean stocks have been one of the major laggards in Asia this year, while its peers like Japan's Nikkei have surged over 26 percent.

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