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  • China's New Leader — Reformer or Conservative? Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 6:12 PM ET

    When Xi Jinping became the new leader of China's Communist Party two months ago, hopes were high for reform in the giant nation. But despite what appears to be sensitive handling of a strike by journalists and a challenge to Beijing's tight control of the press, signs of change seem tentative.

  • Glimmer of Japan Reform Hope Among Clouds of Skepticism Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 6:12 PM ET
    Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President Shinzo Abe holds a TV interview after the party won parliamentary elections on December 16, 2012.

    Doubting politicians' commitment to economic reform is a tough habit for Japan experts to kick, so the air of cautious optimism around the appointments of dynamic CEOs to advise on boosting industrial competitiveness comes as a bit of a surprise.

  • China's harshest winter in nearly three decades has hit iron ore output and driven up prices just as demand from steel mills revives in a resurgent economy. Imports are at record levels.

  • Private Equity in China: Which Way Out? Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 10:50 AM ET

    Welcome to the private equity game in China: you can buy in anytime you like, but you can never leave. The NYT reports.

  • How Samsung Is Dealing With Apple Dropping Chips Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 10:49 AM ET

    Samsung Electronics is looking to supply chips to more Chinese and other emerging smartphone makers to counter any fall-off in demand from Apple.

  • Apple's Chief Executive Tim Cook met with China Mobile's Chairman Xi Guohua to discuss "matters of cooperation," a China Mobile spokesman said.

  • Thai Tycoon Extends F&N Offer Again, but End Game Near Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 4:39 AM ET
    Range of Fraser & Neave Ltd. (F&N) products

    Thai billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi extended his $7.2 billion offer to take over Singapore property and drinks conglomerate Fraser and Neave (F&N) for the sixth time, until Jan. 15.

  • Which Country Offers the Most Economic Freedom? Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 4:37 AM ET

    The Asia-Pacific region is home to the world's freest economies, according to an index published on Thursday as Western economies grapple with too much government involvement.

  • Peter Ma

    China's insurance regulator said it is seeking more information from Ping An Insurance after conducting a preliminary review of HSBC's planned sale of its $9.4 billion stake in the insurer to Thailand's CP Group.

  • As Singapore's Casinos Slow, Will the Economy Suffer? Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 2:09 AM ET

    As gaming revenue in Singapore's once super-hot casino industry, which is the second biggest in Asia, slows, what does this mean for island-nation's slowing economy?

  • The Dragon Extends Its Influence on Global Economy Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 1:30 AM ET

    China's growing influence means it is useful to think about the world economy in terms of two separate narratives, one expert explains.

  • What's Behind China's Blowout Trade Figures? Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 12:49 AM ET

    China's exports in December blew past expectations, rising over 14 percent year on year, compared with forecasts for an increase of just 4 percent. What was behind these blowout trade numbers?

  • World's Oldest Person: China Versus Japan Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 12:43 AM ET

    As if China and Japan didn't have enough to fight about, the two nations are now squabbling about which nation holds the record for the world's oldest person. The Global Post reports.

  • Nikkei's Stunning Rally—Why It’s Time to Be Cautious Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 12:35 AM ET

    Japan's stock market has had a blistering run,climbing 20 percent in less than two months on a weakening yen and expectations of aggressive monetary easing. Further gains now come down to the new government and whether it can come true on its pledge to revive an economy in recession, analysts said.

  • Sony

    Sony has put a one of its main buildings in central Tokyo up for sale in a deal that could raise as much as 100 billion yen ($1.14 billion) as the company seeks to sell non-core assets to generate cash to improve its balance sheet, people with direct knowledge of the deal said.

  • Chinese Paper at Center of Protests Hits Newsstands Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 11:15 PM ET
    A supporter of Southern Weekly protests outside the newspaper's offices in Guangdong.

    The latest issue of a Chinese newspaper at the center of anti-censorship protests appeared on newsstands in Beijing and Shanghai on Thursday as usual, but not its home city Guangzhou.

  • China Exports Expand at Fastest Pace in 7 Months Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 10:00 PM ET

    China's export growth rebounded more strongly than expected in December from a three-month low, expanding at the fastest rate in seven months, although the outlook for 2013 remains cloudy with U.S. and European demand for Chinese goods still subdued.

  • Cyclone Gathers Strength Off Australia's West Coast Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 9:11 PM ET

    Australia's first cyclone of the storm season is intensifying off the country's northwest and is expected to start affecting coastal areas in mining powerhouse Western Australia state as soon as Friday, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said.

  • Dreamliner Glitches: How Serious Are the Problems? Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 9:00 PM ET

    Boeing faces a short term public-relations battle after a string of problems with its new 787 Dreamliner jet, but experts suggest that, so far, the glitches don't appear to be anything out of the ordinary for a new and highly complex aircraft.

  • Australia Home Building Continues Slow Recovery Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 8:59 PM ET
    'For Sale' sign is seen outside a property in Sydney, Australia.

    Approvals to build new homes in Australia rose moderately in November thanks to an ongoing shift to apartment living, while lower mortgage rates and a growing population augur well for a further recovery this year.

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