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  • Abe picks China-friendly lawmakers for key posts Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has picked two lawmakers with friendly ties to China for his party's top posts, a move seen to be aimed at thawing chilly ties with Beijing.

  • Australia's growth pace slows in second quarter Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 9:30 PM ET

    Australia's economy slowed in the second quarter as exports stayed sluggish and consumers curbed spending but the pace of growth still beat expectations, data showed on Wednesday.

  • Fukushima workers sue Tepco over unpaid wages Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 12:06 AM ET
    One of Tokyo Electric Power's (TEPCO) nuclear power plants.

    A group of Fukushima workers sued Tokyo Electric for unpaid wages in a potentially precedent-setting legal challenge to the utility.

  • Britain to continue Hong Kong democracy probe Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 7:31 PM ET
    Protesters take part in the rally for the beginning of Occupy Central movement outside Central Government Offices in Central, Hong Kong.

    Britain's parliament has rejected Chinese calls to scrap an inquiry into Hong Kong's progress towards democracy.

  • Modi and Abe bromance heats up on Twitter Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 6:30 PM ET

    One look at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Twitter feed and that of Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and you’d think they were long lost pals.

  • How China is chasing business to Singapore Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 2:34 PM ET
    Some firms are now finding Hong Kong, left, less appealing for their Asia headquarters than Singapore, right.

    As tensions between Hong Kong and Beijing increase, multinational firms are seeing more stability in Singapore and expanding their outlook.

  • Summer bonuses boost wage growth in Japan Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 2:31 AM ET

    Japanese summer bonuses rose in July and regular pay grew for the second straight month, suggesting some firms are gradually -raising wages.

  • Australia GDP preview: 'Smoke without fire’ Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 11:39 PM ET

    Second quarter growth data will likely paint a grim picture of Australia's economy on Wednesday as it reels under slowing exports and consumption.

  • There's more to Modi-Abe ties than China Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 1:28 AM ET
    Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe eat tea cakes during a tea ceremony in Tokyo on September 1, 2014

    There's more to blossoming ties between the Indian and Japanese prime ministers than counterbalancing the rise of China, analysts say.

  • RBA keeps rates steady, says China housing a concern Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 12:36 AM ET

    As widely expected, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) on Tuesday left its key cash rate at a record low of 2.5 percent, where it's been since August of last year, and suggested rates will stay on hold for a while.

  • The missing link in Asia's economic recovery Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 6:27 PM ET

    Economists expecting a pickup in Western demand to drive Asia's growth recovery have been disappointed thus far.

  • A protester holds placards at a pro-democracy rally next to the Hong Kong government complex on August 31, 2014.

    Hong Kong is bracing for protests after Beijing slammed the door on electoral reforms on Sunday, fanning fears of potential economic fallout.

  • China's local governments authorized to issue bonds Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 12:28 AM ET

    China's parliament has formally approved changes to the budget law allowing local governments to issue bonds directly.

  • China real estate: A bubble bursting? Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 6:42 PM ET

    A downturn in China's once red-hot property market poses one of the greatest threats to the world's second biggest economy.

  • Week in Asia: China PMI, central banks Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 6:32 PM ET

    China's monthly gauges of factory activity and central bank policy decisions in Australia and Japan will be the key events in Asia this week.

  • Chinese twin PMIs confirm factory downturn Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 9:01 PM ET
    A Chinese female construction worker works at the building site of a new apartment complex in Beijing, China.

    The official purchasing managers' index (PMI) came in at 51.1 in August, a tad below expectations for a reading of 51.2 and down from a 27-month high of 51.7 in July.

  • Hong Kong braces for protests after China ruling Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 7:22 PM ET

    Pro-democracy activists vowed to bring Hong Kong's financial hub to a standstill after China rejected their demands to choose the next leader in 2017.

  • Why Japan's economy is stuck in 'no man's land' Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 6:31 PM ET

    As poor economic data rattles faith in Abenomics after the April consumption tax hike, one analyst said uncertainty over Japan's economy will linger.

  • Does Samsung need crisis management? Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 6:32 PM ET

    Samsung is in need of crisis management, analysts say, as ineffective product differentiation sparks margin erosion and a decline in market share.

  • China slams door on Hong Kong democracy in 2017 vote Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 12:18 AM ET

    China's parliament said on Sunday it will tightly control the nomination of candidates for a landmark election in Hong Kong in 2017.

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