A bid by China to rein in its "shadow banking" activity is producing results, thanks to slowing economic growth and tighter regulation.
A major reclamation project by the Chinese government on a tiny reef 500 miles from the mainland would enable China to land military aircraft there.
South Korea looks like the consolation prize as Japan's $15 billion casino dream fades.
Casino operators in the world's largest gaming market may get a much-needed fillip from new rules regarding border crossings with China.
Frederic Neumann, MD & Co-Head of Asian Economics Research at HSBC, says mainland banks have "very profitable lending operations" that will insulate them from the impact of a rate cut.
David Lennox, Resources Analyst at Fat Prophets, expects oil companies to report major cuts in revenue reports moving forward, with the junior firms bearing the brunt of the impact.
Saudi Arabia wants U.S. shale producers to take up the responsibility of reducing output to restore balance in oil markets, says Christian Schmollinger, Senior Managing Editor at Platts.