Economists expecting a pickup in Western demand to drive Asia's growth recovery have been disappointed thus far.
Hong Kong is bracing for protests after Beijing slammed the door on electoral reforms on Sunday, fanning fears of potential economic fallout.
China's parliament has formally approved changes to the budget law allowing local governments to issue bonds directly.
A downturn in China's once red-hot property market poses one of the greatest threats to the economy, the world's second biggest.
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Greg Smith, Group CEO at Global Commodities, says renewed tensions in Ukraine will fuel concerns of a supply disruption and that will lift oil prices higher in the weeks ahead.
After stripping out the base effects, the underlying trend in the inflation data does not reflect a downtrend, says Euben Paracuelles, Executive Director and Southeast Asia Economist at Nomura.
Robert Chow, Spokesman, Alliance for Peace and Democracy, says Beijing has always been clear about the degree of autonomy it will give Hong Kong. He also discusses the response from the city's citizens.