China's official manufacturing PMI stood at 50.2 in June, steady from the previous month and just above the 50-mark that that separates growth from contraction.
The BOJ's tankan survey showed the country's large manufacturers are more optimistic, with the index hitting its highest since March 2014.
After stampeding into Indian equities in 2014, investors are retreating, with the country's stock market emerging as one of the worst performers in Asia.
China e-commerce firms are inking deals to import foreign delicacies, highlighting consumer fears over domestic food safety.
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Failure to reach a deal on Iran's nuclear program is a bad outcome, says Daniel Serwer, professor at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Tim Seymour, CIO at Triogem Asset Management, says the weekend rate cut from the People's Bank of China is about extending long-term funding and deleveraging the property bubble.
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