China oil major CNPC is probing a 2013 deal as part of a corruption crackdown, taking down one of Premier Xi's political rivals.
China may be routinely underestimating its steel sector output, with official 2013 figures sharply below a key industry estimate.
While Singapore's property market has been cooling, it has defied expectations of a sharp correction.
After a ho-hum performance for most of 2014, analysts believe that Japan's Nikkei 225 will see better days in the year ahead.
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As the turmoil in oil prices persists, CNBC's Sri Jegarajah asks a panel of guests how that might impact their firms' exploration budgets.
Lauren Goodrich, Senior Eurasia Analyst at Stratfor, expects the ruble to continue fluctuating within a 10 percent band on expectations for more government intervention.
John Frisbie, President of U.S.-China Business Council, says trade talks between the two superpowers for the past week have been "good and inclusive."