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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Wayne Gordon, Executive Director, Commodities of UBS Wealth Management, explains why consumers won't be put off by higher cocoa prices and discusses the surge in chocolate demand in emerging markets.
Cocoa prices have risen almost 20 percent year to date. CNBC's Adam Bakhtiar visits a factory in Singapore to find out whether higher prices have dampened chocolate demand in Asia.
The primary objective of Indian Prime Minister Modi's trip to Tokyo was to court Japanese businesses, says Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan studies at the Council for Foreign Relations.