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  • Cranes stand at the Kwai Tsing container terminal operated by Hongkong International Terminals in Hong Kong on July 30, 2018.

    Hong Kong's once world-beating port needs to raise its game or risk falling further behind competitors in Shanghai, Singapore and elsewhere, industry experts say.

  • SINGAPORE/ BEIJING, Jan 21- London copper prices slid on Monday, on course to fall for the first time in five sessions, amid concerns over slowing economic growth in top industrial metals consumer China. "U.S.- China trade talks are getting important that will impact the sentiment." It had hit its highest since Dec. 28 on Friday on signs the trade dispute between the...

  • TOKYO, Jan 21- Japan's Nikkei advanced to a more than one-month high on Monday, tracking gains in U.S. shares that helped buoy cyclical stocks such as shippers, while a weaker yen boosted exporters. U.S. stocks rallied on Friday as increased hopes the United States and China would resolve their trade dispute lifted shares across sectors. "It would be a bit difficult...

  • *Spot gold may fall to $1,268- technicals. *Asia shares inch up after Wall Street rally last week. Spot gold was mostly unchanged at $1,281.41 per ounce by 0610 GMT, while U.S. gold futures fell 0.1 percent to $1,281.10 an ounce.

  • *Asia shares inch up after Wall Street rally last week. Spot gold was trading up 0.1 percent at $1,282.31 per ounce by 0306 GMT, while U.S. gold futures were steady at $1,282 per ounce. But on the other hand, we have seen them easing bearish sentiments in equity markets, "said Benjamin Lu, analyst at Phillip Futures, Singapore.

  • A wooden sign for mobile pay QR codes at a store in Suzhou, China.

    In just a few years, mobile pay has become so ingrained in the lives of Chinese people that they are driving stores in overseas tourist destinations to adopt the technology.

  • BEIJING, Jan 21- China's economic growth cooled slightly in the fourth quarter from a year earlier as expected, weighed down by weak investment and faltering consumer confidence as Washington piled on trade pressure, leaving 2018 growth the weakest in 28 years. China's stock market held steady after the data. The Australian dollar, seen as a liquid proxy for...

  • BEIJING, Jan 21- China's economic growth cooled slightly in the fourth quarter from a year earlier as expected, weighed down by weak investment and faltering consumer confidence as Washington piled on trade pressure, leaving 2018 growth the weakest in 28 years. Signs of further cooling in China-- which has generated nearly a third of global growth in recent years--...

  • About 80 percent of the money was subsidised by Singapore's' job-redesign' grant, one of several government schemes to help companies with older staff. Tiny Singapore, one of the wealthiest nations in Asia, is seen as a test bed for how governments tackle ageing issues. More than 650 companies in Singapore have made use of the up to S $300,000 job redesign grant...

  • *87 pct of firms to add to or keep staff due to automation-survey. BERLIN, Jan 18- Fears that robots will eliminate your job are unfounded with a growing number of employers planning to increase or maintain headcount as a result of automation, staffing company ManpowerGroup said in a survey published on Friday. "More and more robots are being added to the workforce,...

  • *Investors warm to report of progress in U.S.- China talks. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, Jan 18- Chicago soybean futures ticked higher on Friday as a press report pointing to progress in trade negotiations between Washington and China boosted equity and commodity markets. Chicago corn and wheat were also up slightly as the renewed optimism about a possible resolution to a...

  • *China premiums unchanged at $6- $9 an ounce. MUMBAI/ BENGALURU, Jan 18- Gold demand turned fragile this week in India as local prices jumped to their highest level in 2-1/ 2- years, while traders in major buying centers in Asia pinned hopes on purchases ahead of the approaching Lunar New Year. Local gold prices in India, world's second-largest gold consumer, touched...

  • *India has been investigating antitrust violations at Mumbai port. NEW DELHI, Jan 18- India's antitrust watchdog has ordered Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk and Dubai's DP World to withdraw certain customer advisories which it said could hamper growth of the country's largest container port in Mumbai, a document seen by Reuters showed.

  • *Hopes of easing U.S.- China trade conflict limits losses. SINGAPORE, Jan 18- Chicago soybean futures ticked down on Friday with the market poised to finish lower for a second consecutive week on pressure from a lack of Chinese buying. The most-active soybean contract on the Chicago Board Of Trade is down around half a percent this week, the second straight weekly...

  • LONDON, Jan 17- Aluminum fell on Thursday after a vote by U.S. lawmakers cleared the way for sanctions to be lifted on major producer Rusal, potentially increasing supply. The U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected legislation to keep sanctions on companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, including aluminum firm Rusal. "We've certainly started to see some...

  • LONDON, Jan 17- Oil prices fell on Thursday as U.S. crude production neared an unprecedented 12 million barrels per day amid worries about weakening demand, particularly in light of the trade dispute between the United States and China. Brent crude oil futures were down 44 cents at $60.88 a barrel by 1035 GMT, while U.S. crude futures fell by 53 cents to $51.78 a...

  • SINGAPORE/ BEIJING, Jan 17- London copper prices rose for a third straight session on Thursday as China's move to inject liquidity into the financial system boosted expectations of higher demand in the world's top industrial metals consumer. The People's Bank of China is injecting 250 billion yuan through seven-day reverse bond repurchase agreements and...

  • A container vessel docks at the Tanjong Pagar Terminal in Singapore.

    Singapore's exports recorded their worst decline in more than two years in December as shipments of electronics and pharmaceuticals plunged, official data showed on Thursday.

  • Tokyo skyline

    A decades-old way of categorizing and analyzing Asian economies and equities that puts Japan in a class of its own is fast losing relevance, experts said.

  • U.S. President Donald Trump (2-R)  walks with Kim Yong Chol, former North Korean military intelligence chief and one of leader Kim Jong Un's closest aides, on the South Lawn of the White House on June 1, 2018 in Washington, DC.

    Three North Korean officials, including the top envoy involved in talks with the United States, are booked on a flight to Washington, Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, suggesting a possible breakthrough in denuclearization talks.