Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz leading trade mission in Korea

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Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz leading trade mission

Apr 14, 2014 - Minister of Agriculture Gerry Ritz is leading a trade mission in Korea the week of April 14 with the goal of... Full Article

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China: Beijing floats sea-burial option

Apr 14, 2014 - Faced with a shortage of usable land for its 1.3 billion people, China has begun encouraging people to have... Full Article

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South Korea: Urban farming takes root

Apr 07, 2014 - South Korea has only recently become an industrialized and urbanized country. And it appears many of the... Full Article



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China: Beijing floats sea-burial option

Apr 14, 2014 - Faced with a shortage of usable land for its 1.3 billion people, China has begun encouraging people to have their loved ones buried at sea. Major... Full Article

Indonesia and Australia: Governments patch up

Apr 14, 2014 - Indonesia and Australia are reported to have gone a long way toward restoring bilateral relations after serious diplomatic disruption last year.... Full Article

The Philippines: 6.6% growth predicted

Apr 14, 2014 - The Philippines is expected to remain the fastest-growing economy in Southeast Asia and one of the best-performing in East Asia and the Pacific,... Full Article

South Korea: The young feel job squeeze

Apr 14, 2014 - South Korea’s economy has made a solid recovery after the global recession of the last few years. Exports are up, as is domestic consumer... Full Article

Japan: Disaster spawns green spree

Apr 14, 2014 - In the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster, Japan has been investing massively in other energy sources, especially those... Full Article

Vietnam: Freight rates rising

Apr 07, 2014 - Vietnam is raising the haulage charges on containers to cover increases in operation and transport costs. Full Article

China: Education degree gap grows

Apr 07, 2014 - A new report for China’s Ministry of Education shows that over 60% of the graduates coming home after studying abroad have master’s... Full Article

South Korea: Urban farming takes root

Apr 07, 2014 - South Korea has only recently become an industrialized and urbanized country. And it appears many of the country’s people are of two minds... Full Article

Burma: Census-takers not welcome

Apr 07, 2014 - The census is the basic tool of government, telling an administration how many people fall under its rule, where they live, what they do and what... Full Article

Australia: Oz bites on Bitcoin

Apr 07, 2014 - One of Australia's oldest property sales companies, Forsyth Real Estate, is making a digital leap to try to keep up with international investors'... Full Article

South Korea: President vows to cut red tape

Mar 31, 2014 - South Korea plans to cut the number of regulations on business activities by 20% by 2016. President Park Geun-hye said last week her... Full Article

Vietnam: Employment companies suspected of swindling

Mar 31, 2014 - Vietnam’s Ministry of Labour has ordered 14 Vietnamese and 11 Taiwanese employment companies to stop work while allegations they are ripping ... Full Article

China: Bad air casts a pall over U.S. recruitment efforts

Mar 31, 2014 - U.S. companies operating in China are having an increasingly hard time recruiting qualified managers because of the bad air quality in the... Full Article

Burma: Employers to pay workers’ social security fees

Mar 31, 2014 - On April 1, Burma will enact rules making it compulsory for companies employing two or more people to pay fees to cover their employees’... Full Article

East Timor: Country ready to sit at the ASEAN table, leader says

Mar 31, 2014 - Xanana Gusmão, prime minister of East Timor, says rapid economic growth since independence from Indonesia in 2002 means his country is now... Full Article

Australia: Oz aims to cut credit card fees

Mar 24, 2014 - Australia’s Reserve Bank has given credit card companies the power to limit surcharges merchants charge customers for using the cards and... Full Article

India: India a top weapons importer

Mar 24, 2014 - India is by far the largest importer of arms, in large part because it has failed to develop a robust domestic arms industry.... Full Article

Cambodia: Better school attendance flows from filtered water

Mar 24, 2014 - A study in Cambodia has found that children are 2.5 times more likely to attend school regularly when the school has filtered drinking water... Full Article

Korea: Korean youth favour smartphones over computers

Mar 24, 2014 - Young South Koreans much prefer their smartphones over their computers as the electronic gadget of choice. Full Article

Japan: Bitcoin brouhaha bites bank

Mar 24, 2014 - Japan’s second-largest bank, Mizuho Bank, has been caught up in the litigation surrounding Mt. Gox and the alleged theft of half a billion... Full Article

Indonesia: Drought sparks early forest fire season

Mar 17, 2014 - A drought in Southeast Asia has brought an early start to forest fires, principally in Indonesia, which for years have regularly covered much of... Full Article

Low marks for higher education in India

Mar 17, 2014 - India has gained a reputation for being home to some of the world’s best-educated and most innovative young people. But if a new ranking of... Full Article

Singapore: Lion City gripped with missionary zeal

Mar 17, 2014 - Several of SIngapore’s churches want to make the city an international missionary hub for evangelical Christianity, and their charismatic... Full Article

Japan: Japan gets first female bank boss

Mar 17, 2014 - Chie Shinpo is set to become the first woman to head a Japanese bank when she takes over as president of Nomura Trust and Banking Co. on April 1.... Full Article

China: China records trade deficit in February

Mar 17, 2014 - China’s General Administration of Customs reported a $22.98 billion trade deficit in February, the first time imports have exceeded exports... Full Article

Canada announces free trade agreement with South Korea

Mar 11, 2014 - Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced March 11 that negotiations have been concluded on a free trade agreement between Canada and South Korea.... Full Article

Malaysia: Muslim moves hurt trade

Mar 10, 2014 - Taking sides in the contest between Iran and Saudi Arabia for dominance among the world’s Muslims has cost Malaysia dearly.... Full Article

China: Yuan no threat to greenback

Mar 10, 2014 - There is no immediate prospect of the Chinese currency, the yuan, overtaking the U.S. dollar to become the world’s most important currency.... Full Article

China: Housing bubble set to burst

Mar 10, 2014 - The slow-motion collapse of housing prices in China continues apace with homebuyers in Hangzhou, the capital of the eastern Zhejiang province,... Full Article

Vietnam: Skilled labour shortage looms

Mar 10, 2014 - In the last few years, Vietnam has invested millions of dollars to build and stock provincial-level vocational schools to provide the skilled... Full Article

Japan: Radical immigration initiative

Mar 10, 2014 - Immigration has always been a difficult issue in Japan, which remains one of the world’s most racially homogeneous countries.... Full Article

Indian Oil to acquire interest in Progress Energy’s B.C. LNG export project

Mar 07, 2014 - Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. has agreed to purchase a 10% interest in Progress Energy Canada’s natural gas reserves in northeast British... Full Article

Pure Energy signs MOU with South Korean steel manufacturer

Mar 05, 2014 - Vancouver lithium explorer Pure Energy Minerals (TSX-V:PE) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with South Korean steel product... Full Article

Singapore: Sin taxes to bankroll services

Mar 03, 2014 - Singapore is steeply increasing "sin" taxes to raise revenue for increased medical and social services for its rapidly aging population.... Full Article

China: China faces more export angst

Mar 03, 2014 - China’s aim of fostering economic growth by boosting domestic consumption and lessening dependence on exports of manufactured goods... Full Article

Japan: TPP dairy deal rumoured

Mar 03, 2014 - Japanese media are reporting that their country’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiator, Akira Amari, has done a deal with... Full Article

Burma: Power failure threatens growth

Mar 03, 2014 - Burma’s role as Southeast Asia’s hottest undeveloped economy is being threatened by its lack of electrical power.... Full Article

Australia: Oz property value alert

Mar 03, 2014 - Australia expects its already overvalued property market to be further distorted by Ottawa’s decision to end Canada’s investor... Full Article

Australia: Trade minister lauds South Korea trade deal

Feb 24, 2014 - Australia's trade and investment minister, Andrew Robb, says a recently concluded free trade agreement with South Korea will be a major boost for... Full Article

China: Investor immigrant options

Feb 24, 2014 - Wealthy Chinese are scrambling to find other destinations for their money after Canada, once their favourite destination, cancelled its Immigrant... Full Article

Japan: Free trade deal stalled

Feb 24, 2014 - Negotiations between Japan and the United States in preparation for the planned Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement are... Full Article

Philippines: Peace promotes investment

Feb 24, 2014 - The prospect of a lasting peace in predominantly Muslim southern Philippines has sparked an investment rush.The Regional Board of Investments... Full Article

Bangladesh: Anti-poverty plan panned

Feb 24, 2014 - Bangladesh’s proposed new anti-poverty program is being criticized for being too generous."The country’s poverty rate is now below... Full Article

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B.C. government supports Canada-Korea free trade agreement

Feb 19, 2014 - The provincial government is throwing its support behind a free trade agreement with Korea, saying the province is being hurt because of delays... Full Article

B.C. life sciences companies participate in India trade mission

Feb 19, 2014 - Three British Columbia life sciences companies spent the last week in India on a trade mission to expand markets for B.C. businesses, the... Full Article

Vancouver biotech signs distribution agreement with Chinese panel manufacturer

Feb 18, 2014 - Vancouver’s Abattis Bioceuticals Corp. has announced that it has acquired the exclusive worldwide distribution rights to a Nanjing-based... Full Article

Taiwan: Immigrant rules tightened

Feb 17, 2014 - Taiwan is tightening its requirements for immigrant applicants from Hong Kong and Macau to avoid "unpredictable population growth."... Full Article

Vietnam: Ministry increasingly eyes eco-friendly investment

Feb 17, 2014 - Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment says the country wants to concentrate on attracting eco-friendly foreign investment projects... Full Article

South Korea: Government fostering fertility

Feb 17, 2014 - The South Korean government is introducing a new program to support working mothers aimed at boosting the country’s low birth rate and to... Full Article

Australia: From PM’s office to aboriginal apology foundation

Feb 17, 2014 - Australia’s former Labour Party prime minister Kevin Rudd is embarking on a new career following his defeat in last year’s election.... Full Article

Indonesia: Business risks threaten to sink economy

Feb 17, 2014 - Indonesia tops many lists of the most attractive investment targets in Asia, but a new report says political and social tensions continue to... Full Article

Indonesia: Mineral export ban hurts building sector

Feb 10, 2014 - The Indonesian government's ban on the export of unprocessed minerals is having severe repercussions on the Singaporean construction industry.... Full Article

South Korea: Oil consumption drops for first time in five years

Feb 10, 2014 - Oil consumption in South Korea dropped last year for the first time in five years as the country used more electricity and gas, especially for... Full Article

Cambodia: Chinese travellers driving Cambodian tourism boom

Feb 10, 2014 - Cambodian and partner airlines are adding routes and new flights to meet demand from Chinese tourists. Full Article

China: Delhi contests Beijing's Asian air pollution crown

Feb 10, 2014 - There has been a strange contest over whether China or India has the capital with the worst air pollution. Full Article

Australia: Auto sector headed for dead end

Feb 10, 2014 - The end of Australia’s automotive industry may be in sight. Full Article

South Korea: 'Gangnam Style' stokes tourist trade

Feb 03, 2014 - South Korea's tourist industry is reaping the benefits of the explosion of K-pop and singer Psy's mega-hit "Gangnam Style."... Full Article

Vancouver duplex design opens doors to home ownership options in Korea

Feb 03, 2014 - Architect’s ‘peanut house’ brings wood-frame construction to Asian country where concrete commands majority of marketplace Full Article

Japan: Trade deficit soars to $112 billion in 2013

Feb 03, 2014 - Japan’s trade deficit reached $112 billion last year, up 65% on 2012, and for some that’s good news. Full Article

China: Graduates flood China as students return from overseas

Feb 03, 2014 - China is seeing a dramatic increase in the number of its young people returning from colleges and universities abroad.... Full Article

Vietnam: Government grapples with skilled workforce woes

Feb 03, 2014 - The Vietnamese government is feeling ill equipped as the creation of the Southeast Asian Economic Community approaches next year.... Full Article

India: Country needs to create more manufacturing jobs, says minister

Feb 03, 2014 - India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma says the country needs to create 100 million skilled manufacturing jobs by 2022.... Full Article

New year, new wine export opportunities in Asia

Jan 27, 2014 - Year of the Horse celebrations a potential gift-giving bonanza for the viticulture sector Full Article

India: Chamber hopes to accelerate India-Canada trade

Jan 27, 2014 - Delegates from the Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) visiting Chennai in India's Tamil Nadu state have bemoaned the poor state of trade... Full Article

Bangladesh: Bank tightens lending rules

Jan 27, 2014 - The central bank of Bangladesh has rolled out new rules to reduce risk to the banking industry by tightening the qualifications for large-scale... Full Article

Laos: From economic isolation to top 10 global growth

Jan 27, 2014 - Laos, for decades happily languishing in self-imposed isolation, has become one of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world as the communist... Full Article

Taiwan: Taiwan seeks TPP membership

Jan 27, 2014 - Taiwan's president, Ma Ying-jeou, has told a visiting group of seven Liberal Party MPs and senators he would like Canada's support for his... Full Article

China: China targets zombie banks

Jan 27, 2014 - The People's Bank of China (PBOC) is moving to dismantle so-called "zombie banks" set up by local governments, but which have accumulated debts... Full Article

Vietnam: Rice harvest reaps yields reduced revenue

Jan 20, 2014 - Vietnam is expecting another bad year for its rice exports after finding in 2013 that supply outstripped demand in the global market.... Full Article

Southeast Asia: Turkey’s PM pushes Asian free trade deals

Jan 20, 2014 - Embattled political leaders often find it beneficial to leave their opponents carping at home and to take a break in foreign capitals.... Full Article

China: Oil pipeline hazards abound

Jan 20, 2014 - China’s State Administration of Work Safety has conducted a national survey of oil pipeline safety after oil leaked into sewage pipes in... Full Article

Malaysia: Fraud endemic in Malaysian business

Jan 20, 2014 - Malaysian corporate leaders should at least get a high mark for self-awareness as more than 83% of them admitted in a recent survey that fraud is... Full Article

North Korea: 'Brilliant Leader' rolls out new HR initiatives

Jan 20, 2014 - North Korea is a family business, but with a rather more bloody approach to human resource management than is common in most other modern... Full Article

China: Beijing company pulls plug on renewable energy operation

Jan 13, 2014 - Even as China's neighbours, such as Taiwan and Hong Kong, voice alarm at the billowing air pollution flowing over the borders, one of Beijing's... Full Article

Australia: Oz under fire for failing to monitor whale hunt

Jan 13, 2014 - The new Australian government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott is facing a test of its election pledge to closely monitor activities by Japanese... Full Article

Indonesia: Millions to join consolidated social insurance system

Jan 13, 2014 - More than 121 million of Indonesia's nearly 250 million people are expected to join the new National Social Insurance system being launched this... Full Article

Nepal: Embassy rescues women from Saudi employers

Jan 13, 2014 - Nepal's embassy in Saudi Arabia has rescued 126 Nepali women working as maids and who complained of economic, sexual and psychological... Full Article

Vancouver hair-loss biotech wins Japanese patent

Jan 13, 2014 - Vancouver-based RepliCel Life Sciences Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, has been granted a patent by Japan's Ministry of... Full Article

Japan: Abenomics stimulating Japan’s stagnant economy

Jan 13, 2014 - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged companies to agree to pay higher wages to employees in upcoming spring negotiations with labour... Full Article

North Vancouver photovoltaic manufacturer announces Taiwanese partnership

Jan 10, 2014 - North Vancouver-based Aurora Control Technologies Corp. (TSX-V:ACU), a manufacturer of inline measurement systems for the photovoltaic industry,... Full Article

Australia: Oz online shopping up

Jan 06, 2014 - The average number of online purchases by Australians has grown over 46% in the last two years after stalling in the wake of the 2008 global... Full Article

Japan: Lower yen aids Japan tourism

Jan 06, 2014 - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's drive to reduce the value of Japan's currency to stimulate exports and generate a modicum of inflation to encourage... Full Article

Malaysia: Foreign money flees Malaysia

Jan 06, 2014 - Malaysia's stock market was shocked post-Christmas when financial research institute MIDF found that much of the foreign money in the market,... Full Article

China: China loosens one-child policy

Jan 06, 2014 - China's parliament, the National People's Congress, has approved a loosening of the regulations governing the country's one-child policy,... Full Article

Japan: Bitcoin becoming a focus for fraudsters in Asia

Jan 06, 2014 - The market for the Internet's virtual currency, Bitcoin, has become a favourite playground for cyber-fraudsters, nowhere more so than in Asia.... Full Article

Vancouver Internet education company announces India partnership

Jan 03, 2014 - ACT360 Solutions Ltd. (TSX-V:AKM) has entered into a licensing agreement with India’s Savvica Inc., the Vancouver company announced January... Full Article

China: Hong Kong a hotbed for scam artists

Dec 16, 2013 - Hong Kong revels in being a free port with a minimum of rules and regulations under the canopy of British-style rule of law. One downside to the... Full Article

India: Ruling party rattled in Indian elections

Dec 16, 2013 - India’s ruling Congress Party has been given a grim glimpse into the future as national elections approach next year. In state elections,... Full Article

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Cambodia: Cambodia’s public service a leader in corruption

Dec 16, 2013 - Cambodia has won the unenviable distinction that its levels of corruption have worsened since its Anti-Corruption Unit was formed in 2010. The... Full Article

Singapore: Foreign renter row roils Singapore

Dec 16, 2013 - Singapore has for decades been the home of social engineering, designed in part to prevent the rise of ghettos dominated by the city-state’s ... Full Article

China: Beijing not bullish on Bitcoin

Dec 16, 2013 - Beijing has had enough trouble over the past couple of decades easing the Chinese currency, the renminbi, into the global market without causing... Full Article

South Korea: South Korea building plastic surgery persona

Dec 09, 2013 - In some circles South Korea has earned the dubious title of "plastic surgery republic" because of the booming popularity of procedures.... Full Article

Pacific: Pessimistic climate change forecast for Pacific region

Dec 09, 2013 - The Asian Development Bank has produced a pessimistic report on the likely economic effects in the Pacific region of rising sea levels.... Full Article

India: Indian political parties in social media controversy

Dec 09, 2013 - Narendra Modi, the controversial premier of India's Gujarat state, who may lead the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power in New Delhi... Full Article

Indonesia: British confidence in Indonesia business climate dropping

Dec 09, 2013 - A survey of 100 British companies with enterprises in Indonesia has found a sharp drop in their overall confidence in the business climate in the... Full Article

North Korea: Kaesong thawing industrial relations between Koreas

Dec 09, 2013 - North Korea's Kaesong industrial complex, where 123 South Korean firms employ 53,000 local workers, is a barometer of the volatile relations... Full Article

Vietnam: PM targets Vietnam’s mismanaged power plants

Dec 02, 2013 - Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has conceded that management of hydroelectric power plants has been dangerously lax.... Full Article

New Zealand: Economy boosts New Zealand immigration numbers

Dec 02, 2013 - New Zealand has only 4.3 million people, so it doesn’t take much of a boost in immigration numbers for it to seem the country will soon be... Full Article

Thailand: Corporate confidence in Thai economy evaporates

Dec 02, 2013 - About 80% of corporate executives in Thailand have no confidence their economy will improve in 2014. Full Article




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