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Asian economy slowing down, but B.C. exports to China

Aug 25, 2014 - Natural resources continue to top the province's exports to the Far East, but opportunities in agriculture... Full Article


Chinese investors diversify their B.C. holdings

Jun 02, 2014 - Once focused primarily on resources, overseas money is now flowing into other sectors Full Article


India: Soviet echo to go silent

Aug 25, 2014 - India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, is moving to dismantle one of the last reminders of founding prime ... Full Article

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North Korea: Government boosts drug trade

Aug 25, 2014 - Government boosts drug trade Full Article

Indonesia: Stock exchange delayed

Aug 25, 2014 - In a further sign that the 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are going to be hard pressed to be ready to form their... Full Article

Australia: Tourism down Down Under

Aug 25, 2014 - Warnings by several governments about Australia's poisonous or man-eating wildlife, tempestuous weather and – in some places –... Full Article

China: Beijing pushes eco-etiquette

Aug 25, 2014 - China's government has issued a list of "behavioural standards" it expects citizens to adhere to in order to try to reduce environmental damage.... Full Article

India: Soviet echo to go silent

Aug 25, 2014 - India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, is moving to dismantle one of the last reminders of founding prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru's... Full Article

New Zealand: Neutrality fruitful for Kiwis

Aug 18, 2014 - New Zealand is set to benefit from keeping its head down and not getting involved in imposing sanctions on Russia for Moscow’s meddling in... Full Article

China: Sex tape probe nets jail term

Aug 18, 2014 - Doing credible due diligence on potential Chinese partner companies is a nightmare. But British risk assessment analyst Peter Humphrey has found... Full Article

India: PM seeks nuclear energy deal

Aug 18, 2014 - India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, is playing Japan and South Korea against each other in his quest for modern civil nuclear... Full Article

South Korea: Investors flock to yuan

Aug 18, 2014 - The convertibility of the Chinese currency, the yuan, and attractive interest rate offered by Chinese lenders has pumped up foreign currency... Full Article

Hong Kong: Cloud hangs over generation

Aug 18, 2014 - Hong Kong’s young people are among the unhappiest in Asia. In a recent poll conducted in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, Australia,... Full Article

Bangladesh: Remittances rise

Aug 11, 2014 - Remittances by overseas Bangladeshi workers last month rose by 15.9% over June, despite a sharp drop in the number of people working abroad.... Full Article

Japan: Corporate taxes cut

Aug 11, 2014 - The Japanese government plans to cut the corporate tax rate by five percentage points over the next five years, bringing it to about the same... Full Article

Vietnam: Coffee exports perk up

Aug 11, 2014 - Vietnam could become the world's leading supplier of coffee within a few years, if only it can deal with the problem of low-quality beans.... Full Article

Philippines: Workers summoned home

Aug 11, 2014 - Libya is close to a full-blown civil war, but Filipino workers say they have a "better chance of surviving" there than at home in the Philippines.... Full Article

South Korea: Part-timers’ ranks grow

Aug 11, 2014 - The number of South Koreans with part-time jobs has jumped by over 9% in the last year to close to two million people.... Full Article

South Korea: Applicants swarm school

Aug 04, 2014 - Ewha Women's University in the South Korean capital Seoul is the world's second-largest female education institute and one of the most prestigious ... Full Article

China: Wealth gap climbs

Aug 04, 2014 - Despite the Beijing government's insistence it is dealing with inequality, the gap between rich and the rest in China is worse than ever. A new... Full Article

Indonesia: Festival death toll falls

Aug 04, 2014 - Indonesia is the most populous Muslim country in the world, and, as elsewhere in Islam, the festival Eid al-Fitr after the privations of the month ... Full Article

New Zealand: UN takes Canada down a peg

Aug 04, 2014 - New Zealand has edged out Canada in a United Nations assessment of the world's most developed countries. The ranking is based on life expectancy,... Full Article

Burma: Labour shortage boosts wages

Aug 04, 2014 - The surge in development that has accompanied Burma's transition to a form of democracy after decades of military rule has led to a swift shortage ... Full Article

China: Would-be moms dodge Sheep

Jul 28, 2014 - Chinese superstition has it that girls born in the Year of the Sheep impoverish their families. The next Year of the Sheep starts on February 19,... Full Article

Thailand: Junta launches trade drive

Jul 28, 2014 - Thailand's military regime thinks that amid the hubbub of the political upheaval in recent years, it may have been forgotten that the country is a ... Full Article

New Zealand: Immigration on the rise

Jul 28, 2014 - New Zealand welcomed 100,800 immigrants in the 12 months to the end of June, the most since 2003. At the same time departures were down 22% to 62,... Full Article

Singapore and Malaysia: Car wars escalate

Jul 28, 2014 - Singapore and the Malaysian state of Johor are in a tit-for-tat war over each other's cars and trucks. Singapore uses extraordinarily expensive... Full Article

Australia: Carbon tax up in smoke

Jul 28, 2014 - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has succeeded in his third attempt to kill off the country's carbon tax. The government legislation, first... Full Article

Bangladesh: UN court fixes boundary

Jul 21, 2014 - Bangladesh has won a landmark judgment from the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration in a territorial dispute with neighbouring India.... Full Article

Australia: Ancestral 'rascals' blamed

Jul 21, 2014 - China’s state-controlled Global Times newspaper has become the pulpit from which Beijing dispenses its most scornful comments about... Full Article

South Korea: Poll pegs ‘digital culture’

Jul 21, 2014 - A survey of 344 South Koreans and 280 foreigners has found that most believe the country’s "digital culture" is its top competitive asset... Full Article

India: Antibiotics use on the rise

Jul 21, 2014 - India has become the world’s largest consumer of antibiotics, with its use rising from eight billion units in 2001 to 12.9 billion units in... Full Article

China: Buyers embrace U.S. property

Jul 21, 2014 - Chinese nationals are the largest group of foreign buyers of United States residential real estate. Foreign purchases of U.S. homes jumped by 35%... Full Article

Terrace lands Chinese manufacturer

Jul 16, 2014 - The City of Terrace has sold 1,056 acres (480 hectares) at its Skeena Industrial Park for $11.87 million to a Chinese investment company that... Full Article

Australia: Strange bedfellows

Jul 14, 2014 - Efforts by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to fulfil his election pledge to scrap the country's carbon tax have been stalled by an unlikely... Full Article

China and South Korea: Beijing, Seoul talk trade

Jul 14, 2014 - China and South Korea are due to embark on their 12th round of free trade talks this week. Full Article

Japan: Direct flights launched

Jul 14, 2014 - Thai airline Asia Atlantic Airlines, which is part-owned by Japanese tourist company HIS Co., is going to begin direct flights from Japan to... Full Article

India: New Delhi targets hoarders

Jul 14, 2014 - As it tries to tackle the problem of inflation in basic food commodities, the new Indian government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is cracking... Full Article

Cultural festival showcases South Asian artists

Jul 07, 2014 - The Indian Summer Arts Society (ISAS) is hosting an arts festival dedicated to promoting South Asian arts in Vancouver... Full Article

Cambodia: Job-seekers reverse course

Jul 07, 2014 - The military coup in Thailand is causing some chaos in the job market in neighbouring Cambodia. About 250,000 migrant workers have returned home... Full Article

India and Pakistan: Rivals take aim at trade barriers

Jul 07, 2014 - India's minister for commerce and industry, Nirmala Sitharaman, will meet her Pakistani counterpart, Khurram Dastgir Khan, later this month to... Full Article

India: Companies see brighter future

Jul 07, 2014 - Business confidence in India has taken an upward bounce since the new government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office on May 26. A survey... Full Article

Australia: Future leaders sought

Jul 07, 2014 - Forty of Australia's brightest and best undergraduates have been awarded scholarships this year to live, study and work in Japan, Indonesia,... Full Article

Australia: Asylum-seekers offered cash

Jun 30, 2014 - The new Australian government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott is taking another stab at solving the problem of a steady stream of "boat people"... Full Article

Sri Lanka: Government skirts sanctions

Jun 30, 2014 - Sri Lanka's government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella has told local reporters Columbo has a secret deal with Washington allowing it to import... Full Article

China: Beijing vies for TV supremacy

Jun 30, 2014 - China may lust to occupy Taiwan, but Beijing shows little generosity towards what it regards as its rebellious children. In the past few years... Full Article

Philippines: Estrada patriarch’s son jailed

Jun 30, 2014 - The Philippines' Estrada family has a hard time keeping out of jail. The family godfather, former president Joseph "Erap" Estrada, now the mayor... Full Article

South Korea: Bank wades into microfinance

Jun 30, 2014 - South Korea's Woori Bank thinks it's found a way into the 10-nation, 500-million-population Association of Southeast Asian Nations market, which... Full Article

Myanmar: Rice exports hit plateau

Jun 23, 2014 - Burma was once the world's largest rice exporter, but it lost this dominance during half a century of military rule. But as the country, now known ... Full Article

Japan: Immigration hurdle lowered

Jun 23, 2014 - Japan is easing its regulations on permanent resident status for foreigners to attract people with special work skills. The upper house of the... Full Article

Indonesia: Crisis looms, educators warn

Jun 23, 2014 - An education conference in Jakarta has heard that failings in the country's education system are encouraging violence and intolerance. Teachers... Full Article

Thailand: Investors like economic plan

Jun 23, 2014 - Domestic business leaders and foreign investors are applauding the economic road map set out by the governing military regime, which calls itself... Full Article

China: Trade corridor stirs debate

Jun 23, 2014 - Beijing recently did an end run around Singapore to win the right to develop and operate Pakistan's western Gwadar deep-sea port on the Indian... Full Article

China: Banks embrace false invoicing

Jun 16, 2014 - Getting money out of China to safe havens abroad consumes much time and ingenuity for many Chinese. For those who don't have access to false... Full Article

Japan: Babies bump up fertility rate

Jun 16, 2014 - Japan's fertility rate made a minor jump last year, but the size of the population is still shrinking. The number of children a Japanese woman... Full Article

China: Mainlanders face backlash

Jun 16, 2014 - Hong Kong Tourism Board chairman Peter Lam Kin-ngok is warning that the growing antipathy among the territory's people towards tourists from... Full Article

Australia: Defence minister under fire

Jun 16, 2014 - Australia's defence minister, David Johnston, is in hot water after barring local shipbuilders from bidding for the contracts to construct two new ... Full Article

South Korea: Party makes strong showing

Jun 16, 2014 - Much to her own surprise, South Korean President Park Geun-hye's conservative Saenuri Party did well in local elections 10 days ago. The ruling... Full Article

Canadians losing enthusiasm for building closer ties with Asia (with infographic)

Jun 10, 2014 - Canadians are losing interest in strengthening social and economic ties with Asian countries, concludes the Asia Pacific Foundation’s (APF)... Full Article

Japan: Thaw could sink sanctions

Jun 09, 2014 - There are concerns that international sanctions against North Korea, aimed at dismantling its nuclear weapons program, could be a casualty of... Full Article

India: PM reaches out to Beijing

Jun 09, 2014 - Surprisingly, perhaps, the first telephone call made by India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, after taking office at the end of last month... Full Article

China: Property crash feared

Jun 09, 2014 - There are mounting predictions that China's property bubble is about to burst. "I think Chinese property is the Titanic about to crash into the... Full Article

Cambodia: Unsustainable spending

Jun 09, 2014 - Cambodia's cabinet has approved a new five-year National Strategic Development Plan that envisages spending $26.58 billion – an average of... Full Article

Malaysia: Candy cleared

Jun 09, 2014 - Cadbury breathed a sigh of relief last week after laboratory tests in Malaysia said the candy company's products contain no pig fat. The tests... Full Article

Chinese investors diversify their B.C. holdings

Jun 02, 2014 - Once focused primarily on resources, overseas money is now flowing into other sectors Full Article

South Korea: Sinking takes economic toll

Jun 02, 2014 - The grief being felt by South Koreans over the April 16 sinking of a ferry, in which more than 300 people, most of them high school students, died,... Full Article

India: Tax havens in transit

Jun 02, 2014 - The sources of foreign investment flows are often bemusing and amusing. Cyprus is often the major source of investment in Russia, because that's... Full Article

Bangladesh: Polluters face tax

Jun 02, 2014 - Bangladesh is preparing to introduce a "green tax" to try to check pollution by industries. Rivers around the capital, Dhaka, are reported to be... Full Article

Indonesia: Prospecting for votes

Jun 02, 2014 - The man likely to be Indonesia's next president, Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, says he wants to see more processing of the country's mineral wealth before ... Full Article

Southeast Asia: Prophet motive

Jun 02, 2014 - Canada's third-largest insurer, Sun Life Financial, is boosting investment in Indonesia and Malaysia as income from Asia's biggest markets, China... Full Article

Papua New Guinea: LNG ahead of schedule

May 26, 2014 - The half-island nation of Papua New Guinea has shipped its first tanker of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Japan. The $20 billion project by... Full Article

Singapore: Government with a smile

May 26, 2014 - There has always been a hard edge to Singapore’s style of government. The popular description for it is "Gucci fascism." But, if the recent... Full Article

Southeast Asia: VW steers toward Thailand

May 26, 2014 - The eagles continue to gather as the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) approaches its rebirth as a European Union-like... Full Article

Japan: Products get special protection

May 26, 2014 - Free trade talks between Japan and the European Union have stalled over the protection of famous food and agricultural products. The EU has... Full Article

China: Pollution threatens farmland

May 26, 2014 - A survey by China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection has found that 19.4% of cultivated land and over 10% of woodlands and grasslands... Full Article

India: Gold tames trade deficit

May 19, 2014 - India’s efforts last year to reduce its runaway trade deficit by regulating the gold trade appear to have paid off. The country’s... Full Article

Bangladesh: System tracks aid money

May 19, 2014 - When international agencies give aid to a country for development projects, it is not always clear if the money gets to where it was intended or... Full Article

Cambodia: Companies pressed to certify

May 19, 2014 - The looming deadline next year for the 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to become an integrated economy is... Full Article

South Korea: About-face on pension rules

May 19, 2014 - Public opposition is forcing the government of South Korea to backtrack on giving monthly pensions to elderly dual citizens who live abroad more... Full Article

Japan: Debt numbers soar

May 19, 2014 - Japan’s national debt burst through a zeros boundary last week to reach 1.02 quadrillion yen. Full Article

China: Civil servants' pay lags: study

May 12, 2014 - A study of the salaries of civil servants for the Chinese government has found they are well below those of people with similar qualifications in... Full Article

Pakistan: Guns pour into country

May 12, 2014 - Police in Pakistan have noticed a large increase in arms and ammunition being smuggled into the country. Full Article

India: Singh blocks U.S. investors

May 12, 2014 - As one of his last acts as prime minister of India, Manmohan Singh has ignored a call from the opposition not to make significant decisions while... Full Article

Indonesia: Reforms needed: economist

May 12, 2014 - Indonesia has become the world’s 10th-largest economy, climbing five places in six years, according to the World Bank. But analysts in... Full Article

South Korea: Ferry victims mourned

May 12, 2014 - Children’s Day, marked last week in South Korea, was a day of grief and sadness across the country in reaction to the death of scores of... Full Article

Japan: Dim future for nuclear power

May 05, 2014 - A report in the April 22–28 edition of this newspaper left the impression that a third of Japan’s nuclear reactors are operating again,... Full Article

India and Pakistan: Make trade, not war

May 05, 2014 - The Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think-tank, has warned India and Pakistan that their military spending, fuelled by regional rivalries, is ... Full Article

Malaysia: China beckons English icon

May 05, 2014 - The passion among China’s wealthy for flashy sports cars is encouraging Malaysia’s auto manufacturer, Proton Holdings Berhad, to... Full Article

Asian countries need to address income inequality: Asia Development Bank

Apr 28, 2014 - Asia's economy is expected to continue to grow steadily throughout 2014 and 2015, but according to the Asia Development Bank (ADB), more attention ... Full Article

Indonesia: Prosperity drives investment

Apr 28, 2014 - The pattern of foreign investment in Indonesia is changing markedly to cater to its young and increasingly wealthy population.... Full Article

South Korea: Real estate incentives increased

Apr 28, 2014 - South Korea is considering giving permanent resident status to foreigners who buy empty apartments or houses worth more than the equivalent of... Full Article

Japan: Wanted: Asian tourists

Apr 28, 2014 - Japan hopes to boost its attraction as a destination for Asian tourists by allowing visa-free entry for people from the Philippines, Indonesia and ... Full Article

Bangladesh: Green power green light

Apr 28, 2014 - The Bangladesh government is prepared to subsidize the installation of renewable energy sources in order to lessen the country’s dependency... Full Article

Malaysia: Treasure hunt gets go-ahead

Apr 28, 2014 - The government of Malaysia's Malacca state has issued two permits for treasure hunters to search for a trove of gold bars and royal regalia.... Full Article

Thailand: Growth rate lags

Apr 21, 2014 - Thailand’s political uncertainty continues to seriously affect expectations for its economic performance. The International Monetary Fund... Full Article

Indonesia: Vote makes coalitions likely

Apr 21, 2014 - The results of Indonesia’s parliamentary elections earlier this month produced much less support than expected for the Indonesian Democratic ... Full Article

Mongolia: Government warms to China

Apr 21, 2014 - Since Mongolia began its development as one of the great untapped storehouses of natural resources in Asia, it has worried that its prime market... Full Article

Japan: Reactors prominent in plan

Apr 21, 2014 - Japan’s cabinet has approved a new energy policy, which envisages nuclear power plants again playing a significant part in the... Full Article

China: Beijing won’t print money: Li

Apr 21, 2014 - China’s premier, Li Keqiang, says the Beijing government will not order the printing of money in an attempt to counter a growing slowdown of ... Full Article

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