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As part of its ongoing privatisation push, Vietnam will remove caps on foreign ownership

Vietnam to relax foreign investment rules

As part of its ongoing privatisation push, Vietnam will remove caps on foreign ownership

Vietnam is set to abolish its caps on foreign ownership, which would allow foreigners to own a full 100 percent of a firm. Previously, the Communist-run state placed a cap of foreign ownership on certain firms and industries at 49 percent, to prevent fore...

Marcel Thieliant, Japan Economist at Capital Economics, tells World Finance that further structural reforms and wage increases are key

Thieliant: Japan’s economy is winning, but citizens still losing

Marcel Thieliant, Japan Economist at Capital Economics, tells World Finance that further structural reforms and wage increases are key

Economist argues that despite strong bond buying program in Japan, the Abe government needs to dramatically overhaul the taxation system. ...

The number of North Koreans seeking refuge in the South has dropped as the country’s economy has improved suggesting citizens are more content

A Korea of the future?

The number of North Koreans seeking refuge in the South has dropped as the country’s economy has improved suggesting citizens are more content

World Finance speaks with Bradley Babson, a former World Bank official, who is now the chair of the DPRK Economic Forum at the US-Korea Institute at John Hopkins on the economics of the regime. ...

With its economy growing faster than China's and a business-friendly prime minister, India may appear an enticing prospect to foreign investors. But ranking 142 on the World Banks ease of doing business report the country still seems to have a way to go

World Bank ease of doing business “numbers just numbers” for India

With its economy growing faster than China’s and a business-friendly prime minister, India may appear an enticing prospect to foreign investors. But ranking 142 on the World Banks ease of doing business report the country still seems to have a way to go

World Finance speaks with TT Ashok, Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry's MSME Council, on doing business in the world’s second largest country. Come back later for a full transcript of this video....

Economist argues slow growth has reduced to stagnation in the Asian Tiger nation

Nightingale: China could be heading to a recession

Economist argues slow growth has reduced to stagnation in the Asian Tiger nation

Economist Roger Nightingale concedes to World Finance that his projected GDP growth figure of three percent growth may be too high for a country that has seen ‘no growth’ in the past year. Come back later for a full transcript of this video....

China and Pakistan have agreed upon a series of projects, designed to improve trade relations between the two nations

Pakistan and China united by new economic corridor

China and Pakistan have agreed upon a series of projects, designed to improve trade relations between the two nations

China and Pakistan have together unveiled plans for $46bn in vital energy and infrastructure projects, as the nations look to strengthen their existing relationship and construct a “land corridor” between the two. China’s Xi Jinping was in Islamabad...

The Umbrella Movement – the recent demonstrations in Hong Kong have drawn the world’s attention towards the relationship with the Chinese mainland and it’s isolated financial capital Hong Kong

Don’t kill the chicken to get the golden eggs: Hong Kong versus China

The Umbrella Movement – the recent demonstrations in Hong Kong have drawn the world’s attention towards the relationship with the Chinese mainland and it’s isolated financial capital Hong Kong

World Finance speaks with Frankie Fook-Lun Leung attorney and China expert on whether it’s wise for the Middle Kingdom to exert more control over Hong Kong considering its successful track record as a major financial hub. Come back later for a fu...

South Korea's slow economic recovery persists, causing the inflation rate to fall to its lowest level since 1999

South Korea inflation drops to 16-year low

South Korea’s slow economic recovery persists, causing the inflation rate to fall to its lowest level since 1999

Sluggish domestic demand and consumption have been hailed as the biggest impediments for South Korea’s economic recovery. While low prices persist, sales and wages remain stagnated, thereby curbing spending and investment – the mechanisms required to...

Ann Pettifor of Prime Economics argues China is the latest victim of the Washington consensus

Pettifor: Failure of IMF key to understanding AIIB’s rise

Ann Pettifor of Prime Economics argues China is the latest victim of the Washington consensus

Economist speaks to World Finance about how historically entrenched bias within the IMF towards Asia could be corrected by the AIIB. Come back later for a full transcript of this video....

Former White House official argues Europeans the rest of the world should reserve judgments on the merits of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Why is the US so threatened by the rise of the AIIB?

Former White House official argues Europeans the rest of the world should reserve judgments on the merits of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Christian Whiton tells World Finance the recent US diplomatic uproar over the UK’s endorsement of the Bank makes Americans look weak. Come back later for a full transcript of this video....

Former White House official discusses the situation the AIIB poses to the US and Western-backed global financial institutions

Malmgren: US needs China-backed AIIB infrastructure investment the most

Former White House official discusses the situation the AIIB poses to the US and Western-backed global financial institutions

World Finance speaks to Dr Pippa Malmgren, author of, Signals: The breakdown of the social contract and the rise of geopolitics about how China will spread its influence globally by investing in global infrastructure projects. Come back later for a...

Price growth in Japan has failed to increase for the first time in almost two years and extinguished any hopes that a recovery will take hold soon

Japan dealt another blow as core CPI falls flat

Price growth in Japan has failed to increase for the first time in almost two years and extinguished any hopes that a recovery will take hold soon

Sinking oil prices and less-than-impressive spending levels have dealt Abenomics yet another blow as the latest government figures indicate that Japan’s core consumer price index has fallen flat. Having escaped a recession in the fourth quarter of last ...

China's property prices have fallen for a sixth consecutive month to the fastest rate since records began in 2011

China’s real estate slump worsens

China’s property prices have fallen for a sixth consecutive month to the fastest rate since records began in 2011

Prices for new homes in 66 of China’s major cities fell by 5.7 percent in February, compared with the same month a year prior, in what is the worst decline on record. January’s drop was 5.1 percent, indicating a continued downturn that has worsened ea...

India’s GDP will exceed that of Japan and Germany combined as adjusted data shows faster than expected economic growth

Indian economy to overtake Japan and Germany, says IMF

India’s GDP will exceed that of Japan and Germany combined as adjusted data shows faster than expected economic growth

Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the IMF, has labelled India as a “bright spot” in the “cloudy global horizon” following predictions that India’s economy will expand by 7.2 percent in the current fiscal year. This is up from 5.6 percent a...

Thailand cuts interest rates to the lowest level since 2009 amid falling consumer prices and a backdrop of global quantitative easing

Thai central bank cuts interest rates

Thailand cuts interest rates to the lowest level since 2009 amid falling consumer prices and a backdrop of global quantitative easing

Thailand’s central bank has reduced its interest rate from two to 1.75 percent in a move unexpected by economists, according to polls carried out by Bloomberg and Reuters. The decision was announced on March 10 in an attempt to lift the sluggish economy...

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