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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...

On December 31, 2015, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will form an economic community (AEC) comparable to the EU but is this more rhetoric than reality?

ASEAN region prepares to sink or swim

On December 31, 2015, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will form an economic community (AEC) comparable to the EU but is this more rhetoric than reality?

The ASEAN region is entering a critical year as it prepares to declare itself an integrated economic community. As home to 10 percent of the world’s population it will rank as the world’s seventh largest market, with a combined GDP of $2.4trn that is ...

Showing a map of the country that includes disputed territories, China’s new passport says a lot about the aggressive policies of President Xi Jinping after two years in power. Does it symbolise the leader’s determination to build the nation’s international influence?

A look at President Xi Jinping’s impact on China

Showing a map of the country that includes disputed territories, China’s new passport says a lot about the aggressive policies of President Xi Jinping after two years in power. Does it symbolise the leader’s determination to build the nation’s international influence?

March 2013 Aged 60, communist party veteran Xi takes over the presidency with a ringing promise to rejuvenate the nation under a programme called ‘Chinese dream’. Taking control of an unusual number of portfolios, he announces an attack on corrupti...

Premier Li Keqiang tells the nation to expect slower growth and signals a new “normal” for China’s economic development

China headed for economic slowdown, warns Premier

Premier Li Keqiang tells the nation to expect slower growth and signals a new “normal” for China’s economic development

In the annual state-of-the-nation speech on March 05, the Chinese Premier told the 3,000 delegates present that further economic slowdown can be expected this year. The country’s GDP growth target has thus been reduced to approximately seven percent as ...

India will double the tax on coal production as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government commits to financing clean environment initiatives

India doubles coal duty for second year

India will double the tax on coal production as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government commits to financing clean environment initiatives

The world’s third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases will raise coal duty after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley delivered his annual budget speech. He stated that the collected revenues will feed $2bn annually into the National Clean Energy Fund, which h...

As the dust settles following India’s dramatic federal election, Narendra Modi is increasingly feeling the pressure to deliver robust economic reform

Modi’s tech infrastructure fervour on the back of Obamamania

As the dust settles following India’s dramatic federal election, Narendra Modi is increasingly feeling the pressure to deliver robust economic reform

World Finance speaks to Nigel Eastwood, Group CEO at New Call Telecom International, on what infrastructure demands Narendra Modi must make to achieve single or even double digit growth. World Finance: As you know, at an investment summit in Gujara...

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