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Foreign investment continues to flow into China, though it’s at a considerably slower pace than before as the dragon economy sees a significant slow down in exports and GDP growth

Foreign direct investment flows into China despite slowing economy

Foreign investment continues to flow into China, though it’s at a considerably slower pace than before as the dragon economy sees a significant slow down in exports and GDP growth

China's foreign direct investment inflows rose at an annual pace of 2.2 percent in the first six months of 2014, indicating investors are still cautiously optimistic about the world's second-largest economy. New data from the Commerce Ministry says China ...

China’s property sector has slumped in 2014. Construction and house prices have dropped rapidly, and shockwaves are being felt across the global commodities market. Rita Lobo wonders whether the real estate sector is the first teetering tile in a row of dominos

China’s property slowdown could have a domino effect on global commodities

China’s property sector has slumped in 2014. Construction and house prices have dropped rapidly, and shockwaves are being felt across the global commodities market. Rita Lobo wonders whether the real estate sector is the first teetering tile in a row of dominos

When Bill Gates tweeted that China had consumed more cement in the three years leading to 2013 than the US had in the whole of the 20th century, Twitter went into overdrive. Some speculated that he was misusing statistics; others assumed that he was just ...

Colossal mineral deposits have led to Mongolia recording record levels of economic growth, but the government must stop passing populist laws if the country is to realise its potential

Mongolia looks to end mining purgatory

Colossal mineral deposits have led to Mongolia recording record levels of economic growth, but the government must stop passing populist laws if the country is to realise its potential

Just two years ago, economic observers around the world were enthusiastically trumpeting one Asian economy as the next great investment opportunity. While much has been said about China and India over the last decade, it was the more sparsely populated Mo...

Efforts to change Singapore’s economy from being a low-end manufacturer to a high-end producer has sent its growth rate spiralling downwards

Singapore economy struggles as country changes manufacturing emphasis

Efforts to change Singapore’s economy from being a low-end manufacturer to a high-end producer has sent its growth rate spiralling downwards

Lacklustre activity at Singapore's factories has dragged the economy's growth down to 2.1 percent in the second quarter, essentially contracting 0.8 percent on an annual basis. The data from the Singaporean Ministry of Trade and Industry stands in stark c...

World Finance interviews Professor Danny Quah, Professor of Economics and International Development at the London School of Economics, about the OECD's latest report on emerging markets

‘The rise of emerging markets is real’, says London School of Economics professor

World Finance interviews Professor Danny Quah, Professor of Economics and International Development at the London School of Economics, about the OECD’s latest report on emerging markets

Growth in emerging markets has been key to driving living standards in these regions of the world. But a 2014 OECD report suggests the pace of growth has slowed down: a worrying trend for achieving average income levels in these countries by 2050. World F...

In a surprisingly tough budget, India’s new government has vowed to lower the country’s budget deficit and boost foreign direct investment. But Indian stocks fell as long-term plans don’t include solutions for low growth and concerns over lacking food-production this year

India’s budget gets mixed reviews, Indonesia surges post-election

In a surprisingly tough budget, India’s new government has vowed to lower the country’s budget deficit and boost foreign direct investment. But Indian stocks fell as long-term plans don’t include solutions for low growth and concerns over lacking food-production this year

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new government has unveiled a budget it said would revive growth after the country has endured the longest economic slowdown in 25 years. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said he would raise caps on foreign investment...

Despite being loved by some and hated by others, Narendra Modi has a chance to transform india into a country run for the many, rather than the few

Divisive Modi could revolutionise India

Despite being loved by some and hated by others, Narendra Modi has a chance to transform india into a country run for the many, rather than the few

When newly appointed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted “India has won, good days are here again,” you would think that his message was a reflection of universal jubilation across the country. However, while his landslide victory was more con...

€1bn investment will be welcomed by India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he seeks to transform country’s lacklustre infrastructure network

France to help fund Indian infrastructure

€1bn investment will be welcomed by India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he seeks to transform country’s lacklustre infrastructure network

As newly anointed Prime Minister Narendra Modi sets about the business of building a modern, thriving Indian economy, he is seeking the help of foreign investors in funding the massive overhaul of infrastructure that the country needs. This week, Franc...

The consumer price rise comes amid improved labour market conditions and increased optimism about the country’s long-term economic prospects

Japan’s consumer price index rises to 3.4 percent – a 32-year high

The consumer price rise comes amid improved labour market conditions and increased optimism about the country’s long-term economic prospects

Japan’s consumer prices in May rose to an annual rate of 3.4 percent, marking the fastest rise since April 1982 and a knee jerk reaction to the country’s April tax hike. Data released by the internal affairs ministry on June 27 showed that consumer pr...

World Finance speaks to Kerry Brown, author of The New Emperors, to discuss industrial activism in China

Industrial activism in China is ‘a big enough issue’ says author Kerry Brown

World Finance speaks to Kerry Brown, author of The New Emperors, to discuss industrial activism in China

Industrial activism in China - a decade ago this was largely unheard of. But now, as a generation of long serving migrant factory workers retires, the higher educated, more social-media savvy younger generations are less inclined to tolerate the poor cond...

Minimum export price set for the vegetable for overseas shipping amid inflation hike

India prices onion exports to help curb inflation

Minimum export price set for the vegetable for overseas shipping amid inflation hike

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has reintroduced a minimum export price for onions as rising inflation causes a stir ahead of next month’s budget. Modi has announced that tackling rising inflation is a priority for his government and food co...

Revised Cabinet Office figures show that the country’s quarterly growth was larger than previously thought

Japan GDP growth up in first quarter to analysts’ surprise

Revised Cabinet Office figures show that the country’s quarterly growth was larger than previously thought

The Cabinet Office has revised Japan’s quarterly growth through the January-March period to 1.6 percent, 0.1 percent higher than previously thought, bringing the country’s annualised growth rate to 6.7 percent – up from the initial 5.9 percent. T...

World Finance speaks to Michael Levi, co-author of By All Means Necessary and Senior Fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations, about the future for China as it continues its resource extraction boom

Michael Levi on China’s resource extraction boom | Video

World Finance speaks to Michael Levi, co-author of By All Means Necessary and Senior Fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations, about the future for China as it continues its resource extraction boom

Chinese resource extraction has been growing at an increasingly intense pace. But has feeding the dragon come at the expense of resource-rich countries? World Finance interviews Michael Levi, co-author of By All Means Necessary, and Senior Fellow at the C...

As the Japanese economy starts to recover, foreign investors are taking the lead on equities and real estate as long-term investments

Foreign investors see long-term potential in Japan

As the Japanese economy starts to recover, foreign investors are taking the lead on equities and real estate as long-term investments

While still relatively unloved and under-owned, Japan’s economy is looking to pick up in the coming years and catch up on the global earnings recovery. Investor capital has continued to pour into the Japanese hedge fund industry over the past few months...

With the Chinese government recently announcing a swathe of economic reforms, it remains to be seen whether bureaucracy is turning off foreign investors

China must open its doors to rest of world

With the Chinese government recently announcing a swathe of economic reforms, it remains to be seen whether bureaucracy is turning off foreign investors

The latest economic reforms announced at China’s most recent Third Plenum were broad and had far-reaching consequences for the world’s second-largest economy. Even top Chinese politician Yu Zhengsheng admitted that the reforms were “unprecedented”...

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