Asia & Australasia

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...

In the biggest jump since 2013, exports have grown, marking a significant reduction in Japan’s trade deficit

Japanese exports are on the rise

In the biggest jump since 2013, exports have grown, marking a significant reduction in Japan’s trade deficit

Japan’s Ministry of Finance released data on Thursday stating that exports had risen by 17 percent in January from the previous year. This boost is attributed to stronger shipments of machinery, vehicles and electronics, aided by the country’s weakene...

Anti-establishment Common Man Party deals blow to Modi’s reform agenda less than a year after taking office

India’s Common Man deals Modi a blow in Dehli election

Anti-establishment Common Man Party deals blow to Modi’s reform agenda less than a year after taking office

Just eight months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi swept to power in India’s general election, he has suffered an embarrassing setback in the country’s capital. In elections for Delhi’s assembly, Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was r...

Indonesia’s economic growth has dropped to its lowest in five years amid political uncertainty and decreasing investments and exports, putting pressure on the country’s new president

Indonesian economic growth at five-year low

Indonesia’s economic growth has dropped to its lowest in five years amid political uncertainty and decreasing investments and exports, putting pressure on the country’s new president

According to data released by the statistics bureau, Southeast Asia’s largest economy has seen GDP expand 5.02 percent in 2014, to $663m, compared with 5.58 percent in 2013. This growth is the weakest expansion since the height of the financial crisis ...

As China undergoes rapid economic structural reform, Hong Kong is forced to prove its worth as a key entry point for multinationals in the face of stiff competition

Is Hong Kong still the best business gateway into Asia?

As China undergoes rapid economic structural reform, Hong Kong is forced to prove its worth as a key entry point for multinationals in the face of stiff competition

World Finance speaks to a number of experts in Hong Kong on whether the city can retain its popularity as a regional interlocutor. World Finance: Another busy day begins at international recruiting firm Harvey Nash's Asia Pacific Office, based in H...

China-based Hurun Research Institute has unveiled the country’s richest billionaires in its latest report, the Hurun Global Rich List 2015. The top spot is unsurprisingly held by Li Ka-shing, but other shifts in the rankings indicate a level of instability for the Chinese economy

China’s top five rich list

China-based Hurun Research Institute has unveiled the country’s richest billionaires in its latest report, the Hurun Global Rich List 2015. The top spot is unsurprisingly held by Li Ka-shing, but other shifts in the rankings indicate a level of instability for the Chinese economy

Li Ka-shing Li Ka-shing’s Cheung Kong empire amasses a wealth of $32bn, making him the richest man in Asia and the wealthiest man in Hong Kong for the 17th year in a row. The real estate tycoon is increasingly diversifying his portfolio and reach, inve...

A renminbi depreciation threatens Hong Kong from its “super connector” status. Norman Cha, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, challenges this assertion

Is Hong Kong China’s global “super connector”?

A renminbi depreciation threatens Hong Kong from its “super connector” status. Norman Cha, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, challenges this assertion

World Finance: At this year's Asian Financial Forum Chief Executive CY Leung highlighted the "super connector" role that his city plays between China and the rest of the world, but given the recent depreciation of the RMB, one has to wonder if this ro...

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