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  • India’s budget opens up to more FDI
    Indian economy is aiming to double in size within five years under new finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman. N Chandra Mohan reports.
    - 4 days ago, 15 Jul 19, 8:24am -
  • Indonesia takes PPP route to infrastructure FDI
    As Joko Widodo nears his second term as president, Indonesia is maintaining its focus on attracting private infrastructure investment. But this is not without its challenges, as Alex Irwin-Hunt reports.
    - 4 days ago, 15 Jul 19, 5:39am -
  • China makes an ambitious push on intermodal freight
    With World Bank support, China is taking steps to address the connectivity problems that have dogged its logistics network. Gordon Feller reports.
    - 15 days ago, 4 Jul 19, 11:35am -
  • China trims FDI negative list
    Beijing has unveiled a shortened list for sectors off-limits to foreign investment and cut the number of restricted sectors in free trade zones. Taha Ahmed reports.
    - 16 days ago, 3 Jul 19, 7:39am -
  • Multinationals favour Singapore for regional HQs
    Singapore maintains its position as a leading destination for regional Asia-Pacific HQs, according to a Hawksford report.
    - 21 days ago, 28 Jun 19, 8:05am -
  • The view from the Asian Development Bank
    Jacopo Dettoni travelled to Nadi, Fiji, for the annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank, where he spoke to key delegates representing governments and institutions from all over the Asia-Pacific region. 
    - 36 days ago, 13 Jun 19, 7:16am -
  • View from Asia: the rise of tier-two cities
    East Asia and the Pacific make up the world's fastest urbanising region, with great opportunities for investment, but also challenges, says Lawrence Yeo.
    - 36 days ago, 13 Jun 19, 7:00am -
  • Will Indonesia's new capital finally get the go-ahead?
    Jakarta's days as the Indonesian capital may be numbered, but president Joko Widodo has not yet built up enough momentum for the new capital project to succeed where it has failed several times before. Jacopo Dettoni reports.  
    - 36 days ago, 13 Jun 19, 7:00am -
  • Fiji trade minister looking to catch investment wave
    Premila Kumar, Fiji's minister for industry, trade, tourism, local government, housing and community development, talks to Jacopo Dettoni about the opportunities offered by the ocean that surrounds the country.
    - 36 days ago, 13 Jun 19, 7:00am -
  • Uzbekistan gears up for privatisations as reforms ramp up
    President Shavkat Mirziyoyev is looking to transform Uzbekistan into a more outward-looking, investment-friendly destination, and among his reforms is a wave of privatisations. Jacopo Dettoni reports. 
    - 36 days ago, 13 Jun 19, 7:00am -

Financial Times: Asia Pacific Headlines

IBT: Asia Pacific

The Economist: Asia

  • newAustralia has the world’s highest minimum wage

    Australia has the world’s highest minimum wage

    AUSTRALIA HAS long been at the leading edge of minimum wages. The state of Victoria was the second place in the world to introduce a wage floor in 1896, beaten only by New Zealand. A landmark legal case in 1907 took a more expansive view of a fair wa…
    - 24 hours ago, 18 Jul 19, 10:52am -
  • newMalaysia’s callow government has not kept its vows on civil liberties
    POTS OF BRUSHES litter the desk of Zulkiflee Anwar Haque, a Malaysian political cartoonist better known as Zunar. Drawings of which he is especially proud decorate the blue walls of his studio in Kuala Lumpur. Several satirise Malaysia’s disgraced…
    - 24 hours ago, 18 Jul 19, 10:52am -
  • newThe sad decline of spectacular Afghan weddings
    THE ISTEQLAL wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan’s mountain-fringed capital, is quite a sight, at least at night. The red hangar-like structure is lit up by thousands of multi-coloured lights, which make the building glow like a casino. Inside, chan…
    - 24 hours ago, 18 Jul 19, 10:52am -
  • newPakistan’s borderlands at last win a say in their own administration
    NAHEED AFRIDI is something of a spectacle. She is canvassing for votes in Khyber district ahead of elections later this month. In a region where women are largely confined to their homes, her progress through villages near the Afghan border attracts…
    - 24 hours ago, 18 Jul 19, 10:52am -
  • newRelations between Japan and South Korea are fraying alarmingly
    THEY ARE two full-blown democracies, a rarity in their part of the world. In terms of history and culture, they have dollops in common. Above all, in a fraught region, they are crucial allies of the United States. Yet Japan and South Korea have been…
    - 24 hours ago, 18 Jul 19, 10:52am -
  • newJapan’s dull election is a sign of ailing politics
    IT IS THE opposite of election fever. On July 21st Japan will go to the polls to vote for 124 of 245 seats in the upper house, where members sit for six years. Were it not for the posters, the odd noisy campaign van and occasional rallies outside tra…
    - 24 hours ago, 18 Jul 19, 10:52am -
  • Myanmar’s countryside is emptying and its cities bursting
    WHEN SHE moved from her village to Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, Ma Thet Thet Nwe was afraid. Her husband had just died and she needed to provide for five children. She found work at a garment factory in Hlaingthaya, an industrial zone, and saved…
    - 8 days ago, 11 Jul 19, 10:51am -
  • The Taliban negotiates with Afghan officials for the first time
    IT WAS A breakthrough, albeit only by the forlorn standards of the 40-year conflict in Afghanistan. After two days of talks with Afghan officials at a posh hotel in Qatar, envoys of the Taliban promised that their insurgents would not attack schools,…
    - 8 days ago, 11 Jul 19, 10:51am -
  • India is declaring millions of its citizens to be foreigners
    IT IS HOTTER than Prague. It does not have the Czech capital’s cobbled squares or narrow streets but instead tin-roofed houses and paddies hemmed with palms and mango trees. Yet Franz Kafka would have felt quite at home in Assam. Since 2016 this hi…
    - 8 days ago, 11 Jul 19, 10:51am -
  • In Japan, fewer people means more animals
    FOR A LONG time hikers in Japan have considered a bear bell essential. Its tinny ring is said to scare off the huge creatures. Nowadays, however, bear bells are increasingly useful on the way to the shops as well as in the wild. “The number of anim…
    - 8 days ago, 11 Jul 19, 10:51am -

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