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fDiIntelligence: Asia-Pacific

  • fDi Tourism Locations of the Future 2017/18: Thailand triumphs in inaugural awards
    Thailand has topped fDi’s inaugural ranking of global tourism locations with the best potential for investment. The balmy Maldives is second, while Asian business hub Hong Kong has placed third. Cathy Mullan explores the winning locations. 
    - 3 days ago, 11 Dec 17, 4:46am -
  • Hong Kong now world’s most expensive office market
    Demand from mainland companies has pushed up Hong Kong cost-per-desk prices while currency moves have affected London, enabling the Chinese territory to leapfrog the UK capital when it comes to office expenses.
    - 15 days ago, 29 Nov 17, 7:53am -
  • Thailand finds it’s third time lucky with Eastern Economic Corridor
    After three attempts to attract investment for the Thailand 4.0 initiative, prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha appears finally to have found the right formula. Peter Janssen reports.
    - 20 days ago, 24 Nov 17, 5:57am -
  • East Asian instability and the North Korea question
    North Korea’s nuclear arms testing has led to ramped-up sanctions against the country – but also unintended consequences in neighbouring China. It is a reminder to business and political leaders that risks are hard to assess but easy to spread, a…
    - 28 days ago, 15 Nov 17, 10:57am -
  • Is Kazakhstan's new financial centre for real?
    The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) is about to come to life backed by international big names like Nasdaq and the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Kazakh authorities have high ambitions, but past failures call for prudence, writes George Volos…
    - 31 days ago, 13 Nov 17, 7:06am -
  • Australia takes global lead for renewable electricity projects
    For the first eight months of 2017, Australia was the leading country in the world for number of renewable energy electricity projects, according to fDi Markets.
    - 42 days ago, 1 Nov 17, 12:58pm -
  • Australia rises to second most popular Asia-Pacific HQ destination
    Singapore has been the most popular Asia-Pacific headquarters location from 2014 onwards, according to fDi Markets, but Australia is closing the gap.
    - 42 days ago, 1 Nov 17, 12:41pm -
  • New Zealand First’s Peters likely kingmaker in hung parliament
    New Zealand’s general election in September resulted in a hung parliament between the National party and Labour. The poor showing of minor parties leaves only New Zealand First as a credible coalition partner. But which party will it support? Luci…
    - 56 days ago, 19 Oct 17, 7:00am -
  • View from Asia: Local disagreements threaten regional achievements
    Three of the top five global financial centres are from Asia but if tension from the Korean Peninsula and China escalates, all the progress they have made could unravel, says Lawrence Yeo.
    - 63 days ago, 12 Oct 17, 7:01am -
  • China and IP ownership: a risk worth taking?
    China's record for not recognising intellectual property ownership is a concern for many foreign companies doing business there. But staying away from such a vast market is not an option for an ambitious global player. Erika Morphy looks into ways of…
    - 63 days ago, 12 Oct 17, 7:00am -

Financial Times: Asia Pacific Headlines

IBT: Asia Pacific

The Economist: Asia

  • An army of Chinese shoppers dictates the fate of Australian brands

    An army of Chinese shoppers dictates the fate of Australian brands

    THE first daigou, meaning someone who makes purchases on another’s behalf, were Chinese students studying abroad, who hauled desirable products home on behalf of family and friends. Adding a commission helped them pay their tuition fees. The spr…
    - 6 days ago, 7 Dec 17, 10:57am -
  • India’s elections still revolve around caste

    India’s elections still revolve around caste

    INDIA’S national parliament, the Lok Sabha, sits for barely 70 days a year. The shortest of its three sessions normally starts in mid-November. This year, though, the government has given MPs an extra month’s holiday. The reason: Gujarat, a ba…
    - 6 days ago, 7 Dec 17, 10:57am -
  • The Philippine government declares war on a beloved vehicle

    The Philippine government declares war on a beloved vehicle

    Treasure and menaceVENETIANS have their vaporettos, Londoners their double-deckers, Japanese their bullet trains and Filipinos their jeepneys. None of those other vehicles, however, is as dirty, dangerous and uncomfortable as the jeepney, a Frank…
    - 6 days ago, 7 Dec 17, 10:57am -
  • A date is set for the emperor of Japan to retire

    A date is set for the emperor of Japan to retire

    For Akihito, April is the kindest monthIT WAS an understandable request. Last year an 83-year-old Japanese man, who has survived prostate cancer and heart surgery, asked to retire. Yet it took much debate and a change in the law before the govern…
    - 6 days ago, 7 Dec 17, 10:57am -
  • The battle between Bangladesh’s two begums is over

    The battle between Bangladesh’s two begums is over

    THE battling begums, Sheikh Hasina Wajed and Khaleda Zia, used to alternate in power with metronomic regularity. Both laid claim to aspects of Bangladesh’s founding myth. Sheikh Hasina is the daughter of the “father of Bangladesh”, Sheikh Mu…
    - 6 days ago, 7 Dec 17, 10:57am -
  • Myanmar’s awful schools are a drag on the economy—and politics

    Myanmar’s awful schools are a drag on the economy—and politics

    ON THE first floor of a crumbling colonial building in Yangon, a teacher taps the words written on the board with a bamboo rod. “Repeat after me so you will remember this by heart,” she instructs. The whole class chants back in unison. The chi…
    - 13 days ago, 30 Nov 17, 10:56am -
  • Pakistan’s army is once again undermining the civilian government

    Pakistan’s army is once again undermining the civilian government

    HIS protest camp had been blocking a busy motorway for more than three weeks. He had been giving speeches to the protesters denouncing politicians as “pigs”, “pimps” and “dogs”. Yet Khadim Rizvi, a Muslim cleric, was not worried about…
    - 13 days ago, 30 Nov 17, 10:56am -
  • A film about heroism brings out the coward in India’s politicians

    A film about heroism brings out the coward in India’s politicians

    THE plot was made for Bollywood: a princess so beautiful that a lustful prince besieges a spectacular fortress to catch her, and so virtuous that she hurls herself into a fire rather than surrender. Movie producers were not the first to be inspire…
    - 13 days ago, 30 Nov 17, 10:56am -
  • Fiery Mount Agung is just one of 127 active volcanoes in Indonesia

    Fiery Mount Agung is just one of 127 active volcanoes in Indonesia

    “THE hardest bit of the job is having enough sleep,” admits Martanto, a 29-year-old geophysicist at the monitoring centre for Agung, a volcano in Bali which started erupting on November 25th. For the past two weeks he and half a dozen others h…
    - 13 days ago, 30 Nov 17, 10:56am -
  • North Korea tests its most powerful missile yet

    North Korea tests its most powerful missile yet

    FOLLOWING a brief hiatus in its testing programme, North Korea launched a missile in the small hours of November 29th that, unlike any previous missile, appeared to be able to strike any city in America. It was the third test of an intercontinenta…
    - 14 days ago, 29 Nov 17, 11:58am -

WSJ: What's News Asia

  • newDemocrat Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Seat
    Democrat Doug Jones scored an upset win in a deeply Republican state, capturing the U.S. Senate seat in Alabama in a special election that drove a wedge within the Republican party and gave Democrats another burst of momentum ahead of the 2018 midter…
    - 21 hours ago, 13 Dec 17, 12:27am -
  • newTillerson Rules Out a Containment Strategy for North Korea
    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ruled out pursuing a traditional Cold War-style containment and deterrence strategy against a nuclear-armed North Korea, citing concerns that Pyongyang will transform its arsenal into a commercial business and sell nu…
    - 21 hours ago, 13 Dec 17, 12:25am -
  • newBig Boss Nintendo Seeks New Sidekicks in Smartphone Battle
    Nintendo is looking to expand tie-ups with software developers to strengthen its smartphone-game lineup after an early alliance aimed at cracking the mobile market fell behind schedule.
    - 22 hours ago, 12 Dec 17, 11:12pm -
  • newThe Force Behind Bitcoin's Meteoric Rise: Millions of Asian Investors
    Unlike past financial frenzies such as the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s, individual investors have been first to the party, fueling bitcoin’s 1,600% rise this year.
    - 24 hours ago, 12 Dec 17, 9:46pm -
  • How North Korea's Global Financing Web Works Around Sanctions
    Researchers have identified a number of business transactions that they say show North Korea’s international financing web is more sophisticated than what was previously known.
    - 1 day ago, 12 Dec 17, 8:13pm -
  • Toshiba, Western Digital Make Peace
    Toshiba and Western Digital said they agreed to settle a dispute over the Japanese company’s planned sale of its memory-chip unit.
    - 1 day ago, 12 Dec 17, 7:54pm -
  • The West Faces Reality: China Won't Become 'More Like Us'
    For decades, Beijing camouflaged its global ambitions and the West told itself that China would eventually embrace its values. That game of make-believe is winding down.
    - 1 day ago, 12 Dec 17, 1:12pm -

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