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  • Datawatch

    Central Asia's north-south divide

    LONDON -- Despite starting from similar points upon the collapse of the USSR, the economies of the five Central Asian former Soviet republics have taken divergent paths since independence.Their differing fortunes leave them in positions of varying s

    May 21, 2018 02:55 pm JST
  • Philippe Le Corre: Kazakhstan must look beyond a Belt and Road boost

    China's presence is overwhelming in the Kazakh border town of Khorgos. Shops and restaurants within the Khorgos trade zone are run almost entirely by Chinese citizens. Most of its 15,000 daily visitors come from the Chinese side. Trains and trucks m

    May 17, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • With Southeast Asia in sight, KDDI sets aside $2bn for investment

    TOKYO -- Japanese telecom carrier KDDI is ready to spend 200 billion yen ($1.82 billion) on investments including overseas operations and acquisitions during the current fiscal year, viewing Southeast Asia as an especially promising market."It would

    May 10, 2018 07:03 am JST
  • Philippe Le Corre

    Kazakhstan must look beyond the Belt and Road

    At Khorgos, the Kazakh border town which is the first stop on the new Silk Road to Europe that Beijing has been building and promoting, China's presence is overwhelming.Shops and restaurants within the Khorgos trade zone are run almost entirely by C

    May 4, 2018 02:00 pm JST
  • Uzbekistan takes reform story to bond investors

    TASHKENT/ALMATY - Interest in the opening up of Uzbekistan, the Central Asian state that was long one of the world's most isolated nations, has been growing amid a flurry of announced reforms. Soon investors will get a chance to take their own view

    May 1, 2018 11:38 pm JST
  • India and China vie for access to Iranian trade corridor

    NEW DELHI/ISTANBUL The modern Great Game between China and India has reached the playing field of the original imperial rivalry in the 19th century: Iran and Central Asia.The rising giants each want to be the one to shape a new regional order. Their

    April 26, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • India and China jostle for influence in Iran and Central Asia

    NEW DELHI/ISTANBUL -- China and India's new Great Game has reached the playing field of the original imperial power rivalry in the 19th century: Iran and Central Asia.Each of the rising giants wants to be the one to shape a new regional order. Their

    April 24, 2018 04:26 pm JST
  • Naoyuki Yoshino

    Offer infrastructure investors a share of the tax take

    Asia needs more transport infrastructure. More than the state, which finances the lion's share, can fund. So what more can be done to bring in increased private capital, when investors have so far been mostly disappointed by the returns? Is there a

    April 17, 2018 02:00 pm JST
  • Automation not a threat to Asian workers, says ADB

    HONG KONG -- Despite rising worries that artificial intelligence and robots will displace humans in a wide range of occupations, the Asian Development Bank says such technological developments will on the whole result in more job opportunities.Centr

    April 12, 2018 05:52 pm JST
  • Mongolia anti-graft agency arrests two prime ministers amid mine probe

    ULAANBAATAR (Reuters) -- Mongolia's anti-graft agency has arrested two former prime ministers as part of an investigation into suspected misuse of power by officials during two rounds of negotiations involving a big copper-gold mine, it said on Wedn

    April 11, 2018 07:01 pm JST
  • Cover story

    Is China's Belt and Road working? A progress report from eight countries

    GWADAR, Pakistan -- The idea of transforming the ancient fishing village of Gwadar into a bustling port city has been around since at least 1954, when Pakistan commissioned the U.S. Geological Survey to examine its coastline. Their conclusion: Gwada

    March 28, 2018 03:00 pm JST
  • Linking China to the EU's 'gateway' for exporters

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan/WARSAW -- Chinese President Xi Jinping chose the Kazakh capital of Astana to announce his grand plan for a "new Silk Road" in September 2013. But nearly five years later, the investment push -- now known as the Belt and Road Initi

    March 28, 2018 03:00 pm JST
  • Thailand and Russia-led bloc to launch free trade talks

    BANGKOK -- Thailand plans to begin talks soon on a free trade agreement with Eurasian Economic Union, a Russian-led trade group, concluding the discussions within a few years, according to Thai government officials.Through the pact, Thailand hopes t

    February 26, 2018 07:11 pm JST
  • Australian miners ramp up investment in electric-vehicle metals

    SYDNEY -- Australia's mining companies are shelling out more to find copper and other materials used in electric vehicles as demand for the next-generation automobiles grows.Anglo-Australian mining group BHP Billiton looks to invest $6.9 billion in

    February 22, 2018 12:15 pm JST
  • Democracy rankings put Asia in poor standing

    TOKYO Asia witnessed the biggest deterioration in its democratic conditions of any region in 2017, as minorities in countries including Indonesia and Myanmar suffered.In the annual democracy index ranking compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit

    February 8, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Democratic conditions 'fall sharply' in Asia

    TOKYO -- Asia witnessed the biggest deterioration in its democratic conditions of any region in 2017, as minorities in countries including Indonesia and Myanmar suffered.In the annual democracy index ranking, compiled by the Economist Intelligence U

    February 1, 2018 12:50 pm JST
  • Pakistan keeps terrorists on the run and the economy on a roll

    KARACHI Terrorism, corruption, misrule: Negative perceptions have dogged Pakistan for years. But thanks to sweeping operations by the army and a powerful paramilitary force, those perceptions may be becoming outdated, and businesses are taking notic

    February 1, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • Former nuclear power Kazakhstan shares lessons for North Korea

    UNITED NATIONS -- Few nuclear powers have ever volunteered to dismantle their arsenals, but Kazakhstan's U.N. ambassador makes the case that a country stands only to gain by such a dramatic gesture.Kazakhstan, which once held the fourth-largest nucl

    January 30, 2018 07:03 am JST
  • Widodo cements Muslim credentials during South Asia tour

    JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo has made a bid to become a leader of the Muslim world on his six-day tour of South Asia, as he sheds his inward-looking foreign policy ahead of elections later this year and next."Being the country with th

    January 29, 2018 10:43 pm JST
  • Pakistan keeps terrorists on the run and economy on a roll

    KARACHI -- Terrorism, corruption, misrule: Negative perceptions have dogged Pakistan for years. But thanks to sweeping operations by the army and a powerful paramilitary force, those perceptions may be becoming outdated, and businesses are taking no

    January 19, 2018 02:00 pm JST