Archive for January, 2016

Bank of Japan helps Asia stocks end painful month with a bang

30-Jan-2016 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

The Bank of Japan’s shock announcement that it would charge banks to hold their cash sent Asian markets surging and the yen tumbling Friday as investors ended a highly [...]
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Asia stocks jump, yen weakens as BOJ stuns with negative rates

30-Jan-2016 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

Asian shares jumped and the yen swooned after the Bank of Japan stunned markets on Friday by adopting negative interest rates in its boldest step yet to reinflate the [...]
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Asia stocks cautious as oil bounces, BOJ awaited

30-Jan-2016 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

Asian shares crept cautiously higher on Friday as oil cobbled together another session of gains and markets wagered US interest rates would not be rising much this year, if [...]
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Heartbreak as historic HK village demolished

30-Jan-2016 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

A 650-year-old urban walled village in Hong Kong – the last of its kind – will be destroyed to make way for development in what critics say is another nail in the [...]
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French comedian Dieudonne ‘likely to be deported’ from HK

30-Jan-2016 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

Controversial French comedian Dieudonne was being held at Hong Kong airport Thursday after flying in to give performances in the city, with his production company saying he [...]
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The Trouble with HK’s Chief Executives

30-Jan-2016 Intellasia | C chinafile | 6:00 AM

On January 14, the trial of Sir Donald Tsang, Hong Kong’s former chief executive who served from 2005 to 2012, was set for January 3 of 2017. This past December, Tsang [...]
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Democratic Taiwan: More important than ever after failed US ‘pivot to Asia’

30-Jan-2016 Intellasia | Worldtribune | 6:00 AM

Largely ignored by the mainstream media, the January 15 Taiwan elections have enormous implications not only for the Island’s 25 million people, but for China – [...]
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Taiwan falls into recession, posts slowest growth in 6 years

30-Jan-2016 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

Taiwan sank into recession in October-December, data showed Friday, posting its slowest annual growth in six years, with weak international demand and greater competition [...]
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7 S’poreans face charges in Taiwan over $80m gold scam

30-Jan-2016 Intellasia | Straits Times | 6:00 AM

Several Singaporeans have been charged in Taiwan over a gold scam involving some NT$1.9 billion (S$80 million), the Taiwanese media has reported. Prosecutors in Taoyuan [...]
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Taiwan’s economy continues to struggle as Q4 GDP shrinks 0.28pct

30-Jan-2016 Intellasia | CNA | 6:00 AM

Fourth-quarter GDP shrank 0.28 per cent from the year-ago period, following a 0.63 per cent decline in the prior quarter. For the full year, Taiwan’s economy grew 0.85 [...]
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Taiwan leader defends disputed island visit after US criticism

Taiwan leader defends disputed island visit after US criticism

30-Jan-2016 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou defended his visit to a disputed island in the South China Sea Thursday despite criticism from the United States and protests from the [...]
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Sovereignty, Legacy Factors in Taiwan Leader’s Island Visit

30-Jan-2016 Intellasia | AP | 6:00 AM

Seeking to assert Taiwan’s sovereignty and build his legacy, President Ma Ying-jeou paid a visit Thursday to an even smaller island also claimed by China. Defying rare [...]
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US Senate panel approves measure to broaden N Korea sanctions

30-Jan-2016 Intellasia | Jpost | 6:00 AM

A US Senate committee approved legislation on Thursday that would broaden sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear programme, human rights record and cyber activities, the [...]
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Speculation mounts of imminent N. Korea rocket launch

Speculation mounts of imminent N. Korea rocket launch

30-Jan-2016 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

Speculation mounted Friday that North Korea is preparing a rocket or long-range missile launch to follow its recent nuclear test, with Japan reportedly ordering its military [...]
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N. Korea-Iran nuclear ties probably deep: Report

30-Jan-2016 Intellasia | Washington Times | 6:00 AM

The US must do more to track and block companies that could be aiding the collaboration between Iran and North Korea on nuclear and military programmes, according to a report [...]
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