Asia markets fall amid tariffs fears while Chinese trade data surprises

Key Points Shares in Asia Pacific slipped as investors digested ongoing developments in the U.S.-China trade negotiations, which sent stateside shares tumbling overnight. Chinese trade data for April, released Wednesday morning, showed exports missed expectations while imports saw a surprise gain. Elsewhere, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told reporters that Washington will increase levies...

China recovery pushes greenhouse emissions to global record

Paris targets under threat as forecast 2% rise follows three years of zero growth Stronger Chinese economic growth will push global greenhouse gas emissions to a record high in 2017 after remaining flat for three years, dashing tentative hopes of a turning point in the world’s efforts to curb climate change. A new report by the Global Carbon Project, an international research consortium, predicts...

Asia needs more dialogue

Many of Asia’s nations evolved from colonial influences in the 1950s – they are still young, yet several have ancient histories. India nurtured the development of several world religions while China was united for millennia before a civil war that, when it ended in 1949, gave birth to the People’s Republic of China. Across Asia, leaders often enjoy long tenures, yet these are interspersed by...

Japanese firm gives non-smokers extra six days holiday to compensate for cigarette breaks

Company based on 29th floor of Tokyo office block says every break lasts at least 15 minutes A Japanese company is granting its non-smoking staff an additional six days of holiday a year to make up for the time off smokers take for cigarette breaks. Marketing firm Piala Inc introduced the new paid leave allowance in September after non-smokers complained they were working more than their colleagues...

The world’s 5 fastest growing cities for tourism are all in China

Tourists swarm into the main street of the ancient town of Ciqikou on January 30, 2017 in Chongqing, China. – The world’s top 10 fastest growing tourism cities are all in Asia, according to new data from the World Travel and Tourism Council – The city of Chongqing in southwest China tops the list on the latest study, with 14 percent growth per year – The other cities on the...

Industry: ‘China to lead Asia in charging EVs’

China is poised to become the first country outside Europe and the U.S. to roll out a wide charging network for electric vehicles, with heavy ongoing investments in the infrastructure under its government-led programme, a senior executive of German automaker BMW said. Leading automakers and technology companies such as Tesla are preparing to ramp up electric vehicle (EV) production over the next few...

Vietnam’s puppetry art turns global

VietNamNet Bridge – Traditional water puppetry shows of the Vietnam National Puppetry Theatre will be performed at the upcoming the 21st Festival de L’Imaginaire in France at the invitation of the Maison Des Cultures Du Monde (World Cultural House) director on November 22-26. As revealed by the vice director of the theatre Nguyen Tien Dung, about 17 artists will join the tour. The performances...

Asia lags Taiwan in accepting LGBTQ equality

On the morning of May 24, I watched a televised public caning of homosexuals in Aceh, Indonesia. The pair were surrounded by a jeering, hostile crowd of 2,000 onlookers apparently eager to watch the painful humiliation of two consenting adults who had harmed nobody. Later that day Taiwan’s Council of Grand Justices ruled that it is unconstitutional for the country to deny individuals of the same...

Seismic shift predicted for Asia-Pacific tourism demographics

The travel industry is seeing a new convergence between young Asian and Western tourists’ travel expectations and consumption patterns. Digital and mobile technologies are creating a shared generational experience, most notably in Generation Z, people born in the late ’90s in both the East and the West. These days young Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Indian travellers share as much in common with...

North Korea and the dangers of Trump’s diplomacy-free Asia strategy

It’s imperative that Washington and major regional players create an effective security framework North Korea’s missile launches last week are an early warning that the Trump administration’s Asia strategy could end up triggering the world’s next major war. The Conversation Spurred by the launches, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is touring Japan, South Korea and China this week. But Pyongyang’s...