2009/01/03

Tennis-France rout Taiwan in opening Hopman Cup tie


Tennis-France rout Taiwan in opening Hopman Cup tie
Reuters UK - UK
MELBOURNE, Jan 3 (Reuters) - A jetlagged Alize Cornet and Gilles Simon produced battling displays to hand France a 3-0 win over Taiwan in the opening Hopman ...

Iran hangs two drug traffickers


AFP
Iran hangs two drug traffickers
AFP
The human rights group Amnesty International says Iran's total of 317 executions in 2007 exceeded those of any other country apart from China. ...

European Stocks Post Weekly Gain; BHP, EADS, Air Liquide Climb


European Stocks Post Weekly Gain; BHP, EADS, Air Liquide Climb
Bloomberg - USA
3 (Bloomberg) -- European stocks rose this past week as governments in the US, India, China and Taiwan increased efforts to spur economic recovery. ...

China releases parents of melamine children: lawyer


AFP
China releases parents of melamine children: lawyer
AFP
The five were preparing to speak to the media to call for better compensation and treatment for sick children in China when they were detained Thursday ...

China releases parents of melamine children: lawyer


AFP
China releases parents of melamine children: lawyer
AFP
The scandal of China's milk scandal came to light in September and has had nationwide repercussions with at least six children dying and nearly 300000 ...

AFP
Five die in China chemical plant explosion: state media
AFP
BEIJING (AFP) — At least five people were killed in an explosion at a chemical plant in east China, state media reported Saturday. ...

Creative Tech cut workforce by half in 2008-report


Creative Tech cut workforce by half in 2008-report
Reuters - USA
SINGAPORE, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Singapore's Creative Technology (CREA.SI), which makes digital music players, has cut its workforce by 2700, or almost half, ...

Singapore sentences Ghanaian drug trafficker to death: report


AFP
Singapore sentences Ghanaian drug trafficker to death: report
AFP
SINGAPORE (AFP) — A 20-year-old Ghanaian has been sentenced to death in Singapore for trafficking 2.6 kilograms (5.73 pounds) of cannabis, the Straits Times ...

Australia aviation regulator probes military link to emergencies


AFP
Australia aviation regulator probes military link to emergencies
AFP
A Singapore-bound Qantas jet carrying 277 passengers was forced to turn back to the west-coast city of Perth early on December 27 2008, after the aircraft's ...

Asian Stocks Post Weekly Gain; Cnooc Rises on Commodity Prices


Asian Stocks Post Weekly Gain; Cnooc Rises on Commodity Prices
Bloomberg - USA
ProMOS Technologies Inc., Taiwan's most unprofitable memory-chip maker, soared 16 percent to NT$2.43. Taiwan's government plans to spend NT$200 billion ...

Asia Currencies: Won, Indian Rupee Have Weekly Loss on Slowdown
Bloomberg - USA
Taiwan's dollar rose 0.5 percent to NT$32.86. Financial markets in the Philippines were closed this week for holidays.

Big solar power plant planned for northwest China


Big solar power plant planned for northwest China
Reuters - USA
LOS ANGELES, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Two Chinese companies on Friday announced plans to build a solar power plant in northwestern China that could one day be the ...

Manufacturing index drops to 28-year low


The Associated Press
Manufacturing index drops to 28-year low
The Associated Press
Singapore said its economy shrank in the fourth quarter, and South Korea said its exports fell 17.4 percent in December. With European manufacturing indexes ...

US parents want answers after China milk scare


The Associated Press
US parents want answers after China milk scare
The Associated Press
Beth Flanders was on her way to China to adopt her 17-month-old daughter in September when she received a warning from her adoption agency: An industrial ...

Bearish sentiment claws Year of Ox fest in Singapore


AFP
Bearish sentiment claws Year of Ox fest in Singapore
AFP
SINGAPORE (AFP) — Singapore's plans to usher in the Chinese Year of the Ox this month have been clawed back by bearish economic sentiment as the city's ...

From China to US, factories slash output, jobs


TOPWRAP 3-From China to US, factories slash output, jobs
Reuters - USA
By Jason Subler and Claudia Parsons BEIJING/NEW YORK, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Factories in China, India and Eastern Europe joined the United States and other ...

US manufacturing slumps to 1980 low: ISM


AFP
US manufacturing slumps to 1980 low: ISM
AFP
In the machinery sector, respondents to an ISM survey said Europe "has slowed down dramatically, while Asia -- particularly China -- has virtually shut down ...

2009/01/02

Chinese melamine victims call for help in hastily-arranged briefing


AFP
Chinese melamine victims call for help in hastily-arranged briefing
AFP
China's milk scandal, which came to light in September, has had nationwide repercussions with at least six children dying and nearly 300000 suffering from ...

Dollar, stocks start new year up; oil, gold slip


GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar, stocks start new year up; oil, gold slip
Reuters - USA
That was despite data painting a bleak picture for the global economy after factories in China, India and Russia slashed output and jobs at a record pace in ...

World markets kick off 2009 brightly


The Associated Press
World markets kick off 2009 brightly
The Associated Press
In Asia, Singapore said Friday its economy shrank by an annualized rate of 12.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008, while China's manufacturing sector, ...

Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Tianjin, China


Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Tianjin, China
Reuters - USA
TIANJIN, China (Reuters Life!) - Got 48 hours to explore Tianjin, Beijing's port city neighbor and a magnet for foreign investment? ...

SE Asia Stocks-Singapore, Malaysia start new year with gains


Singapore Petroleum says CEO to retire, return on contract
Reuters - USA
SINGAPORE, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Singapore Petroleum Corp (SPC) (SPCS.SI) said on Friday its Chief Executive Officer Koh Ban Heng will retire on Feb 5. ...

SE Asia Stocks-Singapore, Malaysia start new year with gains
Reuters - USA
Singapore shrugs off poor economic data to rise 3.9 percent * Equities recovery seen in second half of 2009, say analysts * Many markets closed for holidays ...

Police probe nightclub fire tragedy


AP Executive Morning Briefing
The Associated Press
___ Oil falls to below $42 a barrel in Asia SINGAPORE (AP) — Oil prices fell below $42 a barrel Friday in Asia after Russia and Ukraine said a dispute over ...

Police probe nightclub fire tragedy
The Associated Press
A Singaporean was among the dead, while injured foreigners were from Australia, Belgium, Britain, France, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and the United ...

MobileOne says CEO to step down


MobileOne says CEO to step down
Reuters - USA
SINGAPORE, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Singapore's third-largest mobile phone operator MobileOne (MONE.SI) said on Friday its Chief Executive Officer Neil Montefiore ...

China's Lenovo "to lay off 200 staff" in Beijing


China's Lenovo "to lay off 200 staff" in Beijing
Reuters - USA
HONG KONG, Jan 2 (Reuters) - China's Lenovo Group (0992.HK), the world's No.4 personal computer maker, plans to lay off 200 employees at its headquarters in ...

Parents of China milk scandal victims detained


Reuters
Parents of China milk scandal victims detained
Reuters - USA
... made ill from the melamine-contaminated milk, battering already dented faith in China-made products and prompting massive recalls around the world. ...

Asian stock markets open 2009 on high note


The Associated Press
Asian stock markets open 2009 on high note
The Associated Press
China's manufacturing sector, which accounts for 43 percent of the economy, contracted for a fifth straight month in December, according to CLSA survey. ...

HK shares climb over 4 pct led by China Mobile


HK shares climb over 4 pct led by China Mobile
Reuters - USA
HSI had climbed 3.8 percent to 14927.64 led by a 3.6 percent rally in China Mobile (0941.HK). The China Enterprises Index of top locally listed mainland ...

HK shares finish up 4 pct led by China Mobile
Reuters - USA
HSI unofficially closed 571.06 points higher at 14958.54, led by a 3.8 percent rally in China Mobile (0941.HK). The China Enterprises Index of top locally ...

State-regulated fuel prices across Asia


FACTBOX-State-regulated fuel prices across Asia
Reuters - USA
... The following table shows retail fuel prices in various Asian countries, compared with floating market prices in the Asian oil trading hub Singapore. ...

China manufacturing sector close to recession: CLSA


AFP
China manufacturing sector close to recession: CLSA
AFP
SHANGHAI (AFP) — China's manufacturing sector is close to a technical recession after output contracted at a record pace in December, a leading independent ...

Asian stocks gain on 2009 hopes


China telcos, gear makers soar after 3G approval
Reuters - USA
Mobile service providers China Mobile (0941.HK), China Unicom (0762.HK) and China Telecom (0728.HK) also rose on expectations the new technology, ...

Reuters
Asian stocks gain on 2009 hopes
Reuters - USA
Wireless carriers such as China Mobile jumped after China on Wednesday approved the issuance of long-awaited licenses for next generation mobile networks, ...




Asian Stocks Gain on Bets Government Policies Will Help Growth


Asian Stocks Gain on Bets Government Policies Will Help Growth
Bloomberg - USA
Japan, China, New Zealand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines are closed today. National Australia Bank Ltd. declined 2.3 percent after saying ...

MONEY MARKETS-Dollar rates ease on policy outlook


MONEY MARKETS-Dollar rates ease on policy outlook
Reuters - USA
SINGAPORE, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Interbank dollar lending rates eased further in Asia on Friday as investors bet on more interest rate cuts and cash injections ...

China factories cut output at record pace: CLSA PMI


China factories cut output at record pace: CLSA PMI
Reuters - USA
By Jason Subler BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese factories slashed output and workers at a record pace in December and manufacturing activity overall fell for a ...

Asian stock markets open 2009 mostly higher


The Associated Press
Asian stock markets open 2009 mostly higher
The Associated Press
Markets in Japan, mainland China, Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines and New Zealand were closed. Among the top gainers were Chinese telecom firms after ...

Singapore recession deepens, government cuts 09 outlook


Singapore recession deepens, government cuts 09 outlook
Reuters - USA
By Kevin Lim SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's recession deepened in the fourth quarter as the global financial crisis took its toll on manufacturers and ...

Oil falls to below $43 a barrel in Asia


Oil falls to below $43 a barrel in Asia
The Associated Press
SINGAPORE (AP) — Oil prices fell below $43 a barrel Friday in Asia after Russia and Ukraine said a dispute over natural gas payments wouldn't affect ...

China Mobile soars after 3G approval;pushes HSI up


China Mobile soars after 3G approval;pushes HSI up
Reuters - USA
N), the world's top wireless carrier, jumped more than 3 percent on Friday, helping extend gains in the broader market, after China approved the issuance of ...

HK Hot Stocks - China telcos, equipment makers surge
Reuters - USA
The China Enterprises Index of top locally listed mainland Chinese firms .HSCE had risen 2.4 percent to 8082.16. * Chinese telecom service providers and ...

Rice to visit China Jan 7-8: foreign ministry


AFP
Rice to visit China Jan 7-8: foreign ministry
AFP
BEIJING (AFP) — US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will visit China on January 7 and 8, the foreign ministry said here Friday, in her last scheduled ...

HK Exchange says 14 firms buy back shares


HK Exchange says 14 firms buy back shares
Reuters - USA
HK) -------------------------------------------------------------- CHINA METAL 2008/12/31 24000 HK$0.87 HK$0.85 (0319. ...

Most Asian Stock Markets Gain on Bets Stimulus to Boost Growth


Most Asian Stock Markets Gain on Bets Stimulus to Boost Growth
Bloomberg - USA
Japan, China, New Zealand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines are closed today. Almost two stocks gained for each one that fell on the MSCI ...

HK shares seen up on higher oil; China telcos watched


HK shares seen up on higher oil; China telcos watched
Reuters - USA
Chinese telecom service providers and equipment makers will be in focus after China's state council said on Wednesday it had approved the issuance of ...

Singapore Hot Stocks-Banks in focus as Singapore economy shrinks


Singapore Hot Stocks-Banks in focus as Singapore economy shrinks
Reuters - USA
SI) - Singapore-listed Sunshine Holding said its profits might see sharp falls in its FY2008 results, citing a slowdown in housing demand. ...

Singapore cuts 2009 outlook as recession deepens
Reuters India - Mumbai,India
SINGAPORE, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Singapore on Friday cut its economic outlook for 2009 after reporting a worse-than-expected fourth quarter performance as ...

Singapore economy shrinks 12.5 pct in 4th quarter


Singapore economy shrinks 12.5 pct in 4th quarter
The Associated Press
SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore's economy contracted for a third consecutive quarter in the October-December period as a global slump hurt demand for the ...

Singapore Cuts 2009 GDP Forecast as Recession Deepens


Singapore Cuts 2009 GDP Forecast as Recession Deepens
Bloomberg - USA
Singapore's Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., two of the world's three largest custom-chip makers, ...

Singapore's economy may slide two percent: govt


AFP
Singapore's economy may slide two percent: govt
AFP
SINGAPORE (AFP) — Singapore's economy could contract by as much as two percent this year, the government said Friday after data showed a deepening recession ...

Former dairy boss tried over China tainted milk scandal


AFP
Former dairy boss tried over China tainted milk scandal
AFP
SHIJIAZHUANG (AFP) — The former boss of the dairy firm at the heart of China's tainted milk scandal stood trial here Wednesday over a trail of death and ...

Taiwanese calligraphers ring in new year with record attempt


AFP
Taiwanese calligraphers ring in new year with record attempt
AFP
TAIPEI (AFP) — Thousands of Taiwanese calligraphers on Thursday jointly wrote Chinese characters in a global record attempt aimed at ushering out a ...

Taiwan prosecutors re-appeal former leader's release
AFP
TAIPEI (AFP) — Taiwanese prosecutors on Thursday launched a new bid to detain the indicted former president Chen Shui-bian ahead of his trial on corruption ...

Hong Kong people most pessimistic about 2009: survey


AFP
Hong Kong people most pessimistic about 2009: survey
AFP
The other pessimists included Singapore, Ireland, Greece, and Croatia. Thomas Isaac, director of research services for TNS Hong Kong and Singapore, ...

Slump means identity crisis for Las Vegas


The Associated Press
Slump means identity crisis for Las Vegas
The Associated Press
They include a handful of casino executives who spent the past decade consolidating and expanding their reach to Macau, Bahamas, Singapore but have recently ...

2009/01/01

Dozens die in New Year's nightclub fire in Bangkok


The Associated Press
Dozens die in New Year's nightclub fire in Bangkok
The Associated Press
... including citizens of Australia, Belgium, Britain, France, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and the United States, according to officials and reporters. ...


China extends loan deadline for quake victims


Reuters
China's Hu praises 30 years of ties with US
Reuters - USA
The United states switched diplomatic recognition from Kuomintang-controlled Taiwan to Communist China on Jan 1, 1979. Official Sino-US ties "not only ...

China extends loan deadline for quake victims
Reuters - USA
BEIJING, Jan 1 (Reuters) - China has extended the deadline for victims of a devastating May earthquake who cannot repay their loans, the central bank said ...

ANALYSIS-China fuel price reform starts, where does it end?
Reuters - USA
By Jim Bai BEIJING, Jan 1 (Reuters) - As China's long-awaited shift to a new fuel pricing regime took effect on Thursday, the biggest question of all ...

China, US mark 30 years of diplomatic relations


China, US mark 30 years of diplomatic relations
The Associated Press
BEIJING (AP) — China and the United States should take their cooperation to new levels to tackle the ongoing global financial crisis, state media said ...

Dozens die in nightclub fire in Bangkok


The Associated Press
Dozens die in nightclub fire in Bangkok
The Associated Press
The Phranakorn Center and reporters who interviewed the injured said they included nationals of Australia, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Japan, Singapore, ...

Taiwan leader calls for unity amid severe economic challenges

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AFP
Taiwan leader calls for unity amid severe economic challenges
AFP
TAIPEI (AFP) — In his first new year message as president, Ma Ying-jeou called on Taiwanese to unite to overcome economic challenges facing the island in ...

AFP
Hu, Bush hail 30 years of Sino-US ties: state media



AFP
Taiwan leader calls for unity amid severe economic challenges
AFP
TAIPEI (AFP) — In his first new year message as president, Ma Ying-jeou called on Taiwanese to unite to overcome economic challenges facing the island in ...

AFP
Hu, Bush hail 30 years of Sino-US ties: state media
AFP
The Nationalists had fled to Taiwan from mainland China in 1949 after losing a civil war. "Thirty years ago China and the United States established ...




After worst year ever, commodities may lag recovery

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After worst year ever, commodities may lag recovery
Reuters - USA
By Lewa Pardomuan SINGAPORE, Jan 1 (Reuters) - Commodities, until six months ago the darling of investors and an out-performing asset class, sealed their ...

Taiwan echos China's call for end to hostilities


AFP
Taiwan echos China's call for end to hostilities
AFP
The statement came a day after Hu called for military cooperation between the two sides in an address marking the 30th anniversary of a message from China ...

AFP
Tough sentences in China over huge piracy ring, Microsoft says
AFP
The sentences were the "stiffest ever meted out for intellectual property rights violations in China," said a report on the verdicts by the popular Chinese ...

Scam artists sell 'forest' lands in barren northern China


AFP
China milk boss admits delay in reporting danger: state media
AFP
BEIJING (AFP) — The former boss of the company at the heart of China's tainted milk scandal has pleaded guilty to selling dodgy products and admitted she ...

AFP
Scam artists sell 'forest' lands in barren northern China
AFP
Inner Mongolia is a stark region of barren deserts and treeless, windswept grasslands in northern China. Investors put in money with the promise that they ...

US arrests 2 for exporting sensitive technology to China


AFP
US arrests 2 for exporting sensitive technology to China
AFP
LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Two men were arrested in California and charged with illegally exporting to China thermal-imaging cameras, a national security ...

China dairy boss delayed reporting quality issues


The Associated Press
China dairy boss delayed reporting quality issues
The Associated Press
BEIJING (AP) — A former dairy boss in China's scandal over tainted milk blamed for the deaths of at least six babies and illnesses of nearly 300000 others ...

Chinese software pirates get prison sentences


Chinese software pirates get prison sentences
The Associated Press
Lawyers are the only source of information in many cases in China because rulings often are not publicly announced. Court officials usually refuse to ...

Israel takes battle with Hamas to YouTube


Israel takes battle with Hamas to YouTube
The Associated Press
YouTube, which is owned by Google Inc., said it counts on community members to flag content that violates the community's guidelines. ...



Chinese state media hails ties with Washington


Chinese state media hails ties with Washington
AFP
However, Obama, at the height of campaigning ahead of the November 4 elections, accused China of manipulating its currency in a letter to the National ...

No shoes? No problem for this college interview


No shoes? No problem for this college interview
The Associated Press
... AOL instant messenger and recently, Google Talk. All are free or relatively inexpensive, she said. "It's literally a matter of speaking their language. ...


Singapore economic outlook grim for 2009: PM Lee


AFP
Singapore economic outlook grim for 2009: PM Lee
AFP
SINGAPORE (AFP) — Singapore's economy is likely to worsen next year after growing just 1.5 percent in 2008, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Wednesday, ...

Tainted products: major scares involving China


Tainted products: major scares involving China
AFP
BEIJING (AFP) — The 'Made-in-China' brand has been tarnished repeatedly in recent years as Chinese consumer goods and food have been recalled around the ...

AFP
UBS sells its stake in Bank of China
AFP
HONG KONG (AFP) — Switzerland's biggest bank UBS said Wednesday it had sold about 3.4 billion shares in Bank of China through a placing to institutional ...

AFP
China to start awarding 3G mobile phone licences: state media
AFP
BEIJING (AFP) — China on Wednesday agreed to start awarding long-awaited third-generation mobile phone licences, state media reported, in a move that was ...

Israel takes battle with Hamas to YouTube


Israel takes battle with Hamas to YouTube
The Associated Press
In the past, YouTube, which is owned by Google Inc., has been pressed to take down videos depicting violence. The site has no automatic review, however, ...



Bahamas to build stadium with help from China


Bahamas to build stadium with help from China
The Associated Press
... a multimillion dollar cricket stadium that it built in Grenada last year. The Caribbean island switched alliances from Taiwan to rival China in 2005.

2008/12/31

South Korea invites Rice for farewell visit


AFP
South Korea invites Rice for farewell visit
AFP
Rice told AFP last week that she would travel to China after New Year's Day to mark the 30th anniversary of the launch of diplomatic ties between the ...

Record Sydney crowd gets New Year party started


AFP
Record Sydney crowd gets New Year party started
AFP
More than 250000 people are expected to crowd Singapore's waterfront Marina Bay area for a fireworks show, while authorities in the Philippines are bracing ...

China, Vietnam settle long-disputed land border


AFP
China, Vietnam settle long-disputed land border
AFP
... a strategic and possibly oil and gas rich island chain in the South China Sea also claimed by Taiwan, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines. ...

China c.bank reaffirms loose monetary policy


China says approves issuance of 3G licences
Reuters - USA
By Kirby Chien and Michael Wei BEIJING, Dec 31 (Reuters) - China's state council, or cabinet, said on Wednesday it had approved the issuance of long-awaited ...

China c.bank reaffirms loose monetary policy
Reuters India - Mumbai,India
BEIJING, Dec 31 (Reuters) - China's central bank reaffirmed on Wednesday that it would implement a moderately loose monetary policy as it seeks to ...

China to boost railway spending by 80 percent


China to boost railway spending by 80 percent
The Associated Press
BEIJING (AP) — China will raise its spending on railway construction by 80 percent in 2009 to $87.9 billion as part of a stimulus plan to boost domestic ...


Taiwan exchange expects 2009 IPOs to double to 18


Taiwan exchange expects 2009 IPOs to double to 18
Reuters India - Mumbai,India
TAIPEI, Dec 31 (Reuters) - Taiwan Stock Exchange expects the number of initial public offerings to double to 18 next year from 2008, as the island will ...