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Jan 19, 2011

Asian shares rise on Wall Street gains, euro edges

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Asian stocks rose on Wednesday, taking a cue from Wall Street gains and on hopes for more robust U.S. earnings, while the euro edged back toward a one-month high hit the previous day.

The euro was cheered by upbeat German data and central bank buying, though doubts about Europe’s ability to beef up a sovereign rescue fund kept a lid on gains.

Jan 19, 2011

Asian shares rise on Wall St gains, euro edges up

SINGAPORE, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Asian stocks rose on
Wednesday, taking a cue from Wall Street gains and on hopes for
more robust U.S. earnings, while the euro edged back towards a
one-month high hit the previous day.

The euro was cheered by upbeat German data and central bank
buying, though doubts about Europe’s ability to beef up a
sovereign rescue fund kept a lid on gains.

Jan 18, 2011

Euro soft, rescue fund in focus, Asian shares

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The euro was on shaky ground on Tuesday with no imminent decision in sight on how to beef up the euro zone’s rescue fund, while Asian tech shares outperformed despite news that Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) CEO Steve Jobs is taking medical leave.

Euro zone finance ministers on Monday discussed boosting the effective lending capacity of the currency bloc’s bailout fund, but they made no firm decision and Germany, the biggest euro zone economy, said there was no rush to take action now.

Nov 19, 2010

China rare earth customs procedures improved: Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) – China’s customs procedures for shipments to Japan of rare earth minerals vital for high-tech products are improving, Japan’s trade minister said, nearly two months after exports stalled as a territorial row erupted between Asia’s two top economies.

Chinese customs officials imposed broad shipment restrictions on rare earth exports to Japan after it detained a Chinese trawler captain whose vessel collided with Japanese patrol boats near disputed islands in the East China Sea in September.

Nov 16, 2010

Japan PM ratings slide, lower house to pass budget

TOKYO (Reuters) – Support for Japan’s government has dropped to 27 percent, the lowest since Prime Minister Naoto Kan took office in June, with voters unhappy over his handling of rows with China and Russia, a survey showed on Tuesday.

The continued slide in support for Japan’s fifth leader in three years is complicating efforts to enact an $53 billion extra budget to shore up the economy.

Nov 14, 2010

Thai PM lauds Suu Kyi release, future unclear

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said the release of Myanmar democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi is a positive sign but it remains to be seen what it will lead to and the situation in Thailand’s neighbour bears watching closely.

Abhisit also said in an interview on Sunday that Thailand was willing to take more measures to control capital inflows if needed but stressed that it was not in the business of seeking a certain level for its baht currency.

Nov 14, 2010

Exclusive: Thai PM lauds Suu Kyi release, future unclear

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Thailand’s prime minister said the release of Myanmar democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi is a positive sign but it remains to be seen what it will lead to and the situation in his country’s neighbor to the west bears watching carefully.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva also said in an interview on Sunday that Thailand was willing to take more measures to control capital inflows if needed but stressed that it was not in the business of seeking a certain level for its baht currency.

Nov 13, 2010

Indonesia trade minister targeting WTO over U.S.-led pact

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Indonesia’s priority is to wrap up the long-running Doha round of global trade talks rather than joining a U.S.-led Asia-Pacific free trade initiative, the country’s trade minister said on Saturday.

Mari Pangestu also said in an interview that differing speeds of currency appreciation in emerging Asian economies was a source of anxiety for Indonesia and raised questions over how to manage large capital inflows into Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.

Nov 13, 2010

U.S. warns on exports while China pledges reform at APEC

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – President Barack Obama called for surplus economies such as China to end reliance on exports for growth, but his Chinese counterpart said economic policy change would come gradually.

Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao spoke to Asia-Pacific business executives a day after a summit in Seoul of the Group of 20 major economies managed only vague commitments to keep a fragile global economic recovery on track.

Nov 13, 2010

U.S. warns on exports,China pledges reform at APEC

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Nov 13 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack
Obama called for surplus economies such as China to end reliance
on exports for growth, but his Chinese counterpart said economic
policy change would come gradually.

Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao spoke to Asia-Pacific
business executives a day after a summit in Seoul of the Group of
20 major economies managed only vague commitments to keep a
fragile global economic recovery on track.

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