Economic Growth in U.S. Leaves World Behind

Economic Growth in U.S. Leaves World Behind

The U.S. economy is revving up just as Europe and other major economies lose steam, jeopardizing a rare period in which the world’s largest economies have been accelerating in unison. The European Central Bank on Thursday took another step toward ending the massive stimulus measures it has used in an effort to boost growth since […]

Conference for scholars on Asia turns into dispute over academic freedom

Conference for scholars on Asia turns into dispute over academic freedom

An academic conference for scholars on Asia scheduled to be held in India next month has turned into a vocal and growing imbroglio over academic freedom after the Indian government banned the attendance of Pakistanis and people of Pakistani descent. The turn of events has become a public relations disaster for the U.S.-based Association for […]

Asia Minute: A Different Summit in Asia

Asia Minute: A Different Summit in Asia

Much of the world’s attention has been focused on the Singapore meeting between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. But another summit meeting in Asia has also produced a series of regional headlines. Sometime before the most awkward phase of the G-7 meeting in Canada, China’s President Xi Jinping called Russian leader Vladimir […]

How it may change Asia

How it may change Asia

If dialogue breaks down on Tuesday, that may indicate to U.S. and North Korean officials that diplomacy as a strategy has failed, leaving only military solutions on the table. “Failure to reach any deal would almost certainly return the military option to the fore as the U.S. administration’s preferred means of removing the North Korean […]

Stocks Climb as Busy Week Begins; Italy Spurs Euro: Markets Wrap

Stocks Climb as Busy Week Begins; Italy Spurs Euro: Markets Wrap

European stocks rose with most Asian shares as investors braced themselves for one of the busiest weeks of the year, during which three of the world’s major central banks will set interest rates, President Donald Trump will meet North Korea’s leader and Brexit will return to the fore. The mood was cautiously risk-on, with the […]

Asia Minute: Two Countries Talking, Four Others Watching Closely

Asia Minute: Two Countries Talking, Four Others Watching Closely

We’re just a few days away from President Trump’s scheduled meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Singapore. And while global attention has been focused on these two leaders, several others will be affected by whatever takes place in Singapore. Assuming President Trump and Kim Jong Un do get together in Singapore next week, […]

Editor selections from the past week in Asia

In this June 4, 2018, photo, a man collects plastic and other recyclable material from the shores of the Arabian Sea, littered with plastic bags and other garbage, in Mumbai, India. The theme for this year’s World Environment Day, marked on June 5, is “Beat Plastic Pollution.” (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File), The Associated […]