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China's exports, imports grew faster in April

BEIJING--China's exports and imports grew faster than expected in April, official data showed Friday, as global demand stayed strong while commodity prices remained high. Outbound shipments in April rose 32.3% from a year ...

China private services-sector gauge rises in April

A private gauge of China's services sector rose to its highest level since December, thanks to stronger consumer demand after Beijing's success in containing the coronavirus. The Caixin China services purchasing managers i...

South Korea's April inflation nears 4-year high

South Korea's headline inflation neared a four-year high in April, as consumer prices shot up on a lower comparison base a year earlier and higher oil and agricultural-product prices. Analysts mostly expect inflation to pi...

China manufacturing surged in April, Caixin says

China's manufacturing activity rebounded in April, marking the strongest growth so far this year, as overseas demand remained solid and the job market recovered, according to a private survey of manufacturers.

China's March industrial profit nearly doubled

BEIJING--China's industrial profit continued to soar in March as both production and sales grew rapidly, official data showed Tuesday. Profits of industrial companies jumped 92.3% in March from a year earlier, driving firs...

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Ant, Alibaba Show How China Reins in Big Tech Faster Than Other Countries

In less than six months, China’s tech giant Ant went from planning a blockbuster IPO to restructuring in response to pressure from the central bank. As the U.S. also takes aim at big tech, here’s how China is moving faster...

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China Considers Boosting Covid-19 Vaccine Efficacy. Mixing Is One Way.

Chinese Covid-19 vaccines offer relatively low levels of protection compared with some of their foreign rivals. Here is why China is joining other countries in considering mixing and matching vaccines as a key to overcomin...

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How Lithium Became a Hot Commodity

Demand for lithium is expected to outpace global supply as consumers switch to battery-powered vehicles. With China currently leading in processing of the vital raw material, the U.S. government is looking to boost domesti...

Japan exports rise in March as global demand grows

Japan's exports posted strong growth in March, as demand recovered overseas and continued in China, Ministry of Finance data showed Monday. Exports rose 16.1% from a year earlier in March. That compared with February's 4.5...

Australia's employment surge continues in March

SYDNEY--Australia's economic recovery continued to be led by employment growth, which soared by 71,000 in March, further lowering the unemployment rate. The jobless rate fell to 5.6% in March, down from 5.8% in February, a...

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Singapore economy grows for first time since 2019

SINGAPORE--Singapore's economy swung to growth for the first time since the fourth quarter of 2019, as an expansion in goods-producing industries and manufacturing during the first quarter outweighed contraction in constru...

New Zealand central bank keeps rates unchanged

WELLINGTON, New Zealand--The Reserve Bank of New Zealand said economic recovery from the pandemic remains uncertain and left its two main tools for influencing the economy unchanged at stimulatory levels.

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John Kerry Says Climate Is a Free-Standing Issue Ahead of China Trip

U.S. special climate envoy John Kerry tells WSJ’s Timothy Puko that the issue of climate is “not for trade” against other critical differences the U.S. currently has with China. Photo: Rob Alcaraz/The Wall Street Journal

Australian business conditions hit record high

SYDNEY--Australian business conditions rose to a record high in March as economic indicators continued to point to a strong rebound in overall economic activity led by the job market, where hiring has surged.

China's first-quarter exports jump nearly 40%

BEIJING--China's exports in the first quarter rose 38.7% from a year earlier in yuan terms, compared with a 50.1% increase recorded in the January-February period, the General Administration of Customs said Tuesday.

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ADOW The Asia Dow Index USD 4035.80 26.68 0.67%
NIK NIKKEI 225 Index 29357.82 26.45 0.09%
HSI Hang Seng Index 28610.65 -26.81 -0.09%
SHCOMP Shanghai Composite Index 3418.87 -22.41 -0.65%
1 S&P BSE Sensex Index 49206.47 256.71 0.52%
STI FTSE Straits Times Index 3200.26 27.26 0.86%