Japan’s monetary stimulus

The Bank of Japan is raising questions about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s fiscal policies and whether the country’s economy can turn around.

Japan’s Abe delays tax hike

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a delay in a sales-tax hike after the country unexpectedly fell into recession.

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Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, gestures as he speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014.

Japan is looking for new ideas to fix its badly broken economy. Amid fresh signs of economic contraction, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday called for an early election and put on hold a scheduled sales tax increase. The news came a day after data showed the world’s third-biggest economy unexpectedly shrank for a …

Japan returns to recession

Japan unexpectedly slipped back into recession, despite massive efforts to stimulate its economy.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping toast during a signing ceremony on May 21, 2014, in Shanghai.

As Russia and China continue to forge trade pacts, including the huge $456 billion gas deal with Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom signed in May, many Westerners are wondering whether this cozy relationship between the two nations is anything to be concerned about. “Right now China’s biggest goal is to deflate American dominance, and what …

China’s GDP growth slows

China’s latest report on gross domestic product shows a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy.

Apple’s iPhone 6 makes China debut

Apple’s new iPhone 6 finally went on sale in China, so how was the reaction in the world’s largest smartphone market?

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Pro-democracy demonstrators protest in front of the Government Complex in Hong Kong on Oct. 2, 2014.

China’s recent move to tighten control over Hong Kong’s political process could turn out to be a very costly move for Beijing. For more than a century, Hong Kong has enjoyed an outsized role in the global financial system, thanks to its freewheeling capital regulations, relatively high quality of life, rule of law and political independence from …

How Hong Kong protests are impacting business

Thousands of workers are unable to get to their offices due to the protests in Hong Kong. Will the protest have a long-term impact on China’s economy?

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A protester hits a defaced cutout of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, as they protest near the central government offices in the business district of Admiralty in Hong Kong September 29,2014.

As tensions continue to flare in Hong Kong, the central government in Beijing is calling on protesters to consider the economic damage they are doing to their city. But while blocked roads and people skipping work are probably affecting the city’s output, the long-term stakes of the conflict far outweigh those immediate concerns, experts say. Leung …

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A protester raises his umbrellas in front of tear gas which was fired by riot police to disperse protesters in Hong Kong, September 28, 2014.

Unrest in Hong Kong is spooking markets for fear it could escalate, challenging Beijing to make a measured political response, at a time when Chinese and global growth are at the heart of market anxiety. Worries about soft Chinese growth and European weakness has made investors uneasy, while the U.S. Federal Reserve signals it is …

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Riot police use pepper spray as they clash with protesters, as tens of thousands of protesters block the main street to the financial Central district outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong September 28, 2014.

Brazil, Hong Kong, Spain —take your pick. International uncertainty is the order of the day, and it’s spilling over into U.S. markets. First, exchange-traded funds that serve as emerging market proxies, like the Brazil ETF, are suffering. The iShares MSCI Brazil index is down 4 percent as voter polls over the weekend indicate the incumbent, Dilma Rousseff …

Manufacturing pickup in China

China reported a much-needed lift in manufacturing, amid concerns that its overall economic growth may be slowing.

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Chinese Yuan notes

Over the past few years, there’s been an influx of Chinese money into the U.S., increasing from about $58 million in 2000 to $14 billion in 2013. The Chinese are interested in acquiring everything from American companies to commercial and residential real estate. Their motivation is straightforward: They feel their assets are much better protected …

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jingping attend a welcoming ceremony on May 20, 2014 in Shanghai, China.

While the West ramps up pressure on Russia and its President Vladimir Putin over the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner over eastern Ukraine, Moscow is finding some support from the East. Read More Stocks lower as geopolitical worries weigh Since the weekend Chinese media have been highly critical of the approach of Western nations such as the U.S., saying …