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US invites Taiwan to talkfest on democracy

November 26, 2021

TAIPEI - US President Joe Biden has issued an invitation to Taiwan to participate in the Summit for Democracy, a virtual event to take place on December 9 to 10. The event will brings together leaders of government, civil society and the private sector from more than 100 countries and territories to discuss issues such as resisting authoritarianism, fighting corruption and promoting human rights.

China well ahead in global EV battery market race

November 19, 2021

HONG KONG -- While Asia dominates car battery production, China dominates the supply chain in terms of EV battery components, according to the global financial group, Natixis. "Most EV battery components are currently produced by the three Asian battery powerhouses (China, South Korea and Japan), but China's leading role in the "underneath" components is more obvious than EV battery supply." Natixis says.

Vietnam expands incentives for innovation, research

October 28, 2021

HANOI - Vietnam's Prime Minister, Pham Minh Chinh, has signed off amendments to the Investment Law which provide Special Investment Incentives for a number of new and expanded projects. These include innovation centres and research and development (R&D) centres with total investment capital of VND 3,000 billion (US$130 billion)1 or more, of which at least VND 1,000 billion (US$43 billion) is disbursed within three years from the date of the investment registration certificate (IRC) or approval of investment policy.

South Korea slows as pent-up demand exhausts

October 25, 2021

SEOUL -- South Korea's recovery slowed in the third quarter after an impressive surge in Q2. Sequentially, headline GDP growth came in at 0.3% q/q,translating into an annual rise of 4%. In a briefing note, ANZ Bank says the slowdown arose mainly from a quarterly dip in private consumption and investment. Exports, meanwhile, strengthened, allaying some concerns over supply side shortages in key industries such as electronics and autos.

China navigating a corporate debt trap: S&P

October 20, 2021

MELBOURNE -- S&P Global Ratings believes the troubles of Evergrande hint at credit strains simmering among Chinese corporates, and a strong resolve by the Government to tackle this issue. S&P says a survey involving 25,000-plus global entities reveals that the leverage levels of China's corporate sector are significantly above the global average. "It is a US$27 trillion problem that is increasingly getting the attention of Beijing," says S&P.

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