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Post-poll, Abe Government to continue monetary expansion, lift GST

October 24, 2017

TOKYO – In a Client Note reviewing the outcome of the Japanese Lower House election, global asset manager Natixis describes Japan’s strong economic growth and record high geopolitical risk in the Korean peninsula as important tailwinds leading the Abe Government to victory. Swing votes distributed to a wide range of oppositions also turning into the ruling LDP’s advantage.

CPC Congress establishes historical position of Xi’s thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics

October 24, 2017

BEIJING - The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) establishes the historical position of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, according to a resolution approved by the Congress today. "This Thought must be adhered to and steadily developed on a long-term basis," the resolution said, according to a report by the State newsagency, Xinhua.

China’s Q3 GDP robust, but medium-term deceleration unavoidable: Natixis

October 20, 2017

HONG KONG - While the good performance of the first two quarters in 2017 (growth of 6.9%) should carry further to Q3 given strong fiscal and monetary tailwinds, there have already been some signs of deceleration IN China’s economy, especially for exports, investment and the slowdown in real estate prices, says global asset manager Natixis in a research report.

Australia, US reaffirm treaty on space exploration, tracking

October 18, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Australian Government has signed a treaty with the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), reaffirming a commitment made more than 50 years ago to collaborate on space exploration. The Space Tracking Treaty covers civil space facilities owned by NASA within Australia, including the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) at Tidbinbilla, as well as facilities in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

China’s 19th National Congress: Some key policy points for business

October 19, 2017

BEIJING – Announcements made at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party in Beijing have significant implications for global trade, investment and security. The following reports touch on some key elements, including Socialism with Chinese Characteristics; China’s anti-graft campaign; Proposed establishment of Communist Party cells within foreign firms; a negative list for market access in China nationwide; and plans to deepen financial reforms.

Affluent market, medical tourism to lift market for drug delivery devices in India: GlobalData

October 18, 2017

NEW DELHI - As GDP per capita increases, India’s affluent market will drive demand for best-in line drug delivery devices and reward innovations in the years to come, says GlobalData in a new report which says the Indian market, which was worth US$411 million in 2016, is on course to touch US$510 million by 2023, clocking a CAGR of 3.1% from 2016 to 2023.

Coalition Against Piracy to target Illicit Streaming Devices (ISDs) in Asia

October 16, 2017

HONG KONG - CASBAA, a trade body serving Asia’s Pay-TV industry, has formed a Coalition Against Piracy to co-ordinate industry resources in the fight against rampant content theft. Neil Gane, an industry veteran in content protection, has been appointed General Manager. He will direct CAP enforcement actions to disrupt, diminish and dismantle pirate enterprises across the region.