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Past articles by Asia:

Freedom will prevail in Ukraine

The EU, G-7, Allies, and partners are united in denouncing Russia's premeditated, unprovoked and unjustified attack against Ukraine. → Read More

China's latest move to tighten crypto regulation is not new, says HSBC

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and the State Council said in a statement on Friday that tighter regulation on cryptocurrency is needed. → Read More

CNBC and SGX unveil the iEdge-CNBC China Growth Economy Index

Asia's most international marketplace Singapore Exchange (SGX) and CNBC, the world's number one business and financial news network, have jointly unveiled the iEdge-CNBC China Growth Economy Index, the first in a series of co-branded indices capturing key investment themes in a post-COVID world. The iEdge-CNBC China Growth Economy Index tracks the performance of 50 China-domiciled companies that… → Read More

Bitcoin could surge to $300,000 — but winter could last for years when the bubble bursts, says crypto entrepreneur

Bitcoin has had a blockbuster 2021, with the cryptocurrency hitting multiple record levels this year and breaking past the $60,000 mark in March. → Read More

Middle East start-up that grows food in the desert raises $60 million in funding

Pure Harvest Smart Farms grows fruits and vegetables in greenhouses in the UAE desert, and has partnerships to do the same in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. → Read More

Gains in the sterling have 'overshot the fundamentals': RBC Capital

Alvin Tan of RBC Capital Markets says the market has become very optimistic about the U.K. vaccine roll out, but the "very dire" economic situation will eventually start to weigh on the British pound. He also discusses the outlook for Asian currencies. → Read More

Australian, New Zealand dollar have already priced in the good news: Strategist

Max Lin of NatWest Markets explains why the gains in the Australian dollar and New Zealand dollar probably can't continue for now, though the currencies may appreciate in the future. He is "very constructive" on the Taiwan dollar because of strong demand for semiconductor chips made in Taiwan. → Read More

Lebanese politicians haven't grasped the severity of the economic situation yet: Professor

Lebanon's central bank governor should "stand aside" while a probe into his involvement in the mismanagement of the country's finances plays out, says Angus Blair of the American University in Cairo. He also says politicians have yet to grasp the severity of the economic situation facing Lebanon. → Read More

Real estate will continue to dominate the green loan market: DBS

Yulanda Chung of DBS says real estate borrowers make up the bulk of green loans partly because the transactions are "big ticket" ones. She also says there is "simply no other way" to future-proof a banking business besides embracing ESG. → Read More

Australia does not want to see Google or Facebook leave, but they must follow the rules

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has made it clear to Google that the Australian parliament is on track to pass into law a media bill that would make digital platforms pay publishers for news, says Communications Minister Paul Fletcher. → Read More

ETFs proved resilient amid volatility during GameStop trading frenzy, BNY Mellon says

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) were able to withstand the heavy market volatility during the recent GameStop trading frenzy in Wall Street, underlying the resilience of such funds, says Ben Slavin, global head of ETFs, asset servicing at BNY Mellon. → Read More

Ant Group's proposed move to restructure businesses is 'step in right direction': IDC Financial

Ant Group's potential move to restructure and place all of its major businesses, including its technology units, inside a financial holding company is a "step in the right direction", says Michael Araneta, associate vice-president for IDC Financial Insights. → Read More

'Very concerned' about the global distribution of vaccines: Public health expert

Charles Prober of Stanford University says vaccines need to be distributed quickly to parts of the world with fewer resources because it is the "ethical and moral thing to do" and because the health crisis is global, meaning that what happens in one country is "immediately relevant" to other countries. → Read More

China can expect long-term, high stakes competition with the U.S.: Expert

U.S. President Joe Biden says there will be "extreme competition" between the U.S. and China. Robert Daly of the Wilson Center's Kissinger Institute on China and the United States weighs in on what that could look like. → Read More

Taiwan's Taiex could hit 20,000 on ample liquidity if history repeats: Strategist

Several indicators of liquidity in Taiwan are reaching levels not seen since previous peaks of 2000 and 2007, says Peter Kurz of Quantum International Corp, that will drive the market higher in a logical sense. → Read More

Ex-ECB chief Draghi will hold things together as a technocrat in Italy: Investor

Axel Merk of Merk Investments believes that Italy stands to benefit with ex-European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi in government, but he expects greater challenges for Draghi compared to when he ran a central bank. → Read More

Most of emerging Asia will remain 'a bit subdued' in 2021: OECD

China's economy will be able to recover strongly from the coronavirus pandemic in 2021, but the situation in other countries in emerging Asia will vary greatly, Federico Bonaglia of the OECD Development Centre says. → Read More

Citi: Bearish on dollar for 2021, recent rebound attributed to 'return of U.S. exceptionalism'

"We don't quite see a turning point yet, but we do think that the dollar will resume its downtrend", says Citi's Ebrahim Rahbari, after the U.S. dollar saw its best week in 3 months. → Read More

Australia's media bargaining code will improve power imbalance for publishers, competition watchdog says

Google and Facebook have near-monopoly power in search and social media, respectively, and the proposed law will allow news media companies to better negotiate with the tech giants, says Rod Sims, chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. → Read More

Sony shares can head higher despite fierce competition with Samsung, Microsoft: Macquarie

Sony is battling with Samsung in image sensor business and Microsoft in the console sector, but strong business execution should be able to drive Sony shares higher. says Damian Thong from Macquarie Capital Securities Japan. → Read More