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Writing a greener story in Asia and Pacific
By Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana*
Asian factories take a beating from virus outbreak
Asia's factories took a heavy hit in February from the coronavirus outbreak with activity in China shrinking at a record pace, business surveys showed on Monday, adding to fears the crisis risks triggering a global recession.
Economic contagion spreads beyond China to other Asian economies
The effects of the coronavirus outbreak are likely to reverberate beyond China as most major economies in the region are expected to either slow down significantly, halt or shrink outright in the current quarter, Reuters polls found.
Asia faces rate-cut pressure to curb fallout from virus
Central banks in Asia face increasing calls to cut interest rates as they jump into action against a spiraling coronavirus crisis that’s hammering tourism, travel and confidence across the region.
Mysterious pneumonia outbreak infects 44 in China, puts Asia on alert
Asian countries have stepped up precautionary measures to prevent an outbreak of a mysterious illness which has infected at least 44 people in China.
Brokers contend with end of era on Asia’s oldest stock exchange
More than three decades after starting as a broker on the Bombay Stock Exchange, Asia’s oldest bourse, Yogesh Choksey shut up shop last year, missing out on a record-breaking equity rally that would usually boost profits for brokerages.
Norway’s giant new oil field sees North Sea flows to Asia surge
The start-up of a giant new oil field in Norway’s part of the North Sea has led to a surge in shipments from the region to Asia.
Asian airlines cautious about outlook for 2020
Asian airlines are cautious about the outlook for 2020 after trade disputes undermined confidence and led to economic growth below initial forecasts this year, the head of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) said on Monday.
Progress made on Asia trade deal: Ross
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the Trump administration remained ‘fully committed’ to the Indo-Pacific, amid questions over US strategy in the region fueled by the president’s absence from a regional summit.
Chinese, Uzbek scientists unveil mystery of ancient city in Central Asia
The Ferghana Valley on the west of the Pamirs, one of the most densely populated regions of Central Asia, known for the precious Ferghana horse breed and a key hub on the ancient Silk Road, has been attracting scientists and researchers from around the world for decades.
Economic growth in developing Asia remains robust, slowdown expected: ADB
Economic growth in developing Asia remains robust but slowdown is expected as trade and investment weaken, according to an updated Asian Development Bank report released on Wednesday.
Zarif urges Asian countries to respect each other
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told representatives of some Asian countries that others never protect our countries and will not provide us with security, advising Asian countries to respect each other if they want others to do so.

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