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There's a general consensus that 2016 was bad. But apparently, 2017 may even be worse, according to some forecasts in the region.
 
Rodrigo Duterte meets with 'hero' Vladimir Putin
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday met the man he calls his hero, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and unburdened his gripes about U.S. "hypocrisy," "bullying" and foreign wars.
 
The near-term growth potential for ASEAN-6 (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam) is 5 percent, below the 6.5-percent trend in China but well above the 1.5-percent trend in the G-3, according to Gundy Cahyadi (謝商戈), .....
 
Oil prices tumbled in Asia Friday as doubts emerged over the long-term success of a surprise OPEC agreement to cut output and stabilize the oversupplied market.
 
Rejecting TPP a risk to national security: Kerry
Secretary of State John Kerry urged Congress on Wednesday to adopt a landmark 12-nation Asia-Pacific trade deal, arguing that rejection would badly damage U.S. credibility and national security.
 
ADB expects developing Asia to remain on course
Developing economies in Asia are holding steady and will grow at the earlier forecast rate of 5.7 percent this year and next, buoyed by resilience in the region's two largest economies, China and India, the Asian Development Bank said Tuesday.
 
Singapore court grants reprieve to Hanjin
Singapore's High Court has granted a temporary reprieve to troubled South Korean giant Hanjin, allowing its ships to sail into the city-state without fear of being impounded as it struggles to settle a US$5.37-billion debt.
 
South Korean stocks led most Asian markets lower Friday after the North conducted another nuclear test, while trading was also hit by worries over global central bank policy easing.
 
Vietnam and Thailand strike rice deal with the Philippines
Thailand and Vietnam have won deals to supply a total of 250,000 tons of rice to the Philippines after the two countries reduced their selling prices to suit Manila's budget.
 
Asian markets down in global retreat
Most Asian markets tumbled for a second day Wednesday, extending a global retreat, with Tokyo taking a hit from a strong yen after Japan's economy-boosting stimulus program fell flat with investors.
 
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