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January, 21, 2017

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Taiwan Mobile's flagship store gets a robot receptionist
A humanoid robot named Pepper began serving Monday as a "super receptionist" at the Taipei flagship store of Taiwan Mobile Co., one of Taiwan's major telecommunication service providers, which revealed that more of the robots will be used at some of its other outlets next year.
Bank of Japan lifts view of economy
The Bank of Japan on Tuesday lifted its view of the economy for the first time in over a year, as the sliding yen boosts exports, offering some hope for Tokyo's stuttering growth program.
Australia avoided a feared downgrade of its coveted AAA credit rating Monday after sticking to its ambition of returning the budget to surplus in 2020-21 despite softer growth forecasts.
International shoppers in Taiwan may soon be able to make credit card payments in currencies other than the New Taiwan Dollar, as local financial regulators announced plans to adjust regulations.
Malaysia's ringgit hit its lowest level against the U.S. dollar since the Asian financial crisis as emerging-market currencies are hammered by a flight of capital fueled by an expected rise in U.S. interest rates next year.
Shares in Taiwan extended losses from the previous session Monday, with the weighted index falling below the 9,300 point mark in the wake of the latest losses on Wall Street, which raised worries about a further downturn in the U.S. market in the wake of its recent strong showing, dealers said.
Taiwan is likely to report a year-on-year increase in export orders for a fourth consecutive month in November amid rising global demand in the run-up to the year-end holiday buying spree, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) said Sunday.
Standard Chartered Bank has forecast that Taiwan's gross domestic product (GDP) will grow 1.6 percent next year, up from an estimated 1.1 percent growth in 2016, on the back of rising global demand.
The Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE) is holding a series of seminars for employees of local securities firms as part of their on-the-job training to update them on regulations related to securities trading in Taiwan.
Chinese leaders pledge stable currency
China's leaders pledged Friday to keep its currency stable and trim bloated heavy industry as they wrapped up an annual planning meeting amid pressure from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and European leaders over trade.
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