Nepal will hold a general election on 26 November to choose a new federal parliament, reports Times of India. The election timing is in line with the nation’s first republican constitution from 2015, which requires a new parliament to be in place before 21 January 2018. The election will mark a personal triumph for Nepal’s... View Article

Chinese companies investing in overseas firms for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) will be subject to greater controls, state planners announced in an online statement on Friday. The National Development Reform Commission (NDRC) will provide better guidance on risks to companies investing overseas ‘to promote the healthy and orderly development of foreign economic and... View Article

During her visit to China earlier this month, Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong, said she hoped that Hong Kong would play a more active role in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a China-led multilateral development bank that aims to support the building of infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region. Hong Kong joined the... View Article

The State Council of China aims to further lower market access threshold to attract foreign investments, according to a note issued yesterday and signed by Premier Li Keqiang. China aims to promote steady growth of foreign investment by further opening sectors to foreign investors, including banking, insurance and security industries. China will also expand market... View Article

Following a record high in 2015, combined Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flows to developing Asia contracted by 15 per cent to $US443 billion in 2016, a first decline since 2013, according to the latest World Investment Report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). In 2016, global FDI flows fell by about... View Article

Nick Clegg was one of the most prominent pro-European voices ahead of the 2016 referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU), and has since continued to be a regular commentator on the Brexit process. He has called for greater clarity on what Britain seeks to achieve from the exit negotiations, and ultimately on its... View Article

India today celebrates its 70th year of independence since the end of the British Raj, and it also marks the creation of Pakistan on 14 August 1947. Indian PM Modi will speak at light festivals and flag parades in Delhi, and Pakistan PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will preside over military air shows in Islamabad this... View Article

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has named two women as Vice Presidents after criticism that his proposed cabinet included no women. Dr Laaya Joneidi has been appointed as Vice President for Legal Affairs, and Dr Masoumeh Ebtekar has been appointed as Vice President for Woman and Family Affairs. Dr Shahindokht Molaverdi has been appointed as Rouhani’s... View Article

Ma Jun, the chief economist at the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), has left the bank, according to people close to the matter, reports Reuters. Ma joined the PBOC’s research department from Deutsche Bank in 2014, and pioneered green finance in China as well as commenting on monetary policies such as RMB devaluation. Generally regarded... View Article

“Engaging with Asia and in Asia is a strategic priority for the EU, whatever other powers may do. Our level of engagement does not depend on the engagement of others, and it is clearly there to stay.”  So said Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, in an... View Article