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Hong Kong now world’s most expensive office market

Demand from mainland companies has pushed up Hong Kong cost-per-desk prices while currency moves have affected London, enabling the Chinese territory to leapfrog the UK capital when it comes to office expenses.

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Thailand finds it’s third time lucky with Eastern Economic Corridor

After three attempts to attract investment for the Thailand 4.0 initiative, prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha appears finally to have found the right formula. Peter Janssen reports.

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East Asian instability and the North Korea question

North Korea’s nuclear arms testing has led to ramped-up sanctions against the country – but also unintended consequences in neighbouring China. It is a reminder to business and political leaders that risks are hard to assess but easy to spread, as Erika Morphy reports.

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Is Kazakhstan's new financial centre for real?

The Astana International Financial Centre is about to come to life, backed by international big names like Nasdaq and the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Kazakh authorities have high ambitions, but past failures call for prudence. 

Australia takes global lead for renewable electricity projects

For the first eight months of 2017, Australia was the leading country in the world for number of renewable energy electricity projects, according to fDi Markets.

Australia rises to second most popular Asia-Pacific HQ destination

Singapore has been the most popular Asia-Pacific headquarters location from 2014 onwards, according to fDi Markets, but Australia is closing the gap.

New Zealand First’s Peters likely kingmaker in hung parliament

New Zealand’s inconclusive general election in September leaves the New Zealand First party as a credible coalition partner for Labour or the National party. Lucia Dore reports.

View from Asia: Local disagreements threaten regional achievements

Three of the top five global financial centres are from Asia but if tension from the Korean Peninsula and China escalates, all the progress they have made could unravel, says Lawrence Yeo.

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China and IP ownership: a risk worth taking?

China's record for not recognising intellectual property ownership is a concern for many foreign companies doing business there. But staying away from such a vast market is not an option for an ambitious global player. Erika Morphy looks into ways of avoiding IP pitfalls when doing business in the country.

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China searches for silver lining to international cloud expansion

Chinese companies such as Alibaba, Huawei and Tencent have emerged as major investors in cloud computing infrastructure. But they will have to overcome a technological, as well as reputational, gap to compete with their US peers, as Jacopo Dettoni reports.