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  1. News - Asia - PROPERTY

    Surge in Chinese investors in South Korea’s Jeju Island since 2009 may be to secure residency

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 04:32pm by Zhuang Pinghui zhuang.pinghui@scmp.com

    ... base for commuting to mainland. There has been a massive surge in Chinese investors in South Korea’s Jeju Island since 2009 – particularly in the past six months – which may have come so they can secure permanent resident visas by buying properties, South Korean media reports. The total area of land owned by mainland property investors has risen from only 20,000 square metres ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1584451/surge-chinese-investors-south-koreas-jeju-island-2009-may-be-secure
  2. Business - Money - industry

    Brokers favour South Korea's worst-performing shipbuilders

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 01:27am by BLOOM

    ... South Korean shipbuilders, this year's worst-performing industry group, are attracting buy recommendations from three of the nation's biggest brokerages after valuations sank to record ... The 33 per cent discount to the Kospi 200 is the widest on record. "The stock prices of Korean shipbuilders have hit the bottom," said Lee Sokje, an analyst at JP Morgan Securities Asia ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1580959/brokers-favour-south-koreas-worst-performing
  3. News - China - DEFENCE

    Mid-air 'near miss' highlights strategic divide between US and China in Asia

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 04:27am by Cary Huang

    ... suspicion between China and the United States about strategic objectives in Asia, analysts said. Washington and Beijing gave contrasting accounts over the weekend of the encounter on Wednesday between a US Navy P-8 surveillance plane and a Chinese J-11 jet over the South China Sea near Hainan. The Pentagon said the Chinese jet made several close passes by the Navy P-8 Poseidon plane, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1580699/mid-air-near-miss-highlights-strategic-divide-between-us-and-china-asia
  4. News - Asia - Flight MH370

    New information on missing MH370 flight shows it 'may have turned south earlier'

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 03:31pm by Agence France-Presse in Canberra

    ... Agence France-Presse in Canberra Further refinement of satellite data from aircraft indicates hunt must focus its priorities 'a little further south' inside search area, says ... information suggested it “may have turned south” earlier than thought. The new detail came after “further refinement” of satellite data and as investigators attempted to map the position ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581437/new-information-missing-mh370-flight-shows-it-may-have-turned-south
  5. Property - International - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korea's homebuyers buoyed by eased mortgage curbs

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 05:34am by BLOOM

    ... moved into a new three-bedroom apartment. "I can get a bigger loan now; it may be the time to finally buy a home rather than swallowing this crazy rent rise." South Korea relaxed banks' mortgage restrictions this month as Finance Minister Choi Kyung-hwan, appointed last month, seeks to revive a property market in Asia's fourth-largest economy, boost growth ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1580843/south-koreas-homebuyers-buoyed-eased-mortgage-curbs
  6. Lifestyle - Books - POLITICS

    Book review: Asia's Cauldron, the South China Sea and the End to a Stable Pacific

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 03:57pm by Mark O'Neill

    ... Mark O'Neill Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End to a Stable Pacific by Robert Kaplan Random House 4 stars Mark O'Neill In Asia's Cauldron, Robert Kaplan ... of the South China Sea, through which more than half of the world's merchant tonnage and the bulk of East Asia's supplies pass, will emerge as the primary line of conflict in the coming ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1476061/book-review-asias-cauldron-south-china-sea-and-end-stable-pacific
  7. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    Pope Francis ends South Korean visit with message of peace

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 09:38pm by Reuters

    ... with words of peace Pope Francis yesterday called for peace and reconciliation on the divided Korean peninsula and sent a further message of goodwill to China, wrapping up a five-day trip to South Korea and the first papal visit to Asia in 15 years. Before a mass yesterday at Seoul's Myeongdong Cathedral, the pope prayed with a small number of "comfort women", who were ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1576167/pope-francis-ends-south-korean-visit-message-peace
  8. News - Asia - RELIGION

    Pope sends message to Beijing as China bars Catholics from attending South Korea event

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 12:01pm

    ... Reuters in Seoul Pope Francis extends ‘best wishes’ to President Xi Jinping and Chinese citizens, offering blessing for China on first visit by pontiff to Asia since 1999 Pope Francis sent an unprecedented message of goodwill to China on Thursday before touching down in Seoul, but the first papal trip to Asia in 15 years got off to a shaky start with the news some Chinese had been barred ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1573415/pope-sends-message-beijing-chinese-catholics-barred-south-korea-event
  9. News - Asia - RELIGION

    Pope Francis heads to South Korea with message of peace

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 02:50am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Rome Pope plans message of peace on first trip to Asia Pope Francis travels to South Korea this week with a message of peace for the divided peninsula on his first papal visit to Asia, where the Catholic Church is undergoing dramatic growth. The 77-year-old will fly into Seoul on Wednesday in a trip also aimed at making up for his predecessor, Emeritus ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1570955/pope-francis-heads-south-korea-message-peace
  10. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Overseas investor interest in Asia-Pacific region on the rise

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 11:23am by DENNIS FUNG

    ... Dennis Fung Overall investment volume this year is expected to remain in line with theUS$98 billion record achieved last year Lower risks in Asia-Pacific renew foreign interest Asia-Pacific investors are becoming less risk-averse and more willing to move up the risk curve. Risk associated with property investment fell during the second quarter of this year, with the DTZ risk ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1579142/overseas-investor-interest-asia-pacific-region-rise

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