Russia-China exercises in South China Sea

Move could worsen tensions after loss of court ruling by Beijing

China in fresh shadow banking crackdown

New rules target investment products fuelling credit boom

BoJ plays for time with weak stimulus

Yen soars as Japan’s central bank leaves policy largely unchanged

Philippine tax perk cuts would hit inflows

Dismay over plans to reduce generous incentives for foreign investors

China legalises car-hailing apps

Uber and Didi Chuxing no longer operating in grey area

Chinese province buys up mouldy wheat

Effort to help flood-hit growers will degrade strategic stocks

After the power plays, Xi must now reform

The new economy China needs cannot be built on production targets

Vietnam tops EM FDI performance index

Southeast Asian nation punching 6.5 times above its weight

Indonesia reappoints Indrawati as minister

Return of World Bank director to cabinet boosts hopes for reform

Saudi royal oil group at heart of 1MDB case

US claims $1bn of Malaysian funds for PetroSaudi venture siphoned

America ignores Pakistan at its peril

The strategic case for better relations is clear

Knifeman kills 19 at Japan care facility

Rampage by former employee leaves 25 injured

South Korea GDP growth quickens pace

Consumption and construction help economy expand in second quarter

India – Sikh jokes are no laughing matter

Faith’s followers go to court to stop ‘Santa-Banta’ humour

New Zealand hunts down non-native species

NZ$28m in federal funding allocated for development of technologies to wipe out pests

China president enforces online news ban

Clear signal that Xi wants complete control of media

Singapore toughens bank probes after 1MDB

Regulator admits scandal has tainted city-state’s reputation

China unveils world’s largest seaplane

Beijing furthers strategic reach with 4,500km-range amphibious aircraft

Indonesia’s BRI embraces banking by satellite

Thai military marches to get out the vote

Ruling junta spurs voting but forbids debate on new constitution