Friday’s treats from the beyondbrics team: China’s banned tipple; Bitcoin goes east; Ukraine suspends pact; WTO deal nears; Japan’s cars stall in China; Modi and the lira. Plus: SOEs look to Singapore; Jakarta-Canberra frost; and what of Liconomics?

From the FT:
Top Communist tipple goes down-market after party crackdown, CompaniesBitcoin demand in China, Currencies
Ukraine serves Putin a foreign policy triumph, World News
WTO on verge of global trade pact, Global Economy
Japanese carmakers rue lost lead in China, Companies
India: Modi muscles in, Analysis
Turks bet on a falling lira by hoarding foreign currency, Currencies
Splits among Turkey’s Islamists could prove Erdogan’s undoing, Global Insight

From elsewhere:
Reforming China’s state-owned firms: From SOE to GLC, The Economist
Indonesia, Australia spy claim tension spreads to corporate world, Reuters
What happened to Likonomics? Look in Xi’s shadow, Nikkei Asian Review

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