SINGAPORE - Singapore has joined 67 other countries in becoming a signatory to the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS). The Convention enables participating countries to modify their existing double tax agreements in order to implement BEPS measures.
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BEIJING - China’s broadcast regulator has barred three major internet platforms’ video streaming services as part of Government efforts to tighten oversight of internet content.
HONG KONG – The Hong Kong Stock Exchange will introduce its planned Offshore Renminbi (CNH) and US dollar (US$) Gold Futures on Monday July 10. They will be the first pair of commodity futures that can be physically delivered in Hong Kong.
BANGKOK – Thailand is implementing new policies aimed at future-proofing its workforce and industry, particularly in the automotive, robotics, and aerospace sectors. The measures, known collectively as Thailand 4.0, centre on incentivising foreign direct investment and nurturing innovation for 10 key future-focussed industries.
HONG KONG - Asia-Pacific's positive fundamentals could lift credit conditions in the third quarter of 2017, as macroeconomic trends and financing availability are improving, S&P Global Ratings says in a reort published today.
SHENZHEN - Wal-Mart and the Chinese e-commerce platform JD.com have jointly launched a bricks-and-mortar store in Shenzhen as they deepen ties and as JD.com expands into offline sales. The co-branded store, which opened on Sunday, will showcase JD.com’s best-selling items – including electronics and books – and allow customers to interact with the goods in person, Caixin reports.
HONG KONG - For manufacturers seeking alternative production bases to relocate or diversify production because of soaring costs in the Mainland, the Philippines is an alternative, according to an HKTDC Research study released today.
HONG KONG - The HKTDC Export Index for the second quarter of 2017 has climbed to a 16-quarter high of 50.1, up from 47.1 recorded in the first quarter of the year. The results are the first since the second quarter of 2013 to surpass the 50 mark, reflecting positive sentiment among local exporters. HKTDC Research has also raised its 2017 Hong Kong export growth forecast to 5% from a flat projection issued in December.
KUALA LUMPUR – Natixis believes there is still room for the ringgit to strengthen over the balance of 2017, with oil prices having likely bottomed with a rise tipped towards year-end. “Coupled with this, global trade volume is picking up, bolstering the external environment. These factors should support the current account, and thus the MYR.”
HONG KONG - After registering a stronger-than-expected performance in Q1, the Chinese economy continued its moderation in May, reflected in a batch of important activity indicators reported today. BBVA Bank says growth moderation is partly due to the authorities’ monetary prudence targetted at risky shadow banking and the overheating property market.
SHANGHAI - Smartphone and telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd said it is evaluating the decision of a leading court in the United Kingdom over patent infringement that could mean its phones will not be allowed to be sold in the UK, It is also assessing possible steps it may take, China Daily reports.
BEIJING - Alibaba is eyeing the wallets of Chinese communities in Southeast Asia, integrating more domestic brands into its existing sales channels to tap into markets beyond the Chinese mainland as it bids to lure customers with similar shopping needs and tastes.
HONG KONG - China Foreign Exchange Trade System (CFETS) and Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) have announced formation of a joint venture company in Hong Kong, Bond Connect Company Limited (BCCL), to support Bond Connect related trading services.
HONG KONG – HKEX is extending is after-hours trading of its RMB Currency Futures from July 10, opening at 8.30.am rather than 9.am, with the second session concluding at 1.am rather than 11.45.pm A second tier to the HKEX money marker programme for its RMB Currency Futures will be introduced from the same date, with the programme then comprising both primary and secondary markers.
SINGAPORE – Disruption could be an opportunity for businesses, say 78% of Asian businesses, according to a new survey by Thomson Reuters. At the same time, at 51%, Asia recorded the highest proportion of respondents who said technology disrupters could be a direct threat to their business model, with 42% of European and 47 % American businesses saying likewise.
HONG KONG – The world will most likely witness another year of “muddling through” in China, with mounting risks as the authorities continue to try to strike a balance between restructuring and growth, says Coface. The global credit insurer says its projections show that growth will slow over the remainder of 2017.
Chinese authorities will have a delicate balancing act between tightening liquidity and sustaining growth, it says, pointing out that after registering a stronger-than-expected performance in Q1 2017, the Chinese economy has started to show signs of moderation.