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Asia-Pacific Sovereign Rating trends stable despite more negative outlooks

January 13, 2017

SINGAPORE - The number of negative outlooks for Asia-Pacific economies remains at a level not seen since the middle of 2010, when the region was still emerging from the global financial crisis, says S&P Global Ratings.  Sovereign credit trends, however, continue to be stable in most economies in the region over the next one to two years.

China’s history textbooks to change the length of war against Japan

January 13, 2017

BEIJING – The State newsagency, Xinhua, reports that, this spring, China’s textbooks will adopt the phrase “14-year Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression,” in place of the current wording, according to the Ministry of Education. China became the first country to fight against fascist forces when Japanese troops began their invasion of northeast China on September 18, 1931.

World Bank Group launches free, interactive trade and competitiveness data platform

January 9, 2017

WASHINGTON— The World Bank Group today launched TCdata360, a free, open, and easy–to-use online platform that collects, analyses and visualises trade and competitiveness data.  The website is designed to help policymakers, development practitioners, academics and citizens better understand critical issues, and to create more informed policies in the areas of trade, investment, innovation and the general economy.

IBM names five innovations to change lives in five years

January 5, 2017

NEW YORK – IBM TODAY unveiled TS annual " IBM 5 in 5 " (#ibm5in5) - a list of ground-breaking scientific innovations with the potential to change the way people work, live, and interact during the next five years.
IBM believes that -
• With Artificial Intelligence, our words will open a window into our mental health;
• Hyperimaging and AI will give us superhero vision;
• Macroscopes will help us understand Earth's complexity in infinite detail;
• Medical labs "on a chip" will serve as health detectives for tracing disease at the nanoscale ; and that