The German foreign minister is on a charm-offensive through Southeast Asia. Guido Westerwelle is seeking to strengthen ties with the world's fourth leading financial centre.
Notwithstanding a stream of negative news in recent times such as a shrinking output and falling business confidence, Japan's central bank has struck a more positive tone about the country's economic outlook.
Australia has sealed a free trade deal with China, much to the consternation of the US. DW columnist Frank Sieren explains.
China and Australia have signed a free trade agreement after years of negotiation; South Korea and New Zealand likewise. One aim for both Australia and New Zealand was to increase food exports to Asia.
Shinzo Abe has won a convincing victory. But he should not see this as a validation of his policies. Instead, says DW's Alexander Freund, Japan's prime minister must implement reforms and confront uncomfortable truths.
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