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South Korea's April inflation nears 4-year high

South Korea's headline inflation neared a four-year high in April, as consumer prices shot up on a lower comparison base a year earlier and higher oil and agricultural-product prices. Analysts mostly expect inflation to pick up in the coming months though it may subside later and remain in check. The benchmark consumer-price index gained 2.3% from a year earlier after the previous month's 1.5% rise, said the statistical office Tuesday. 10:25 p.m. May 3, 2021

China manufacturing surged in April, Caixin says

China's manufacturing activity rebounded in April, marking the strongest growth so far this year, as overseas demand remained solid and the job market recovered, according to a private survey of manufacturers. 10:28 p.m. April 29, 2021

China's March industrial profit nearly doubled

BEIJING--China's industrial profit continued to soar in March as both production and sales grew rapidly, official data showed Tuesday. Profits of industrial companies jumped 92.3% in March from a year earlier, driving first-quarter profit growth to 137%, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. 11:14 p.m. April 26, 2021

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Ant, Alibaba Show How China Reins in Big Tech Faster Than Other Countries

In less than six months, China’s tech giant Ant went from planning a blockbuster IPO to restructuring in response to pressure from the central bank. As the U.S. also takes aim at big tech, here’s how China is moving faster. Photo illustration: Sharon Shi video content

6:56 a.m. April 26, 2021
China Considers Boosting Covid-19 Vaccine Efficacy. Mixing Is One Way.

Chinese Covid-19 vaccines offer relatively low levels of protection compared with some of their foreign rivals. Here is why China is joining other countries in considering mixing and matching vaccines as a key to overcoming multiple vaccination challenges at once. Illustration: Ksenia Shaikhutdinova video content

7:08 a.m. April 21, 2021
How Lithium Became a Hot Commodity

Demand for lithium is expected to outpace global supply as consumers switch to battery-powered vehicles. With China currently leading in processing of the vital raw material, the U.S. government is looking to boost domestic production. Photo illustration: Carlos Waters/WSJ video content

5:30 a.m. April 20, 2021
Japan exports rise in March as global demand grows

Japan's exports posted strong growth in March, as demand recovered overseas and continued in China, Ministry of Finance data showed Monday. Exports rose 16.1% from a year earlier in March. That compared with February's 4.5% decline and was better than the 12.4% increase expected by economists surveyed by data provider FactSet.

9:37 p.m. April 18, 2021
Australia's employment surge continues in March

SYDNEY--Australia's economic recovery continued to be led by employment growth, which soared by 71,000 in March, further lowering the unemployment rate. The jobless rate fell to 5.6% in March, down from 5.8% in February, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Employment has rebounded strongly in recent months, in line with a broad recovery in economic activity, the fastest in 70 years.

11:46 p.m. April 14, 2021
Singapore economy grows for first time since 2019

SINGAPORE--Singapore's economy swung to growth for the first time since the fourth quarter of 2019, as an expansion in goods-producing industries and manufacturing during the first quarter outweighed contraction in construction and services-producing industries.

11:57 p.m. April 13, 2021
New Zealand central bank keeps rates unchanged

WELLINGTON, New Zealand--The Reserve Bank of New Zealand said economic recovery from the pandemic remains uncertain and left its two main tools for influencing the economy unchanged at stimulatory levels.

11:56 p.m. April 13, 2021
John Kerry Says Climate Is a Free-Standing Issue Ahead of China Trip

U.S. special climate envoy John Kerry tells WSJ’s Timothy Puko that the issue of climate is “not for trade” against other critical differences the U.S. currently has with China. Photo: Rob Alcaraz/The Wall Street Journal video content

6:08 p.m. April 13, 2021

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