The Asia Eight

Daily must-reads from the world’s most dynamic region

January 21, 2021

1 TOP STORY: Regulation notice boosts rare earth prices

2 ATF TV: Blockchain about more than just payments

3 ASIA MARKETS: HSI falls; CSI300 and Nikkei climb

4 NEWS: FCC ex says China a risk to US infrastructure

5 NEWS: Biden ire at curbs on former-Trump officials

6 NEWS: China media attacks foreign Covid vaccines

7 NEWS: Jack Ma video deepens billionaire mystery

8 ATF BIG PICTURE: Foreign routes into China's bonds

01 Top Story Rare earth surges on regulation note

Prices shoot up by around 11% after the release of a government notice proposing stronger management and regulation of the sector; the shares of mining companies involved in the industry also got a sharp lift

02 ATF TV DLT opportunity

Distributed ledger technology - better known as blockchain – is about more than just payments, explains Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA

03 Asia Markets

HSI falls 0.1% to 29,927.76; CSI300 adds 1.1% to 3,621.26 and the Nikkei 225 climbs 0.8% to 28,756.86

04 China 'risk' to US infra

Trump's hardline chief telecommunications regulator warns of dangers from Beijing's surveillance, economic espionage and potential 'injection of malware into networks'

05 Biden ire over sanctions

Beijing announces restrictions on 'lying and cheating' Pompeo as it accused 28 former administration members of violating its sovereignty after Uighur 'genocide' label

06 China media in vax attack

State-owned publications take on Germany and Australia policies as they tout alleged benefits of homegrown pharmaceuticals after deaths of aged residents in Norway

07 Ma mystery deepens

While the shares of Alibaba have partly recovered, the reappearance of China's most famous businessman does not mean the tech behemoth's crisis is over; a major rejig of its operations is underway and the clouds are yet to dissipate

08 ATF Big Picture