The Asia Eight

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

March 15, 2021

1 TOP STORY: Chinese factories targeted in Myanmar unrest

2 ATF TV: Gas joins the dots in Asia's green energy future

3 ASIA MARKETS: HSI, Nikkei 225 advance; CSI300 declines

4 NEWS: Smelter giant in Indonesian green energy proposal

5 NEWS: Industry, retail data lift China recovery prospects

6 NEWS: Fundraiser boosts Baidu AI chip at heart of EV plan

7 NEWS: Xiaomi shares advance after judge blocks US ban

8 NEWS: The best articles from the weekend on ATF

01 Top Story Chinese factories burnt down in Myanmar unrest

Resentment intensifies over Beijing's support for Myanmar military; Martial law declared in Yangon townships after embassy complains about attacks on factories amid increasingly violent crackdown on people protesting against the coup

02 ATF TV Green via gas

Alex Woody, a partner at White and Case legal firm, links the dots between Asia’s use of LNG and its eventual green energy transition

03 Asia Markets

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng climbs 0.3% to 28,833.76, China’s CSI300 falls 1% to 3,419.95 and Tokyo's Nikkei 225 advances 0.2% to 29,766.97

04 China Indon energy bid

World’s top nickel and stainless steel maker plans to build solar and wind facilities to power a 2,000MW smelter in eastern Indonesia within the next three to five years

05 Data lifts China bets

Beijing's ability to contain the coronavirus pandemic before other major economies has allowed it to rebound faster, helped by exports, demand and government stimulus

06 Baidu AI chip fund boost

Kunlun unit - whose products are used in Chinese electri cars – is reportedly valued at $2bn in latest deal

07 Xiaomi surges on ban bar

DC District Court ruling likely to raise hopes for dozens of Chinese companies, creating significant precedent for others to launch similar lawsuits to escape blacklist