TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sought Monday to further the debate on constitutional reform and called for a deeper discussion regarding the Emperor’s indication of his intention to abdicate.

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HONG KONG (China Daily/ANN)- A lack of knowledge and expertise, as well as a sense of urgency to adopt business-related technology, are common barriers among businesses in Hong Kong, a HSBC commissioned report shows.

HANOI, Vietnam (Viet Nam News/ANN) - Thailand plans to increase its anti-dumping duty on Vietnam's steel products, from 7.94 per cent to 40.49 per cent.

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - China has agreed to offer continued support to Asean’s community building and centrality by ensuring regional cooperation.

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - The renminbi is slowly becoming an important part of trade, taking into account that China is one of Indonesia’s key trading partners.

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - The inclusion of the Patimban deep-sea project into the Blue Book is necessary for foreign loans, as further discussions over funding are required. 

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The foreign affairs ministry has clarified that no efforts will be made to restrict or censor the movements of the UN rapporteurs who will visit to probe the spate of killings in the Philippines.

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PETALING JAYA, Malaysia (The Star Malaysia/ANN) - Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia President Muhyiddin Yassin is pegged to become the next prime minister if the opposition emerges the winner in the next general election.

XI’AN (China Daily/ANN) -  The initiative aims to promote closer economic cooperation along the route and make global economic governance more open.

HAVANA (China Daily/ANN) - Premier Li Keqiang received a warm welcome from Cuban legendary leader Fidel Castro on Sunday as both decided to boost ties between the two nations. 

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - As weak global growth hits profits, firms are under increasing pressure to manage costs. 

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - As masala bonds, rupee-denominated bonds raised outside India, begin to make an impact, the Singapore Exchange is progressively becoming the go-to global hub for issuers and has hosted three issuances in the past two months alone. 

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Micron Technology's expanded Senoko facility is a welcome boost to Singapore's manufacturing sector. 

ITANAGAR, India (The Statesman/ANN) - The personnel of the Chinese People's Liberation Army tresspassed into the Indian territory in Arunachal Pradesh and established a temporary camp in Anjaw District. 

NEW DELHI (The Straits Times/ANN) - The threat to review the Indus Water Treaty with Pakistan comes after an attack on an Indian base in Kashmir, for which New Delhi blames Pakistan. 

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Senator Leila de Lima has strongly reacted to President Rodrigo Duterte's recent comments aimed at marring her reputation.