Japan: Japan PM Abe Appoints China-Friendly Lawmakers to Key Posts
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe picked two veteran lawmakers with friendly ties to China for top party posts on Wednesday in an apparent signal of hope for a thaw in chilly ties with Beijing and a summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. (Source: The Star)

India: Does the Modi Euphoria Have a Sell-By Date?
Euphoria surrounding India’s new government and strong economic data continues to power stocks higher, but some analysts warn the nation’s economic fundamentals don’t support further gains. (Source: CNBC)

Australia: Australia Growth Slows as Stevens Reluctant to Cut Rate: Economy
The Australian economy slowed in the second quarter and grew 0.5%, which was down from the 1.1% expansion observed in the previous quarter. The weak expansion comes as a result of the stronger currency and weaker commodity prices. However, the central bank governor indicated that a further cut in interest rate is not likely. (Source: Bloomberg)

China: Consumer Demand Driven-Economy: Supply Chain is Key
In China, the key in supply chain management is increasingly how to serve the market. So, managers will have to come up with accurate demand forecasts to cope with the rising volatility in demand. (Source: China Daily)

Switzerland: Switzerland Named as World’s Most Competitive Economy
The Swiss economy was named as the most competitive in the world according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report. Singapore, the United States and Finland came in after Switzerland. (Source: Money Control)

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