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Paul Beckett

Washington Bureau Chief — The Wall Street Journal

WSJ Asia Editor, tweeting eye-catching news from the region

Welcome Home, Sonia Gandhi: An Imaginary Conversation — Sonia Gandhi, president of the ruling Congress party, returned to New Delhi Thursday. To mark her return, tongue firmly in cheek, we wondered what her first few hours might have involved. The scene: The garden at 10 Janpath. Unnamed Personal Advisor: Good afternoon, Madam Sonia-ji, I must say it is utterly delightful to have you back in Delhi.

Q&A: Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou on China Ties, Policy and His Legacy — Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou is entering his eighth and final year in office. The Wall Street Journal interviewed Mr. Ma in the Presidential Office Building in Taipei on Friday, discussing his time in office, his China policy and the political costs of some of the policies he has pursued.

Taiwan’s Ma Ying-jeou Warns Against Letting Beijing Ties Cool — TAIPEI-Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou defended the rapprochement he has forged with China, saying the closer ties have boosted Taiwan's economy and security and shouldn't be tampered with by whoever succeeds him. Entering his eighth and last year in office, Mr. Ma rebuffed suggestions that his China policy is proving divisive in Taiwan and costing his ruling Kuomintang party popular support ahead of January's presidential elections.

Q&A: Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley — Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley sat down on Thursday with reporters from The Wall Street Journal to discuss his efforts to reshape the Indian economy. Here are edited excerpts. The Wall Street Journal: Is this the dawn of revolution with the new government coming in? Arun Jaitley: We haven't used the word revolution.

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Preaches Patience on Economic Reforms — NEW DELHI-Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has a simple message for critics pushing for deeper change in the economic policies of the world's largest democracy: It's coming, be patient. In an interview Thursday, Mr. Jaitley, a corporate lawyer and close ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, touted progress India's new government has made, from easing foreign-investment limits in some industries to cutting red tape and improving...

Obama Will Try to Avoid the K Word — To some U.S. officials, it is known simply as the "K-word." Kashmir. It's a topic we expect U.S. President Barack Obama to try his level best to avoid during his three-day trip to India that starts next week. The issue got the former British foreign secretary in hot water when he was here last year.

Singapore's Temasek Seeks Deals in U.S. and Europe — SINGAPORE-Singapore's giant state investment company, Temasek Holdings Pte. Ltd., is looking to bulk up its portfolio in the U.S. and Europe, seeing opportunities in those regions despite persistent uncertainty over the health of their economies.

From Poverty to Exploitation in India — A young girl's tale highlights a different aspect of the abusive treatment of women, and many children, in the world's largest democracy.

Crimes Against Women: A New WSJ E-Book — Crimes against women have dominated the national discourse in India since the brutal gang rape of a young woman on a moving bus in New Delhi in December and her subsequent death from injuries sustained in the assault. The government, faced with unprecedented pressure from a disgusted electorate, has toughened laws relating to rape and other assaults on women.

India Overachieves in Prickliness Over ‘Time’ Cover — Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday slammed a Time Asia report that dubbed him "The Underachiever," saying that it represented another example of bias and inaccuracy in the news media. "It is not 100% accurate by any stretch," he fumed. "It is only 98% accurate at most."
Oct 18, 2016

Alibaba to raise around $1 billion for Koubei local-services platform  via @WSJ

Oct 16, 2016

India’s Modi calls Pakistan terror ‘mothership’ at Brics summit.  via @WSJ

Oct 14, 2016

RT @rickcarew: Some memories of the Thai king and my grandfather, Bert Bennington, who served in the Department of State.

Oct 14, 2016

RT @rickcarew: Thai King's doodle of my grandfather Bert Bennington, who served in State Dept, addressed to "my watchdog." July 19…

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