Fears of a potential financial crisis in China were calmed by announcements it had beaten growth expectations by expanding 6.9% in the second quarter of 2017. But the overall slowdown in Asia's biggest economy still worries investors.
Between April and June, the world's second largest economy grew faster than expected as industrial output and consumption picked up and investment remained strong. But the momentum may not last for the rest of the year.
Despite global sanctions over its weapons programs, North Korea's economy grew at its fastest pace in 17 years thanks to a jump in exports and increased production in mining and other industries.
Thailand's attractiveness as a tourist destination remains evergreen as millions of tourists continue to flock to the Southeast Asian nation, providing much needed momentum to its economy. But challenges remain.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has hailed the benefits of globalization, stressing that free trade is a "precondition of fair trade." Li also said China can control growing financial risks and hit this year's growth targets.
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