There are signs of consumer hesitation among the Chinese - a trend which is evident in Japan. There, the Lunar New Year holiday attracted the usual invasion of Chinese tourists - but they weren't splashing out as much as last year.
Gross domestic product of the world's third-largest economy has grown in yet another quarter, making it the longest period of economic expansion in more than 16 years. But private consumption is losing steam.
A shrinking population and tighter household budgets mean that operators of short-stay hotels for amorous couples need to provide new experiences and seek out a new generation of clients. Julian Ryall reports.
Consultancy firm PwC has published its latest Global Innovation 1000 survey showing that corporate spending on Research & Development has never been higher, but also warning of the effects of economic nationalism.
Donald Trump has called on Russia and China to help crack down on North Korea. At the same time, he has reassured South Korea that everything will work out fine with North Korea "because it always works out."
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