Sandwiched between two great powers in Russia and China, Kazakhstan is the world's 12th largest oil producing nation.
For Asia, the Omicron strain is likely to pose a greater threat to business than in the West, and is already making life difficult for many companies.
The Pacific is not unique in terms of governments shoring up defense capabilities, including major purchases from U.S.-based companies.
It was a disappointing year for Asian equities. Here's what to look for this year.
With Chinese tech stocks selling off and inflation worrying even the Bank of Japan, there are multiple Asia-specific reasons for the decline.
It was a strong Wednesday showing for Asian markets, but the gains still leave Asian shares trading at levels last seen near the start of the year.
We're in the early days of understanding Omicron, and signs suggest it's a variant with slightly different symptoms that are no more severe.
Institutional investors into Asian real estate say they're bullish heading into next year, but their investment intentions demonstrate a distinct lack of appetite for risk.
Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines are reopening their borders, but few visitors have arrived.
However, mainland Chinese stocks were some of the most stable in the region, something of a surprise given power outages and systemic financial risk.