Beijing appears to be punishing Australia over its calls for an investigation into the coronavirus by imposing a ban on several categories of Aussie goods.
Australia has entered its first recession since Bryan Adams was top of the charts. But honestly, it's not doing that bad.
Slowing infections in South Korea and stimulus in Singapore and Japan pushed stocks higher Monday, but tighter restrictions will hurt Asia's economies.
With Tokyo's coronavirus case count accelerating, investors are bracing themselves in case the still-bustling capital goes into lockdown.
A U.S. dollar that is rising in value against most other currencies is creating a huge problem for a world inundated with dollar-priced debt.
There are country-specific reasons why Australia, India and Thailand are leading Asia's plunge, but the whole region is in recession, S&P correctly says.
Stimulus measures and government bans have opposing effects and are driving equity markets forward and back in unpredictable ways.
Hong Kong stocks surprisingly advanced a bit on Monday, but many stocks in mainland markets sold off by the 10% maximum.
Markets in Thailand and Tokyo were the main losers on Wednesday, though Asian investors in general appear reassured the worst is over with Iran.
With Aussie assets up for grabs in touchy industries such as oil and civil engineering, and an agricultural deal in the works, the Australian government faces tough decisions over whether to approval sales to state-owned Chinese buyers.