CNBC - Asia News Samsung Q4 operating profit up 50%, announces share buyback plans 2017-01-24T04:31:00.000000Z Samsung's fourth-quarter operating profit jumped 50 percent on-year to 9.22 trillion Korean won, as it announces a share buyback. South Korea sticking to US missile defense system as nuclear threats grow: Analyst 2017-01-24T03:08:00.000000Z Seoul will stick to the deployment of Thaad even if China takes stronger retaliatory action, an analyst said. Japan January flash manufacturing PMI shows fastest expansion in almost 3 years 2017-01-24T02:21:00.000000Z Japanese manufacturing activity expanded in January at the fastest pace in almost three years as export orders surged. Trump White House vows to stop China taking South China Sea islands 2017-01-23T23:42:00.000000Z President Trump's administration vowed that it would prevent China from taking over territory in the South China Sea. Why Trump killed TPP — And why it matters to you 2017-01-23T23:01:00.000000Z The TPP was an attempt to create a single market for the U.S. and countries that border the Pacific Ocean, NBC News reports. Trump pulls US out of Pacific trade deal, loosening Asia ties 2017-01-23T22:49:00.000000Z U.S. President Donald Trump formally withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Monday. Theresa May plans China visit to bolster trade 2017-01-23T17:00:00.000000Z Theresa May intends to visit China to shore up Britain's trading arrangements with the world's second-largest economy. China: We can lead the world past 'crisis' in the West 2017-01-23T16:33:00.000000Z Beijing-run newspaper People's Daily says the world can see the upside of "socialism with Chinese characteristics." China, Philippines agree to cooperate on 30 projects worth $3.7 billion 2017-01-23T11:43:00.000000Z China has agreed to cooperate with the Philippines on 30 projects worth $3.7 billion focusing on poverty reduction. Fitch: China’s stimulus measures paper over growth slowdown 2017-01-23T08:45:00.000000Z China’s stimulus programs have boosted growth, but they’re also creating stability risks, Fitch said in a report Monday.