Table: Back from the Dead

Asia without Japan is a rare bright spot on the world equities scene

MARKET YTD RISE* REASON

KOREA 12.7% Dynamic, cheap tech sector lures foreign investors

PHILIPPINES 8.0% New, cleaner government renews confidence

CHINA 32.9% Foreigners' B Shares opened to (Shanghai B) local stock buyers

THAILAND 13.8% Prime Minister Thaksin's win renews market confidence

TAIWAN 26.8% Investors are anticipating a tech rebound

* As of Mar. 7.

Data: BusinessWeek, Bloomberg, exchanges

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