It's very nearly Christmas and, like most of our readers, the AsianInvestor team is planning to take a few days to recharge its batteries ahead of an exciting 2018.

We'd like to take this opportunity to wish all readers a Merry Christmas and share our hopes for prosperity in the New Year.

Today (Friday, December 22) is the final newsletter for 2017. We'll resume our daily newsletters on Tuesday, January 2, which will also feature our weekly people news roundup.