US admiral says China ‘creating a great wall of sand’ in sea

China is “creating a great wall of sand” through land reclamation in the South China Sea, causing serious concerns about its territorial intentions, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet

Zhou says PBOC has room to act on growth slowdown

China’s central bank chief said that the nation’s growth rate has tumbled “a bit” too much and that policy makers have scope to respond, underscoring forecasts for further monetary easing

US reiterates rejection of China led bank as more nations join

  The U.S. stood firm on rejecting membership in a new China-led infrastructure bank, citing concerns it will fall short of international standards even as the rest of the world’s biggest

Payment requirement for some second homes lowered

The People’s Bank of China cut the minimum down payment to 40 percent from 60 percent for some people buying a second home before paying off an existing mortgage. The

Guangdong makes new bid for PanAust as copper prices falter

Guangdong Rising Assets Management Co., a state-owned Chinese investor, made a new offer for PanAust Ltd. valuing the copper producer at about A$1.1 billion (USD773 million). The target’s shares jumped

Boao Forum | Zhou warns on growth slowdown, says PBOC has room to act

  China’s central bank chief said that the nation’s growth rate has tumbled “a bit” too much and that policy makers have scope to respond, underscoring forecasts for further monetary easing

Winter Olympics inspectors positive after Beijing visit 

IOC inspectors left Beijing yesterday after offering praise for the Chinese capital's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics that, if successful, would make it the first city to hold both

Boao Forum | Chinese president promotes regional vision

Chinese President Xi Jinping argued for strong China-led efforts to promote Asian economic and political cooperation while opening a major regional economic conference. Xi delivered the keynote address at the Boao

Australia signs up to negotiations on Chinese-led bank

  Australia announced yesterday that it would join negotiations to establish a new a Chinese-led Asian regional bank that has emerged as a potential challenge to United States influence in a

Brazil joining Beijing-backed infrastructure investment bank

Brazil says it has accepted China's invitation to join a Beijing-backed international infrastructure bank. A short statement emailed by the presidential office over the weekend says the Brazilian government "accepted China's invitation to participate in

Xi moves to boost sway in Sri Lanka to counter India shift

Chinese President Xi Jinping moved to boost China’s influence over Sri Lanka to counter the island nation’s shift toward India under President Maithripala Sirisena. Xi signed four agreements with Sirisena on

Beijing to invite foreign militaries to take part in parade

In an unusual step, China’s insular military will invite foreign armed forces to take part in a lavish military parade in Beijing this fall marking the 70th anniversary of victory

‘Dancing grannies’ irk neighbors, face new rules

Along with two dozen of her fellow “dancing grannies,” 60-year-old Zhang Jinsu twirls and steps her way every night across a central Beijing plaza, sometimes gliding over the pavement like

Beijing’s influence set to climb as US thwarted on new bank

Seven decades after the end of World War II, the international economic architecture crafted by the U.S. faces its biggest shakeup yet, with China establishing new channels for influence to

Gov’t rejects calls for release of women’s rights activists

China yesterday rejected growing international calls for the release of five women’s rights activists and accused critics of violating the country’s judicial sovereignty by appealing for the women’s freedom. Chinese Foreign Ministry

Lee Kuan Yew’s ancestral residence sparks memories

  A village over 500 kilometers from the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou that nestles in mountains is attracting visitors in search of a glimpse into the life of late Singapore

IOC commissioners begin inspections of Beijing’s 2022 bid 

IOC evaluators began a five-day inspection tour of Beijing’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics yesterday, in a key test of the city’s status as a front-­runner in the competition

Report says mainland manufacturing at lowest in nearly a year 

China’s manufacturing fell to the lowest level in nearly a year as new orders shrank, according to a report yesterday that underscored the weakening outlook for the world’s second biggest economy. HSBC’s

Authorities execute 3 over Kunming knife attack that killed 31 

Authorities in southwestern China yesterday executed three men convicted of masterminding a knife attack a year ago that killed 31 people outside a railway station in the city of Kunming. Iskandar Ehet, Turgun

Ai Weiwei, Joan Baez honored by Amnesty International 

Human rights group Amnesty International awarded its top honor yesterday to Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who has spent years shining light on his country’s restrictive political atmosphere, and to

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