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China news round-up: Investments in Europe soar, another Tibetan self-immolates

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 17 April, 2013, 6:51am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

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Economy
Global Post
Are anti-corruption campaigns causing China's economy to slow?
Der Spiegel
Chinese investments in Europe hit a record high, marking an increase of 20 per cent over the last year.
Reuters
China's antitrust authorities removed the last hurdle to Glencore's US$30 billion (HK$232 billion) takeover of miner Xstrata.
Reuters
China poultry sector losses exceed $1.6 billion on bird flu scare.

Government debt and taxation
Financial Times
China local authority debt reaches 20 trillion yuan (HK$25.1 trillion), ‘out of control’.
Caixin
The country's banking regulator tells rural lenders to reduce loans to local governments.
Caixin
Minister of Finance Lou Jiwei outlines his vision on the scope of government expenditure.

Civil Society
Woeser*
A young Tibetan woman in Sichuan dies after setting herself on fire, says the Tibetan blogger.
Radio Free Asia
Qinghai court jails four Tibetans on separatism charges.
The Telegraph
An opposing view to Isobel Yeung's commentary last week which argued that China has improved the lives of ethnic minorities in Inner Mongolia.
Xinkuaibao*
Guangdong Party Secretary Hu Chunhua says family planning rules will not be loosened.
Tea Leaf Nation
Chinese online reaction to New York Times Pulitzer becomes a case study in censorship.

Culture
BBC News*
Chinese rock star Cui Jian talks about the state of the music scene.
The New Yorker
In Zhejiang, the world’s biggest movie lot is getting even bigger, writes Ian Johnson.
The Telegraph
The play #Aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei premiers in London on Wednesday.
The Guardian
Shenzhen's gets an extraordinary new stock exchange building.

Iceland
New York Times
Iceland and China enter a free trade agreement, first European country to sign such an agreement with China.
Southern Metropolis Daily*
Cooperation will focus on navigation, exploration of oil and gas in the Arctic.
The Guardian
The president of Iceland makes a case to involve China in Arctic regional talks.

Miscellaneous
Asahi Shimbun
Row continues over Chinese 'sacred' book lost in restroom in Japan.
Taipei Times
Taiwanese government mulls making casino winnings tax-free for the next 20 years.
China Dialogue
Why it's time to end China-bashing on the environment, writes Li Shuo.
 

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