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  1. News - China - WEATHER

    Cold waves hit many parts of China; Beijing sees 30-year low

    Posted Dec 24th 2012, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com Icy blast is expected to cause temperatures to plunge across the country, with Beijing in grip of its coldest weather for nearly 30 years Shivering cities get set for record chill Parts of the country were braced for record low temperatures today after a cold snap left 10 provincial capitals shivering at below minus 10 degrees ...

  2. Spending on festivities cut amid hard times - except on security measures

    Posted Sep 28th 2009, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing Frugality is the order of the day as the preparations for the 60th anniversary celebrations reach a climax. In a recent circular, the government said extravagance would give way to austerity, and the money saved would be diverted to reconstruction projects in earthquake-hit areas of Sichuan and to efforts aimed at helping the economy rebound from ...

  3. Golden Week retail sales increase 18pc

    Posted Oct 10th 2009, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing Average daily retail sales during the longest-ever National Day holiday, which ended on Thursday, increased 18 per cent from a year earlier, the Ministry of Commerce said. Retail sales during the October 1-8 holiday totalled about 570 billion yuan (HK$647.2 billion), the ministry said in a statement posted on its website. It did not give a figure for sales ...

  4. Private sector to be allowed industrial investment role

    Posted May 26th 2009, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing Beijing yesterday pledged to allow the private sector to invest in key sectors such as petroleum, railways, electricity, telecommunications and public utilities. All these sectors were previously considered too sensitive to national security and consisted of state-owned monopolies. The National Development and Reform Commission guideline stresses the need ...

  5. Party plenum to unveil rural reform policies, says report

    Posted Oct 11th 2008, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing The Communist Party conclave will launch initiatives on rural financial and banking reform to help boost economic development in the country's vast countryside in an effort to offset slowing growth amid the global financial turmoil, a report said. The Communist Party Central Committee's plenary session, a key four-day meeting that opened in Beijing ...

  6. New checks on vehicles eased after traffic jams

    Posted Jul 17th 2008, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing and Woods Li Beijing police have simplified new security checks on vehicles entering the capital just a day after they were implemented because the heightened vigilance, designed to ensure a safe Olympics, led to severe traffic congestion in some areas. As Beijing makes final preparations for the August 8-24 Olympic Games, police and paramilitary officers ...

  7. Don't politicise Games, Hu tells foreign media in rare meeting

    Posted Aug 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing President Hu Jintao has urged foreign journalists covering the Beijing Olympics to abide by mainland laws amid growing complaints about censorship and security measures that restrict media operations. In a rare meeting with the foreign media a week before the opening ceremony, Mr Hu also urged journalists to file 'objective' reports ...

  8. Beijing set to step up the inflation fight

    Posted Apr 17th 2008, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing Growth eases only slightly The mainland's surging economic growth eased only slightly in the first quarter of the year despite a looming global growth slowdown and damaging winter blizzards. Beijing also signalled it would step up its battle against inflation. The world's fourth-largest economy grew at a greater than expected 10.6 per cent in the first ...

  9. Taiwan gets stern warning over UN referendum bid

    Posted Feb 04th 2008, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing Beijing has issued a stern warning to Taiwan over President Chen Shui-bian's continuing push for a referendum on UN membership. In its first official reaction to Taiwan's announcement on Friday that it would go ahead with a March 22 vote to decide the island's future, Beijing said Taipei was seeking formal independence. 'The Chen Shui-bian ...

  10. Official rules out merger of four regulators

    Posted Jan 26th 2008, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing A senior party planner has dismissed reports that Beijing will merge four ministry-level agencies that oversee financial sectors into a mega-ministry to streamline the regulatory process. Zheng Xinli, deputy chief of the Central Policy Research Office, a top think-tank to the ruling party's Central Committee, said the government was not considering merging ...




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