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  1. Business - Economy - CHINA

    Beijing urged to act as rising local government debts threaten reform

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 05:29am by Ray Chan, Jeanny Yu

    ... the highest level of indebtedness reached 156 per cent of revenues, while the lowest was 69 per cent, according to the National Audit Office, which also said the debt and guarantees by local ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1457354/beijing-urged-act-rising-local-government-debts-threaten-reform
  2. Lifestyle - Books - CHINA

    Book review: The Contest of the Century, by Geoff Dyer

    Posted Mar 23rd 2014, 03:52pm by Mark O'Neill

    ... national interests," he writes. The first section deals with the military contest in Asia between China and the US. The second covers the political challenges China is presenting, including its huge investment in soft power, human rights and nationalism. The final section covers Beijing's plan to challenge the US dollar with the yuan and the boom in Chinese finance ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1453968/book-review-contest-century-geoff-dyer
  3. News - Hong Kong - CHINA

    Beijing 'will do everything' to maintain Hong Kong's economic might, Li vows

    Posted Mar 13th 2014, 02:37pm by Kwong Man-ki

    ... and [that holds true] now,” he said in Beijing on Wednesday, after the concluding ceremony of the National People’s Congress meetings. “China’s policies to Hong Kong and Macau remain consistent ... sentiments from small protest groups. After months of tense speculation on whether Beijing would weigh in on the issue, the National People's Congress upheld the move towards suffrage ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1447754/beijing-will-do-everything-maintain-hong-kongs-economic-power-li-vows
  4. Business - Economy - CHINA

    Effort to build a nation of consumers meets resistance from budget-minded shoppers

    Posted Feb 03rd 2014, 04:01am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Beijing Leaders' efforts to transform mainland from factory to shopping mall is meeting resistance Shift towards consumer society faces obstacles Business should be picking up for Zhao Guoping, a Beijing shopkeeper, as central gov ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1419461/effort-build-nation-consumers-meets-resistance-budget-minded
  5. News - China - CHINA

    China plays down Indian politician’s claim to disputed border region

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 06:23pm by Reuters

    ... Janata Party is expected to win more seats in the lower house of parliament than any other party at a national election due by May, giving the Hindu nationalist leader a chance to become prime ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1434196/foreign-ministry-plays-down-narendra-modis-india-claim-arunachal-pradesh
  6. Property - Hong Kong & China - CHINA

    Wenzhou a case study of a property market taken over by speculators

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 05:10am by Langi Chiang

    ... according to a list of 70 relatively bigger major cities tracked by the National Bureau of Statistics. "Since the second half of last year, tier-1 and some tier-2 cities tightened up the home ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1430441/wenzhou-case-study-property-market-taken-over-speculators
  7. Business - Economy - CHINA

    China's factories slow down as credit squeeze and holiday disruption kick in

    Posted Feb 02nd 2014, 04:27am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg Indexes measuring manufacturing and new orders dip ahead of Lunar New Year holiday Factories slow down as credit squeeze kicks in A key measure of manufacturing activity fell to a six-month low last month as output and orders slowed amid government efforts to rein in excessive credit. The Purchasing Managers' Index was 50.5, the National Bureau of Statistics ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1418784/chinas-factories-slow-down-credit-squeeze-and-holiday-disruption
  8. Business - Economy - CHINA

    Hi-tech industry helps Shenzhen beat GDP goal

    Posted Jan 23rd 2014, 03:56am by He Huifeng

    ... cities. He will highlight plans to cut pollution and reduce energy use. Xu said 3,100 polluting factories were forced to close last year as energy consumption per unit of GDP fell by 4.3 per cent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1411321/hi-tech-industry-helps-shenzhen-beat-gdp-goal
  9. Business - Economy - CHINA

    China's finances weaker than data show, IMF report says

    Posted Jan 15th 2014, 11:59am by Celine Sun

    ... their debts. The latest statistics from the National Audit Office show that total local government debt had risen to 17.9 trillion yuan by last June compared with 10.7 trillion yuan at the end of 2010. The National Development and Reform Commission said last month the debt risks of local governments were under control in general, but conceded that "there are potential risks in some places". ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1406086/chinas-finances-weaker-data-show-imf-report-says
  10. Business - Economy - CHINA

    Private sector crucial to sustain China growth, Moody's says

    Posted Dec 05th 2013, 06:00am by JOANNA CHIU

    ... state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation, the country's largest oil and gas producer, met several private insurance groups in preparation to sell stakes in its natural gas pipeline ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1373282/private-sector-crucial-sustain-china-growth-moodys-says

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