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China boosts military budget by 10.1 per cent, despite slowing economy

China said today that its official military budget will grow by 10.1 per cent in the coming year, amid unease among Beijing’s neighbours about its growing might and territorial ambitions.

Updated 5 Mar 2015 - 6:07pm
Premier Li Keqiang signals China’s ‘new normal’ with lower annual growth target

He tells NPC delegates that government has set growth target this year of about 7pc - below last year’s 7.5 pc - and will create 10 million new jobs and continue fight against pollution and...

Updated 5 Mar 2015 - 6:00pm
Premier Li Keqiang signals China’s ‘new normal’ with lower annual growth target

Li Jiaxiang, head of Civil Aviation Administration, also vows to 'improve air traffic control services and coordinate with various parties' to tackle flight delays and poor customer service

Updated 5 Mar 2015 - 5:51pm
Premier Li Keqiang signals China’s ‘new normal’ with lower annual growth target

China will back e-commerce development and guide international expansion by Chinese internet companies, Premier Li Keqiang said today in an endorsement for companies such as Alibaba and

5 Mar 2015 - 4:20pm
Premier Li Keqiang signals China’s ‘new normal’ with lower annual growth target

Britain’s Prince William has won praise from internet users in China after he visited an elephant reserve and condemned illegal wildlife trafficking as “a vicious form of criminality”.

Updated 5 Mar 2015 - 5:57pm
Reporter’s notebook: early start vital if I want to be out in front and beat rivals to global headlines

No, it was not Beijing’s train station. Not today. It was the Great Hall of the People.

Updated 5 Mar 2015 - 5:25pm

US-China relations have quickly become the last thing many business leaders on both sides are willing to discuss publicly, following US president Barack Obama's sharp criticism of Beijing's new...

Updated 5 Mar 2015 - 5:47pm


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Photos released by Shanghai police show the city's SWAT team training with "bendable guns" which allow the operator to see and shoot around corners. 

Updated 5 Mar 2015 - 5:47pm

Seven per cent – that is the much-awaited GDP target figure that Premier Li Keqiang is announcing this morning at the opening of the annual National People’s Congress. Figures were released to the...

Updated 5 Mar 2015 - 6:05pm

President Xi Jinping said Beijing was willing to heed the voice of the Taiwanese people on cross-strait ties but called for high vigilance against advocates of independence.

5 Mar 2015 - 9:54am

The chief of a Chinese military intelligence agency is under investigation for alleged corruption, detained by graft-busters in the run-up to Lunar New Year, according to two independent sources...

5 Mar 2015 - 7:45am

Britain's Prince William urged an end to the ivory trade, visiting a Chinese elephant sanctuary in the southwestern province of Yunnan at the close of a three-day trip to the country that focused...

Updated 5 Mar 2015 - 6:09pm

Alibaba Group is ratcheting up its business expansion in the United States, with the launch on Wednesday of its first overseas-based data centre in Silicon Valley.

5 Mar 2015 - 9:26am

Lei Jun, chairman and chief executive of the world's No 3 smartphone maker, adds his vote of confidence to the mainland’s “go-global” drive to invest abroad

5 Mar 2015 - 5:42am

Two entrepreneurs became billionaires as shares in their companies rose to record highs on the prospect of new pollution laws after the documentary Under The Dome sparked interest.

5 Mar 2015 - 10:53am

National People’s Congress spokeswoman Fu Ying tells his week’s annual plenum that China plans to increase its military budget by about 10 per cent this year.

5 Mar 2015 - 2:52am

A literature scholar fears overzealous local education officials could ban all foreign textbooks after a call by the education minister for tougher ideological controls.

5 Mar 2015 - 5:38am

Sharing an unusual family name with a corrupt official would not make life easier for anyone on the mainland, least of all for Linghu An, a senior corruption inspector attending the National...

5 Mar 2015 - 12:10pm

A woman Chinese billionaire has been named the world's sixth wealthiest person under the age of 40.

5 Mar 2015 - 10:39am

The influenza outbreak that has killed 326 people in Hong Kong since the start of the year will be over in two more months, says respiratory disease specialist Dr Zhong Nanshan, hailed as a hero...

5 Mar 2015 - 5:27am

China moves to calm fears over its anti-terrorism law today by saying it will not affect network operators after US President Barack Obama expressed fears it would affect American tech firms.

4 Mar 2015 - 11:13pm

Delegates from Beijing attending the National People’s Congress face tougher rules of conduct, according to a newspaper report, including a ban on checking social media on their mobile phones...

4 Mar 2015 - 4:19pm

China has set its economic growth target for this year set at around 7 percent, the lowest in more than a decade, as it seeks to focus on quality rather than quantity.

Updated 5 Mar 2015 - 6:10pm

Several years ago, when I started to learn about the inner workings of Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, I discovered a “hidden place” in the hall. The post office.

Updated 5 Mar 2015 - 5:30pm

Wang Qishan, one of the most powerful politicians in China and avowed House of Cards fan, may find himself disappointed as he will most likely miss

4 Mar 2015 - 10:34am

The founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba yesterday announced in Taipei a NT$10billion (HK$2.5 billion) start-up fund for young local entrepreneurs, even as the company faced the cold shoulder from...

4 Mar 2015 - 6:38pm

A mobile phone tycoon has denied that he and another company chief executive refused to sit next to each other at a National People’s Congress meeting in Beijing after the two firms were involved...

4 Mar 2015 - 4:17pm

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