Boao forum

How serious is Xi's talk of reform?

Xi Jinping says China must offer better protection for the lawful interests of foreign companies. Photo: EPA

President Xi Jinping has been making all the right noises. Among his more heartening messages has been his reassurance that foreign investors and multinationals will be treated fairly, on a more level playing field.

Saturday, 13 April, 2013, 3:21am

Xi Jinping pledges level playing field for global investors

Xi Jinping meets global business leaders in Boao. Photo: Xinhua

President Xi Jinping used an annual Asian economic forum to reassure global investors that China's economy - the world's second-biggest - would continue to expand and that it would ensure their lawful rights and business interests.

9 Apr 2013 - 4:53am 1 comment

China risks a crisis similar to US subprime meltdown, says Soros

George Soros

Billionaire investor George Soros said China has a "couple of years" to control risks from non-traditional financing whose expansion has parallels with the cause of the global financial crisis.

9 Apr 2013 - 5:04am 1 comment

Xi offers an economic 'olive branch' to Taiwan

President Xi Jinping meets former Taiwanese vice-president Vincent Siew (fourth from left) on the sidelines of the Boao Forum, where he voiced willingness to allow Taiwan to play a larger role on the regional economic stage. Photo: Xinhua

Beijing has shown a willingness to allow Taipei a bigger role on the regional economic stage in a further sign of warming cross-strait relations. A mainland spokesman described the latest position as a goodwill gesture from President Xi Jinping during his meeting with former Taiwanese vice-president Vincent Siew Wan-chang yesterday on the sidelines of the 2013 Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan province.

9 Apr 2013 - 4:59am

Boao Forum chief Zhou Wenzhong suffers facial burns from TV light

Zhou Wenzhong presides over the Boao Forum. Photo: Xinhua

Zhou cancelled almost 10 discussion sessions and meetings scheduled at the forum because of the accident. He then appeared with a red and swollen face at a press conference yesterday marking the close of the forum.

9 Apr 2013 - 5:02am

Farm sector faces pressure from rising affluence, urbanisation, Boao Forum panel hears

Han Changfu. Photo: Xinhua

Even though grain production has grown for the past nine years, China must continue to boost investment in agriculture because demand for food is set to soar thanks to an increasingly affluent population and rapid urbanisation, government officials and industry players have cautioned.

9 Apr 2013 - 5:05am

Talking points

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde

Leaders gather for Boao Forum

6 Apr 2013 - 4:01am

Ma confidant Vincent Siew set to meet Xi Jinping at Boao forum

Taiwan's former vice-president Vincent Siew (left) is expected to meet President Xi Jinping at the Boao Forum in Hainan. Photos: Reuters, Xinhua

The 2013 Boao Forum for Asia opening in Hainan tomorrow is set to be the venue for a new round of high-level cross-strait interaction. Former Taiwanese vice-president Vincent Siew Wan-chang is expected to meet President Xi Jinping tomorrow on the sidelines of the annual regional forum, just a month after the mainland completed its leadership transition, officials said.

5 Apr 2013 - 4:38am