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Forget 'Likonomics', it's all about economic stimulus in China again

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

When Li Keqiang took over as premier early last year, he quickly became known for an economic plan called "Likonomics".

Monday, 7 April, 2014, 7:56am 3 comments

Overseas study offers young education on foreign policy

US First Lady Michelle Obama talks with students who practise table tennis while visiting the Second High School in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

US first lady Michelle Obama is absolutely right about the importance of overseas education, and that is exactly what the sons and daughters of many former and current mainland leaders have already experienced or are eager to experience.

24 Mar 2014 - 7:49am 3 comments

Sochi Games brings back memories, but let's move on

The Beijing Olympics made China more famous.

My first trip to the United States in early 2008 - with the Beijing Olympic Games just months away - gave me a street-level glimpse of China's rising profile on Wall Street as well as among ordinary Americans.

10 Feb 2014 - 1:54pm

Li Na 'most influential player of the decade', says former great Chris Evert

Li Na soaks up the moment of her Australian Open victory alongside former great Chris Evert and Dominika Cibulkova in Melbourne. Evert says Li is destined for a place in tennis' Hall of Fame. Photo: AFP

Li Na is destined for more grand slams and a place in the Hall of Fame after the Australian Open win cemented her position as the most influential female player of the last decade, says former great Chris Evert.

28 Jan 2014 - 11:50pm 1 comment

Have free trade zones become a victim of power struggle in China?

Have free trade zones become a victim of power struggle in China?

One, two, three … keep going … 12. Now you have reached the magic number the central government has come up with for free-trade zones to support its new round of economic reforms.

27 Jan 2014 - 11:24am 1 comment

Faith can go on its merry way, but get the festive spirit and shop

A view of holiday lighting decorations on trees and installations at an open plaza of a shopping district in Beijing. Photo: EPA

"Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" is probably the most frequently heard greeting these days in offices or on the street in Hong Kong. On the mainland, the story might be a little bit different.

23 Dec 2013 - 8:21am 1 comment

China, Kazakhstan eye deals worth US$30b

Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev (R) and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping applaud after a gas pipeline launching ceremony in Astana on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

Kazakhstan and China plan to sign 22 agreements worth around US$30 billion, including in the key energy sector, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said on Saturday after talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

“We’ve reached an agreement on building an oil refinery which Kazakhstan needs,” Nazarbayev told reporters after hosting Xi at his Akorda residence.

7 Sep 2013 - 8:59pm

Connections trump everything in world of private equity in China

Connections trump everything in world of private equity

Private equity doesn't have a long history in China, but it has grabbed attention over the past few years, partly because of the individuals standing behind the businesses. In other words, people are key in China. I mean, well, those special people.

29 Jul 2013 - 7:45am 1 comment

Vietnam president: We oppose China's nine-dash line claim

Vietnam's President Truong Tan Sang. Photo: AP

Vietnam’s president on Thursday voiced firm opposition to China’s claims in the South China Sea but declined to back a Philippine bid to take the row to a UN tribunal.

On a visit to Washington, President Truong Tan Sang rejected China’s so-called “nine-dash line” through which it claims virtually all of the strategic sea including islands close to neighbouring countries.

26 Jul 2013 - 11:27am 1 comment

Singapore yards benefit from China shipbuilding woes

China Rongsheng could become the biggest casualty of a local shipbuilding industry hit by a glut of capacity and shrinking orders. Photo: Reuters

Singapore’s Keppel Corp and Sembcorp Marine, the world’s top offshore rig-makers, stand to be among the winners from Beijing’s moves to tighten credit amid a downturn at China’s shipyards.

The two companies have been under mounting pressure from Chinese yards offering generous payment terms, price discounts and help with financing.

18 Jul 2013 - 11:18am

NZ’s Fonterra cuts milk product prices in China amid probe

Foreign milk powders command a premium in mainland supermarkets. Photo: Reuters

New Zealand’s Fonterra - the world’s largest dairy producer - will cut the price of one of it milk formula products in China, joining a growing list of firms responding to Beijing’s investigation into the sector.

6 Aug 2013 - 12:40pm

Reform agenda puts China’s economic super agency under scrutiny

China’s probe of infant formula prices and foreign drugmakers may mask a broader campaign for the NDRC to justify its own existence. Photo: AFP

Behind China’s two investigations into irregular pricing of infant formula and pharmaceuticals announced this month is one powerful institution and its struggle for relevance as Beijing attempts a transition to a more consumption-led economy.

17 Jul 2013 - 5:53am

China's decision to not hand over Snowden 'undermined' co-operation, says US

US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns speaks at  the US-China strategic and economic dialogue in Washington on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

The United States on Thursday reprimanded China for not handing over fugitive leaker Edward Snowden, but the two powers saw progress elsewhere in ties including on reaching an investment treaty.

12 Jul 2013 - 4:11pm 14 comments

Abbott to cut milk powder prices in China after probe

Chinese shoppers look over foreign milk powder brands. Photo: Reuters

Abbott Laboratories is cutting prices of its instant products in China by up to 12 per cent, the company said, joining other foreign firms in responding to Beijing’s probe into possible price-fixing by milk powder makers.

12 Jul 2013 - 2:37pm

Abbott to cut milk powder prices in China after probe

Chinese shoppers look over foreign milk powder brands. Photo: Reuters

Abbott Laboratories is cutting prices of its instant products in China by up to 12 per cent, the company said, joining other foreign firms in responding to Beijing’s probe into possible price-fixing by milk powder makers.

6 Aug 2013 - 12:40pm

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