Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China

China approves Warren Buffett's Heinz buy

Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital are pure investment firms, with little or no direct involvement in the food sectors where Heinz makes most of its money. Photo: Reuters

After repeatedly criticising China's anti-monopoly regulator for its slowness in approving global M&A, I finally have to congratulate the Chinese Commerce Ministry for improving its record with the relatively fast approval of a major deal.

Monday, 27 May, 2013, 11:20am

Beijing, Africa to step up energy co-operation

China will enhance energy co-operation with Africa over the next three years, forming a key plank in its engagement with the continent as Premier Wen Jiabao prepares to hold talks with African leaders in Egypt.

3 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

China urged to ease rules on foreign investments

The European Union has renewed pressure on China to remove restrictions on foreign investments, blamed for dwindling bilateral trade.

10 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Xi expected to make Cepa announcement

It is believed Hong Kong has delayed releasing new Cepa measures so Vice-President Xi Jinping can make the announcement during a three-day visit beginning on Sunday, his first since being promoted to the post.

1 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

'Flexible' overhaul seen for low-value exports

Commerce ministry expands list of restrictions

Beijing will further its overhaul of industries producing low-value exports this year but will be 'flexible' in introducing measures, according to the minister of commerce.

13 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Wu Yi: Forthright negotiator makes her mark

Named the second-most powerful woman this year by Forbes magazine, Vice-Premier Wu Yi has proved herself in the male-dominated world of mainland politics with her unique personality and tough working style.

23 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Wang Min tipped to get commerce portfolio

Jilin party chief Wang Min is strongly tipped to succeed Bo Xilai as minister of commerce under sweeping changes to the leadership team responsible for managing the mainland's international trade and economic relations.

19 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

HK firms are promised easier investment rules

The Ministry of Commerce is poised to simplify procedures for Hong Kong companies to invest on the mainland under a free-trade deal between the two sides.

20 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

In Brief

HK a bird in a cage, says Taiwanese president

29 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Pledge to slow foreign trade growth

Bo Xilai vows to reduce surplus as volume expected to rise 15pc to more than US$2 trillion

China's foreign trade will top US$2 trillion this year, a rise of 15 per cent, Minister of Commerce Bo Xilai says. Still, the pace of growth will be dramatically down on last year's.

21 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Textiles tiff 'unlikely to spark trade war'

US commerce official is upbeat over talks to resolve dispute

A trade war is unlikely between the United States and China over textile imports, and talks between the two countries over the issue are proceeding well, a senior US trade official said.

7 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Beijing set to offer cross-strait trade deal

Leaders believe Cepa-style arrangement will win Taiwanese hearts, sources say

Beijing is set to open its markets to Taiwan in an arrangement similar to the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (Cepa) it struck with Hong Kong and Macau, according to informed sources.

20 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Accent put on firms' investment outside mainland

Outflow of capital is growing fast, with focus on HK, Macau

The State Council is mapping out detailed measures to encourage companies, in particular small and medium-sized ones, to invest more outside the mainland, according to Deputy Minister of Commerce Ma Xiuhong .

18 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Trading of services likely to expand after Cepa talks

Greater co-operation in the trading of services between the mainland and Hong Kong is expected after talks between Minister of Commerce Bo Xilai and Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa.

4 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Support pledge for software industry

The Ministry of Commerce will continue to support development of China's software industry and provide the necessary 'policy environment' to enable mainland software producers to compete abroad, Minister Bo Xilai said yesterday.

Mr Bo said China's software industry grew seven-fold in five years and last year's export volume reached US$2 billion.

29 Jul 2004 - 12:00am