China signs deal to extend domestic production of Airbus A320 for 10 years

Tianjin will produce 1,000 A320 aircraft under the new deal.

China signed a new 10-year agreement allowing Airbus to assemble A320 planes on its soil until 2025 and unblocked orders for larger jets worth more than US$6 billion, restoring ties after a row with Europe over aircraft emissions.

Friday, 28 March, 2014, 12:35am

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

12 new free-trade zones to follow in Shanghai's footsteps

The 12 new free trade zones would include Guangdong, which has been lobbying the central government by highlighting its economic ties with Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg

The central government has agreed in principle to approve 12 new free-trade zones (FTZs), three months after giving the special status to Shanghai.

23 Jan 2014 - 4:17pm 1 comment

President Xi Jinping aims to reassure students at jobs fair in Tianjin

Students mill around President Xi Jinping at a job fair in Tianjin.

President Xi Jinping yesterday met hundreds of soon-to-be university graduates at a job fair in Tianjin , in what was viewed as a sign of concern among national leaders for nearly 7 million students trying to enter the most contentious labour market in years.

15 May 2013 - 7:28am

Leung Chun-ying has Hong Kong on his mind in Tianjin

CY Leung (third from right) meets Premier Li Keqiang (second from right) in Beijing on Monday. He meets Tianjin party secretary Sun Chunlan on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying had Hongkongers' housing needs in mind on his first official visit to Tianjin yesterday. He also pledged that his cabinet members would listen to the voices of Hongkongers in the mainland, as they were "members of the Hong Kong family".

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Axe murderer hopes insanity plea will spare life

Photo from the China Youth Daily of a memorial service held by hospital staff for murdered doctor Kang Hongqian in December.

Wang Yingshen, 62, was deprived of political rights for life and sentenced to death earlier this month after being charged with deliberate murder by the province’s Court of First Instance.

21 Feb 2013 - 4:26pm

Vice-Premier weighs in on HIV patients hospital rejection

Vice-Premier weighs in on HIV patients hospital rejection

Tianjin's Health Bureau says a hospital that rejected a lung cancer patient after finding out he was infected with HIV will face serious punishment.

23 Nov 2012 - 3:13am

Party's number two woman Sun Chunlan named chief of Tianjin

Sun Chunlan

Sun Chunlan, one of two women on the Communist Party's new Politburo, was appointed party secretary of Tianjin yesterday, succeeding new Politburo Standing Committee member Zhang Gaoli.

Sun, 62, was previously party chief of Fujian and a Central Committee member. She won promotion to the Politburo last week.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:26am

Tianjin's explosive growth carries social cost

Tianjin has stepped out of neighbouring Beijing's shadow amid an explosion of investment and construction. Photo: Simon Song

The north coast municipality of Tianjin, bordering Beijing, has grown dramatically in recent years, impressing residents and visitors and securing the promotion of its former Communist Party chief to the party's supreme decision-making body.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:26am

China promotes senior woman to lead financial hub Tianjin

Sun Zhengcai waves to Hu Jintao as the president meets delegates at the 18th party congress. Photo: Simon Song

China has promoted one of its most senior female leaders to Communist Party chief of the northern port city of Tianjin, which the government is trying to turn into a global financial centre, state media said on Wednesday.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:06pm

Briefs, November 19, 2012

Five children 'found dead in dumpster'

19 Nov 2012 - 4:30am

China says no to rugby at Tianjin East Asian Games

The Chinese National Olympic Committee has turned down a request by the Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU) to include sevens in next year's East Asian Games in Tianjin.

10 Nov 2012 - 3:09am

Zhang Gaoli's Tianjin economic model promises disaster for China

Zhang Gaoli

Next week as the party faithful wait for China's new leaders to shuffle on to the stage in the Great Hall of the People, hopes will be riding high that the latest line-up of bosses will press ahead with the economic reforms needed to sustain the country's economic growth.

Unfortunately, the early signs are not promising.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

Toyota to shut Tianjin car factory for one week

Toyota made 500,000 cars in Tianjin last year. Photo: Reuters

Toyota Motor Corp will shut its production lines in Tianjin for a week, after a drop in sales of Japanese cars triggered by the diplomatic row between China and Japan.

The world's largest carmaker decided to close the factory, which is a joint venture with First Automobile Works, better known as FAW, from October 22 through October 28, Japan's Nikkei newspaper said yesterday.

17 Oct 2012 - 2:23pm

China Digest, September 22, 2012


'Love capital' ambitions

22 Sep 2012 - 3:32am