People in northern parts of China are struggling to stay warm as some supplies of natural gas have been cut off. Photo: AFP

‘Artificial shortage’ of natural gas leaves Chinese shivering in brutal cold

Households are struggling, particularly in China’s rural areas where authorities did not ensure enough gas supply for the winter months, and Beijing may have to step in ‘if things get worse’.

27 Jan 2023 - 7:30PM

Young Chinese say real estate isn’t the nest egg it was all cracked up to be

China’s older generation invested relatively heavily in property, buying up homes and flats in the hope that they would appreciate greatly over the years, but Generation Z appears to have a different perspective.

China’s older generation invested relatively heavily in property, buying up homes and flats in the hope that they would appreciate greatly over the years, but Generation Z appears to have a different perspective.

27 Jan 2023 - 12:00PM

Raising China’s retirement ages won’t ‘make a big difference’ in workforce size

China confirmed early last year that it plans to gradually delay retirement ages from 2025, but ‘raising them would keep relatively few older people in work’, after those aged over 60 rose to 280.04 million in 2022.

China confirmed early last year that it plans to gradually delay retirement ages from 2025, but ‘raising them would keep relatively few older people in work’, after those aged over 60 rose to 280.04 million in 2022.

26 Jan 2023 - 8:30PM

China’s economic recovery expected to drive rising demand for power

China Electricity Council forecasts growth but warns of uncertainties in consumption and supply, including extreme weather.

China Electricity Council forecasts growth but warns of uncertainties in consumption and supply, including extreme weather.

26 Jan 2023 - 11:45AM

Local films lead China’s Lunar New Year ticket sales, but box office is down

The Wandering Earth 2, Full River Red, Hidden Blade and Boonie Bears: Guardian Code drew audiences as China’s box office sales topped 1.3 billion yuan (US$192 million) on the first day of Lunar New Year.

The Wandering Earth 2, Full River Red, Hidden Blade and Boonie Bears: Guardian Code drew audiences as China’s box office sales topped 1.3 billion yuan (US$192 million) on the first day of Lunar New Year.

26 Jan 2023 - 11:18AM

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Taipei is seen at rush hour on Tuesday. Taiwan’s population shrank by 110,674 people last year because of a historically low number of births and the most deaths ever. Photo: Reuters

‘Growing pressure’ for new markets has Taiwan looking beyond mainland China

Industry insiders point to ‘growing pressure’ in the West to ‘start seriously creating alternate supply locations’ outside mainland China, and even Taiwan’s semiconductor manufacturers are changing their playbooks.

25 Jan 2023 - 2:43PM

‘Willing to spend’: Taiwan tourism sector misses mainlanders as ban persists

Mainland Chinese used to be a ‘major source’ of tourism for Taiwan’s hotels and local businesses, but the island doesn’t expect a return to pre-pandemic tourism levels until 2024.

Mainland Chinese used to be a ‘major source’ of tourism for Taiwan’s hotels and local businesses, but the island doesn’t expect a return to pre-pandemic tourism levels until 2024.

22 Jan 2023 - 6:00PM

Bean there, but not done yet: China soybean output hits record 20 million tonnes

China’s annual soybean harvest increased by nearly a quarter in 2022 as Beijing ramped up its self-sufficiency drive, but agricultural officials say domestic output must continue rising to meet demand.

China’s annual soybean harvest increased by nearly a quarter in 2022 as Beijing ramped up its self-sufficiency drive, but agricultural officials say domestic output must continue rising to meet demand.

20 Jan 2023 - 8:00PM

‘China is coming back,’ economic tsar Liu He vows in Switzerland

China’s vice-premier, appearing in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum, attempts to dispel concerns about the nation’s economic policies and recent changes in its Covid strategy.

China’s vice-premier, appearing in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum, attempts to dispel concerns about the nation’s economic policies and recent changes in its Covid strategy.

20 Jan 2023 - 9:32AM

China reveals new measures to lure foreign talent, boost hi-tech innovation

Commerce and science authorities say foreign-invested R&D centres are crucial to fostering a culture of technological innovation, which Beijing has been repeatedly emphasising.

Commerce and science authorities say foreign-invested R&D centres are crucial to fostering a culture of technological innovation, which Beijing has been repeatedly emphasising.

19 Jan 2023 - 7:00AM

China set for ‘steady, continuous’ foreign capital inflows as investors return

Foreign investors bought a net US$12.6 billion of stocks and bonds in the first half of January, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange said, having also increased holdings in December amid China’s reopening.

Foreign investors bought a net US$12.6 billion of stocks and bonds in the first half of January, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange said, having also increased holdings in December amid China’s reopening.

18 Jan 2023 - 9:08PM

Taiwan’s export-reliant economy contracts for first time since 2016

Taiwan’s economy shrunk 0.86 per cent between October and December from a year earlier, the first quarterly contraction in more than six years, as booming pandemic-era demand for hi-tech goods dried up.

Taiwan’s economy shrunk 0.86 per cent between October and December from a year earlier, the first quarterly contraction in more than six years, as booming pandemic-era demand for hi-tech goods dried up.

18 Jan 2023 - 6:30PM

China vows to better subsidise medical care as Covid rages across country

Ministry of Finance says more money is being made available, particularly for rural areas where resources are being exceedingly stretched thin by China’s coronavirus outbreaks.

Ministry of Finance says more money is being made available, particularly for rural areas where resources are being exceedingly stretched thin by China’s coronavirus outbreaks.

18 Jan 2023 - 2:00PM

Explainer | 7 takeaways from China’s 2022 population figures

China’s population fell by 850,000 people to 1.4118 billion in 2022 as mothers had 9.56 million babies last year, compared with 10.41 million deaths, newly data released data shows.

China’s population fell by 850,000 people to 1.4118 billion in 2022 as mothers had 9.56 million babies last year, compared with 10.41 million deaths, newly data released data shows.

20 Jan 2023 - 9:44AM

‘Life’s been restored’: China’s economy will return to normal, vice-premier says

Vice-Premier Liu He tells the World Economic Forum that China is getting back to normal more quickly than expected after lifting its zero-Covid policies last month.

Vice-Premier Liu He tells the World Economic Forum that China is getting back to normal more quickly than expected after lifting its zero-Covid policies last month.

18 Jan 2023 - 9:24AM

China’s ‘double-dip’ saw US economic gap widen after 3 per cent growth in 2022

China’s 2022 gross domestic product grew by 3 per cent to 121 trillion yuan (US$18 trillion), meaning the bilateral nominal gap with the United States likely grew for the first time in three years last year.

China’s 2022 gross domestic product grew by 3 per cent to 121 trillion yuan (US$18 trillion), meaning the bilateral nominal gap with the United States likely grew for the first time in three years last year.

18 Jan 2023 - 9:27AM

US and Taiwan poised to sign a ‘rather symbolic’ trade deal

After second round of in-person talks, Taiwan flags ‘possibility of signing early-harvest deals’ on various goods, but analysts question what it could actually get out of a comprehensive pact with Washington.

After second round of in-person talks, Taiwan flags ‘possibility of signing early-harvest deals’ on various goods, but analysts question what it could actually get out of a comprehensive pact with Washington.

18 Jan 2023 - 12:18AM

‘Unquestionable’: China won’t see population grow from now on, demographer says

Desperate times could force China to adopt a ‘tone-setting’ shift by completely scrapping its family-planning policies, which experts say would help mitigate the shrinkage of the world’s most populous country.

Desperate times could force China to adopt a ‘tone-setting’ shift by completely scrapping its family-planning policies, which experts say would help mitigate the shrinkage of the world’s most populous country.

20 Jan 2023 - 9:44AM

China records second-lowest annual economic growth rate in 46 years

China’s economy grew by 2.9 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2022, compared with a year earlier, bringing the overall growth rate for last year to 3 per cent, data released on Tuesday showed.

China’s economy grew by 2.9 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2022, compared with a year earlier, bringing the overall growth rate for last year to 3 per cent, data released on Tuesday showed.

17 Jan 2023 - 8:26PM

China’s population falls for first time in 60 years, deepening crisis

Mainland China’s overall population declined to 1.4118 billion in 2022, with the official data illustrating how widespread shifts toward pronatalist policies are not producing the intended results.

Mainland China’s overall population declined to 1.4118 billion in 2022, with the official data illustrating how widespread shifts toward pronatalist policies are not producing the intended results.

20 Jan 2023 - 9:45AM