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Beijing acts to plug leaky capital controls

The role of foreign direct investment in emerging economies should go roughly as follows. In the early stages of development, countries import FDI and the technical and management expertise that…

China’s rust belt faces exodus of young talent

North-eastern China is facing a demographic crisis as educated millennials abandon the industrial heartland, the country’s worst-performing region.  Planning officials revealed this month that the economy of Liaoning, one of…

China banks risk Lehman moment as wholesale borrowing rises

Chinese banks are increasingly reliant on funding sources that western peers used before the financial crisis, leading investors and analysts to warn that China’s financial system could be vulnerable to…

Donald Trump faces the reality of world trade

Might China rescue the globalisation of trade from its rejection by the US, under President Donald Trump? Could the threat of Chinese leadership, or pressure from US business, persuade Mr…

China braced for impact of property slowdown

China’s attempts to cool its overheated property market appear to be working, with many analysts forecasting a housing market slowdown in 2017 — but stagnant prices are likely to bring problems…

Chinese city bans property developers from borrowing to buy land

Officials in one of China’s hottest property markets have banned developers from borrowing money to buy land, as local governments embrace increasingly drastic measures to curb soaring home prices.  Prices…

China’s renminbi hits 8-year low

China’s renminbi traded near an eight-year low against the US dollar on Thursday, as the election of Donald Trump intensified longstanding depreciation pressure. The Chinese currency has weakened for seven…

US panel calls for ban on acquisitions by China state firms

Is it time for a crackdown on Chinese state-owned enterprises buying stakes in US companies? A key policy group thinks so, according to a report released on Wednesday that may…

Australia snubs US by backing China push for Asian trade deal

Australia is throwing its weight behind China’s efforts to pursue new trade deals in the Asia-Pacific region amid a growing acknowledgement the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is dead in the…

China retail sales growth softens as industrial production steady

China’s retail sales softened as industrial production and investment held more or less steady in spite of a weaker showing from exports last month. Industrial production rose 6.1 per cent…