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As growth continues to slow at home, many Chinese companies are looking abroad to make investments, enter foreign markets and acquire valuable technology and brands

Slowdown is part of China’s new narrative

Founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group Jack Ma celebrates as the Alibaba stock goes live during the company's initial price offering (IPO) at the New York Stock Exchange on September 19, 2014 in New York City
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Shifts in investment patterns and internal problems signal end to strong growth

Rising costs put squeeze on profits

Local consumers are not prepared to pay the prices that foreign customers will

A woman enters an office of GlaxoSmithKline in Beijing, China, Thursday, July 11, 2013
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Corruption a symptom of healthcare ills

Beijing plans to improve care for its 1.4bn citizens, but distrust of private hospitals is a hurdle

Antitrust fines fail to stall automakers

The euphoria from the biggest automotive boom in industrial history is being tempered by unexpected risks

Beijing looms large in Hong Kong’s future

Fears increase over impact on business of territory’s electoral reform plans

Hermès’ Shanghai 'maison'

Hermès takes the long view over style

Even as Beijing cracks down on extravagance, brand holds its appeal for sophisticates

Investors monitor stock prices at a securities exchange firm in Shanghai, China, on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010
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Liberalisation threatens short-term stability

Policy makers set sights on long-term growth and patient investors will find plenty of opportunities

Han Zheng
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Caution over Shanghai test ground

Critics are disappointed, one year on, at the slow pace of change in this important test area for reforms

Two women look at a mobile phone as they stand on Tiananmen Square on February 28, 2013
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How to stay ahead of mobile revolution

The search for gateway apps is driving acquisitions in a dynamic industry

China needs to be top of Europe’s agenda

The country is now an economic superpower that helps shape global practices and invests overseas

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