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    A sense of destiny inspires China’s maritime claims

    China’s creeping occupation of the South China Sea is not primarily motivated by oil, let alone by its diminishing stock of...

  2. August 19, 2014

    Chinese builder buys game-maker for $960m

    Chinese gaming company FunPlus is selling a gaming subsidiary to construction conglomerate Shanghai Zhongji Investment...

  3. August 19, 2014

    Hong Kong political spat claims fresh scalp

    Hong Kong’s summer of political discontent has claimed its highest-profile victim, after the city’s Law Society in effect...

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    August 19, 2014

    Guest post: China's infrastructure boom to be exported to Asia

    By John Zhu, HSBC China has been a favoured destination for foreign direct investment since its economy opened up more than...

  5. August 19, 2014

    Clive Palmer stirs up Sino-Australian relations

    Clive Palmer, the mining tycoon turned lawmaker, has thrown a spanner in Australia-Sino relations after launching a tirade...

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    August 18, 2014

    "Facekini" is China's latest cultural export

    It may never rival porcelain or Peking duck in popularity beyond China’s shores, but the “facekini” is being hailed by...

  7. FT Photo Diary

    August 18, 2014

    Fitness first

    Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images A woman wearing a face mask exercises with others at a park in Beijing, China. Just over half of...

  8. August 18, 2014

    Hong Kong pro-China rally draws fake crowd allegations

    The pro-Beijing march that clogged Hong Kong’s streets on Sunday has sparked accusations and counter-claims from all sides...

  9. August 18, 2014

    China’s maritime feud with Vietnam ensnares fishermen

    Hainan fisherman As Liang Ya Pai pulls out a nautical map of the South China Sea, he points to a string of resource-rich...

  10. August 17, 2014

    ‘The System Worked: How the World Stopped Another Great Depression’, by Daniel W Drezner

    I don’t agree with Dan Drezner. How could I? The thesis espoused in his latest book is that, all things considered, global...

  11. August 17, 2014

    China’s internet giants end expensive taxi app wars

    China’s two biggest internet companies have called a truce after spending billions of renminbi in the past six months to...

  12. Nick Butler

    August 17, 2014

    China’s strategic dilemma in the Middle East

    Happier days: China's Jiang Jemin, the chief executive of China National Petroleum Corporation, and BP's Tony Hayward,...

  13. August 17, 2014

    Pro-government crowds march in HK

    Hong Kong’s business district has again come to a standstill, as supporters of the pro-establishment, anti-Occupy Central...

  14. August 15, 2014

    Hong Kong chief backs anti-Occupy move

    Hong Kong’s top politician has backed a petition designed to counter Occupy Central ahead of a planned march on Sunday...

  15. August 15, 2014

    Abe avoids visit to Yasukuni shrine

    More than 80 lawmakers from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party visited Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni war...

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    August 14, 2014

    Oil and the prospect of a Chinese shale boom

    Russia geopolitical risk? Check. Middle East geopolitical risk? Check. But commodity prices, and in particular oil prices,...

  17. August 14, 2014

    Pope Francis lands in Seoul for first Asia papal trip in 15 years

    Pope Francis has begun the first papal trip to Asia in 15 years, arriving in Seoul on Thursday in an effort to boost the...

  18. August 13, 2014

    European companies slam Chinese antitrust probes

    European companies have lashed out at the Chinese government’s renewed crackdown on alleged violations of the country’s...

  19. August 13, 2014

    China data show waning stimulus impact

    Chinese credit and investment data for July have highlighted slowing growth momentum, as the impact of Beijing’s targeted...

  20. August 13, 2014

    Chinese medical demand fuels private hospital takeovers

    Private equity firms engaged in an unusual bid battle earlier this year: slugging it out over a chain of high-end private...

  21. August 13, 2014

    Small Chinese cities steer away from GDP as measure of success

    More than 70 Chinese smaller cities and counties have dropped gross domestic product as a performance metric for government...

  22. FT Photo Diary

    August 11, 2014

    Bedmaking Beijing

    Jason Lee/Reuters Chinese artist Zhou Jie works on an iron wire bed, which she sleeps on for her art project “36 Days”, next...

  23. August 10, 2014

    China kicks off second round of privatisation

    China is pushing a fresh round of state-owned enterprise (SOE) privatisation, but local governments’ efforts to spin cash...

  24. August 10, 2014

    Pret’s private equity owner eyes China expansion

    Since Bridgepoint’s £345m leveraged buyout in 2008, Pret has successfully tested its concept of freshly baked natural food...

  25. August 10, 2014

    Grosvenor plots first China housing development

    Grosvenor, the property company owned by the Duke of Westminster, is looking to exploit a market slump in China by building...

  26. August 8, 2014

    Meet the dean: Bing Xiang, CKGSB

    Bing Xiang has never really done things the way other business school deans do. While it is increasingly fashionable for...

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    August 8, 2014

    Guest post: how Rmb1.2tn in China trust defaults could play out

    By Andrew Collier, Orient Capital Research The threat of a collapse in the shadow banking market looms over China like a...

  28. August 8, 2014

    Export surge lifts China trade surplus to record high

    China recorded its biggest ever monthly trade surplus in July as exports surged and imports contracted, suggesting stronger...

  29. August 7, 2014

    China tightens censorship on mobile messaging apps

    China tightened censorship on mobile messaging apps on Thursday with stiff rules aimed at limiting dissent, while it...

  30. August 5, 2014

    Markets fret and rejoice at the same time over China

    With China’s growth comfortably back where the government wishes it to be, at 7.5 per cent, the markets have reverted to...

  31. August 5, 2014

    Beijing invites US to link up over Africa

    China has invited the US to co-operate in financing and building infrastructure in Africa and other parts of the developing...

  32. August 5, 2014

    US considers partnership with China in developing world

    US president Lyndon Johnson famously remarked of FBI director J Edgar Hoover that it was “probably better to have him inside...

  33. August 5, 2014

    US seeks to catch up with China in Africa

    Barack Obama has announced more than $14bn of investment by US companies in Africa and helped mobilise a further $17bn in...

  34. August 5, 2014

    Red tourism and playing at warfare

    There is something to be said for taking a break from the stressful work week to point a gun at a colleague, and contemplate...

  35. August 5, 2014

    Canadians held in China on suspicion of stealing state secrets

    Two Canadian citizens who ran a coffee shop in a city on China’s border with North Korea are being investigated on suspicion...

  36. August 5, 2014

    Japan condemns ‘dangerous’ Chinese acts in defence white paper

    Japan took aim on Tuesday at what it called “profoundly dangerous” Chinese efforts to exert control of waters between the...

  37. August 3, 2014

    Hundreds killed in southern China earthquake

    An earthquake in southern China on Sunday killed at least 398 people and injured more than 1,800, the worst toll for such an...

  38. August 3, 2014

    Xi orders China factory explosion probe

    China’s president Xi Jinping has demanded an investigation into a factory explosion that killed at least 69 people and...

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