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    1. March 26, 2015

      UK move to join China-led bank a surprise even to Beijing

      The announcement by George Osborne, UK chancellor, on March 12 that Britain would join China’s answer to the World Bank — a...

    2. March 26, 2015

      China’s rise confounds a splintered west

      The transatlantic spat about China’s new Asian investment bank tells a cautionary tale. This latest collision between...

    3. March 25, 2015

      China’s regulatory grip on IPOs leads to arbitrage and distortions

      In China, stagging pays. This week’s Rmb10bn (US$1.6bn) flotation delivered a 60 per cent return to investors in just three...

    4. March 25, 2015

      Xi Jinping’s challenge is to be strong enough to loosen control

      Since Xi Jinping took over the role of general secretary of the Chinese Communist party in November 2012 there has been a...

    5. March 24, 2015

      China military parade poses dilemma for the west

      European leaders have been thrown into a diplomatic quandary by an invitation from China to a military parade marking the...

    6. March 18, 2015

      ‘Accommodating’ Beijing may be no bad thing

      In the 50 shades of diplomatic speak, the word “accommodation” is only slightly less stinging than that other A-word:...

    7. March 17, 2015

      China: With friends like these

      In global terms, the defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka’s presidential elections in January ranked as a mere political...

    8. March 17, 2015

      Two giants with an opportunity for partnership

      Today, the most important bilateral relationship is that between the US and China. Tomorrow it will be the one between China...

    9. March 17, 2015

      China will not thank perfidious Albion for joining its new bank

      The UK’s decision to join China’s new alternative to the World Bank has disrupted London’s “special relationship” with the...

    10. March 17, 2015

      China graft tsar plans US visit amid drive to extradite fugitives

      China’s anti-corruption tsar is preparing to visit the US as Beijing steps up its drive to extradite corrupt officials who...

    11. March 16, 2015

      China goes to court to target activists

      China is sharply increasing its use of criminal prosecution as a tool for maintaining control in 2014, two reports have...

    12. March 16, 2015

      Australia shifts stance on China-led development bank

      Australia may overturn its opposition to joining the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank after the UK opted to...

    13. March 16, 2015

      Chinese arms sales surge 143% in 5 years

      China lifted exports of military weapons and equipment by 143 per cent over the past five years to usurp Germany as the...

    14. March 15, 2015

      China on collision course with EU and US over bank IT rules

      The Chinese government on Sunday began implementing new rules that require commercial banks to buy “secure and controllable”...

    15. March 15, 2015

      Li Keqiang goes off-script but gets caught off-guard

      Li Keqiang’s closing words at China’s annual National People’s Congress session — the only formal press conference the...

    16. March 15, 2015

      China pledges readiness to bolster sagging economic growth

      China is prepared to take action to stimulate the economy and boost market confidence, Premier Li Keqiang said on Sunday. Mr...

    17. March 13, 2015

      Chinese internet: Commerce and control

      Grumbling about China’s slow internet speeds is a national pastime, but few were expecting Li Keqiang, the prime minister,...

    18. March 13, 2015

      UK move to join AIIB meets mixed response in China

      China’s government welcomed the UK’s decision to sign up to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in the face of heavy...

    19. March 12, 2015

      UK and US in sharp row on how to deal with rising China

      The UK’s decision to join a new China-led international financial institution has opened a sharp public dispute with the US...

    20. March 12, 2015

      The contradiction at the heart of China’s new growth target

      China set a lower growth target of “about 7 per cent” at last week’s session of the National People’s Congress. It was a...

    21. March 12, 2015

      China SOE’s restructuring leaves state ownership intact

      Shanghai Electric Group became the latest Chinese company to answer the call for reform of inefficient state-owned...

    22. March 11, 2015

      China shoe factory strike highlights benefit fears

      Workers at one of China’s largest shoe manufacturers have gone on strike in a dispute over housing fund payments,...

    23. March 11, 2015

      China data point to sharper slowdown

      China’s economy slowed at its sharpest rate in the first two months of the year since the global financial crisis,...

    24. March 10, 2015

      Modi launches charm offensive in Indian Ocean backyard

      Narendra Modi is due to arrive in Mauritius on Tuesday at the start of visits to three Indian Ocean island nations, as part...

    25. March 10, 2015

      China media confirm second aircraft carrier

      China has come its closest yet to confirming that it is building a second aircraft carrier, as Beijing seeks to extend its...

    26. March 10, 2015

      China shifts stimulus focus from monetary to fiscal policy

      China has tripled the quota for bond sales by local governments to Rmb1.5tn ($240bn) in a bid to shunt some of their hefty...

    27. March 10, 2015

      China data heighten fears of deflation

      Chinese consumer price inflation rebounded in February thanks largely to the effects of the lunar new year festival but...

    28. March 9, 2015

      Greece, Russia and the politics of humiliation

      Just before Alexis Tsipras was elected Greek prime minister in January, he made a vow to the voters: “On Monday national...

    29. March 8, 2015

      China detains feminists ahead of International Women’s Day

      At least five Chinese feminists who were planning to protest sexual harassment in subways have instead spent International...

    30. March 8, 2015

      China and Russia set to finalise gas deal

      China and Russia will seal an agreement later this year on piped gas from Western Siberia, China’s foreign minister said on...

    31. March 8, 2015

      For all the sound and fury, China depends on foreign forces

      Until it opened on March 5, the annual full session of China’s National People’s Congress had promised to be more...

    32. March 7, 2015

      Environment minister: China must clean up its act

      China “cannot rely on the heavens” but must improve transparency and enforcement to solve its pollution problem, its...

    33. March 6, 2015

      China pulls smog documentary offline after internet storm

      A documentary critical of China’s air pollution was pulled from major domestic video websites after becoming an internet...

    34. March 5, 2015

      Chinese Premier Li Keqiang lays out flaws in country’s economic model

      China expects an even sharper economic slowdown following the lowest growth in a quarter of a century last year, as the...

    35. March 5, 2015

      China lowers GDP growth target to ‘around 7%’

      China will target economic growth of “around 7 per cent” this year, Premier Li Keqiang told parliament on Thursday,...

    36. March 4, 2015

      Life beneath the smog should spur China to action

      In one of the more poignant scenes from Under the Dome — a documentary about China’s environmental catastrophe that has...

    37. March 4, 2015

      Hong Kong’s lucky revolutionaries

      The first half hour of my conversation with Yvonne Leung was inspiring. We were sitting together in a university canteen as...

    38. March 4, 2015

      China keeps defence spending up to narrow ‘gap’ with adversaries

      China’s defence budget will rise 10.1 per cent this year, keeping just ahead of projected economic growth, according to the...

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