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Shanghai abandons city's GDP target as China's economy slows
Shanghai has become the first Chinese city to not set a target this year for growth of its gross domestic product as the country continues a major shift toward slower growth and more balanced economic expansion. lRelated China stocks rebound after GDP ...

Herder kills himself in Inner Mongolia over land grab
BEIJING (Reuters) - A herder from northern China's Inner Mongolia who had been protesting the government's occupation of traditional grazing land has hanged himself outside a government building, a relative and an overseas rights group said. The ...

Carnival eyes new China line for burgeoning cruise market
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Cruise operator Carnival Corp is in talks with state-owned China Merchants Group Ltd (CMG) to develop a new cruise line for the fast-growing China market, the U.S. firm said in a statement on Tuesday. Carnival said the pair have ...

Composer pioneers 'made in China' musicals
(CNN) In 1982, songwriter San Bao fell in love with musical theater -- then an alien art form in China -- when he saw a videotaped version of CATS, which became the longest running musical in Broadway history. Fast forward three decades, and San Bao, ...

China Industrial Profits Fall Most Since 2011 Amid Slowdown
Chinese industrial companies' profits declined the most in at least three years last month, underscoring the challenge facing the nation's former growth drivers as the economy slows and commodity prices slump. Industrial profits fell 8 percent in ...

Cubicles for Cadres? China Tries to Enforce Old Rules on Office Sizes
When China's anti-graft body recently posted rules to its website that dictate maximum office sizes for cadres, it appeared President Xi Jinping had come up with a novel way to apply his anti-corruption push to interior decorating. Yet despite ...

China's Top 100 Brands: The Private Sector Reigns Supreme
China's top brand is no longer a state-owned company, nor is it e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. It's technology player Tencent Holdings . In a ranking of the top 100 most valuable Chinese brands by research from agency Millward Brown and ...

Q. and A.: Luigi Tomba on Privatized Housing and Political Legitimacy in China
Luigi Tomba, 49, is the associate director of the Australian Center on China in the World at the Australian National University in Canberra. In his new book, “The Government Next Door: Neighborhood Politics in Urban China,” Mr. Tomba, a native of Italy ...

China's Gold Imports From Hong Kong Tumble 32% From Record
Gold shipments to China from Hong Kong fell 32 percent in 2014 from a record a year earlier as lower prices failed to boost demand. Net imports by mainland China were 750 metric tons last year, down from 1,108.8 tons in 2013, when shipments more than ...

China plans national park at major riverheads
XINING, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- China plans to build a national park in the Sanjiangyuan region, the cradle of the Yangtze, Yellow and Lancang rivers in northwest China's Qinghai Province. A guideline for the park has been completed by a design institute ...

Illegal Basement Suspected in Collapse of Beijing Courtyard
Updated, 5:28 a.m. ET| With land at a premium in Beijing, one enterprising resident attempted to greatly expand his residence, with disastrous results. The owner of a courtyard house in the Chinese capital dug down 60 feet, roughly equivalent to a five ...

China state corn stocks seen soaring: industry
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's state corn stockpiles are expected to climb by a record volume this year, as Beijing's efforts to boost demand with a tax rebate for corn starch exports struggle to stimulate sales, industry officials said. Beijing's policy ...

China builder says local govts owe $8 bln in overdue bills
BEIJING Jan 28 (Reuters) - A Chinese infrastructure firm is owed more than 50 billion yuan ($8 billion) in unpaid bills by local governments, said its billionaire founder, who is taking six debtors to court as creditors grow nervous over China's ...

China appoints new party boss for environment ministry
BEIJING Jan 28 (Reuters) - China has appointed Chen Jining, the president of Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University, as party chief of its environment ministry, since the controversial current incumbent is retiring, the ministry said on its website ...

China says to throw its weight behind firms expanding overseas
BEIJING (Reuters) - China is rolling out a series of measures to aid overseas expansion by firms across industries, especially nuclear power and railways, the cabinet said on Wednesday. China's outbound investment last year hit $102.89 billion, for an ...

New Rules in China Upset Western Tech Companies
HONG KONG — The Chinese government has adopted new regulations requiring companies that sell computer equipment to Chinese banks to turn over secret source code, submit to invasive audits and build so-called back doors into hardware and software ...

China's man-made islands in disputed waters raise worries
China is rapidly building five man-made islands from tiny reefs and shoals in the South China Sea, U.S. officials say, sparking concern that Beijing is growing more assertive in the disputed waters even as the United States boosts its own forces in the ...

Shanghai urges couples to have second child, but only 5 pct agree
Children play around electronic mini-fountains at a commercial shopping district in Beijing, China, 11 August 2014. The municipality of Shanghai, one of the Chinese provinces that allows residents to have a second child if both the partners were an ...

The "Belt and Road" initiative brings new opportunities
BEIJING, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- As China strives to achieve more regional cooperation, its "Belt and Road" initiative will not only drive domestic development but will also influence its foreign policy. The Silk Road Economic Belt is slated to be ...

Hong Kong-Shenzhen launch set for second half, will miss June MSCI review ...
Hong Kong-Shenzhen launch set for second half, will miss June MSCI review ...

China to Crack Down on Sale of Fake Goods Online
BEIJING—China's Ministry of Commerce said it would step up its efforts to prevent the sale of counterfeit goods through the country's fast-growing e-commerce market. The pledge, made in comments by a ministry spokesman on Thursday, didn't mention any ...

Meet Coco: Potentially China's Next Li Na
China has begun its search for the next Li Na, and one of the juniors with the talent to replace the country's two-time Grand Slam champion may speak better English than she does Chinese. Xu Shilin, who just turned 17 and goes by the English name Coco, ...

On China's Border With North Korea, Welcome Turns Into Wariness
HELONG, China — On a cold, clear winter day last month, a North Korean soldier packed a pistol and slipped across the frozen Tumen River into northeastern China. He trekked about a mile to the tiny village of Jidi Tun. Then at dusk he opened fire on ...

Why China Is Nervous About Its Role in the World
Hong Kong based Vietnamese demonstrators carry Vietnam's flag during a protest against China's territory claim in Hong Kong May 25, 2014. Around 200 people marched on Sunday to declare Paracel Islands belong to Vietnam. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu ...

Philippines, Vietnam upgrade ties in show of unity against China
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines and Vietnam are forging closer ties in a symbolic move after China stepped up activities in disputed areas of the South China Sea, raising tension in the potential flashpoint. China claims almost the entire South ...

In Shanghai, Easing of One-Child Rule Isn't Seen as Cure for Challenges Ahead
Parents in Shanghai are signaling that, for many of them, one child is enough. Credit Wang Zhao/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images. Email; Share; Tweet; Save; More. Thirty years ago, People's Daily, the newspaper of the ruling Communist Party, ran an ...

China, Pakistan vow closer parliamentary links
BEIJING, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- China's top legislator Zhang Dejiang called for closer parliamentary exchanges and anti-terrorism cooperation with Pakistan on Thursday. Zhang, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), ...

Activists Accuse China of Targeting Religious Freedom
WASHINGTON—. The U.S.-based Chinese religious rights group ChinaAid says 2014 was the worst year for religious freedom in China since the end of the Cultural Revolution. Activists say Beijing has been tightening religious controls ever since Chinese ...

Chinese Lawmaker's Illegal Beijing Dig Goes Horribly Wrong
For Chinese politician Li Baojun, a do-it-yourself home improvement project turned into something a little worse than your regular renovation-related nightmare. In Mr. Li's case, a basement illegally dug under his Beijing home allegedly caused the ...

Chinese Education Minister Warns Against 'Infiltration' of Western Ideas
Chinese teachers should be on their guard against the infiltration of Western ideas, the country's education minister says. Also, while they're at it, they should stop complaining and venting their grievances in front of students as well. The minister ...


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