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Chinese Cash Floods U.S. Real Estate Market

Canyon Lake Ranch was once a playground for Christian day campers, and then was a corporate retreat with water-skiing, barbecues and cowboy shoot-’em-up shows. Hawks now circle above 108 sunbaked acres occupied by copperhead snakes, a few coyotes and the occasional construction truck.

Soon this …


The World According to China

China’s enormous overseas spending has helped it displace the United States and Europe as the leading financial power in large parts of the developing world. Here’s where China has the most influence, based on its share of foreign investment since 2005.


Most of World's Synthetic Drugs Made in China, Police Admit

(Beijing) – China is the primary producer of the world's synthetic drugs, the government has said for the first time, after coming under increasing pressure from abroad to deal with the issue.

Most synthetic drugs that are sold around the world are made in China, officials at the Ministry of Public …


China Court Sends 14 to Prison Over Qingdao Pipeline Blasts - China Real Time Report - WSJ

A Chinese court sentenced 14 former oil-industry and local government officials to jail over deadly oil-pipeline explosions two years ago in the eastern city of Qingdao, state media said. As WSJ’s Chun Han Wong reports:

The sentences announced Monday are the stiffest punishments handed out for the …


As Economic Doubts Grow, China Rolls Out a New ‘Keqiang Index’ - China Real Time Report - WSJ

Tired of the old Keqiang Index? Get ready for the new one.

Questions over China’s official growth figures have created a cottage industry in private indices attempting to better measure change in the world’s second-largest economy. Many are loosely based on comments attributed to Li Keqiang, …


The Findings of China’s Climate Change Report

Ahead of climate change negotiations in Paris, the Chinese government has released its latest scientific assessment of how global warming has affected and is likely to affect China. The 900-page “Third National Climate Change Assessment Report” is the work of some 550 scientists and experts, …


China's PLA reforms will see many political posts go as part of 300,000 cut in non-combat personnel by 2017

Many rank-and-file political officers are expected to lose their jobs in the reform of the People's Liberation Army.

However, the Chinese Communist …


Meet the Everyday People Transforming China's Economy

China’s best shot at avoiding an economic hard landing may come down to people like Li Chao, a onetime hireling in the Beijing government’s …


How China's 'Great Green Wall' is poor quality and will have a limited impact on climate change

Ahead of Monday's Paris climate change summit, China's actions to limit their impact on greenhouse gas emissions may yield little results on the growing problem

Former logger Jiang Hongchang emerges from a forest clasping a metre-long cross-cut saw and a small bundle of freshly gathered firewood, a …


China's yuan set for IMF reserve status

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is expected to announce on Monday that China's currency, the yuan, will join the fund's group of international reserve currencies.

Just the US dollar, the euro, Japan's yen and the British pound are currently part of this select band.

Earlier this month, IMF head …


Chinese authorities boost smog alert level in Beijing

The authorities in the Chinese capital, Beijing, have issued their highest smog warning so far this year.

The "orange level" alert declared on Sunday is the second highest possible, requiring factories to cut production.

On Sunday, some pollution readings in parts of the city reached about 17 times …


Notes on the China I’m Leaving Behind

BEIJING — I GOT together at a restaurant the other night with some Chinese and expatriate friends. While bossa nova played in the background, we sipped French merlot and snapped iPhone photos of one another making goofy faces.

Observed from afar, the gathering suggested just how cosmopolitan Beijing …


Beijing wants to fill medicine cabinets with more 'Made in China' drugs

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China, already a global powerhouse in high-tech areas from solar panels to bullet trains, is turning its industrial might to the challenge of making more of its own drugs for a vast and aging population.

Given the 10 years or more it typically takes to bring a new medicine to …


Air pollution in Beijing hits hazardous levels

BEIJING: Air pollution in Beijing reached hazardous levels on Saturday as smog engulfed large parts of China despite efforts to clean up the foul air.


China to launch scheme to curb CO2 emissions in 2017

China is launching a national cap-and-trade scheme in 2017 to curb emissions. While the details still need to be worked out, observers say it shows …


China's shadow banking risk shifts to booming bond market

A year after China's financial regulators squared up to the systemic perils of "shadow banking", the threat is shifting to a booming corporate bond market, and risky borrowers' debt is finding its way into products aimed at retail investors.

An opaque network of trust companies and non-bank lenders …


The IMF is poised to put Chinese yuan in an elite currency basket

Washington (AFP) - The International Monetary Fund is expected to approve inclusion of China's yuan in its SDR basket of elite currencies on Monday, rewarding Beijing's strong pursuit of the global status.

The IMF executive board is scheduled to meet Monday to decide on the recommendation by staff …


Air pollution in Beijing hits hazardous levels

BEIJING (AP) — Air pollution in Beijing reached hazardous levels on Saturday as smog engulfed large parts of China despite efforts to clean up the foul air.

At noon, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing reported the level of the poisonous, tiny articles of PM2.5 at 391 micrograms per cubic meter. The World …


Tibetan Fights to Salvage His Fading Culture in China

YUSHU, China — When officials forced an informal school run by monks near this market town on the Tibetan plateau to stop offering language classes for laypeople, Tashi Wangchuk looked for a place where his two teenage nieces could continue studying Tibetan.

To his surprise, he couldn’t find one, …


Beijing to toughen car emission standards by 2017 to cut pollution

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing plans to ramp up its already tough car emission standards by 2017 in a bid by one of the world's most polluted cities to improve its often hazardous air quality.

Beijing's environment protection bureau, in a document published late on Thursday, said the new standards …


China to Build Naval Hub in Djibouti - China Real Time Report - WSJ

China plans to build its first overseas naval installation in the East African nation of Djibouti, expanding the geographical reach of its armed forces as Beijing seeks to protect its growing economic and security interests around the globe. As WSJ’s Jeremy Page and Gordon Lubold report:

The former …


Chinese activist Yang Maodong jailed for six years

Leading Chinese rights activist Yang Maodong has been sentenced to six years in jail for disturbing public order.

Mr Yang, 48, better known by his pen name Guo Feixiong, had been detained since organising a week-long peaceful protest outside a newspaper office in the southern city of Guangzhou in …


China's Shanghai Composite drops more than 5%

China's main share index closed down by more than 5% after several major brokerage firms announced they were under investigation.

China's Shanghai Composite index ended the day 5.5% lower at 3,436.3.

Late on Thursday, it was announced that China's securities regulator was investigating one of the …


Chinese executives keep going missing

Hong Kong (CNN) — Top company executives in China keep vanishing, and some never return to their posts.

This week, it was the CEO of the Hong Kong arm of one of China's largest brokerages who disappeared; a few months ago, the president of a giant bank.

Once they go missing, there's no telling when …


In an unexpected turnaround, China released journalist Gao Yu on parole

Amidst China’s ongoing crackdown on journalists critical of the government, authorities have made an unexpected concession.

Gao Yu, a 71-year-old journalist who was jailed for allegedly leaking “state secrets” to international media, was granted medical parole, Xinhua reported (link in Chinese) …


Why China wants a leaner, nimbler army

President Xi Jinping has announced a key reorganization of China's military to create a nimbler army by 2020. DW talks to experts about the future changes and the challenges faced by the world's largest military. In a bid to streamline the nation's armed forces and transform them from a Soviet-era …


Easing of China one-child policy too late for those who lost only child

BEIJING (Reuters) - Cui Wenlan was devastated when she heard the news last month that China was scrapping its one-child policy. She is among more than a million grieving Chinese parents who have lost the only child the government allowed them to have.

Cui's son was 30 when he died after an illness …

One-child Policy

What are the chances of an actual currency crisis in China?

First things first, and to repeat ourselves, China’s recent devaluation was pathetic.

We mean, really, what is this?

Literally, it’s a chart from …


Chinese stocks plunge as regulators widen probe into market

Stocks plunge by as much as 6pc as markets hit by regulatory probe and fresh fears over stability of the financial sector

China's stock market plunged on Friday after two top brokerage firms said they were being investigated by regulators over securities violations.

The Shanghai Composite Index …


China Restructuring Its Military

Members of the Chinese People's Liberation Army navy stand in formation as the USS Stethem (DDG 63) destroyer arrives for an official visit at a …