Yvonne van der Heijden

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Li Ka-Shing: Asia's second-richest person retires

<b>Asia's second-richest person, Hong Kong's Li Ka-Shing, is retiring from leading his business empire.</b><p>Mr Li, aged 89, whose wealth has been put at $35.3bn (£25.3bn) by Forbes, is handing over the reins to his eldest son, Victor Li.<p>His CK Hutchison Holdings and CK Asset Holdings groups are involved in …

Hong Kong

Tiananmen Square protest death toll 'was 10,000'

<b>The Chinese army crackdown on the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests killed at least 10,000 people, according to newly released UK documents.</b><p>The figure was given in a secret diplomatic cable from then British ambassador to China, Sir Alan Donald.<p>The original source was a friend of a member of China's …

China

Sri Lanka signs deal on Hambantota port with China

<b>Sri Lanka has signed a $1.1bn (£837m) deal with China for the control and development of the southern deep-sea port of Hambantota.</b><p>The deal had been delayed by several months over concerns that the port could be used by the Chinese military.<p>The government has given assurances that China will run …

Sri Lanka

China's economy grows 6.7% in 2016

<b>China's economy grew by 6.7% in 2016, compared with 6.9% a year earlier, according to official data, marking its slowest growth since 1990.</b><p>The figure is in line with Beijing's growth target of between 6.5% and 7%.<p>But the data comes days after the leader of one Chinese province admitted GDP data was …

China

The perils of reporting on China's GDP

<b>Whenever China's GDP figures are released, foreign correspondents fly into action with plenty of analysis about what they might mean.</b><p>Does the Chinese economy appear to be stronger or weaker than previously thought?<p>Where is steel production?<p>What about the explosion in service industries?<p>Of course …

China

Silk Road route back in business as China train rolls into London

After 16 days and 7,456 miles, the locomotive’s arrival heralds the dawn of a new commercial era<p>When the East Wind train rumbles into east London this week, it will be full of socks, bags and wallets for London’s tourist souvenir shops, as well as the dust and grime accumulated through eight …

'China freight train' in first trip to Barking

<b>China has launched a direct rail freight service to London, as part of its drive to develop trade and investment ties with Europe.</b><p>China Railway already runs services between China and other European cities, including Madrid and Hamburg.<p>The train will take about two weeks to cover the 12,000 mile …

Freight Train

China's Zhou Youguang, father of Pinyin writing system, dies aged 111

<b>Chinese linguist Zhou Youguang, who created the writing system that turns Chinese characters into words using letters from the Roman alphabet, has died aged 111.</b><p>Mr Zhou and a Communist party committee spent three years developing the Pinyin system in the 1950s.<p>It changed the way the language was …

China

An Interview with Bill Bishop, Creator of the Sinocism Newsletter

<i>Bill Bishop, author of the Sinocism newsletter, talks current affairs and China in the media</i><p>Bill Bishop was once called “the China hand’s China …

China’s Rural Poor Bear the Brunt of the Nation’s Aging Crisis

Shangxule is a hardscrabble farming village in the mountains of the northern Chinese province of Hebei. The elevation is too high for cash crops like …

Surge in Chinese corporate investment into the US | Financial Times

Chinese companies invested a record $45.6bn in the US in 2016 despite a presidential campaign heavy on Beijing bashing. But Donald Trump’s imminent …

Wilbur Ross’s Chinese Love Affair

Donald Trump’s commerce secretary pick is talking tough on Beijing now, but he has a long history of admiration for China and its culture.<p>A decade after Wilbur Ross used a tariff on imported steel to weather Chinese competition and make his American mills profitable, he hung a picture taken in …

Christmas in the People’s Daily

A bumpy sleigh ride through the history of Christmas in China’s pre-reform period as reflected in the pages of the Chinese Communist Party’s flagship …

Hong Kong moves to disqualify pro-democracy legislators

<b>Hong Kong's government is moving to disqualify four pro-democracy lawmakers from parliament.</b><p>The government is launching legal challenges against Nathan Law, Edward Yiu, Lau Siu-lai and Leung Kwok-hung, arguing that the oaths they took when being sworn in were invalid.<p>It comes after two …

Hong Kong

Obama houdt Chinese overname van chipmaker tegen | NU - Het laatste nieuws het eerst op NU.nl

Afgelopen vrijdag hield Obama de overname van Aixtron door het Chinese Fujian Grand Chip tegen, schrijft The Wall Street Journal.<p>Aixtron is een …

China, Grappling With Trump, Turns to ‘Old Friend’ Kissinger

As he’s done for decades, Henry Kissinger is again shuttling between the U.S. and China to defuse tensions, this time as President Xi Jinping tries …

'Talent verlaat Chinese industrie' | NU - Het laatste nieuws het eerst op NU.nl

De autoriteiten zijn erg bezorgd over de ''demografische crisis'' die zich in het noordoosten voltrekt, meldde zondag de Britse zakenkrant <i>The</i> …

Teaching Mandarin: Chinese influence in Kenya’s slums

<b>"Ni hao!" a group of Kenyan schoolchildren call in unison as they bound uphill towards a wooden hut perched on the hill ahead.</b><p>"Those are some of my new students," teacher Liu Yimenghan tells me, smiling broadly. "Chinese is their favourite class."<p>The Chang Rong Light Centre in Kenya's Mathare slums …