China

'Your only right is to obey': lawyer describes torture in China's secret jails

Human rights attorney Xie Yang says he was shackled, beaten and threatened, in transcripts released in protest at his continued incarceration<p>On day one of his detention Xie Yang claims he was shackled to a metal chair and ordered to explain why he had joined an illegal anti-Communist party …

Human Rights

China’s president Xi Jinping now has a dozen titles, and counting

China’s top decision-making body, the Political Bureau of the Communist Party, announced yesterday (Jan. 22) the establishment of a new agency to integrate the country’s military and civilian capacities—once again headed by president Xi Jinping.<p>The new commission will become the central agency in …

Xi Jinping

China urges Trump administration to fully grasp importance of 'one China'

The new U.S. administration must fully understand the importance of the "one China" policy, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Monday.<p>U.S. President Donald Trump, who was inaugurated on Friday, broke with decades of precedent last month by taking a telephone call from Taiwan …

South China Sea

Moment 19 buildings demolished simultaneously in China

It takes just 10 seconds for these 19 buildings to be demolished at the same time in Wuhan, China.<p>The implosion technique is used to topple the tower blocks on Saturday, in order to make way for a new skyscraper.

Construction

China driving against golf with closure of 100 courses

China has shut more than 100 golf courses in the last five years amid a campaign against a sport which has been vilified by Beijing’s Communist rulers but enjoyed by local officials.<p>The building of golf courses was banned in China in 2004, but demand from the growing ranks of wealthy and …

Golf

Smoggy Lunar New Year expected in northern China

BEIJING (Reuters) - China expects a smoggy Lunar New Year in Beijing and its northern industrial heartland just two weeks after it was blanketed in toxic smog which caused traffic chaos, flight disruptions and port closures.<p>Worsening pollution will engulf four northern Chinese provinces, including …

Chinese New Year

China start-up Mobike teams up with Foxconn as it plans surge in bike output

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Mobike said it has joined hands with manufacturing giant Foxconn to double the number of bikes it plans to make this year to 10 million, as the start-up seeks to become the dominant player in the country's nascent bike-sharing market.<p>Mobike, which is backed by Tencent …

Foxconn

Diplomat says China would assume world leadership if needed

China does not want world leadership but could be forced to assume that role if others step back from that position, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Monday, after U.S. President Donald Trump pledged to put "America first" in his first speech.<p>Zhang Jun, director general of the Chinese Foreign …

World News

China Just Made It Even Harder to Get Around the Great Firewall

While calling for the maintenance of globalized free trade was high on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent agenda in Davos, no evidence suggests …

Net Neutrality

China swings back at golf, shutting down 111 courses

BEIJING (AP) — China has launched a renewed crackdown on golf, closing 111 courses and telling members of the ruling Communist Party to stay off the links in an effort to conserve water and land.<p>The state-run Xinhua News Agency said Sunday the courses were closed for improperly using groundwater, …

Golf

Hollywood actors caught in China's public transport crush is hilariously painful

With the annual crush of travellers in China pushing their way home this Chinese New Year , imagining Hollywood actors stuck in line for a train like everyone else is pretty great.<p>One guy has photoshopped his interpretation of this, and the images are going viral on Chinese social media site …

Humor

iPhones and sex toys may cost more if there's a US-China trade war

<b>Donald Trump may be accused of flip-flopping on many issues, but there is one thing he's been remarkably consistent on: China.</b><p>A nation that's "raping our country", he called it on the campaign trail. One that is "stealing American jobs".<p>He's promised to slap a 45% tax on Chinese imports if Beijing …

Trade War

Can China and the U.S. Find Middle Ground?

Michael Fullilove, Lowy Institute for International Policy's executive director, comments on the future of U.S.-China relations. He speaks with …

Bloomberg Markets

Mourinho understands lures of China

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he would have no problem seeing Wayne Rooney opt for a lucrative move to China in the final years of his career but thinks the club's all-time leading scorer still has much to offer in the Premier League.<p>Rooney overtook Bobby Charlton as United's most …

Soccer

Shanghai Shares at 2-Week High

China's main share index ended at a two-week high on Monday, but pared some of its earlier gains in thin turnover as investors were reluctant to stake out fresh positions ahead of the country's biggest holiday.<p>Most sectors were largely unchanged but gains were led by the materials sector, …

People's Bank of China

I'm committed to Man Utd, insists Rooney despite China talk

The England captain concedes that he wants to play more games and is open to a change after his contract ends but insists that he is happy where he is<p>Captain and all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney remains committed to Manchester United despite a lack of game-time and continued interest from …

English Premier League

CSIS, Department of National Defence warned Ottawa on China laser technology deal

National-security agencies counselled Ottawa against allowing a Chinese firm to take over a Montreal high-tech company, warning it would undermine a technological edge that Western militaries have over China, The Globe and Mail has learned.<p>“If the technology is transferred, China would be able to …

Canada

China birth rate up after one-child rule change

<b>Birth rates in China rose to their highest level since 2000 last year, despite a fall in the number of women of childbearing age, say officials.</b><p>The increase follows the relaxation of China's strict one-child policy a year ago.<p>There were 18.46 million births in 2016, an 11.5% increase on 2015, …

World News

Star Chinese stock trader jailed for manipulating prices

BEIJING (AP) — A star Chinese stock trader who was arrested after a market collapse in 2015 was sentenced Monday to 5½ years in prison on charges of manipulating prices and insider trading.<p>Xu Xiang was one of a series of brokers and others in the securities industry who were detained after share …

Finance

Hugo Barra to leave Xiaomi

(Reuters) - Xiaomi's global vice-president Hugo Barra announced his departure from the Chinese technology company after a four year-run.<p>In a Facebook post on Monday, Barra, who was poached from Google, said the time is apt for his Silicon Valley return. He did not disclose his next move. …

Emerging Technology

Landmark Hong Kong Turns to Sindart, Other Local Brands For Chinese New Year

Hong Kong’s Landmark mall features many vaunted upscale European tenants–Dior, Celine, Valentino and Tod’s–but for nearly two weeks this month, those …

Chinese New Year

China's online population growing fast

The number of internet users in China has been rising by leaps and bounds. Those online in the world's second-largest economy equal the entire population of Europe, with e-commerce the main driver of expansion.<p>The number of internet users in China - already the world's highest - reached 731 million …

World News

China's birth rate soars after relaxation of one-child policy

Births rose by 7.9% in 2016 – 1.31 million newborns – but falls far short of number needed to balance rapidly ageing population<p>China’s birth rate last year was the highest this century, as the country felt the effect of the end of the highly controversial one-child policy in 2015.<p>Births increased …

UK News

Exclusive: Blackstone readies new Asia real estate fund of at least $5 billion: sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Blackstone Group LP (BX.N) is readying a new Asia-focused real estate fund that aims to raise a record $5 billion or more, betting on strong returns from property investments in the region, people familiar with the plans told Reuters.<p>The world's biggest alternative asset …

Commercial Real Estate

China's preliminary 2016 fiscal deficit $413 billion, exceeding budget target

China's preliminary fiscal deficit for 2016 was 2.83 trillion yuan ($413 billion) exceeding the budget target of 2.18 trillion yuan, according to a Reuters calculation based on data from the finance ministry.<p>Fiscal expenditure in 2016 rose 6.4 percent from 2015, while revenue increased 4.5 percent, …

Economics

China Selling Weetabix May Be A Sign Of A Wider Reverse In Foreign Investment

Weetabix is a famous name, but not an enormously significant company. Its sale by Bright Food is, therefore unlikely to make headlines outside of the business pages. State-owned Bright Food purchased a controlling stake in the company at a notional value of £2 billion (60% for £1.2 bn) in 2012, …

Chinese Economy

China, Philippines agree to cooperate on 30 projects worth $3.7 billion

China has agreed to cooperate with the Philippines on 30 projects worth $3.7 billion focusing on poverty reduction, the two countries said after a …

Poverty

China approves first list of green car models for subsidies this year

China released on Monday this year's first list of "recommended" green energy vehicles, paving the way for 185 car models to receive government subsidies.<p>Beijing has spent billions of dollars promoting electric and plug-in hybrid cars to help the domestic auto industry develop the technology to …

21st Century

Hong Kong Shares Edge Up

Hong Kong stocks closed marginally higher on Monday, thanks to support from a solid resource sector.<p>Both the benchmark Hang Seng index and the Hong Kong China Enterprises Index were up 0.1 percent at the close, to 22,898.52 points and 9,726.82 points respectively.<p>The market was under profit-taking …

Chinese Economy

Places in Singapore to snap your OOTDs this Chinese New Year

January 23, 2017 12:00 PM<br>SINGAPORE - Amid the Chinese New Year festivities, come the familiar four letters that have become a significant part of …

Chinese New Year