Tibetan mega-dam begins operation

2014-11-24 08:50

China has begun generating electricity from Tibet's biggest ever hydropower project, the latest dam development on Himalayan rivers which has stoked fears in neighbouring India.

China prepared to cut rates again - sources

2014-11-23 15:24

China's leadership and central bank are ready to cut interest rates again and also loosen lending restrictions, sources say.

Strong quake in west China kills 2, hurts 54

2014-11-23 10:00

A strong earthquake has struck a lightly populated, mountainous area of western China, killing at least two people, injuring 54 others and collapsing homes, officials say.

China rate cut boosts miners

2014-11-21 17:02

Shares in mining companies have surged after China cut benchmark interest rates for the first time in over two years to tackle slower growth.

6 Chinese nurses stabbed to death

2014-11-20 13:25

Seven people, including six nurses, have been stabbed to death at a hospital dormitory in northern China, the official Xinhua news agency reports, in the latest in a string of attacks on medical workers.

China, Nigeria sign $12bn railway deal

2014-11-20 10:30

A state-owned Chinese company has signed a $12bn agreement to build a railway along Nigeria's coast that it billed as China's single largest overseas contract.

11 children die in 'overloaded' minivan in China

2014-11-19 19:46

Eleven Chinese children have been killed when an 'overloaded' minivan taking them to nursery collided with a lorry, the latest accident to fuel anger over crowded school buses.

China urges internet 'security' amid rights criticism

2014-11-19 11:11

A top Chinese official on Wednesday called for protecting internet "security" at a government-organised conference condemned by a human rights group as an attempt by Beijing to promote its online controls globally.

China needs to cap coal use by 2020

2014-11-18 14:17

China needs to hit its 'peak coal' use by 2020 if it is to fulfil its commitment to end growth in climate-warming carbon emissions by the end of the next decade, an government think tank says.

Xi commits to greater Antarctic ties with Australia

2014-11-18 11:51

China's President Xi Jinping has committed to greater Antarctic co-operation with Australia, while fulfilling a long-held dream to visit the nation's smallest state.

Hong Kong to evict some protesters

2014-11-18 06:18

Hong Kong police will move to evict some of the pro-democracy protesters who have been blocking main roads for more than seven weeks.

Buyers snap up Chinese stock as new link opens

2014-11-17 12:20

International buyers seized the chance to invest in mainland Chinese stocks when a link between stock exchanges in Shanghai and Hong Kong launched.

Three-year-old boy stabbed to death in China

2014-11-16 15:55

A three-year-old Chinese boy died and a girl was seriously injured when a knife-wielding woman attacked the children, the latest in a series of assaults against youngsters.

Anti-graft watchdog finds gold, cash in official's home

2014-11-14 13:18

China’s anti-graft watchdog has discovered 37kg of gold, documents for 68 houses and 120 million yuan in cash in the home of a Communist Party official who is being investigated for corruption, a report says.

Reptiles, whips banned as Brisbane preps for G-20

2014-11-14 11:40

This weekend, the subtropical Australian city of Brisbane will welcome leaders from the world's 20 largest economies along with thousands of delegates and journalists for a global summit.

Get that Obama or Putin look for $44

2014-11-13 14:10

Chinese traders are offering the chance to get that "world leader look" by selling copies of the garb worn by Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping at this week's APEC summit in Beijing.

Trapped miners confirmed dead in China

2014-11-12 18:15

Trapped miners have now been confirmed dead after the August mine explosion and collapse in China.

US China climate deal prods others to act

2014-11-12 13:10

A groundbreaking agreement struck by the US and China is putting the world's two worst polluters on a faster track to curbing heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming.

Obama and Xi put their differences aside

2014-11-12 10:13

Despite their differences, the US and China have announced an unprecedented joint plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions, as well as agreements on visas, trade and military ties.

Heat on over climate as US, China leaders meet

2014-11-11 16:51

Barack Obama and Xi Jinping have few areas of common ground as they meet this week in Beijing, but could find themselves warming to each other on one longstanding sticking point: climate change.

Putin's gesture sends social media buzzing

2014-11-11 13:37

A chivalrous gesture by Russian President Vladimir Putin HAS set social media buzzing and put Chinese censors into action at the Apec summit in Beijing.

Silk Road challenges US dominance in Asia

2014-11-11 10:58

The major financial and economic bodies no longer correspond to the balance of power and the shifting centre of gravity in the world economy, writes John Kemp.

Obama, Putin circle each other warily in China

2014-11-11 10:11

On the surface, President Obama and President Putin are all niceties, a pat on the back here, a pleasantry there. But away from the cameras, the two leaders are circling each other warily.

China, Japan hold ice-breaking meeting

2014-11-10 10:17

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are holding an ice-breaking meeting in Beijing, following more than two years of deep tensions over an island dispute.

China, Russia deepening ties

2014-11-09 22:20

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have promised ever-closer cooperation.


JSE – Market awaits news on GDP formula

2014-11-24 06:00

The week ahead will see the release of some figures as well as the announcement of the GDP to be calculated according to a new and improved formula.

China rate cut knocks legs from under yuan

2014-11-23 12:45

China's surprise interest rate cut is another step toward softening the exchange rate, setting the yuan on course to end the year lower.

EU plan to fight Chinese exports dead - Italy

2014-11-21 17:20

A plan to fight unfair Chinese exports "is dead", Italy says, with the European Union split over how to deal with countries that dump goods in Europe.

China surprises with interest rate cut

2014-11-21 15:01

China has cut interest rates unexpectedly, stepping up efforts as it heads towards its slowest expansion in nearly a quarter of a century.

China to end state monopoly on salt

2014-11-20 11:39

China is to end a monopoly over the production and sale of table salt, dismantling a system that has been in place for more than two thousand years.

Signs of floor under China's property market

2014-11-20 10:10

Even as China's home prices have suffered their biggest annual fall in nearly four years, there are early indications the worst might have passed.

Risky rewards for China's investment push

2014-11-19 13:13

China's unstoppable economic rise is set to see it become a net global investor after decades of Western money flowing into the country.

China internet firms battle for foreign TV shows

2014-11-19 10:00

China's big internet-TV companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on foreign TV shows and films in a battle to attract users and advertisers.

China needs to cap coal use by 2020

2014-11-18 13:03

China needs to hit its "peak coal" use by 2020 if it is to fulfil its commitment to end growth in climate-warming carbon emissions by the end of the next decade.

Australian exports to China still face hurdles

2014-11-18 10:40

The reality of a trade deal signed with great fanfare between China and Australia is likely to be more sobering.

Okinawa vote a blow to Japan-US ties - analysts

2014-11-17 13:20

Voters in Okinawa have thrown a spanner in Japan's relations with the US after electing a governor who wants the American military to downsize its presence at a time of alarm over China’s territorial ambitions.

Chinese medics in Liberia to beef up Ebola fight

2014-11-17 08:38

A large team of Chinese health workers have arrived in Liberia to boost the Ebola fight as a US-based doctor infected in Sierra Leone was described as being “extremely ill”.

China waives tax for foreign stock investors

2014-11-14 19:13

China's ministry of finance says it will waive a capital-gains tax for foreigners buying mainland Chinese stocks.

China must change economy to meet climate targets

2014-11-14 11:45

Chinese leaders have pledged for the first time to cap the country’s decades-long growth of greenhouse gas emissions.

Australia, China trade deal on the cards

2014-11-13 21:15

Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Tasmania underscores Australia's push to ramp up agricultural exports, with the two countries set to sign a free trade agreement.

Scientists: US-China pact won't slow warming much

2014-11-13 08:22

Don't expect the landmark US-China climate change agreement to nudge the world's rising thermostat downward much on its own, scientists say.

Xi says US journalists to blame for visa denials

2014-11-12 14:01

Chinese President Xi Jinping suggested US news organisations had themselves to blame for Beijing not granting journalist visas, in response to a rare unscripted question from a foreign reporter.

Smashed Porsche dragged by truck

2014-11-12 10:35

Epic fail of the year? Watch as a driver and his Porsche are dragged behind a truck for 10km, the man unconscious at wheel after using some of his stash of illegal narcotics.

US and China announce 'historic' climate accord

2014-11-12 09:09

The US and China have announced an action plan on greenhouse emissions as part of a 'historic' pact that was acclaimed by climate scientists but denounced by US Republicans.

Beijing blocks pollution mobile app

2014-11-11 14:10

Beijing authorities have blocked a popular application that reports the smog levels in the city as the Asia-Pacific conference winds down.

'Most powerful' Putin takes on West at Apec

2014-11-11 11:24

Russian President Vladimir Putin is heading into showdown talks with Australia's leader as part of what is expected to be his toughest foreign trip since the start of the standoff between Russia and the West over Ukraine.

China's Xi says smog his top priority during Apec

2014-11-11 10:36

Beijing's air quality readings have been at the top of Chinese President Xi Jinping's agenda in the last few days, he says, with the city desperate to keep smog under control during Apec.

Chinese officials cut power after drunken dispute

2014-11-10 15:28

Half a Chinese county was plunged into darkness when local energy officials ordered the power cut in a drunken tantrum after they were refused a round of drinks, news reports.

Chinese inflation at five-year low

2014-11-10 09:45

Inflation in China has been just 1.6% year-on-year in October, unchanged from the previous month, and the lowest since January 2010, officials says.

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