Economics & Trade

Free trade talks with Middle East

China is in talks to form a free-trade agreement with the Middle East.

Shenzhen Air pioneers refunds

In a mainland consumer first, Shenzhen Airlines said it would compensate passengers for flights delaye

Mainlanders go for no-frills

With July passenger load factors projected to reach 80% and not 55% as anticipated, Kuala Lumpur-based

Mr. China

<i>Mr. China</i> is such a good book. It is a must-read. It is real and true and don't leave home, heading for China, without it.

Start-up board starts up

The question is, will the Shenzhen market lift off or dodder along like its counterpart across the border?

The price to pay

Elizabeth C. Economy, Director of Asia Studies and Senior Fellow for China at the Council on Foreign Relations, is the author of <i>The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China's Future</i> recently published by Cornell University Press. The book addresses China's mounting environmental issues and <i>China Economic Review</i> asked her about the opportunities and risks they posed for foreign investors. Excerpts:

Deals that go wrong

Contracts that can look good as gold can suddenly be declared illegal, offering hard lessons about the need to manage risk.

Walking the walk

More and more foreigners are taking stakes in China's retail banks, not just talking about it.

Skating through hot money

Concerned about thin ice, the first person to skate on a winter pond does so with trepidation.

Dilemmas of interest

"Bursting China's Bubble" screamed the headline. It could have been from the front page of the latest <i>Financial Times</i>, <i>Business Week</i> or <i>The Economist</i>, but it wasn't.

Sony Ericsson unveils R&D plan

Sony Ericsson said it increased its stake in Beijing Ericsson Putian Mobile Communications from 10% to

China reiterates market status claim

China reacted quickly to the European Union's refusal to grant it market economy status, saying recogn

No licenses needed by exporters

Companies registered with relevant government departments will no longer need to apply for licenses to

Moody's sees big China insurance market

Moody's Investors Service predicted strong growth prospects for China's insurance sector, buoyed by a

Foreign debt increasing

China's foreign debt totaled US$202.3 billion at the end of March 2004, a 4.49% increase on the previo

EU rejects China market status

The European Union refused a request to grant China "Market Economy Status" (MES) saying the state rem

Forbes: China should keep dollar peg

China should keep its currency pegged to the US dollar in the short term, Steve Forbes, president and

China top FDI destination in 2003

China received total foreign direct investment (FDI) of US$53 billion in 2003, effectively making it t

EU decision on China's market status

A European Union assessment of China's economy obtained by the Financial Times indicated the EU will r

Wu Yi says RMB convertibility will come

China is determined to keep developing the country's markets system, and make the RMB convertible when

Shanghai Air-China United merger mooted

Shanghai Airlines is in talks with People's Liberation Army-owned China United Airlines about a possib

Shui On acquires Yunnan Cement

Shui On Construction and Materials acquired an 80% share in Yunnan Cement for US$49.2 million from Yun

Insurance sector not yet developed

China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) officials said that the insurance business is not develop

US urges China to reduce trade barriers

US Commerce Secretary Don Evans said China had to remove more trade barriers to cut the Sino-US trade

Inflation heads up in June

State Development & Reform Commission Vice-Secretary Cao Yushu said China's inflation rate as meas

Sichuan backs Hong Kong HQs

In another boost for the newly mapped out pan-Pearl delta economy, Sichuan officials urged local compa

ASEAN trade deal proves elusive

China and its Southeast Asian trade partners will probably miss the June 30 deadline for deciding whic

Industrial profits up

Profits earned by China's industrial companies grew 43.7% year on year to US$51.3 billion in the first

Chip demand to peak this year

Gartner Dataquest research projects mainland semiconductor growth will slow, according to a South Chin

CEOs pay to hear Jack Welch

State media reported that leading private and state-owned firms were paying up to US$3,600 for their c


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