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November 20, 2014
Risky rewards for China's overseas investment boom
Beijing, China (AFP) Nov 19, 2014
China's inexorable economic rise is set to see it become a net global investor after decades of Western money flowing into the country, but analysts warn the change offers risks as well as profits. Chinese oil behemoth CNOOC's $15 billion acquisition of Canada's Nexen, completed last year, was just a fraction of the $625 billion the country has invested abroad, much of it resources driven and also taking in other sectors including agriculture, manufacturing and banking. But the looming changeove ... read more

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China on Thursday offered $20 billion in loans and floated the possibility of a "friendship treaty" with Southeast Asian nations, in an apparent bid to defuse regional tensions which spiked this year over contested seas. ... more
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China's economic risks 'not that scary': Xi
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China October manufacturing at tepid three-month high: HSBC
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Shanghai mayor pledges to speed up FTZ reform
Shanghai's mayor promised Sunday to speed up development of China's first free trade zone (FTZ) a year after it opened, as a chorus of foreign companies expressed disappointment over the pace of pledged reforms. ... more
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China manufacturing growth slows in October: govt
Chinese manufacturing growth slowed in October, the government said Saturday, as the world's second-largest economy expands at its weakest pace in five years. ... more
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Bank of Japan expands monetary easing plan as economy slows
The Bank of Japan ramped up its vast monetary easing programme Friday - sending the yen plunging and stocks soaring - in a surprise move aimed at reviving growth just as the Federal Reserve winds down its own stimulus spree. ... more
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US economy clocks solid growth in third quarter
The US economy grew at a faster-than-expected 3.5 percent pace in the third quarter helped by stronger exports and defense spending, suggesting enough momentum to do without Federal Reserve stimulus. ... more
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Japan factory output posts surprise jump but recovery unclear
Japan's September factory production posted its biggest rise in eight months, official data showed Wednesday, but the news failed to dispel doubts about the strength of the wider economy following a recent string of weak figures. ... more
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Shaky Japanese economy hit by growing trade deficit
Japan's shaky economy was dealt another blow Wednesday, as official data showed a widening September trade deficit that puts the world's number-three economy on track to log a record annual shortfall. ... more
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Firm in China's first bond default to be restructured
Creditors of the firm responsible for China's first domestic bond default have approved a restructuring plan in hopes of getting their money back, in an effective bail-out seven months after the landmark event. ... more
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China economic growth falls to five-year low of 7.3%: govt
China's gross domestic product (GDP) expanded in the third quarter at its slowest pace since the depths of the global financial crisis, official data showed Tuesday, but analysts said the world's second-largest economy may have bottomed out. ... more
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APEC finance chiefs see 'downside risks' to global economy
The global economy is beset by increasing "downside risks", Asia-Pacific finance chiefs said Wednesday, a day after growth in China hit a five-year low. ... more
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China overseas investment almost doubles in September: govt
China's overseas investment almost doubled year-on-year to $9.79 billion in September, the government said Thursday, again exceeding incoming funds even though they recovered from multi-year lows. ... more
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Son of China's former premier quits investment bank
The son of China's former premier Zhu Rongji has resigned as head of the country's top investment bank China International Capital Corp (CICC), the company said Tuesday, but gave no reason for his departure. ... more
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China's economic rise challenges IMF
The International Monetary Fund was launched in 1944 with the world's new superpower, the United States, in position as the key force and shareholder in the global crisis bank. ... more
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China exports and imports surge ahead of expectations
China's exports and imports both rose more than expected in September, Customs data showed Monday in a positive signal for the world's second-largest economy, but analysts warned that fundamentals remained weak. ... more
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China's slowing economy does not need any big stimulus, because the jobs market continues to be strong, the Chinese central bank's chief economist said Saturday. ... more
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China September inflation slows to near five-year low
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IMF keeps China growth forecast at 7.4%, warns of 'near-term risks'
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World Bank cuts China, East Asia growth forecasts
The World Bank on Monday trimmed its growth forecasts for developing East Asian economies this year and next, as China's economic expansion loses momentum and policymakers face tighter global monetary conditions. ... more
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China manufacturing growth stalls in September: govt
Chinese manufacturing growth stalled in September, data showed Wednesday, as a sluggish property market complicates leaders' attempts to address a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. ... more
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