China’s economy

China's economy falters over trade-war threat

Donald Trump’s threats to ramp up his trade war have provided a nasty shock to China’s economy and stockmarkets.

What Trump’s trade tweets mean for your money

Markets briefly stuttered on reading Donald Trump’s tweet raising tariffs on Chinese imports to the US. But they soon recovered. John Stepek asks if their optimism is justified.

In praise of idleness

Jack Ma, the Chinese billionaire, thinks 12-hour work days are a “blessing”. Bertrand Russell thought four hours were plenty. Who’s right? Simon Wilson reports.

China’s economy is moving up a gear

Last year, China’s economy suffered from the trade war with the US and the stockmarket was slumping. So Beijing decided to switch gears and stimulate the economy once again. It appears to be working.

Italy joins China’s Belt and Road project

Italy has become the first G7 nation to endorse the Belt and Road Initiative, China’s controversial series of global infrastructure investments.

Chart of the week: China fiddles the figures

The Chinese economy may be almost one-seventh smaller than officially reported, – a new paper has found that industrial output and investment have been “consistently embellished”.

China’s demographic crisis

In 2015, the 1979 policy allowing couples to only have one child was reversed. But the birth rate has continued to fall, which bodes ill for the economy and social stability. Simon Wilson reports.

Expect China's economy to keep on growing

China’s main stockmarket index, the CSI 300, has had a roaring year so far, gaining 25% and outstripping its major rivals. And last week there was more good news for the bulls.

Investing for a new cold war? Grab some gold

China and America’s changing relationship could derail economic growth. Merryn Somerset Webb asks global strategist Russell Napier how to protect your wealth.

Why China has to spend to boost growth, whether it wants to or not

China’s economy is slowing down. In a democracy, that’s no big problem; in a dictatorship, it spells trouble. John Stepek explains what’s going on, and how it affects your money.

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