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Will this year bring any cheer for China's markets?

China's double-digit growth rates of previous decades are long gone. Will the weakness continue?
17 Jan 2020
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China’s maturing corporate bond market

Chinese companies are defaulting on their debt in record numbers. And the trouble could spread to state-owned enterprises.
20 Dec 2019
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Cracks spread in China's fragile economy

China's annual economic growth is forecast to dip below 6% in the final quarter of this year and continue to fall into 2020 thanks to weaker exports a…
6 Dec 2019
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Investors maintain confidence in Hong Kong

The protests in Hong Kong caused the territory to plunge into recession in the third quarter, and has also begun to weigh on local markets. But invest…
21 Nov 2019
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Alibaba’s cash call comes off

Despite the ongoing violence in Hong Kong, demand for Alibaba’s secondary listing has been so strong that it will stop taking orders from retail inves…
21 Nov 2019
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Chart of the week: China’s smog index heralds weakness

Smog levels in five major Chinese cities climbed along with house prices in early 2017 and late 2018. Now, it's pointing down.
18 Nov 2019
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Will the yuan’s recovery last?

China’s yuan pushed through the symbolically important seven-to-the-dollar mark for the first time since August last week. Will its strength continue?
15 Nov 2019
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Economy

All the gold in China: money and power goes east

China has far more gold than official figures suggest – as much as America, in fact. He who owns the gold makes the rules, says Dominic Frisby.
15 Nov 2019

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Why Hong Kong’s protests are an urgent warning for Beijing

The protests that have shaken Hong Kong will not threaten China’s grip on power for now. But the country’s leaders will need to learn the right lesson…
31 Oct 2019
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Investing in China: growth, innovation and profit

SPONSORED CONTENT - Rowan Francis of the TAMAC Qilin-China Champions fund takes a long-term look at the opportunities available to investors in China.
28 Oct 2019
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Economy

China’s downturn threatens global growth

Economic growth in China is slowing. And that will do nothing to help a lethargic global economy.
25 Oct 2019
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Economy

US-China trade truce: both sides back down

China and America have agreed to a “pretend” trade deal, with details are so thin that the Chinese preferred not to call it a “deal” at all. That didn…
17 Oct 2019
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Economy

Are Trump and Xi desperate enough to kiss and make up yet?

Chinese growth is struggling. US markets look vulnerable. But are the two leaders desperate enough to put a positive spin on the next round of trade t…
7 Oct 2019
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Economy

China at 70: a crucial turning point

After a remarkable four decades of headlong growth China is approaching a crucial turning point.Can its leadership keep the good times rolling?
3 Oct 2019
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The battle for the London Stock Exchange

The Hong Kong stockmarket is muscling in on a tie-up between the London Stock Exchange and data provider Refinitiv. It is set to fail, says Matthew Pa…
19 Sep 2019
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Take your chances in China with these two investment trusts

These two China-focused, London-listed investment trusts are excellent long-term bets, says Max King.
10 Sep 2019
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Economy

China can tough out trade tensions with the US

China’s economy is feeling the pain of US tariffs. But with no elections to bother its leadership, it is in a much better position than the US to ride…
6 Sep 2019
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Economy

The US-China decoupling means things will be tough for a generation of investors

The new Cold War between the US and China means that the next three decades will be very different to the last three – and that’s going to make invest…
27 Aug 2019
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Economy

China fires a warning shot as the trade war escalates

China’s currency, the yuan, has weakened significantly against the dollar. That suggests the trade war will only get worse, says John Stepek. Here’s w…
6 Aug 2019
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Economy

China sits out protests in Hong Kong

Beijing may be using harsh language against the protesters in Hong Kong, but if you read between the lines, it is clear that it is treading carefully.
1 Aug 2019
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Star Market, China’s Nasdaq-like tech stock exchange, starts trading

Star Market, Shanghai’s new technology-focused stock exchange, is hoping to nurture local tech firms and bypass New York and Hong Kong.
25 Jul 2019
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Economy

China’s economic growth hits a 27-year low

The release this week of second-quarter economic figures revealed that China's economy is growing at its slowest pace in 27 years.
18 Jul 2019
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Economy

What does China’s slowdown mean for the global economy?

China's economy is growing at its slowest rate since 1992, when it started reporting its GDP performance. John Stepek looks at what's behind the lates…
15 Jul 2019
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Economy

Hong Kong’s roar of rage

The storming of Hong Kong's legislative assembly and spray-painting over symbols of Chinese authority was “a collective roar of rage” against the gove…
4 Jul 2019
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Economy

Forget the trade truce – here’s what really matters for markets now

Markets rallied after Donald Trump and Xi Jinping patched up their differences at the G20 summit. But trade talks are just a sideshow. What really mat…
1 Jul 2019
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Hong Kong faces a perfect storm

Hong Kong is under threat from both China and the US, as the American Congress proposes removing the arrangements that exempts the territory from Dona…
20 Jun 2019
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The yuan: a new front in the trade war?

China’s currency, the yuan (also known as the renminbi), has slumped to a new low for 201 as Trump’s tariffs put a strain on the country’s manufacturi…
14 Jun 2019
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Tiananmen Square: 30th anniversary of a massacre

It’s been 30 years since the Tiananmen Square protests and reform looks as distant as ever. Matthew Partridge reports.
6 Jun 2019
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Economy

The casualties of Trump’s trade war

Chinese tech giant Huawei is under fire in Donald Trump's trade war. Many Western firms may suffer collateral damage.
25 May 2019
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Currencies

Don’t worry about China selling US bonds – worry about this instead

As a tactic in its current trade war with the US, China dumping US bonds is often presented as its trump card. But it has another, more dangerous opti…
23 May 2019
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Economy

The trade war between the US and China is all about tech

With the current focus on Huawei, it’s clear that the US China trade war isn’t about tariffs, it’s about technology. John Stepek explains how it affec…
21 May 2019
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Trump's tweet triggers trade tariff tit-for-tat

On Monday the US president tweeted that “China should not retaliate” to increased tariffs. But two hours later Beijing announced $60bn of its own tari…
16 May 2019
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Economy

Trade wars are a stupid idea, but it seems we’re going to have one anyway

Global markets have reacted badly to the escalation of the US-China trade war. John Stepek looks at what’s going on and what it means for your money.
14 May 2019
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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.
9 May 2019
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Economy

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 t…
7 May 2019
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Economy

Britain opens itself up to China

But in the case of its embrace of Huawei’s telecoms gear, is that wise? Emily Hohler reports.
2 May 2019
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Economy

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 Wilso…
27 Apr 2019
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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 …
25 Apr 2019
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Will China’s stockmarket bounce last?

Chinese stocks have staged an impressive rally, outperforming every other national index in the world in the first quarter of 2019. Can that continue?
5 Apr 2019
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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.
28 Mar 2019
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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 bee…
25 Mar 2019
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Economy

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 econo…
23 Mar 2019
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Emerging markets

Time to return to emerging markets

Emerging markets have been reinvigorated this year, with the benchmark MSCI Emerging Markets at a six-and-a-half-month peak and developing-world curre…
22 Mar 2019
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Emerging markets

Christopher Wood: buy China and India

If you're after cheap stocks, head to China and India, says analyst and author Christopher Wood.
18 Mar 2019
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Economy

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 mor…
8 Mar 2019
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Economy

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…
8 Mar 2019
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Economy

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, an…
5 Mar 2019
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What the trade war truce means for your money

Donald Trump has called a truce in the trade war and won’t be imposing punitive tariffs on Chinese goods. John Stepek looks at what’s behind the decis…
25 Feb 2019
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Economy

A trade war in the US is just the most obvious of China’s problems

The US wants to completely overhaul its trade relationship with China. That will have a significant effect on China’s economy. But it’s got plenty of …
13 Feb 2019