China investment growth slows to near 18-year low; output, retail also falter

By Kevin Yao BEIJING, Sept 14 : China today posted its slowest growth in fixed-asset investment in nearly 18 years along with weaker-than-expected industrial output and retail sales, suggesting the economy may be starting to lose steam as lending costs rise. Fixed-asset investment, a key growth driver for the world’s second-largest economy, grew 7.8 percent […]

Concern mounts for detained Chinese activists

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Sept 13 : Human rights activists called on China on Wednesday on stop detaining lawyers and critics, voicing concern for their health and fate in custody, after the death of jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo attracted international attention in July. They highlighted the case of Jiang Tianyong, a prominent human rights […]

China court releases video of Taiwanese activist confessing to subversion

By Christian Shepherd BEIJING, Sept 11 : A Taiwanese activist on trial in China confessed on Monday to attempting to subvert the Beijing government, according to videos of his hearing released by Chinese authorities, although his wife refused to recognise the court’s authority. Lee Ming-che, a community college teacher known for his pro-democracy and rights […]

Wife of detained Taiwan activist to attend his trial in China

By Faith Hung TAIPEI, Sept 10 : The wife and mother of detained Taiwanese rights activist Lee Ming-che were due to arrive in China on Sunday to attend his subversion trial on Monday, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council said in a statement, calling for Lee’s safe return home. Lee, a community college teacher and pro-democracy and […]

Sweeping change in China’s military points to more firepower for Xi

By Philip Wen and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING, Sept 8 : China’s military is preparing a sweeping leadership reshuffle, dropping top generals, including two that sources say are under investigation for corruption. The changes would make room for President Xi Jinping to install trusted allies in key positions at a key party congress that begins […]

China out of World Cup but Lippi shows the way forward

By Michael Church HONG KONG, Sep 6 : China’s exit from the 2018 World Cup qualifying had been signposted for months but when it was finally confirmed, Marcello Lippi’s team departed with the battered pride of the country’s footballing reputation all but restored. For a nation with ambitions to be a major power within the […]