China April home prices accelerate, recovery spreads to smaller cities

By Clare Jim and Brenda Goh HONG KONG, May 18 : China’s home prices posted their fastest growth in two years in April, with gains in regional centres indicating a broader recovery in the country’s housing market beyond the major cities. However, while Shanghai and Shenzhen remained the country’s two hottest housing markets, there are […]

China’s No 3 leader to “listen” to HK demands as independence calls grow

By Clare Baldwin HONG KONG, May 17 : A top ranked Chinese official began a rare visit to Hong Kong today vowing to listen to residents’ political concerns, seeking to address increasingly strident calls in the city for greater autonomy or even independence from the mainland. The visit by Zhang Dejiang, the first by a […]

China’s No 3 leader to “listen” to HK demands as independence calls grow

By Clare Baldwin HONG KONG, May 17 : A top ranked Chinese official began a rare visit to Hong Kong today vowing to listen to residents’ political concerns, seeking to address increasingly strident calls in the city for greater autonomy or even independence from the mainland. The visit by Zhang Dejiang, the first by a […]

Hong Kong on high alert for Chinese visit as independence calls grow

By Clare Baldwin HONG KONG, May 17 : Authorities worried about increasingly strident calls for Hong Kong independence are taking no chances ahead of a rare visit from one of China’s top ranking officials, shutting down swathes of the city and reportedly gluing down pavers to quell the prospect of violent protests. Mainland Chinese media […]

Chinese investment in U.S. real estate tops $300 billion -study

By Elizabeth Dilts NEW YORK, May 17 : Chinese investment in the U.S. real estate market has surpassed $300 billion and is growing despite China’s economic weakness and increased currency controls, the authors of a new report said on Monday. Between 2010 and 2015 Chinese buyers bought $93 billion in residential real estate, nearly $208 […]

China April economic activity data disappoints, hiking recovery doubts

By Pete Sweeney and Jessica Macy Yu SHANGHAI/BEIJING, May 14 : China’s investment, factory output and retail sales all grew more slowly than expected in April, adding to doubts about whether the world’s second-largest economy is stabilising. Growth in factory output cooled to 6 percent in April, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on […]