For China, Trump perhaps better the devil they don’t know

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING, Jul 12 : In 2010, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provoked outrage in Beijing when she pushed the South China Sea to the top of the regional and US security agendas. Now as an international court prepares to hand down a ruling that threatens China’s sweeping claims in the vital […]

Mystery and concern spread with release of Chinese activist

By James Pomfret HONG KONG, Jul 11 : Four days after the release on bail of a young Chinese activist after more than a year in detention, she still hasn’t been seen publicly, her lawyer has been arrested and her husband doubts that she’s the one behind recent posts on her social media blog.Zhao Wei, […]

Beijing says should be no S China Sea talk at Asia-Europe summit

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING, Jul 11 : The South China Sea is not on the agenda and should not be discussed at a major summit between Asian and European leaders in Mongolia at the end of the week, a senior Chinese diplomat said today. The Asia-Europe Meeting, or ASEM, will be the first important multilateral […]

As yuan weakens, Chinese stock investors seek safety in Hong Kong

By John Ruwitch and Samuel Shen SHANGHAI, Jul 11 : Chinese investors are placing increasing bets on Hong Kong stocks, partly in search of a safe haven from the decline in the yuan, which fell last week to its lowest levels against the dollar since 2010. The investment flows underline concerns that the slide in […]

Beijing to make good on investment pledge at EU-China summit

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS, Jul 11 : China is set to make good on a promise to invest two billion euros in the European Union’s new infrastructure fund at a summit in Beijing on Wednesday, officials say, a gesture aimed partly at easing tensions over other issues. From massive Chinese steel exports to Beijing’s militarisation […]

China agricultural futures slide on weak US prices; floods in focus

By Naveen Thukral SINGAPORE, Jul 8 : China’s agricultural markets suffered deep losses on Friday with oilseed meal futures hitting one-month lows, tracking a sharp drop in Chicago grains prices, while worries about demand as animals drowned in floods at home also dragged on sentiment. Price losses were exacerbated as investors banked profits from a […]