China blocked Sydney academic from leaving to “safeguard national security”

By Philip Wen and Christian Shepherd BEIJING, Mar 30 : China said today that it blocked an Australia-based Chinese academic from taking a flight to Sydney this week to “safeguard national security” as fellow professors called for Beijing to allow him to return home. Feng Chongyi, a long-service associate professor of China studies at the […]

Some Pakistani power firms stuck in slow lane on China’s Silk Road

By Drazen Jorgic KARACHI/LAHORE, Pakistan, Mar 30 : Kamal Amjad Mian thought China’s decision to invest $36 billion in the Pakistani power sector would benefit his electricity cable business, and, anticipating increased demand, his family spent nearly $30 million on a second plant to double output. But Mian’s Fast Cables and some other Pakistani manufacturers […]

Australia holds emergency meet with China after extradition treaty failure

By Colin Packham SYDNEY, Mar 29 : Australia’s foreign minister held an emergency meeting with the Chinese ambassador in the wake of Canberra’s failure to ratify an extradition treaty with China, a source familiar with the situation said today. Australia cancelled a parliamentary vote yesterday to finally ratify an extradition treaty with China, 10 years […]

China facing heightened financial risks from property downturn – Moody’s

By Yawen Chen and Elias Glenn BEIJING, Mar 29 :Moody’s Investors Service warned today that the financial risks facing China from a potential property downturn have grown as record lending has made banks more risk-prone while the government is less able to combat those risks. China extended a record 12.65 trillion Chinese yuan ($1.84 trillion) […]

Wary of Trump, China launches EU charm offensive-diplomats

By Robin Emmott and Ben Blanchard BRUSSELS/BEIJING, Mar 28 : China has launched a charm offensive with the European Union since US President Donald Trump took office, shifting its stance on trade negotiations and signalling closer cooperation on a range of other issues, European diplomats say. European envoys in Brussels and Beijing sense a greater […]