Mead, the world’s oldest known booze, is making a modern comeback.
China set the lowest economic growth target in more than 15 years as leaders tackle the side effects of a generation-long expansion that has spurred corruption, fueled debt risks and polluted skies and rivers.
James Thomson James Packer's Crown Resorts has been hit by more bad news of gambling at Mecca of Macau, with figures released late on Tuesday night showing gaming revenue in the city state almost halved in February.
A documentary investigating the fallout of China's poor air quality drew millions of viewers last weekend, putting a renewed spotlight on pollution as the nation's lawmakers prepare for their annual gathering in Beijing.
Activity in China's factory sector edged up to a seven-month high in February.
MARK MULLIGAN The sluggish pace of Australia's economic rebalancing that has been confirmed in recent data could bring on a second cut in the cash rate in as many months on Tuesday.
William Pesek With vast ghost cities emerging, new construction is evaporating no matter what sales and prices do - and the traditional correlation between housing and steel demand is breaking down, limiting the effects of stimulus measures.
Michael Heath and Enda Curran China's economy looks headed for a soft landing. At least that's what BHP Billiton and Australia's central bank chief Glenn Stevens are signaling 5,600 kilometres away. While China's growth has slowed, the best estimate of Aussie exporters and policy makers is that housing demand from the migration of rural Chinese to cities will help avert an abrupt further slump in expansion.
Daryl Loo Shares of Macau casino operators including James Packer's Melco Crown have plunged in Hong Kong trading on weak gambling over the Lunar New Year holiday period and expectations revenue from Chinese high-rollers will continue to slump.
A Chinese manufacturing gauge rebounded in February, suggesting stimulus efforts and the US recovery are supporting factories in the world's second-largest economy.
Jeremy Kahn To most city dwellers, pigeons are vermin to be shooed from park benches and warned off window ledges with spikes. Gourmands might contend that spatchcocked squabs can make a nice Sunday lunch. But pay more than $140,000 for a pigeon?
Su-Lin Tan The significance of taking holidays for Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is so strong in China that its production, as measured by the GDP, falls an average of 53 per cent in the first quarter of each year compared to Australia’s drop of 14 per cent.
Vanessa Desloires The Year of the Goat is said to be a year of calm. Will this spell an end to the Chinese sharemarket's bull run?
China's Alibaba Group said on Monday it will buy a minority stake in little-known domestic smartphone maker Meizu Technology Co for $US590 million.
MARK MULLIGAN China is unlikely to engage directly in the so-called currency wars, but may relax its controls on the yuan’s movements against the US dollar to adjust for imported disinflation, says Nomura.
VESNA POLJAK The People's Bank of China has signalled it won't be left behind in the growing push to lower interest rates globally, helping hold back its currency with looser monetary policy in defiance of concerns around leverage.
Tess Ingram China's steel industry is experiencing a "crisis of confidence" that will affect iron ore prices unless activity picks up after Chinese New Year.
China cut the amount of cash banks must set aside as reserves in a bid to boost the supply of loans, as capital outflows and weakness at the nation's factories suggest a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy is deepening.
In China's once busy malls, retailers sit idle, playing poker to pass the time as shoppers have moved online. While the rise of e-commerce is a global phenomenon, the speed and scale of its effects in China is unparalleled, threatening more than 30 million traditional jobs.
Jessica Gardner, Manila Melco Crown chief executive Lawrence Ho says gambling activity in Macau will rebound from the slump caused by the Chinese government’s corruption crackdown, but the casino operator will nonetheless look for new ventures across Asia that reduce its exposure to China’s volatile politics and economics.
Activity in China's factory sector shrank for the second straight month in January, a private business survey showed on Monday, as the new year got off to a rocky start for the world's second-largest economy.
MAX MASON China plays a pivotal role in the global economy, but with growth slowing there are those who are questioning the stability of the world’s second largest economy.
PHILIP WEN China’s economy grew at its slowest pace in almost a quarter of a century last year, as the country’s leaders warned further downward pressure remained on the economy of Australia’s largest trading partner.
MAX MASON Chinese economic growth numbers loom as potentially the most important international data set for Australia, as the world’s second largest economy aims at sustainable but slower growth.
BRIAN ROBINS A continued slowing in China's economy has raised the prospects for a further easing of monetary policy to stave off a deeper slowdown.
MAX MASON Shadow banking, ghost cities, slumping property prices, a manufacturing slowdown and debt defaults are just some of the headwinds that threaten the world’s second-largest economy.
CAROLYN CUMMINS Accor hotel group has expanded its footprint in Asia by signing an alliance to create a company in China with more than 2000 hotels, and the ability for significant expansion.
China's National Development and Reform Commission has approved 25 billion yuan ($4 billion) new construction projects to lift economic growth.
Activity in China's factory sector contracted in December for the first time in seven months as new orders declined, a preliminary private survey showed on Tuesday.
PHILIP WEN Mining giant BHP Billiton says iron ore prices are unlikely to eclipse $US100 a tonne again, with expectations of steel consumption growth in China slowing further next year.