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Six charts that show where China's economy is heading

Shanghai World Financial Center

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.


China's GDP figures stronger than expected, but annual growth at lowest in 24 years

Despite beating economists' expectations, the economy expanded at its the slowest pace since 1990.

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.


Australia to feel the effects as China's growth slows

Consensus amongst economists is that the Chinese economy will have expanded 7.2 per cent in 2014, down from 7.7 per cent in 2013.

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.


Weaker China PMI triggers call further easing

A Chinese flag is hoisted outside a commercial building in Shenzhen.

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.


China's powerful economic presence begins to fade for Australian investors

A Chinese flag is hoisted outside a commercial building in Shenzhen.

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.

Accor to build hotels in China under alliance

Novotel Beijing Sanyuan exterior.

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 planner approves $4 billion in new roads, bridges

Chinese flag

China's National Development and Reform Commission has approved 25 billion yuan ($4 billion) new construction projects to lift economic growth.

China flash PMI contracts for first time in 7 months

The latest reading on China's manufacturing sector confirms fears that the country's giant economy may be losing momentum.

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.


Iron ore won't reach $US100 per tonne again, says BHP Billiton

Iron ore prices have probably peaked, says BHP Billiton.

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.


China inflation hits a five-year low of 1.4%

The Chinese economy recorded a lower-than-expected increase in consumer prices in November.

China's annual consumer inflation eased to a five-year low of 1.4 per cent in November, signalling persistent weakness in the world's second-largest economy.


Why Chinese stocks dived the most in five years

China's move to restrict low-grade bonds is bringing short-term pain for share investors.

MAX MASON New targeted restrictions on lending and a depreciating renminbi have sparked the biggest sell-off in Chinese equities in more than five years.


What is sending the Shanghai market surging?

Chinese investors are looking to equities as a new source of profit.

MAX MASON China's benchmark Shanghai Composite Index has surged just under 30 per cent in the past six weeks, pushing through 3000 for the first time since 2011.


Free trade with China will boost Australian JVs, CSL chairman says

CSL chairman John Shine (left) with members of the China Entrepreneur Club on Thursday in Melbourne.

Jessica Gardner CSL chairman John Shine says an improving economic relationship with China, boosted by the recently inked free trade deal, has given Chinese entrepreneurs and executives confidence to push ahead with Australian joint ventures.


Global tax war looming and US won't be backing down

Randy Robason.

NASSIM KHADEM The United States won't give up its right to tax multinationals, and nations will go to war soon with countries like China on taxing rights, a US tax head says.


China manufacturing activity falls to six-month low

China's economic growth is expected to slow to a 24-year low.

Growth in Chinese factories stalled in November as output shrank for the first time in six months, reinforcing expectations that authorities will roll out more aggressive stimulus measures after unexpectedly cutting interest rates to shore up growth.

To boost GDP, China may be making a mortgage bomb

Bank of China, BOC

William Pesek The first Chinese interest-rate cut in more than two years is a stark recognition that the world's second-biggest economy is in trouble.

China ready to cut rates again on fears of deflation - sources

Deteriorating growth convinced China's top leaders to cut interest rates after months of resistance to a move.

China's leadership and central bank are ready to cut interest rates again and also loosen lending restrictions, concerned that falling prices could trigger a surge in debt defaults, business failures and job losses, said sources involved in policy-making.

Dairy farmers see the FTA with China as the most significant move in their industry in years

The dairy sector is looking attractive thanks to the China free trade agreement.

JOHN GARNAUT Down on the dairy farm they're talking about what the China free trade agreement will mean for them.


China surprises by cutting interest rates

The interest rate cut appeared to show that the pace of China's economic deceleration has become uncomfortably fast for the country's leaders.

China's central bank on Friday announced a surprise cut to interest rates, in the clearest sign yet that policymakers are growing increasingly concerned the country's economic slowdown.


Alibaba facing its 'most dangerous' moment says Jack Ma

Alibaba founder Jack Ma says high expectations make for a dangerous environment for Alibaba.

Bloomberg News Just two months after its record initial public offering, Alibaba Group is facing its "most dangerous moment," according to founder Jack Ma.


PMI: China's factory growth at six-month low

The HSBC flash PMI reading joins a number of other indicators pointing to slowing economic activity in the country.

Growth in China's vast factory sector stalled in November, with output growth contracting for the first time in six months, a private survey showed on Thursday, adding to signs that the economy may still be losing traction.

Qantas beats FTA rush into Chinese markets

Elizabeth Knight Dinkus Dinkus

ELIZABETH KNIGHT Qantas on Monday became the first cab off the rank to capitalise on all that free trade goodwill flowing between China and Australia. The flying kangaroo is looking to expand its relationship with its code share partner, China Eastern to what it calls a "joint agreement".


Hong Kong stocks fall as Shanghai exchange link makes debut

Bloomberg News Hong Kong's shares fell for the first time in six days as mainland investors left more than 90 percent of a stock-buying quota unfilled on the first day of the city's exchange link with Shanghai.

Farmers hoping for a golden age for agriculture with China free trade deal

DARREN GRAY Farmers are predicting that the historic free trade deal with China will make Australian farms more profitable, more productive, generate a surge in confidence in Australian agriculture and keep farmers on the land.


China's infants in Gina Rinehart's sights in baby formula push

Foreign infant formula sales have soared in China.

David Stringer and Stephen Engle Gina Rinehart, the Australian billionaire who built her fortune on iron ore, is planning a $500 million investment to supply infant formula to a Chinese market forecast to almost double over three years.


Australia falls behind in battle for Chinese tourists, TripAdvisor suggests

Happy snaps: For those looking to holiday in Australia, Queensland spots such as Airlie Beach and the Gold Coast are gaining popularity, according to TripAdvisor.

Jamie Freed Australia ranks just 17th on the list of the most popular international destinations for Chinese travellers despite our big push to attract them, according to new data from TripAdvisor.

Ross Garnaut: Climate deal marks acceleration by US

No Great Wall between China's Xi Jinping and the US's Barack Obama when it comes to climate action.

PETER HANNAM Ross Garnaut, a China expert and compiler of two emissions trading reviews for governments, said the US-China deal represents a bigger shift for the Americans.

Victorian agriculture among winners from China free trade deal

Mandarins: Tariffs could be reviewed with China.

DARREN GRAY Key sectors of Victorian agriculture are likely to be among the major beneficiaries of the looming free trade deal with China, a market that has bought a booming amount of Victorian farm produce in recent years.

The six main benefits from a free trade agreement with China


JOHN GARNAUT So, after 10 years of negotiations, just what does Australia stand to gain from inking a free trade agreement with its biggest trading partner?


Shanghai-Hong Kong stock exchange link set for start

Traders working on the floor of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Eduard Gismatullin and Kana Nishizawa The exchange link between Hong Kong and Shanghai will debut in a week, giving foreign investors unprecedented access to China's $US4.2 trillion equity market.

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