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Free Trade

Many businesses bewildered by free trade agreements

JARED LYNCH Most Australian businesses are clueless about free-trade agreements despite many eagerly anticipating such a deal with China.

China's carbon plans: secrecy and oversupply darken outlook

Will China learn from carbon market mistakes elsewhere?

As China lays down plans for a national carbon trading scheme, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases risks repeating mistakes made in carbon trading in Europe by flooding its pilot markets with free permits.


China seen taking steps to sustain growth rates

Chinese policymakers may step up stimulus measures such as cutting interest rates, analysts say.

China's plunge in credit expansion last month and unexpected slowdown in investment spending flashed warnings on growth that investors and economists bet will spur policy makers to expand stimulus.

Coal mining downturn to be prolonged: Citi

Coal miner

BRIAN ROBINS The downturn in the coal mining sector may have further to run, with no upturn expected anytime soon as investment bank Citi has warned of a further decline in capital spending which will pressure the near term prospects for a range of heavy engineering and mine servicing operators.


China's PMI continues to rise

The 51.7 reading topped the 51.4 median estimate of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.

Jessica Sier An official Chinese manufacturing gauge rose, bolstering the government’s chances of meeting its 2014 economic growth target of about 7.5 per cent and continuing a recent run of positive data out of the world’s second largest economy.


Australian dollar climbs on China factory PMI data

Government stimulus helped China's factories in the second quarter.

The Australian dollar hit a three-week high on Thursday after a closely watched survey showed activity in China's factory sector in July expanded at its fastest pace in 18 months.

China's economic growth bounces back

China is headed for its slowest rate of annual expansion in more than 20 years.

China's economic growth accelerated for the first time in three quarters after the government expedited spending and gave banks more room to lend to counter a property slump.


China gets the brakes on falling factory prices

The latest data on prices for goods being shipped from China's factories has helped ease fears about deflation.

Mark Mulligan The fall in China’s factory-gate prices decelerated to its slowest pace in more than two years in June, easing fears of deflationary pressures in the world’s second-largest economy.

Iron ore

BHP ramps up iron ore supplies to shut out Chinese competition

Rio Tinto mine in West Australia's Pilbara region.

Amanda Saunders A number of domestic Chinese producers closing in the last few weeks.


China June official PMI rises to six month high

A labourer works inside a factory in Qingdao.

Activity in China's factory sector quickened to a six-month high in June, a government survey showed on Tuesday, adding to signs that the economy is regaining strength after an unsteady start to 2014.


Why China’s ‘admirable workers’ are dying at their desks

A woman works online in her cubicle at an office in Beijing.

About 600,000 Chinese a year die from working too hard, according to the China Youth Daily.

China's $US15 billion in fake deals could weigh on gold

Revelations of fake gold transactions may prompt another crackdown  on commodity-backed loans by Chinese authorities

Gold could face choppy trading after the discovery in China of $US15 billion of loans tied to falsified gold deals in the country.


China PMI shows first expansion in six months

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Activity in China's factory sector expanded in June for the first time in six months as new orders surged, a preliminary HSBC survey showed on Monday, offering new signs the economy is stabilising thanks to Beijing's measures to shore up growth.


China Inc gets $US5 billion please explain

A Standard Chartered Plc employee counts Chinese one-hundred yuan banknotes in an arranged photograph at one of the bank's branches in Hong Kong, China, on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. China started direct trading between the yuan and New Zealand's dollar today as the world's second-largest economy promotes usage of its currency in global trade and finance. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Irregularities amounting to more than $US5 billion ($5.41 billion) have been found at China's sovereign wealth fund and two large state-owned banks.


China home price falls signal slowing economy

China's new-home prices fell in half the cities tracked by the government for the first time in two years as a slowing economy and excess supply deterred buyers.


China changes its tune on Hong Kong

Hong Kong harbour

JOHN GARNAUT Chinese officials have warned that Hong Kong's "autonomy" is still a privilege.


Fonterra gives farmers certainty

Milk processor says system will improve farmers' profitability

Jared Lynch The world's biggest milk processor is giving Australian farmers the chance to fix their milk prices for a season, as Chinese demand for dairy products continues to strengthen.


China inflation at four-month high

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China's consumer inflation edged up to a four-month high of 2.5 per cent in May while factory price deflation eased, reinforcing signs of stabilisation in the economy.


PMI shows China stabilising but more help needed

Employees work on the manufacture of construction machinery in Sany Heavy Industry Co.'s assembly shop in Changsha, Hunan Province, China, on Thursday, July 12, 2012. Sany Heavy Industry, Chinas biggest maker of excavators, lowered annual unit-sales forecast as slowing economic growth and government's curbs on property market sap demand. Photographer: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

A Chinese manufacturing gauge rose to a four-month high, signaling that the economy is stabilising.


Seven's Ryan Stokes welcomes chance for Packer China partnership

James Packer from Crown Resorts Limited, Kerry Stokes from Seven Group Holding Paul Perreault from CSL Limited arrive for the Friends of Australia BBQ at the Australian embassy in Tokyo, during his official visit to Japan on Sunday 6 April 2014.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Tom Cowie Seven Group Holdings chief operating officer Ryan Stokes, the son of Australian billionaire Kerry Stokes, says he and his father would "love" to do business deals with James Packer in China and elsewhere.


China trims iron ore contracts as glut hits market

Iron ore

Chinese steel mills are cutting back on long-term iron ore contracts in favour of cheaper spot cargoes, confident that beaten-down prices are unlikely to rebound amid the first global ore surplus in 10 years.


China's clean air quest to drive LNG investment: Santos


Angela Macdonald-Smith Canada, Mozambique are Australia's biggest LNG competitors says Santos' gas head.


China predicts improved trade for May

Shipping containers

China's trade situation is likely to continue to improve in May as government support measures kick in.


One-time Sundance suitor Hanlong's Liu Han sentenced to death in China

Liu Han, former chairman of Hanlong Mining.

PETER KER The owner of disgraced Chinese company Sichuan Hanlong, Liu Han, has been sentenced to death in his homeland, according to reports.


China's factories show signs of life

Workers are seen inside a Foxconn factory in the township of Longhua in the southern Guangdong province May 26, 2010. A spate of nine employee deaths at global contract electronics manufacturer Foxconn, Apple's main supplier of iPhones, has cast a spotlight on some of the harsher aspects of blue-collar life on the Chinese factory floor.   REUTERS/Bobby Yip  (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

China's factory sector turned in its best performance in five months in May


Three in a row: China set to miss trade growth target again

Shipping containers

China could miss its target for trade growth for a third consecutive year in 2014 as higher labour costs and weaker global demand bite.


China looks to soften hit from property slowdown

Shanghai property

China will increasingly manage its troubled property sector at a local level as it seeks to avoid sparking either an abrupt slowdown that undermines the economy or another surge in prices, according to government economists involved in policy discussions.

Real estate

China property slowdown to hurt Australia


MAX MASON A slowdown in China's property sector coming at a time when Australia's government is clamping down on spending threatens to shave more than 1 percentage point off domestic growth.


China's super rich flocking to Australia for business

sydney harbour

JARED LYNCH Australia has toppled France as the top travel destination for China's super rich – and that's without James Packer's ritzy VIP-only casino in Sydney.


Data shows China losing steam


Chinese investment, retail sales and factory output growth all disappointed in April by hitting multiyear lows, suggesting the world's second-largest economy is still losing steam despite government efforts to shore up activity.

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