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METALS-Copper dips on economy concerns, China data supports
* China PMI hits 13-month high in April * Thin trading with many Asian markets closed * Coming Up: US ISM Manufacturing PMI; 1400 GMT By Susan Thomas and Manolo Serapio Jr LONDON/SINGAPORE, May 1 (Reuters) - Copper dipped on Tuesday as brisk ...

An Unusual Deal for a Rival's Planes
Boeing may soon be looking for buyers for long-range passenger jets built by its European archrival, Airbus, after a rare trade-in deal with one of China's largest airlines. The American plane maker has agreed to buy half of China Eastern's fleet of 10 ...

Why is the US considering F-16 sales to Taiwan?
Political shifts in China, Taiwan, and the US have revived the prospect of a US F-16 deal with Taiwan. By Ralph Jennings, Correspondent / May 1, 2012 In this April 2011 file photo, a Taiwan Air Force F-16 fighter lands on a section of highway during a ...

China to Extend U.S. Soy Buying on Brazil Losses, Oil World Says
China, the world's biggest soybean consumer, will “increasingly shift” purchases of the oilseed to the US in coming months after South American supplies tightened, Oil World said. The US is seen exporting “at least” 2.3 million metric tons of soybeans ...

Asian Champions League Mariners rout Tianjin
The Central Coast Mariners have kept themselves in contention for a second round spot in the Asian Champions League with a dominant 5-1 victory over Chinese side Tianjin Teda in Gosford. A brace from Daniel McBreen and goals to Josh Rose, ...

Twin domestic crises spotlight local abuses in China
BEIJING — The dramatic escape from unlawful house arrest by blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng and the ongoing investigation into former Communist Party Politburo member Bo Xilai have presented China's rulers with twin crises with a common theme: corrupt ...

'Dial H for Hero': Fantasy author China Miéville dials up dream job
The cover for the first issue of Dial H for Hero. (China Mieville / Mateus Santolouco/ DC Comics) Dial H for Hero, #1, Page 1. (China Mieville / Mateus Santolouco/ DC Comics) Dial H for Hero, #1, Page 2. (China Mieville / Mateus Santolouco/ DC Comics) ...

Huge China trade hub planned for Irish countryside
* 1.4 billion euro development receives planning permission * Bids to build on growing ties between countries DUBLIN May 1 (Reuters) - Ireland gave phase one of a huge Chinese trading hub planning permission on Tuesday, paving the way for what would be ...

Foreign investments flood Chinese inner provinces
By Liu Jiayi | May 1, 2012, 9:26am PDT Summary: Big high-tech players like Samsung, Intel, and Foxconn flock to central China to chase cheap labor and enjoy favorable policies. Earlier this month Samsung signed a $7 billion investment memorandum with ...

Indonesia Chases China As Middle-Class Consumption Soars
In May 1998, Indonesia was in turmoil. During the previous 10 months, the currency had plunged 80 percent in value and food prices had soared 200 percent. Rioters were marauding through Jakarta, torching businesses owned by wealthier ethnic Chinese, ...

China's Vanishing Trade Imbalance
America's economic imbalance with China has been a singular concern of policy makers for more than half a decade. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Lindsey Graham wanted to punish China for pegging the exchange rate to the dollar in 2005 — arguing that ...

LVMH Skips Austerity Raising Prices for Chinese
By Andrew Roberts on May 01, 2012 Chinese tourists traveling to Europe to take advantage of savings as much as 50 percent on designer clothes and accessories are finding fewer bargains. LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA (MC) and its peers are raising ...

Human rights showdown awaits Clinton in Beijing, where blind lawyer's fate is ...
Human rights showdown awaits Clinton in Beijing, where blind lawyer's fate is ...

Asian Stocks Advance After U.S., China Manufacturing; Yen Falls
Asian stocks rose, led by Taiwan and mainland China, while regional bond risk fell after data showed improved manufacturing in the US and China, the two biggest economies. The won rose to the highest in almost a month. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index ...

China April Housing Prices Slide For 8th Straight Month
SHANGHAI—Housing prices in 100 major cities in China were lower for the eighth consecutive month in April, China Real Estate Index System said Wednesday. The data provider said a survey of property developers and real-estate agencies showed the ...

Brent steady above $119; US, China data supports
* China PMI at 49.3 in April vs 48.3 in March -HSBC * US crude stocks rise less than forecast last week -API * Coming up: US weekly EIA petroleum status report; 1430 GMT By Francis Kan SINGAPORE, May 2 (Reuters) - Brent crude was steady above $119 a ...

Asian Shares Rise On Upbeat US, China Data; Resources Plays Up
By Shri Navaratnam and Ga-Woon Philip Vahn SINGAPORE (Dow Jones)--Asian stock markets were higher Wednesday as upbeat manufacturing data in the US and China restored some investor confidence in the global economy, with resource plays and exporters ...

Iron Ore-Shanghai rebar at 2-month lows on shaky demand outlook
* Offer prices for imported ore in China mostly steady * HSBC PMI shows China manufacturing sector shrank for 6th month (Recasts lead, updates prices) By Manolo Serapio Jr SINGAPORE, May 2 (Reuters) - Shanghai steel futures fell to their weakest level ...

China home prices fall for 8th month in Apr-survey
| BEIJING May 2 (Reuters) - China's home prices fell in April for the eighth month in a row while transactions also declined in most cities, a private sector survey showed on Wednesday. The average price of 8711 yuan ($1400) per square meter across 100 ...

US, China To Discuss Shale Gas During Bilateral Talks -Official
By Wayne Ma Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES BEIJING (Dow Jones)--The US is prioritizing China's development of shale gas in discussions relating to energy at an upcoming bilateral summit, as it views the unconventional fuel as vital for securing China's energy ...

Leftist Sees Sinister Forces in Bo's Fall
BEIJING — Is the fall of Bo Xilai, scion of one of the most powerful families in one of the world's most powerful countries, actually about the triumph of the Communist Party's business-as-usual, backroom politics over the possibility of real public ...

Beijing's Big Challenge: Holding Back Financial Floodgates
By MICHAEL CASEY For all the hot air expended over whether the Chinese yuan is under- or overvalued, it's really a moot issue. As any economist worth a quarter of their Wall Street salary will tell you, there's no way to gauge the yuan's true market ...

China Skeptic Hugh Hendry Turns Bullish on US Stocks
Hugh Hendry, whose Eclectica hedge fund returned 31 percent in 2008 betting against US growth, turned bullish on the world's biggest economy and repeated his concern that a real-estate bubble will derail China's boom. “We are more bullish on US growth ...

Bo Xilai Books Boom in Hong Kong
Books on the scandal-plagued Bo Xilai, such as the two pictured here, are popular tourist purchases in Hong Kong. Up a dark and dingy staircase in Causeway Bay, one of Hong Kong's busiest shopping districts, lies a bookstore that might seem an unlikely ...

Chanos: Beware of China's 'epic' property bubble
By Catherine Tymkiw @CNNMoneyInvest May 2, 2012: 10:46 AM ET Bearish investor Jim Chanos says China is in the midst of an epic property bubble that could face an ugly end. LOS ANGELES (CNNMoney) -- Notoriously bearish on China, Kynikos Associates ...

Temasek Selling $2.4 Billion in BOC, China Construction
Temasek Holdings Pte., the Singapore state-owned investment group, is selling about $2.4 billion of shares in Bank of China Ltd. and China Construction Bank Corp. (939) in Hong Kong. Temasek is selling $1.2 billion of Bank of China shares at HK$3.13 to ...

The Great Fall of China
By Peter Coy, Dexter Roberts, and Bruce Einhorn on May 02, 2012 Qi hu nan xia, goes a Chinese proverb: When one rides a tiger, it is difficult to dismount. For the leaders of China's 1.3 billion people, the import is clear. Stay on the tiger's back, ...

Chinese Stocks Swing Between Gains, Losses on Growth Concerns
By Weiyi Lim on May 02, 2012 China's stocks swung between gains and losses as US. and European jobs data spurred concern the global economy is faltering. Bank of China Ltd. and China Construction Bank Corp. retreated after Temasek Holdings Pte., ...

BASIS POINT-Chery seeks $951 mln loan for Jaguar Land Rover JV
By Kane Wu HONG KONG May 3 (Reuters Basis Point) - China's largest passenger vehicle exporter, Chery Automobile Co Ltd, is in talks with banks for a roughly Rmb6bn ($951.3 million) loan for its joint venture with Jaguar Land Rover Ltd (JLR) , a wholly ...

Activist Asks to Leave China, Deepening US Predicament
BEIJING —A senior Obama administration official said Thursday that the United States recognized that the blind dissident lawyer Chen Guangcheng wanted to leave China, an apparent reversal of Mr. Chen's earlier stance that injected new uncertainty into ...


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