Date
15 August 2018

World

  • Beijing to downplay English in college admission, Xinhua says

    Oct 22, 2013 7:33am
    Beijing education authorities have started soliciting public opinion on a plan to downplay English proficiency in college admission tests, the official Xinhua news agency reported Monday. Starting in 2016, the English portion of the exam will be...
  • Yuan funds for foreign exchange rise for 2nd month, report says

    Oct 22, 2013 7:27am
    Yuan funds outstanding for foreign exchange rose for a second month in September in China, indicating the country is seeing more capital inflow, Xinhua news agency reported Monday, citing data released by the People’s Bank of China the...
  • Court to rule on Bo’s appeal Friday, paper says

    Oct 22, 2013 6:55am
    A higher court will rule on an appeal by disgraced former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai against his conviction and jail sentence for corruption, Shanghai Daily reported Tuesday. The Shandong Provincial Higher People’s Court said Bo’s...
  • Municipal bonds eyed to clean up local debt, paper says

    Oct 22, 2013 6:43am
    China may decide next month to expand a trial program that allows local governments to sell bonds amid concern their huge borrowings are largely hidden from view and pose a risk to the stability of the...
  • Smog forces closure of schools, highways in Harbin, Xinhua says

    Oct 21, 2013 2:38pm
    A heavy smog shrouded northeast China’s Harbin city on Monday for the second straight day, forcing the closure of schools and highways, Xinhua news agency reported. The density of PM 2.5 — airborne particles measuring less than...
  • India to ease visa rules for Chinese travelers, paper says

    Oct 21, 2013 11:59am
    India is expected to announce relaxations in both travel and business visa arrangements for China during Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s three-day official visit to China starting Tuesday, the China Times reported Sunday, saying it was...
  • Medvedev, Li to sign cooperation agreements, paper says

    Oct 21, 2013 10:52am
    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang are to sign more than 40 cooperation agreements on various projects during the former’s visit to Beijing from Monday to Wednesday, 21st Century Business Herald reported...
  • Taiwan vows level playing field in planned FTZ, paper says

    Oct 21, 2013 10:40am
    Taiwan will ensure a level playing field for foreign companies in a planned free trade zone (FTZ), Commercial Times reported Monday, citing an unnamed Taipei official. Such companies will receive equal treatment as their Chinese counterparts...
  • Gift ceramics market cracks amid anti-graft drive, Xinhua says

    Oct 21, 2013 9:19am
    China’s celebrated “Chairman Mao” Porcelain is being snubbed for the first time by domestic officials following a nationwide anti-corruption campaign, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday, citing business delegates at an ongoing ceramics fair in Jiangxi...
  • Foreign visitors to China down 5% Jan-Sept, Xinhua says

    Oct 21, 2013 9:00am
    Foreign visitor arrivals in the Chinese mainland totaled 19.36 million in the first nine months of 2013, down five percent over the same period last year, Xinhua news agency reported, citing new data from the National...
  • Expanded property tax trials predicted, Xinhua says

    Oct 21, 2013 8:50am
    China is likely to expand its property tax trials following the recent rise in home prices in many cities, Beijing-based Securities Daily reported on Sunday, according to the Xinhua news agency. Government documents concerning reform have...
  • Ex-PBoC advisor urges faster rate liberalization, paper says

    Oct 21, 2013 8:31am
    Xia Bin, a counselor of the State Council and former central bank advisor, has called for accelerated interest-rate and foreign exchange rate liberalization as part of efforts to curb excessive money supply, the Economic Information Daily reported...
  • Local govt SOEs post 2.6% fall in net profit, Xinhua says

    Oct 21, 2013 8:27am
    Local government-controlled state-owned enterprises posted a combined net profit of 314.6 billion yuan (US$51.24 billion) in the first eight months, down 2.6 percent from a year earlier, Xinhua news agency reported Monday, citing government data. Weak...
  • China gets tiny fraction of UN procurement, paper says

    Oct 21, 2013 8:14am
    China plays a far less significant role in global procurement despite being a world factory, Economic Information Daily reported Monday, citing Zhang Wei, vice chairman of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade. United Nations procurement...
  • Deals with Mauritius, Jordan for visa free travel, paper says

    Oct 21, 2013 7:57am
    China has signed agreements with Mauritius and Jordan on visa exemptions for regular passport holders starting from October 31, Shanghai Daily reported on Monday. The government is working to ensure Chinese passport holders can get “visas on...
  • New taxes in offing to boost local govt revenues, paper says

    Oct 21, 2013 7:46am
    China is likely to impose some new taxes to boost local government revenue as it cuts the authorities’ reliance on land sales and debt-swollen infrastructure programs, the Economic Information Daily reported Monday, citing Li Daokui, director...
  • Xi taps special unit to probe Zhou Yongkang case, SCMP says

    Oct 21, 2013 7:23am
    President Xi Jinping has set up a special unit to investigate a scandal surrounding retired leader Zhou Yongkang, the South China Morning Post reported Monday. The panel will be headed by a senior policeman and deputy minister of...
  • Nanjing mayor sacked amid corruption probe, SCMP says

    Oct 21, 2013 7:19am
    The mayor of Nanjing, Ji Jianye, has been removed from his post as China’s new leaders continue their crackdown on graft, the South China Morning Post reported on Sunday. Ji was fired for “suspected serious disciplinary violations”, the...
  • POLICY WATCH: Private capital tapped to boost health services

    - Oct 21, 2013 7:04am
    China has opened the health service industry to private capital to meet the people’s growing demand for such services while boosting public consumption as an engine of economic growth. The State Council, the nation’s cabinet, has...
  • Li pledges to deepen economic reform, Xinhua says

    Oct 21, 2013 7:02am
    Premier Li Keqiang {李克強} has called for deeper economic reform and restructuring after economic growth rebounded in the third quarter, Xinhua news agency reported Sunday. Also, the government should speed up measures to ensure a fairer...

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