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Oct 30, 2015

Young couples mostly lukewarm as China ends one-child policy

SHANGHAI/ZHUHAI, China (Reuters) – China has unwound its one-child policy, for decades a symbol of invasive and coercive government planning, but the shift has been met with a disinterested shrug from many younger couples.

“People are thinking: Why increase our burden by having another baby?” said Wu Tingting, a young mother pushing her one-year-old daughter in a stroller in the southern city of Zhuhai on Friday.

Oct 16, 2015

Poll shows China’s exporters downcast as orders slow, costs rise

GUANGZHOU, China, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Around two-thirds of
exporters at China’s largest trade fair expect the slowdown in
their markets to persist for at least six months, a Reuters poll
has found, with the country expected to announce its weakest
economic growth in decades early next week.

Many economists expect data released on Monday to show
China’s third quarter GDP dipped below 7 percent, the slowest
rate since the global financial crisis. A weak showing could
possibly prompt Beijing to take more steps to stimulate the
economy.

Sep 29, 2015

Fears for Hong Kong academic freedom as top legal scholar barred from job

HONG KONG, Sept 29 (Reuters) – A leading law professor was
barred from taking up a senior post at one of Hong Kong’s top
universities on Tuesday in what some said was a blow to academic
freedom as Beijing tries to tighten its grip a year after
student-led protests rocked the city.

For more than a century, HKU, one of Asia’s top
universities, has served as a bastion of liberal education in
the city that returned from British to Chinese rule in 1997,
producing many of its top politicians, bureaucrats and lawyers.

Sep 29, 2015

Hong Kong university faces pressure from pro-Beijing opponents of liberal scholar

HONG KONG, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The University of Hong Kong
(HKU) has come under unprecedented pressure from Chinese
government supporters to block the appointment of a liberal
scholar, as Beijing tries to rein in freedoms a year after
student-led protests rocked the city.

For more than a century, HKU, one of Asia’s top
universities, has served as a bastion of liberal education in
the city that returned from British to Chinese rule in 1997,
producing many of its top bureaucrats, politicians and lawyers.

Sep 23, 2015

Insight – China consumers tighten belts, a red flag for the global economy

SHENZHEN (Reuters) – Terry Xu considers himself one of the lucky ones.

The 32-year-old father-of-one invested 10 percent of his savings earlier this year in Chinese stocks. Now, with markets down around 40 percent since mid-June, he’s selling off his portfolio at a loss.

Painful, but not a catastrophe – he says his colleagues lost more, and he earns well above the average wage.

Sep 23, 2015

China consumers tighten belts, a red flag for the global economy

SHENZHEN, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Terry Xu considers himself one
of the lucky ones.

The 32-year-old father-of-one invested 10 percent of his
savings earlier this year in Chinese stocks. Now, with markets
down around 40 percent since mid-June, he’s selling off his
portfolio at a loss.

Sep 3, 2015

World Cup soccer qualifier exposes China-Hong Kong tensions

SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) – Chinese riot police will be deployed for a crunch World Cup soccer qualifying match on Thursday between China and Hong Kong that could reignite tensions that have lingered under the surface since Hong Kong’s massive anti-China protests last year.

Chinese police have conducted days of anti-riot drills outside a 40,000-seat stadium in the southern city of Shenzhen, bordering the Chinese “special administrative zone” of Hong Kong.

Sep 3, 2015

World Cup football qualifier exposes China-Hong Kong tensions

SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) – Chinese riot police will be deployed for a crunch World Cup football qualifying match on Thursday between China and Hong Kong that could reignite tensions that have lingered under the surface since Hong Kong’s massive anti-China protests last year.

Chinese police have conducted days of anti-riot drills outside a 40,000-seat stadium in the southern city of Shenzhen, bordering the Chinese “special administrative zone” of Hong Kong.

Aug 31, 2015

China expands presence in Hong Kong with 45.61 million pound property binge

HONG KONG (Reuters) – The Chinese government has spent at least $70 million buying Hong Kong properties over the past 12 months, official records show, as Beijing expands its presence after mass democracy protests raised tensions in the China-ruled city.

Three sources close to Chinese officials said the move reflected Beijing’s desire to tighten its grip in Hong Kong after the youth-led “Occupy Central” civil disobedience movement last year that posed one of the biggest political challenges to China’s Communist Party leaders in decades.

Aug 31, 2015

China expands presence in Hong Kong with $70 mln property binge

HONG KONG, Sept 1 (Reuters) – The Chinese government has
spent at least $70 million buying Hong Kong properties over the
past 12 months, official records show, as Beijing expands its
presence after mass democracy protests raised tensions in the
China-ruled city.

Three sources close to Chinese officials said the move
reflected Beijing’s desire to tighten its grip in Hong Kong
after the youth-led “Occupy Central” civil disobedience movement
last year that posed one of the biggest political challenges to
China’s Communist Party leaders in decades.