Asian giants seek better ties; China's defense minister in India - rare visit to India by China's defense minister should help avoid flare-ups along the border between the nuclear-armed Asian giants at a time when Beijing is grappling with a change of leadership and friction in the South China Sea - Reuters (2012/09/02)
What to do about China's arms sales to Africa - in July, China lend $20 billion to African governments for agriculture and infrastructure; the underside of this complex relationship is the arms trade - Washington Post (2012/09/03)
China gets worst ranking in global poll since 2010 - Global investors are losing faith in China, giving the country's markets their worst rating in more than two years in the latest Bloomberg poll; China "will suffer disproportionately from a global slowdown in growth"; hard landing unavoidable - Bloomberg (2012/09/06)
China approves estimated $157 billion investments - China gave the green light for 60 infrastructure projects this week as it looks to energize an economy mired in its worst slowdown in three years; plans to build highways, ports and airport runways are among the most ambitious in China this year - Reuters (2012/09/07)
China's roads-to-subways construction spurs stocks rally - China approved plans to build 2,018 kilometers (1,254 miles) of roads, spurring the biggest stock-market rally in almost eight months on signs the government is stepping up stimulus efforts to revive economic growth - BusinessWeek (2012/09/07)
China's rise isn't squeezing Europe as much as you'd think - while China has lower per-person labor costs, the lower-tech equipment the country uses reduces productivity and so the final cost of the products they make isn't that much lower than for European-made textile and machinery products - Washington Post (2012/09/09)
Why China's slowdown may get even worse - China's deceptive recent growth; fixed-asset investments accounted for a whopping 90% of the country's economic growth last year; the nation's economy has become lopsided, relying too much on investment and exports, and too little on domestic demand - Daily Finance (2012/09/11)
Construction and real estate hinder China's growth - fixed-asset investment grew 20.2 percent in the first eight months of this year compared with the same period last year; second-lowest pace since December 2002; only May of this year was marginally lower - New York Times (2012/09/09)
China: For many expats, it's not worth it - expartriates in China are weary of the state dictating many business decisions; education, food safety, and pollution are the major concerns - BusinessWeek (2012/09/20)
Venezuela, China sign deal to develop gold mine - the new mine in southern Bolivar state has been estimated to hold about 17 million ounces of gold; copper is also to be exploited; China is the country's biggest creditor with some $36 billion in loans; Venezuela pays largely with oil shipments - KVAL (2012/09/22)
In China's struggles, Nike sees opportunity - Nike CEO Mark Parker described China as a rapidly transforming market in which consumers are becoming wealthier and more discerning, but within an economy going through an unexpected slowdown - Biz Journals (2012/09/27)
China tightens grip on rare earths
- rare earths are 17 minerals vital for manufacturing hi-tech and clean-tech products,
ranging from smart phones and wind turbines to electric car batteries and missiles,
not to mention flat-screen TVs and camera lenses; China has just 23% of rare earths deposits,
but accounts for 96% of production - Gulf News (2012/08/14)
And the cycle starts again as order shrinks: China rare earths producer suspends output - production suspended in an effort to shore up plunging prices of the materials used by makers of mobile phones and other high-tech products - BusinessWeek (2012/10/25)
Cyber attacks: Papers link top China university to army - logically, the reowned Shanghai Jiaotong University couldn't have teamed up with China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Unit 61398 in the cyber attacks but why would the university have done those kind of research anyway? - The Australian (2013/03/24)
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