China and Saudi Arabia seal US$28 billion in deals

Saudi Arabia signed US$28 billion worth of economic cooperation agreements with China on Friday as its crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, met top Chinese leaders in Beijing.“China is a good friend and partner to Saudi Arabia,” Chinese President Xi Jinping told Salman at the Great Hall of People. “The special nature of our bilateral relationship […]

Shock confession of China’s whistle-blower judge: It was me

In a shocking televised confession a Chinese Supreme Court judge has appeared on state television and said that he was behind the mysterious loss of legal documents in a long-running contract dispute.An official investigation into the missing documents named Wang Linqing – who was first to blow the whistle on their disappearance – as the […]

China’s military needs checks on power to stamp out corruption, top adviser says

The People’s Liberation Army lacks an effective system of checks and balances to stamp out corruption, a failing that is holding it back from its ambition to become a modern fighting force, according to an influential Chinese defence adviser.In his latest book The Victory of Heart, Professor Jin Yinan, former director of the strategic research […]

China’s social credit system report shows that richest provinces are home to the most dodgy firms

China’s wealthiest regions also have the largest number of untrustworthy businesses, according to the government’s social credit system, which rates citizens and companies based on their behaviour.Jiangsu, the country’s second largest provincial economy – 9.26 trillion yuan (US$1.37 trillion) – accounted for 16.7 per cent of the discredited businesses that were added to the national […]

Former Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying expected to head international aid foundation thought to be a Beijing-backed soft-power push

Former Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying is set to head an international aid foundation he is launching with 20 business heavyweights from the city and mainland China in what is being seen as a Beijing-backed soft-power push.There is little information about what exactly the GX Foundation will do, but according to its articles of incorporation, […]

Chinese working women wooed with new sex discrimination policies from Beijing

Chinese women will no longer have to face questions about their marital status or childbearing intentions from potential employers in Beijing’s latest effort to tackle sex discrimination in the workplace.The new rule is part of a package of measures issued jointly by nine ministries on Thursday to improve equal opportunities for women and, according to […]

Chinese court gives suspended sentences to staff of French bakery guilty of using flour past expiry date

Three French employees of a Shanghai bakery chain were given suspended prison terms of up to three years by a Chinese court after being found guilty of using flour that was past its expiry date.The French and several Chinese staff were arrested in 2017 after health officials found out-of-date flour during an inspection at the […]

Family blames motorists blocking ambulance in China for grandfather’s death

A family in eastern China is blaming motorists who clogged up an expressway emergency lane for contributing to the death of a man injured in a traffic accident last week.Police in Luan, Anhui province, said on Thursday that they had questioned the drivers of at least three cars blocking the lane as an ambulance tried […]

Chinese man who threw coins at plane for good fortune runs out of luck and faces criminal charges

A man who tossed coins at a plane for luck in eastern China will face criminal charges after the flight from Anqing to Kunming was grounded for security reasons, costing the airline nearly US$21,000.Lucky Air Flight 8L9960 was cancelled at Anqing Tianzhushan Airport in Anhui province on Sunday after authorities found two 1 yuan coins […]

China’s top trade negotiator Liu He to meet Donald Trump on Friday

China’s top trade negotiator Liu He will meet US President Donald Trump on Friday afternoon in Washington as the two nations race to reach a deal before the March 1 deadline for the US more than doubling its tariffs on US$200 billion worth of Chinese imports.The meeting, listed on the White House’s daily schedule for […]

China should boost ties with Japan, South Korea to counter increasingly hostile US, analysts say

China should increase its cooperation with Japan and South Korea to offset the economic impact of its trade war with the United States, government researchers said.Despite the prolonged efforts of Chinese and US officials to resolve their seven-month dispute, the economic, technological and geopolitical rivalry between the world’s two largest economies is set to continue […]

China says British Chancellor Philip Hammond is welcome to visit, after fears over warship comment

China would welcome a visit by Britain’s finance minister Philip Hammond, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Friday, a day after Hammond had said talk of deploying a British warship in the Pacific had complicated relations between the countries.As Britain prepares to leave the European Union at the end of next month, its biggest foreign […]