TAIPEI - A former Taiwan official involved in talks with mainland China until he was sacked said on Thursday any investigation into his handling of relations could damage ties with Beijing.
LONDON/BEIJING - Business growth in China and across Europe slowed this month, surveys showed on Thursday, providing more evidence that the world economy is stuttering and may need more monetary stimulus to keep it going.
BEIJING - China tried five members of a banned religious group on Thursday for the murder of a woman who was beaten to death at a McDonald's restaurant after she refused to give them her telephone number when they apparently tried to recruit her.
HONG KONG - Retail conglomerate China Resources Enterprise Ltd (CRE) said mainland China's slowing economy means it will take three to five years, longer than expected, to turn around a loss-making tieup with British supermarket firm Tesco .
SHANGHAI - Toyota Motor Corp said on Thursday that it would cut prices of auto parts for its luxury Lexus models in China, following similar moves by its German rivals, in response to heightened regulatory scrutiny over anti-trust issues.
BEIJING/TOKYO - China's manufacturing activity hit a three-month low in August, raising the case for fresh policy steps to keep growth on track, while a Reuters poll showed Japan's economic recovery is likely to be modest despite a small acceleration in the factory sector.
BEIJING - Growth in China's vast factory sector slowed to a three-month low in August as output and new orders moderated, a preliminary private survey showed on Thursday, heightening concerns about increasing softness in the economy.
HONG KONG - Senior executives of China's state-owned enterprises (SOEs) face pay cuts of up to 50 percent under a reform plan approved by President Xi Jin ping, the South China Morning Post reported on Thursday, citing sources.
BEIJING/SYDNEY - China's foreign ministry has condemned a verbal attack by Australian mining mogul and politician Clive Palmer as irrational and absurd, after the businessman described China's government as "bastards" who shoot their own people.
BEIJING - Amazon.com will set up shop in China's Shanghai free trade zone, state media said on Wednesday, aiming to take advantage of less stringent trade regulations to sell a wider range of products in the country.