Audi expects to sell half million cars in China this year


BEIJING - Volkswagen's luxury division Audi plans to sell about half a million cars this year in China, the world's biggest auto market, and raise the number of its Chinese dealers to 500 by 2017.


Japan to arm remote western island, risking more China tension 10:42am BST

TOKYO - Japan is sending 100 soldiers and radar to its westernmost outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, in a deployment that risks angering China with ties between Asia's biggest economies already hurt by a dispute over nearby islands they both claim.


Japan investment in Southeast Asia surges amid China slump 10:36am BST

TOKYO - Japanese companies' investments in Southeast Asia surged last year to almost three times the amount invested in China, after relations between Beijing and Tokyo soured in 2012 and Chinese labour costs rose, a government agency of Japan said on Friday.


As opposition grows, China defends plans for petrochemical plants 8:45am BST

BEIJING - China has launched an intense media campaign to defend the safety of producing a chemical used to make polyester fibre, as public opposition to new petrochemical plants threatens to disrupt expansion plans by state energy giants such as Sinopec Corp.

China sentences activists for urging asset disclosure - lawyer 4:40am BST

BEIJING - China sentenced four activists to jail for up to three-and-a-half years on Friday for urging officials to reveal their assets, a lawyer said, the latest convictions in a crackdown on dissent that has drawn international criticism.


China home price inflation cools to 8-month low in March 4:38am BST

BEIJING - China's home price inflation slowed to an eight-month low in March, extending to a third month a loss of momentum in a property market that has been a strong spot in the world's second-largest economy.


Analysis - Weibo debut highlights complicated dance with Chinese censors 12:33am BST

SAN FRANCISCO/HONG KONG - Weibo Corp executives on Thursday toasted the Chinese social media firm's debut at Nasdaq's New York headquarters. Hours earlier in Beijing, Charles Xue, a Chinese-American venture capitalist and prominent Weibo user, celebrated a different kind of coming-out: his release after eight months in jail.


China's new breed of whistleblowers takes on big business 17 Apr 2014

SHANGHAI - Chinese lawyer Hao Junbo wants to make you rich if you're a whistleblower after a bounty. For big business in China he's a headache, part of a small but fast-growing industry built around exposing corporate wrongdoing.


China shoe factory strike shows welfare Achilles' heel 17 Apr 2014

DONGGUAN, China - Zhou Hujun, one of thousands of shoe factory workers on strike in southern China, drove his motorbike to the local government's Social Security Department seeking answers. After a few minutes, he left clutching spreadsheets that just raised more questions.


Ford's Lincoln brand to debut in China in seven cities 17 Apr 2014

BEIJING - Ford Motor Co's premium brand Lincoln may be late to China's luxury boom, but its top executives say the upscale car market still has plenty of steam left for growth to make its debut later this year worthwhile.

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