China May official factory PMI seen lacklustre despite stimulus moves


BEIJING - China's factories struggled to expand in May despite recent interest rate cuts and other policy stimulus, a Reuters poll showed, suggesting the government may have to do more to halt a protracted slowdown in the economy.


U.S. hopes Chinese island-building will spur Asian response 7:31am BST

WASHINGTON - By releasing video of Beijing’s island reclamation work and considering more assertive maritime actions, the United States is signalling a tougher stance over the South China Sea and trying to spur Asian partners to more action. | Video


India tipped to overtake China in Modi's first year despite sluggish feel 6:48am BST

NEW DELHI - When India releases data on Friday that is expected to show the economy growing faster than China for a second consecutive quarter, sceptics could be forgiven for asking: Why does it feel so slow?

China cybersecurity plan aims to protect state secrets: official paper 6:36am BST

SHANGHAI - China will prepare a five-year cybersecurity plan to protect state secrets and data, the official China Daily said on Thursday, citing a senior official of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.


G7 finance chiefs ponder flagging growth amid Greek crisis fears 27 May 2015

DRESDEN, Germany - G7 ministers and central bank heads convened on Wednesday to discuss how to revive global growth and China's increasing clout, while keeping a close eye on the protracted talks to avoid a Greek default. | Video

Philippine, Vietnamese troops play soccer and sing on disputed island 27 May 2015

MANILA - Vietnamese and Philippine troops played soccer and sang karaoke on a South China Sea island on Wednesday in a sign of the growing security ties between the two Southeast Asian nations most at odds with Beijing over the contested waterway.


U.S., South Korea, Japan seek to raise pressure on North's nuclear programme 27 May 2015

SEOUL - The United States and two key Asian allies discussed how to increase pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear programme and will urge China to help bring Pyongyang back to the negotiating table, officials said.


China to extend military reach, build lighthouses in disputed waters 26 May 2015

BEIJING - China outlined a strategy to boost its naval reach on Tuesday and announced plans for the construction of two lighthouses in disputed waters, developments likely to escalate tensions in a region already jittery about Beijing's maritime ambitions.


IMF declares yuan no longer undervalued, urges reforms 26 May 2015

BEIJING - China's yuan currency is no longer undervalued after its recent gains, but the government should quicken reforms to get to having "a floating exchange rate", the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday.


China pressure suspected as Malaysia bars Hong Kong teen activist 26 May 2015

KUALA LUMPUR/HONG KONG - Malaysia on Tuesday denied entry to a prominent teenage Hong Kong activist for a series of talks on democracy in China, raising concerns that Beijing may have put pressure on Kuala Lumpur.

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