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Czech president denies scrapping Holocaust survivor medal


PRAGUE Czech President Milos Zeman has denied that his decision not to award a medal to a Holocaust survivor was because the man's nephew, a Czech government minister, had angered China by meeting the Dalai Lama.

China Minsheng Investment aims for 1 trillion yuan valuation in three years - SCMP 2:49pm BST

HONG KONG China Minsheng Investment Group (CMIG), the country's biggest private investment group, is targeting a valuation of 1 trillion yuan (120.83 billion pounds) by 2019, the South China Morning Post quoted its president as saying.


Samsung placing product images in Youku videos, targeting Chinese viewers 12:47am BST

NEW YORK Advertising technology company Mirriad says it is working with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and China's video site Youku to market Samsung products to Chinese viewers who are gravitating toward streaming video content.


U.S. warship challenges China's claims in South China Sea 21 Oct 2016

WASHINGTON A U.S. navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Friday, drawing a warning from Chinese warships to leave the area.

China protests 'illegal,' 'provocative' U.S. South China Sea patrol 21 Oct 2016

BEIJING China's Defense Ministry said that a patrol by a U.S. warship in the South China Sea on Friday was "illegal" and "provocative" and that it had lodged a protest with the United States.


Vatican and China in final push for elusive deal on bishops 21 Oct 2016

ROME/HONG KONG/BEIJING Representatives from the Vatican and China are expected to meet before the end of the month in Rome in an effort to finalise a deal on the ordination of bishops on the mainland, a move aimed at ending a longstanding dispute, according to Catholic Church sources familiar with the negotiations. | Video


China September home prices rise at record rate, stretching affordability further 21 Oct 2016

BEIJING China's new home prices rose in September at the fastest rate on record as buyers rushed to close contracts before new restrictive measures took effect in October.


China central bank learns lessons as deflates money market risk 21 Oct 2016

SHANGHAI Three years ago, China's central bank engineered a cash crunch to force commercial banks to reduce their reliance on short-term money markets. Interest rates spiked, spooking global markets who feared a banking crisis was imminent.


Two-wheel drive - China tech giants bet on 'Uber for bikes' in hunt for next unicorn 21 Oct 2016

HONG KONG China's tech industry giants are ploughing hundreds of millions of dollars into what they're betting will be the country's next big internet craze - 'Uber for bikes'.


New Look seeks fashion edge in China with local designs 21 Oct 2016

BERLIN/HONG KONG As Europe's fashion giants brace for what could be the toughest leg of their expansion in China, a South African retail tycoon has launched a bold assault on the world’s most populous nation.