United States seeks access to Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot


MANILA - The United States has asked for access to Philippine military bases in eight locations to rotate troops, aircraft, and ships as Washington shifts its forces to Asia and as China expands its military presence in the South China Sea.


Amended China law curbs tobacco ads in land of smokers 3:47am BST

SHANGHAI - China's parliament has passed legislation that restricts tobacco advertising in public, strengthening efforts to curb smoking in a country where more than a billion people are smokers or exposed to second-hand smoke.


Volvo to make new generation of small cars in Belgium and China - CEO 24 Apr 2015

SHANGHAI - Sweden's Volvo Cars will produce at its Belgian factory a small car based on a common platform and engine technology developed with Chinese parent Zhejiang Geely Holding Group [GEELY.UL], Volvo's chief said.


Taiwan ruling party says chief to meet China's Xi Jinping 24 Apr 2015

TAIPEI - Chinese President and Communist Party chief Xi Jinping will hold talks with the chairman of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT) in Beijing next month, the KMT said on Friday, in what would be the first meeting between the heads of the two parties.


China says employment resilient despite slower economic growth 24 Apr 2015

BEIJING - China said on Friday that urban employment held up in the first quarter even as economic growth slowed to a 6-year low, but the labour ministry warned that authorities cannot be "blindly optimistic" as the pace of job creation is slowing.


China says to increase policy support for cooling economy 24 Apr 2015

BEIJING - China will do more to bolster its cooling economy as its policymakers still have room to increase support, a senior official at the country's top economic planner said on Friday.


India to host Afghan leader, seeks to regain ground lost to China, Pakistan 23 Apr 2015

NEW DELHI - When Afghan President Ashraf Ghani makes his first official visit to India next week, it will be a chance for New Delhi to regain ground lost to regional rivals Pakistan and China and push interests including trade routes and arms sales.

Pricing pressure in U.S., China raises profit fears at GM, others 23 Apr 2015

DETROIT - The strength of the U.S. and China economies has helped companies like General Motors Co offset weakness in others parts of the world, but growing pricing pressure in those lucrative markets could be a warning sign for future profits.


China, Europe and U.S. business activity disappoints in April 23 Apr 2015

LONDON/SYDNEY/NEW YORK - Business activity weakened in China and Japan in April and growth slowed in Europe and the U.S., suggesting the global economy may be less robust than policymakers are predicting.


China's smartphone makers bet on cricket, Bollywood to conquer India 23 Apr 2015

MUMBAI - China's smartphone makers are drafting in cricket teams and Bollywood stars to conquer India, their largest overseas market and a key testing ground for their international expansion, as they try to rebrand as more than just sellers of cheap handsets.

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