Seven countries call for EU action to help steel industry


PARIS Seven countries including France, Britain and Germany have urged the European Union to step up action to relieve an ailing steel industry suffering from tumbling prices and cheap imports from China and Russia.

Efforts to revive Afghan peace talks continue in Pakistan 6:56am GMT

ISLAMABAD Representatives from Pakistan, Afghanistan, the United States and China met in Islamabad on Saturday to continue work on a roadmap for peace talks with Taliban insurgents who have ramped up their violent campaign against the government in Kabul.


Insight - Unpaid and angry, some Chinese workers ditch holidays to protest 6:21am GMT

QIAN'AN/DONGGUAN, China This year, labourer Fan Fu and 20 or so colleagues working on the Zixia Garden apartment complex in Hebei province have not joined China's legion of migrant workers returning home to celebrate new year with their families.


China faces diplomatic 'crisis' over missing Hong Kong booksellers 4:25am GMT

HONG KONG/GUANGZHOU, China For years Gui Minhai, a China-born publisher of tabloid books on China's leaders, had believed he could live and work overseas on a Swedish passport without fear of persecution by Chinese authorities, which ban such works on the mainland.


After Piraeus Port, China's COSCO eyes Greek trains to build Europe hub - sources 05 Feb 2016

ATHENS/SHANGHAI China's COSCO is expected to make an offer for Greece's rail network after becoming the sole bidder for the country's largest port, two people familiar with the matter said, as the state owned shipping giant forges ahead with a plan to build a European transhipment hub.

China graft watchdog raps financial regulators 05 Feb 2016

BEIJING China's main ruling Communist Party anti-graft watchdog has criticised four financial regulators after its latest inspection, saying they had problems ranging from using public funds for holidays to lack of corruption risk controls.


Payment delays, stock build bleed cash from corporate China 05 Feb 2016

DONGGUAN/HONG KONG If, as the adage has it, turnover is vanity, profit is sanity, but cash is reality, a Reuters analysis of working capital at 1,200 Chinese firms shows much of corporate China is hurtling towards a reality check.

China indicates fate of three missing Hong Kong booksellers 04 Feb 2016

HONG KONG Chinese police have confirmed for the first time that three of five Hong Kong booksellers who went missing were being investigated for "illegal activities" in China, according to a letter sent to Hong Kong's police on Thursday.

China formally starts graft probe of former Sichuan governor 04 Feb 2016

BEIJING China's main anti-corruption watchdog said on Thursday it has formally begun an investigation into the former governor of China's populous southwestern province of Sichuan, accusing him of serious "discipline violations".


China calls for Syria peace talks participants to show goodwill 04 Feb 2016

BEIJING China on Thursday urged participants in Syrian peace talks to show goodwill, after a United Nations envoy halted his attempts to conduct them after Syria's army, backed by Russian air strikes, advanced against rebel forces north of Aleppo.