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Trump, China's top diplomat, discuss cooperation, possible Xi meeting


WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump, who has attacked China on issues from trade to the South China Sea, held his first face-to-face talks with a member of the Chinese leadership on Monday, and the White House said it was a chance to discuss shared security interests and a possible meeting with President Xi Jinping.


Exclusive - China eyes 12 percent broad money supply rise in 2017: sources 2:26am GMT

BEIJING China plans to target broad money supply growth of around 12 percent in 2017, slightly lower than last year's goal, policy sources said, signalling a bid to contain debt risks while keeping growth on track.


China considering offering financial incentives for second child - China Daily 2:11am GMT

SHANGHAI China is considering introducing birth rewards and subsidies to encourage people to have a second child, after surveys showed that economic constraints were making many reluctant to expand families, the state-owned China Daily newspaper reported.


In new year message, China's Panchen Lama praises religious policy 12:24am GMT

BEIJING A youth named by China as the second-highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism, but reviled as a fake by many Tibetans, has praised the Communist Party's religious policies in Tibet in a lunar new year message, saying they made him feel "very happy".

China warns soccer investors, don't break rules on capital outflows 27 Feb 2017

BEIJING Private Chinese investors are welcome to help develop the sports industry but must follow the country's rules on moving capital overseas, the sports ministry said on Monday, following a splurge on foreign soccer clubs by local buyers.


India firms fear lingering economic aftershocks from cash crackdown 27 Feb 2017

GHAZIABAD, India Struggling with customers unable to pay on time and plummeting sales, Indian small-business owner Ravi Jain fears the government's crackdown on cash will have a much larger impact than predicted by top policymakers.


Hong Kong pins Aramco IPO hopes on China's deep pockets 27 Feb 2017

HONG KONG Hong Kong's stock exchange will bank on its role as a gateway to mainland China's deep-pocketed investors to take on other leading venues and win the coveted $100 billion listing of Saudi Arabia's giant state oil company, Aramco, it said on Monday.


Noble Group swings to small profit in 2016, cuts debt 27 Feb 2017

SINGAPORE Noble Group Ltd reported a net profit of $8.7 million (7 million pounds) for full-year 2016 versus a huge loss in the previous year when the Singapore-listed commodities trader restructured its business operations, and it outlined further cost cuts for this year.


Alibaba says poor laws, enforcement behind spread of fakes 27 Feb 2017

BEIJING China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd on Monday blamed ambiguous laws and lax penalties at the root of its difficulties in enforcing laws against counterfeiting, as the firm lobbies to be taken off a US blacklist of marketplaces notorious for fakes.


New Gambia government says committed to "one China" policy 27 Feb 2017

BANJUL Gambia's new government has endorsed the "one China" policy and said it would not establish any official relations or contacts with Taiwan, continuing a policy adopted in March 2016 by the government of former leader Yahya Jammeh.

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