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Irritation with Moody’s reflects China’s sensitivity as it seeks foreign investors


BEIJING/HONG KONG China has tried to brush aside a rare cut to its credit rating by Moody's Investors Service as misinformed, but its reaction highlights its sensitivity to how it is being viewed just as it seeks more foreign capital in its equity and bond markets.

Global regulators expect deal soon on finalising capital rules

LONDON Global regulators will soon finalise a suite of rules to ensure banks across the world hold enough capital to withstand rocky markets without taxpayer aid, one of their top officials said on Thursday.

Business, 25 May 2017

Germany hopes G7 summit can help convince U.S. on climate

BERLIN Germany is hoping that a G7 summit in Italy this week can play a role in convincing the United States to remain in the Paris climate agreement, a senior German official said on Wednesday.

World, 24 May 2017

Company climate risk disclosure could become mandatory in a few years

LONDON Companies' disclosure of risks to their business from climate change could become mandatory in a few years as investor pressure gathers pace, climate finance experts said on Tuesday.

Business, 23 May 2017

G20 health ministers agree to tackle antibiotics resistance

BERLIN Health ministers of the G20 leading economies, meeting for the first time on Saturday, agreed to work together to tackle issues such as a growing resistance to antibiotics and to start implementing national action plans by the end of 2018.

World, 20 May 2017

G20 health ministers seek to avert return to 'pre-penicillin era'

BERLIN The world risks a return to the pre-penicillin era if leading nations do not cooperate to combat the threat from antibiotic-resistant bugs and means are not found to finance research into new, more effective medicine, Germany's health minister said.

World, 18 May 2017

Leaders of China, South Korea could meet as early as July at G20 meeting - South Korea envoy

SEOUL South Korea's President Moon Jae-in could meet with China's President Xi Jinping as early as July at a Group of 20 summit in Germany, Seoul's envoy to China Lee Hae-chan said on Thursday, while a separate meeting could also be possible in August.

World, 18 May 2017

From carmakers to cats, all face Brexit disruption, Merkel says

BERLIN Everything from just-in-time auto supply chains to the free movement of workers and even their pet cats and dogs will be thrown into question by Britain's exit from the European Union, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

World, 17 May 2017

G20 must tackle distortions on global steel markets - German minister

BERLIN The world's 20 biggest economies must jointly tackle the causes of imbalances on global steel markets, German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries told Reuters on Tuesday, adding she had addressed the issue also in talks with Chinese counterparts.

Business, 16 May 2017

A question of trust: Merkel treads carefully with Trump

BERLIN/WASHINGTON Last month, in a phone conversation between Donald Trump and Angela Merkel, the U.S. president shared his views on Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan.

World, 16 May 2017



Global GDP comparison

A graphical look at the world's top economies by size and per-capita production.  Interactive