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Apr 30, 2015

China rhetoric emboldens business critics

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Private entrepreneurs in China are voicing unprecedented criticism of government, encouraged by policies and rhetoric from Beijing emphasizing support for the most productive sectors of the economy. In the past two weeks, Premier Li Keqiang has exhorted Chinese banks to cut their fees and ...

Apr 27, 2015

China to merge scores of major state firms: report

China is considering merging scores of its biggest state-owned enterprises to create around 40 national champions from the existing 112, Xinhua, the nation’s official news agency, said Monday. The report said state firms would be merged or acquired, but gave no timelines or details ...

Apr 23, 2015

Philippines chides China's 'insecurity' over disputed sea

The Philippines on Wednesday chided China for its “insecurity” over its claim to the South China Sea, after a Beijing-based tabloid dubbed the country a “cute little submissive” of the United States. The response from President Benigno Aquino’s spokesman Edwin Lacierda came after the ...