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  • Japanese beef buyers may get frozen out by tariff hike

    TOKYO -- Japan's newly imposed emergency tariff on frozen American beef has raised a question about the wisdom of hanging on to a relic of a bygone trade framework when securing enough beef to meet domestic demand could become a challenge amid the t

    August 20, 2017 10:05 am JST
  • UK publisher pulls scholarly articles from China website at Beijing's request

    SHANGHAI/LONDON (Reuters) -- Cambridge University Press, one of Britain's most respected academic publishers, has blocked online access in China to hundreds of scholarly articles and book reviews on Chinese affairs after coming under pressure from B

    August 19, 2017 03:42 pm JST
  • China's garment factories try to stay one stitch ahead

    CHANGZHOU, China -- Chinese garment makers that produce for global for clothing labels are automating and rethinking their production process to make their factories more efficient. As the country's labor costs soar, contractors are fighting to stay

    August 19, 2017 01:04 pm JST
  • US formally launches probe of China's intellectual property practices

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States on Friday formally launched an investigation into China's alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property, a widely expected move following a call from President Donald Trump earlier this week to determine wheth

    August 19, 2017 05:40 am JST
  • By sending general to China, US shows off military ties

    BEIJING/WASHINGTON -- The top U.S. uniformed officer's visit to China has helped to highlight military cooperation between the two countries, sending a subtle message to Pyongyang that Beijing's support may be not available in the event of American

    August 19, 2017 05:21 am JST
  • Japan confirms US backing on North Korea, yet fears being left out

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. remains ready to give Japan all military backup needed to curb the growing North Korean threat, defense chiefs and top diplomats agreed Thursday, though Tokyo worries its interests could leave the picture if Washington cuts a

    August 19, 2017 04:50 am JST
  • Asian plastic prices climb on weak Chinese supply

    TOKYO -- Three of the most widely used plastic materials are becoming more expensive in Asia amid higher crude oil prices and stricter environmental regulations on factories in China.Formosa Plastics' polyvinyl chloride resin for September shipment

    August 19, 2017 04:50 am JST
  • Fonterra eyes Chinese consumers with Australian cheese plant

    MELBOURNE -- Fonterra Co-operative Group, New Zealand's largest dairy company, on Friday opened a new plant in southeastern Australia to make cheeses for China, Japan and other markets.The 140 million Australian dollar ($111 million) plant in Stanho

    August 19, 2017 03:43 am JST
  • Steelmaking materials prices surge amid rising demand in China, Japan

    TOKYO -- A jump in Chinese crude steel production is lifting prices of raw materials at a time when Japanese demand is rebounding amid a construction boom in the capital.Spot prices of Australian iron ore, a benchmark, flirted with $80 per ton in mi

    August 19, 2017 02:52 am JST
  • Ping An's online lending platform Lufax turns profit ahead of IPO

    HONG KONG -- Shenzhen-based financial conglomerate Ping An Insurance Group said Friday that its online lending operator Lufax Holdings was no longer loss-making as it prepares for an initial public offering."Lufax's development is extremely robust.

    August 19, 2017 01:57 am JST
  • Chalco slides despite aluminum rally lifting interim results

    HONG KONG -- Shares in Aluminum Corp. of China, or Chalco, slumped as much as 4.9% at one point Friday as first-half results disappointed and investors locked in profits.The state-owned aluminum maker reported the night before that January-June reve

    August 19, 2017 01:40 am JST
  • Rising mortgage rates help cool China's real estate fever

    SHANGHAI/BEIJING -- Mortgage rates are on the rise across China as authorities strengthen safeguards against a property bubble and seem to be curbing runaway prices in some of the country's hottest markets.State-owned banks, including the Bank of Ch

    August 19, 2017 01:35 am JST
  • Is India-China trade war looming?

    NEW DELHI -- India and China, Asia's two nuclear-armed giants, have been engaged in a tense border standoff for the past two months, raising concerns that the repercussions will spread to their economic and trade ties.The two countries, which have l

    August 19, 2017 01:17 am JST
  • Despite strains, China and the US are top partners in science

    TOKYO -- Despite being at odds on the diplomatic front over how to deal with North Korea, trade and other matters, the U.S. and China are strengthening their ties in a significant area: scientific research. A recent survey by Japan's National Insti

    August 18, 2017 11:36 pm JST
  • Hong Kong stocks trim weekly gain on US concerns as more earnings loom

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Hong Kong stocks declined Friday, paring their fifth weekly gain in six weeks, as concern grew over the political challenges facing U.S. President Donald Trump's administration while investors continued to weigh local e

    August 18, 2017 08:14 pm JST
  • Related shares mixed after Alibaba's net profit nearly doubles

    HONG KONG -- Price moves were mixed for stocks associated with Alibaba Group Holding in morning trading on Friday, the day after the Chinese e-commerce giant announced better-than-expected April-June results.On the Shanghai market, shares of Shangha

    August 18, 2017 06:47 pm JST
  • Lenovo shares tumble on first loss in nearly 2 years

    HONG KONG -- Lenovo Group's share price fell 4.2% to 4.52 Hong Kong dollars in Friday morning trade here breaching a year low, after the Chinese PC maker reported its first quarterly loss since September 2015.Before trading began in Hong Kong, the c

    August 18, 2017 03:49 pm JST
  • Asian stocks dragged lower by US policy worries, Barcelona attack

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Asian stocks retreated Friday as risk sentiment was rattled by rising concerns about U.S. President Donald Trump's ability to pass economic policies and a deadly terror attack in Barcelona.The Nikkei Asia300 Index of so

    August 18, 2017 02:25 pm JST
  • People's Daily: Must read for investors in Chinese stocks?

    TOKYO -- In what could best be described as a case of the tail wagging the dog, the People's Daily served a fresh reminder of its importance to investors in Chinese stocks when its blistering attack on Tencent Holdings's "Honor of Kings" mobile game

    August 18, 2017 01:22 pm JST
  • Alibaba event draws successful e-commerce entrepreneurs

    HANGZHOU, China -- Young entrepreneurs are flocking to China's booming e-commerce market, looking to cash in with interesting, one-of-a-kind products.As consumers become more sophisticated and product choices wider, unique high-quality goods and ser

    August 18, 2017 12:02 pm JST