Hong Kong chief executive CY Leung: “There’s room to make the nominating committee more democratic.” Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Protestors and government officials hold first talks after political crisis

 A construction site in Beijing’s central business district. China’s gross domestic product expanded 7.3 per cent from a year ago in the third quarter, compared with 7.5 per cent in the second quarter and 7.4 per cent in the first quarter of this year, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed.

Falling property prices, weak demand and lower industrial production weigh on economy

ESB International  has won a €1.5 million in new energy consultancy projects in Asia.  Pictured at the Asia Trade Forum which took place in Kuala Lumpur last week were (from left) Michael Quigley, business development director, ESB International, Jimmy Deenihan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for the Diaspora, and Paraic McGrath, business development manager, Asia, ESB International

An annual business forum in Kuala Lumpur is followed by Asian Gaelic Games

Wind turbines: ESB International has been making presentations on the subject of renewables in Asia. photograph: fabrizio bensch/ reuters

Four new deals span Malaysia, Burma and the Philippines

An investor holds a child in front of an electronic screen showing stock information at a brokerage house in Shenyang, Liaoning province.  Photograph: Reuters

A path of slower growth will avoid economic catastrophe, says analyst

BMW: posted 17.9 per cent growth in sales in China

Commercial vehicles drag on sales figures in world’s biggest market

epa04454768 Pro-democracy protesters gather during a rally of the ongoing Occupy Central movement in Admiralty District of Hong Kong, China, 20 October 2014. Pro-democracy protesters gathered for a third night in Hong Kong's busy Mong Kok area, setting up new barricades, as police and protesters blamed each other for violence.  EPA/JEON HEON-KYUN

Students deny foreign influence and hope for concessions in talks with government

Runners participate in a 5km run in support of pro-democracy protesters around a blocked area outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong yesterday. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

Tensions running high after clashes with police

Police confront a pro-democracy protester earlier this month.  There are fears Beijing may be planning a more severe crackdown. Photograph: EPA/Rolex Dela Pena

Analysis: Divisions in democratic camp will make finding common ground difficult

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