Sky high:  workers have just topped off the Shanghai Tower, currently the world’s second-largest skyscraper.  Photograph: Reuters

Clifford CoonanTaking a good, stand-back reading of the Chinese economy is always a difficult task, especially if one’s spectacles do not happen to be(...)

Construction cranes in Shanghai: Property investment turned negative in four of China’s 26 provinces in the first quarter of 2014. Photograph: reuters

Recent research by Nomura and UBS seems to suggest the Chinese property market is in more trouble than originally thought. The downturn will be trigge(...)

 China’s real estate investment rose 16.8 percent in first three months of 2014 from a year earlier, and revenues from property sales dropped an annual 5.2 per cent, the National Bureau of Statistics said.

The slowdown in China’s real estate market was evident in the recent Q1 data, prompting a few people to ask: has China’s property bubble alread(...)

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang:  ruled out major stimulus to fight short-term dips in growth.

China’s slowing economy was the backdrop to last week’s annual investment forum in Boao, on the holiday island of Hainan off southern China, wh(...)

Worries that China is facing a “Lehman-style” financial crisis have been dismissed. Photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP

One of the more startling headlines in our inbox this week was “Why China is not facing a Lehman moment” atop a piece of research by UBS analys(...)

 Chinese migrant workers in  rural Qingdao city, eastern China. China aims to expand its cities   by allowing millions more rural residents to migrate to urban jobs. Photograph:  Wu Hong/EPA

Economists focused on the longer term in China have long seen the country’s astonishing urbanisation process as the reason why the economy is s(...)

New Year celebrations in Beijing: this year, fireworks sales in the city slumped a fizzling 37.7 per cent, as people declined to light their Catherine wheels and sprockets amid worries about worsening the city’s air pollution. photograph: kim kyung-hoon/reuters

The Chinese New Year holiday is still ongoing – it runs until St Valentine’s Day on February 14th, and most companies are still shut or running on a s(...)

The reaction among analysts and businesspeople to the recent Third Plenum of the Communist Party’s ruling elite seems to be positive, hardly surprisin(...)

There is considerably less exuberance about these days around the Asian economies, and a lot of this has to do with the regional giant and the world’s(...)

A construction site in central Beijing. The economy continues to be supported by property and stimulus-supported infrastructure rather than by broad private sector investment or household spending, analysts say. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

Chinese GDP growth slowed to 7.7 per cent year-on-year and just 6.6 per cent quarter-on-quarter, data showed, prompting fears that economic rec(...)