Analysts had expected exports to rise 12 per cent in March on a yearly basis

China’s exports contracted 15 per cent in March from a year earlier in a surprise drop that will exacerbate concerns about the slackening Chinese econ(...)

Tourists in Hong Kong. In the “Guidebook to Civilised Tourism”, flyers are recommended not to take life jackets kept underneath aircraft seats because “if a dangerous situation arises then someone else will not have a life jacket.”  Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg

Don’t pick your nose, don’t pee in the swimming pool, don’t leave footprints on toilet seats and keep your nose hairs nicely trimmed.China’s Communist(...)

A woman rides a bicycle past the Shanghai Tower, under construction in the Lujiazui district of Shanghai. Chinese president Xi Jinping has promised to reform the Chinese economy to encourage more domestic consumption and to reduce its reliance on exports. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Talks between the US and China ended with an agreement to negotiate a bilateral investment treaty between the world’s two largest economies, a develop(...)

The Chinese Communist Party installed Li Keqiang as premier yesterday. The new second in command will be the public fac(...)