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A department office of Everbright Securities in Beijing. The China Securities Regulatory Commission banned Everbright from proprietary trading for three months following the error on August 16th.  photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

Things are not so bright for China’s Everbright Securities, which had a very bad day at the office earlier this month, when the brokerage mistakenly p(...)

China’s biggest home-appliance retailer Suning is to apply for permission to launch a private bank, a move which could prove an important test case fo(...)

From left: former Chongqing police chief and Bo protege Wang Lijun; former Chongqing Communist Party chief Bo Xilai; Bo’s estranged wife Gu Kailai. Photographs: Jinan Intermediate People’s Court/handout via Reuters

The prosecution has demanded severe punishment for disgraced senior Communist Party cadre Bo Xilai at the end of China’s trial of the century , an unu(...)

Customers talk to a sales assistant as they shop for milk powder in front of shelves displaying imported baby products at a supermarket in Beijing. Photograph: Reuters

These are tough times for New Zealand in the Chinese dairy market, one which it has dominated for many years through the giant Fronterra. The sector i(...)

 Net profit at Sinopec rose to 13.58 billion yuan in April-June from 11.09 billion yuan a year earlier. Photographer: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg

Asia’s largest refiner Sinopec posted a 22 per cent rise in second-quarter net profit, helped by better refining margins after China introduced measur(...)

The trial has concluded of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai (centre), pictured along with former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun (left), who first told Bo that the latter’s wife Gu Kailai (right) had probably murdered British business Neil Heywood. Photograph: Reuters

Chinese prosecutors demanded a heavy sentence for ousted politician Bo Xilai as his divisive, dramatic trial ended this morning, saying his “whimsica(...)

Former Chinese politician Bo Xilai speaks in a court room at Jinan intermediate people’s court in Jinan, eastern China’s Shandong province, yesterday.  Photograph: AP

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has called his former protege Wang Lijun a liar during his trial, while maintaining that his wife, Gu Kailai, wa(...)

The giant panda cub born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is pictured receiving an exam from animal care staff. The cub weighs 137 grammes. Photograph: Courtney Janney, Smithsonian’s National Zoo/Handout/Reuters

A panda at Washington DC’s National Zoo who is tending to her squealing newborn cub also gave birth to a stillborn cub.That cub was not fully formed a(...)

Syria’s sorrow

The images from Ghouta outside Damascus this week, showing row after row of corpses of men, women and children, none with visible signs of injury, wer(...)

Bo Xilai, left,  speaks to Jinan intermediate people’s court during his corruption trial.  Photograph: video via AP

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai described his wife Gu Kailai as “insane” after video testimony in which she described how political favours and (...)

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