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Brent crude futures were trading at $52.08 per barrel early on Friday, up 5 cents from their previous close. Photograph: iStock

Oil prices edged up on Friday, pushed by a tighter US fuel market and as technical indicators attracted buying from financial players. Following a di(...)

International Brent crude oil futures are down 43 cents, or 0.9 per cent, at $47.22 a barrel. Photograph: iStock

Oil prices eased on Friday, pulled down by a technical sell-off following two sessions of strong rises and on caution ahead of a gathering of OPEC min(...)

Chinese cash: The country has been loosening its grip on management of the yuan for a while. Photograph: REUTERS/Lee Jae-won

It wasn’t all bad news for China last week and many here were cheered by the news that the yuan, also known as the renminbi (RMB), would be included i(...)

China’s August industrial production posted slightly better year on year growth at 6.1 per cent, but still below what markets were expecting. Photograph: Reuters

Boosting China’s flagging economic growth is a hot topic all around the country right now, from the mom’n’pop noodle shops in the countryside to the W(...)

Outside a securities firm in Tokyo, Japan. China’s capital controls are a sharp reversal of its market liberalising rhetoric. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

China has tightened its capital controls, in a sharp reversal of its market liberalising rhetoric, as it struggles to contain the fallout from last mo(...)

An investor smiles as she walks past an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Fuyang,  China, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

China’s recent equity market crash and subsequent rocky recovery has investors worried about too much volatility, although most analysts believe the m(...)

Crude oil prices recovered on Thursday after a two-day slide, although high US stocks and strong global production, along with a firm dollar, were keeping markets under pressure. Photo: Bloomberg

Crude oil prices recovered on Thursday after a two-day slide, although high US stocks and strong global production, along with a firm dollar, were kee(...)

Cranes operate at a construction site in China. Photograph: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg

It’s often breathtaking to see the range of tools the Chinese government has to steer its economy in the direction in which it wants it to go.Take inf(...)

Technicians work to repair an oil pump at an oil field on the outskirts of Karamay in the Xinjiang region of China.Photograph: Gilles Sabrie/The New York Times

Brent oil has fallen to a five-and-a-half-year low under $57 per barrel, as persistent worries about a global supply glut offset concerns about output(...)

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(...)

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