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A truck drives past shipping containers at a port in Ningbo, Zhejiang province. China’s exports fell 3.1 per cent in June from a year ago, the first decline since January 2012. Photograph: William Hong/Reuters.

China has warned of a “grim” outlook for trade as the world’s second-largest economy surprised financial markets by reporting a fall in exports and im(...)

A new study has linked heavy air pollution from burning coal burning to shorter lives in northern China

A new study has linked heavy air pollution from burning coal burning to shorter lives in northern China, with researchers estimating that the half-bil(...)

IMF chief economist Olivier Blanchard: “I think we’re going to move from negative growth this year to positive growth next year.” Photograph: AP Photo/Ibrahim Usta

The International Monetary Fund has slashed its growth forecasts for 2013 and 2014 as it warned of a slowdown in key emerging markets and a more protr(...)

An employee carries bundles of 100 yuan notes in a bank in Shainxi province. Photograph: Jon Woo/Reuters

China frightens the West. Rarely, however, do westerners look at how the world looks to China. Yes, it has made enormous economic strides. But it stil(...)

An employee folds a shirt under price tags at a supermarket in Hefei, Anhui province, China. Annual consumer inflation accelerated in China more than expected in June as food costs soared. Photograph: Reuters.

China’s annual consumer inflation accelerated more than expected in June but factory-gate deflation persisted for a 16th month, underscoring the polic(...)

China’s former railways minister Liu Zhijun was given the “death penalty with a two-year reprieve” for bribery and abuse of power, a sentence that generally means life in prison. Photograph:  Reuters

A Chinese court has given a suspended death sentence to former rail minister Liu Zhijun, the man behind the country’s high-speed rail project, for his(...)

Niall O’Reilly, who organised the Hangzhou leg of the Irish Exporters’ Association trip to China which we reported on last month, says an offer by Wah(...)

The 1897 Red Revenue Small One Dollar stamp

The search for new investment outlets in greater China goes on and, after the explosion of investment in the wine market, we now have keen interest in(...)

German exports had their biggest fall since late 2009 in May. Photograph: Reuters.

German exports had their biggest fall since late 2009 in May while imports rose far more than expected, in a sign that Europe’s largest economy is str(...)

The United States and the European Union, after nearly two years of preparation, start talks today aimed at securing a free-trade agreement.

The United States and the European Union, after nearly two years of preparation, start talks today aimed at securing a free-trade agreement to squeeze(...)

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