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Xi, Putin agree to “appropriately” deal with North Korean nuclear test: Xinhua

September 4, 2017

XIAMEN - Chinese President Xi Jinping met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, calling for enhanced mutual support and strategic co-ordination, China’s State newsagency, Xinhua reported. .   “The two leaders also agreed to appropriately deal with the latest nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK),” Xinhua said.

Taiwan Stock Exchange, Nasdaq sign MoU to expand ETF markets

September 8, 2017

NEW YORK- The Taiwan Stock Exchange Corporation (TWSE) and Nasdaq Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote mutual development and foster co-operation between the two companies. The MoU also paves the way for both sides to work closely to expand their ETF markets, facilitating cross-listing of ETFs on both the TWSE and Nasdaq markets.

China’s 19th National Congress expected on October 18 - Xinhua

September 1, 2017

BEIJING - The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) is expected to convene on October 18 in Beijing. The Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee decided at a meeting yesterday to submit the proposal on the schedule to the seventh plenary meeting of the 18th CPC Central Committee, which will be held on October. 11. The Political Bureau meeting was presided over by Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee.

China production rebounds, ANZ tips GDP growth of 6.7% for 2017

August 31, 2017

HONG KONG - Strong production and a rebound in new orders lifted China’s manufacturing PMI in August as the effects from unfavourable weather conditions in previous months faded. The product and new orders sub-indices moved higher to 54.1 and 53.1 respectively in August from 53.5 and 52.8 in July.

ANZ Bank says business expectations also rose to a six-month high of 59.5. In addition, activity in the steel industry rose, with the industry’s PMI, which is compiled by a third party, surging to a record high of 57.2 in August, reflecting robust business sentiment.

Chinese economy has softened with a cooling property market: Natixis

August 28, 2017

HONG KONG – Global asset manager Natixis says that following strong growth in the first half of 2017, the Chinese economy softened slightly in July, especially on the production side. Official PMI retreated slightly to 51.4, although the Caixin PMI improved to 51.1. “This points to a moderation of manufacturers’ expectations given the wider coverage of the official PMI,” Natixis says.

China’s industrial profits surge over 20% for first seven months

August 28, 2017

BEIJING - China’s major industrial firms posted steady profit growth in the first seven months of the year, official data shows. From January to July, industrial companies with annual revenue over RMB 20 million (USD 3 million) reported total profits of above RMB 4.2 trillion, up 21.2% from the same period in 2016, the National Bureau of Statistics said in a statement.

Philippine banks to maintain their growth trajectory – S&P

August 23, 2017

MANILA - Banks in the Philippines are set to continue to grow rapidly over the next two years, thanks to strong solid economic growth, corporate profitability, low interest rates, and a drop in nonperforming loans, according to S&P Global Ratings. The report estimates that the banking sector in Philippines will grow at
15%-17% in 2017 and 2018, after 16.5% expansion in 2016.

China urges U.S. to correct North Korean secondary sanctions “mistake”

August 23, 2017

BEIJING - China has opposed secondary sanctions related to North Korea announced by the US Treasury Department on Tuesday and called on the US Government to correct the "mistake". The US Treasury announced on Tuesday new sanctions on 16 entities and individuals, mostly from China and Russia, for alleged business ties with the missile and nuclear weapons programme in North Korea.