The Rise of China

The Chinese economy is still growing far faster than the United States. These American companies are hoping to seize that opportunity to boost their bottom lines. More
Chinese e-commerce, offline retail and social media companies are generating shockingly steep growth curves by catering to the continent's burgeoning middle class. More
10:17pm: China's economy is slowing and growth in 2014 could fall short of the government's official target, according to a CNNMoney survey of economists. More
Mar 31: Analysts say that China's factories have not yet emerged from their funk, despite some positive government data released Tuesday. More
Mar 27: A bank run in an eastern Chinese province has highlighted the need for the central government to speed up financial reforms for greater stability. More
Mar 20: China's economy appears to be slowing, a trend that could force Beijing to put much-needed economic reforms on hold. More
Mar 20: China's yuan has tumbled to its lowest level in a year, just days after the country's central bank doubled its trading range against the dollar. More
Mar 19: American companies operating in China expect slower revenue growth, investment and expansion this year. More
Mar 19: A Chinese real estate developer is on the verge of bankruptcy, adding to hints the government is willing to let some pawns fall as it moves toward a more market-oriented economy. More
Mar 17: Chinese tech giant Alibaba's decision to list in the U.S. instead of Hong Kong has raised questions over whether the Asian city will ever regain its IPO crown. More
Mar 15: Central bank of China says it will allow a wider range of yuan trading against the dollar. Move marks another step in government's push to open up economy and markets. More
Mar 14: China looks ready to let more companies go to the wall as part of its economic reforms, shaking financial markets that are used to the government bailing out investors at the last minute. More
Mar 13: Copper prices are tumbling on fears China's slowing economy could push more companies into default and flood markets with metal used to finance their debt. More
Mar 7: A small Chinese solar firm has defaulted on its debt -- the first of its kind for China -- perhaps pointing to the end of 11th-hour government bailouts for troubled enterprises. More
Mar 6: Premier Li Keqiang said Wednesday that China would "declare war on pollution," acknowledging that it was a major problem for the country. More
Mar 4: China has set its economic growth goal at 7.5% this year, amid mounting economic and social reform challenges. More
Mar 4: China's annual parliamentary meetings kick off Wednesday, and all eyes are focused on the government's progress on key reforms outlined last year. More
Feb 20: Fine art buys are all the rage in the shadowy world of Chinese offshore money laundering. More
Feb 9: China is failing to collect billions in taxes from some of its wealthiest citizens, hampering efforts to tackle a widening gap between rich and poor. More
Jan 28: China's expanding anti-corruption crackdown shows no sign of slowing and it's leading to hints of wear and tear in the world's second largest economy. More
Jan 28: China appears to have avoided a high-profile default that would have cost investors millions. More
Jan 22: China's factories have lurched into 2014 at a reduced speed, with manufacturing activity falling to a six-month low. More
Jan 21: Eight companies went public in China on Tuesday. Seven of them were halted for surging past new limits that are supposed to protect investors from speculation. Uh-oh. More
Jan 19: China's economy advanced at a faster pace last year than the government's official target. More
Jan 16: China's GDP grew by 7.7% in 2013 over the previous year, according to a CNNMoney survey, reflecting stronger growth than the government's 7.5% target. More
Jan 13: One of Asia's most successful tech entrepreneurs said Monday that China will always be a tough market for foreign businesses to crack. More
Jan 10: China is poised to become the world's top trading nation, a position long held by the United States. More
Jan 1: Burying the dead is becoming big business in China due to an aging population and strict observance of elaborate rituals. More
Jan 1: China's factories lost some momentum in December, adding to worries that growth in the world's second-largest economy may soften in the new year. More
Dec 26: A recent government think tank report estimates China's total government debt is expected to have hit $4.6 trillion, or roughly 53% GDP, by the end of 2012. More
Dec 23: China's central bank has only been microblogging for three weeks and it's already used the country's answer to Twitter to announce a crucial $50 billion cash injection. More
Dec 23: China's central bank has been forced to pump nearly $50 billion into the financial system to prevent a second damaging cash crunch this year. More
Dec 18: China is slowly relaxing its grip on the yuan, allowing it to hit record highs against the U.S. dollar. That trend may well continue, especially as Beijing seeks to bolster the currency's global role. More
Dec 15: After a long period of steady progress and faster growth, China's factories have lost some momentum in the final months of the year. More
Dec 12: Hong Kong's weak IPO pipeline is getting a boost from an unlikely source -- China's ballooning bad debt. More
Dec 2: Regulators in China have pledged to end the country's yearlong moratorium on IPOs and reform the way companies are approved for public trading on stock exchanges. More
Nov 20: After months of steady progress and faster growth, China's factories have hit a minor speed bump. More
Nov 19: China's economic reform agenda could benefit range of industries, from baby formula makers to construction companies. More
Nov 18: China released its first major reform plan on Friday, the result of a four-day meeting in Beijing of top Communist party officials. More
Nov 15: China has raced past India to become the world's top gold consumer as incomes rise and investors look for alternatives to stocks and real estate. More
Nov 13: This week's four-day meeting of China's top Communist officials was regarded as a make-or-break moment for economic reform but may have raised more questions than it answered. More
Nov 12: China's Communist Party wrapped up a key four-day meeting with a pledge to keep firm control of the economy while allowing a bigger role for markets as it looks for new ways to create jobs and growth. More
Nov 10: What began as a holiday for singles has morphed into China's busiest online shopping day. More
Nov 7: Things just a little easier for investors who crave a slice of China's markets. Deutsche Bank has started offering an exchange-traded fund on the New York Stock Exchange that gives Americans more direct access to mainland stocks. More
Nov 5: A highly anticipated meeting of the China's Communist party central committee later this week comes at a critical moment, and is presumed to mark a new era of economic change. More
Nov 5: The Chinese economy must achieve growth of at least 7.2% in order to keep job creation at an acceptable level of 10 million a year, Premier Li Keqiang has warned. More
Oct 31: China's factory activity picked up speed in October, the latest sign of sustained positive momentum in the world's second-largest economy. More
Oct 23: China's factory activity accelerated in October, the latest sign that the world's second-largest economy is on solid footing. More
Oct 17: China's economy powered ahead in the third quarter, gaining strength and taking some pressure off the country's leaders as they seek to execute painful structural reforms. More
Oct 17: Economists surveyed by CNNMoney estimated China's local government debt levels reached 14.1 trillion yuan to 19.7 trillion yuan by the end of last year, or roughly one-third of the country's gross domestic product. More
Oct 14: If you want to get a snapshot of China's economic plans and priorities, follow the pandas. More
Oct 14: Economists surveyed by CNNMoney forecast China GDP growth of 7.8% in the third quarter. That's better than the growth reported earlier this year but another deceleration may be just around the corner. More
Sep 30: Factories in China continued to gain momentum in September, but the moderate pace of growth raised questions about the strength of recovery in the world's second largest economy. More
Sep 30: China cut the ribbon on its new free trade zone in Shanghai on Sunday, and the government has promised to deliver a wide range of reforms to develop the economy. More
Sep 11: The 59-year-old Wang Jianlin saw his wealth more than double in a year to $22 billion, making him the richest man in China by a long shot as he expands his business empire around the world. More
Aug 21: China seems to be on the up and up as factory activity stabilizes, boosting optimism of continued growth in the world's second-biggest economy. More
Aug 15: it's no surprise that unusual activity is afoot on the mainland markets. What's new is which market, and why. Shanghai markets have fallen around 5% while underdog Shenzhen has soared 16% More
Aug 13: The rapid redrawing of the world's energy map is about to hit another milestone, as China overtakes the U.S. as the biggest importer of oil. More
Aug 12: Starting a business in China can be a difficult process filled with regulatory hassles, convoluted rules and plenty of potential pitfalls. More
Aug 8: Inflation remained subdued in China last month and well below the government's official target. More
Aug 1: Are China's factories picking up speed or slowing down? Turns out it depends on who you ask. More
Jul 29: China has a government debt problem -- but even Beijing doesn't know exactly what is lurking on the books of local and provincial governments. More
Jul 29: China and the European Union have reached an agreement over low-cost solar panels that should help reduce tensions between the key trading partners. More
Jul 25: China's government has announced a host of minor stimulus measures as its leaders confront a slowing economy. More
Jul 23: China's factories are faltering again, raising the prospect of even slower growth in the world's second-biggest economy. More
Jul 22: China's central bank has taken a tentative step toward interest rate liberalization in a move that could foreshadow major changes in the country's banking sector. More
Jul 18: A global survey finds a growing number of people around the world think China will supplant the United States as the world's top superpower. More
Jul 14: China's economy grew at a slower pace in the second quarter, continuing a trend that could test the resolve of the country's leaders as they seek to execute painful structural reforms. More
Jul 10: The parent company of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut had another rough quarter in China. More
Jul 10: A raft of data suggests economic growth in China is slowing, a trend that will test the resolve of the country's leaders as they seek to execute painful but necessary structural reforms. More
Jun 27: China announced a new anti-dumping duty on Thursday that targets chemical producers in European Union. More
Jun 26: A mysterious Chinese businessman with plans to cut a second canal across Central America said Tuesday that the ambitious project has already attracted some initial investment. More
Jun 25: China's central bank has allowed inter-bank borrowing costs to rise rapidly in recent days, a strategy that has the country's shadow bankers on the run. More
Jun 25: The Shanghai Composite continued to reel Tuesday, dropping as much as 5.6% -- and then gaining it all back -- as investors worried over credit conditions in China. More
Jun 24: Monday's sell-off in China stocks is a response to a less investor-friendly government but ultimately it will make the banks safer. More
Jun 24: The People's Bank of China told the country's largest banks Monday to rein in risky loans and improve their balance sheets, a warning that sent a jolt through already unsettled equity markets. More
Jun 21: China's bid to control surging real-estate prices and a head off a credit bubble could mean weaker growth in the world's second biggest economy this year. More
Jun 20: China's factories are faltering again, pointing to slowing growth in the world's second-biggest economy and raising pressure on the country's central bank to relax policy even as it tries to contain an explosion of credit. More
Jun 13: Another product, steel tubes, was added Thursday to the growing list of goods currently subject to a trade dispute between Europe and China. More
Jun 7: The U.K. should monitor the operations of Chinese telecom Huawei within its borders more closely to reduce the risk of cyberattacks, according to a parliamentary report published this week. More
Jun 4: The European Commission says it will impose provisional tariffs on solar panels imported from China, accusing exporters of flooding the EU at prices way below production cost. More
May 29: The IMF lowered its growth forecast for China Wednesday, saying the world's second largest economy must bring a rapid expansion in credit under control and combat rising income inequality. More
May 23: Fears of a slowdown in global growth were reinforced Thursday as a preliminary report on China's manufacturing in May showed activity contracted for the first time in seven months. More
May 20: Property prices continued to rise last month in China, defying policymakers who have sought to cool the housing market while preserving robust economic growth. More
May 9: China's wealthiest citizens are looking to secure their riches and improve the quality of their lives. And many of them are looking to do it overseas. More
Apr 23: Yum said Wednesday that same-store sales in China dropped 20% in the first quarter, as it continues to grapple with the fallout from a food safety scandal and fears over a new strain of bird flu. More
Apr 22: Factory activity in China grew at a slower pace in April, the latest in a series of data points indicating weakness in the world's second largest economy. More
Apr 17: Home prices continued to climb in China last month as buyers rushed to complete sales before new government efforts to cool the country's property market kicked in. More
Apr 14: Gross domestic product grew by 7.7% for the first three months of the year, slightly stronger than the government's target of 7.5% but well below analyst expectations and weaker than the previous quarter. More
Apr 10: Fitch Ratings has issued a warning over excessive debt levels in China, arguing that a surge in credit and a reliance on murky lending practices have increased the chance of financial instability. More
Apr 9: Chinese families are scouring the globe for powdered baby milk, creating shortages as far afield as the U.K. after a series of food scares damaged confidence in local supplies. More
Apr 8: China sought Monday to reassure foreign investors, saying it would never close its doors to the outside world and was committed to improving the business climate. More
Apr 1: Two leading cities in China have announced new efforts to cool their property markets amid a return to rapidly rising housing prices. More
Mar 31: Activity in China's manufacturing sector accelerated in March, bolstering hopes for a more robust economic recovery this year. More
Mar 26: Marc van der Chijs lived and worked in China for more than 13 years before moving to Vancouver. More
Mar 12: Sales at Yum Brands restaurants in China fall by about 20% in the first two months of 2013 as a food scare drove customers away, but the slump was less than the company had feared and shares rallied. More
Mar 11: Jonathan Lu, a 43 year-old Alibaba executive, has been named CEO, succeeding billionaire company founder Jack Ma who said in January he was resigning to make way for younger leaders. More
Mar 7: Virtually every piece of privately-owned concrete is up for grabs in Hong Kong as the city's overheated property market continues to swell, driven by low interest rates, limited supply and waves of cash from mainland China. More
Mar 5: China's political elite pledged Tuesday to tackle the country's environmental crisis in the face of a public outcry over pollution. More
Mar 4: China stocks dropped sharply Monday after Beijing stepped up efforts to rein in the property market ahead of the central government's annual parliament meetings. More
Feb 24: A key gauge of momentum in China's manufacturing sector fell unexpectedly in February, raising concerns about the strength of recovery in the world's second largest economy. More
Feb 22: Property prices ticked up last month in many Chinese cities, raising the chances of further government action to cool the housing market. More
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