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    Never mind the official data, China is already experiencing a hard landing, and there is no ‘silver bullet’ solution to the country’s economic problems, according to China bear Patrick Chovanec.

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    Even as consumer prices in China rose at their slowest pace in 30 months in July, giving the central bank more scope to ease monetary policy, economists say policymakers will have to act real fast because the window for further rate cuts may be closing.

  • As Gu Kailai passed the day in a Hefei detention center ahead of the most anticipated Chinese trial in decades, local sightseers flocked to Lord Bao temple, a shrine dedicated to an 11th-century official who symbolizes justice in China. The FT reports.

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    The slump in metal prices this year as demand falls amid a moribund global economy does not have global mining firms worried, with Fortescue Metals, Anglogold Ashanti and Rio Tinto all saying on Wednesday that the long-term prospects for commodities remain intact.

  • JUBA, SUDAN - JANUARY 09: Southern Sudanese celebrate at the end of the first day of voting for the independence referendum January 9, 2011 in Juba, Sudan. Southern Sudan is participating in an independence referendum today following a historic 2005 peace treaty that brought an end to decades of civil war between the Arab north and predominantly Christian and animist south. The south is expected to vote around 99 percent to secede from the north which will also give it a majority of Sudan's oil

    The US wants China and Arab states to help foot the $3bn bill for a deal designed to unlock oil production and set Sudan and South Sudan back on the path to peace, the FT reports.

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    Official data from China this week may reinforce the view that the economy is close to, if not at, a bottom, but the country's currency seem to be telling a different story.

  • Investors watch a display at a stock exchange in Huaian, Jiangsu Province, China.

    When Guo Shuqing became China’s top securities regulator in October, investors hoped that he would bring a reformist zeal to the job that would help break the stock market’s two-year losing streak.

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    The Chinese market is likely to consolidate on Wednesday ahead of of a batch of July data Thursday and after three days of gains.

  • Trading Rio Tinto's Earnings & China's CPI

    A trade on an Australian mining company and China's latest economic data, with Tim Seymour, Triogem Asset Management.

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    Xstrata reported a sharp fall in profits Tuesday as the miner battled rising costs and falling prices – which is likely to revive the debate surrounding its stalled $60 billion merger with Glencore, the commodities trader.

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    This strategist sees a promising trade with the Australian and New Zealand dollars.

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    Confidence is strengthening in the Chinese market after two days of gains of more than 1 percent.

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    The Chinese economy is likely to find support from a more active central bank together with a boost in spending by Beijing in the second half of the year - that’s the key take away from recent pledges made by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and policymakers to push growth, economists tell CNBC.

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    Release of Chinese data is always a big risk event for Aussie assets and this week is no different, with a slew of data due from the world’s second-largest economy on Thursday. But experts say unless the data miss targets by a significant margin, the appetite for assets such as the Aussie dollar and bonds will remain strong.

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    Traders in China are expected to focus on earnings results and a batch of economic data this week.

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    Friday may see more choppy trading after Thursday's speculation-fueled trading session.

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    China’s spectacular performance at the London Olympic Games while brining cheer to its fans has done little to boost the prospects of its sportswear firms back home, which have been struggling to grow their share of the $19 billion sportswear market.

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    The Knight trading glitch that resulted in the NYSE canceling trades in six stocks is the latest in a series of trading snafus to hit the market.

  • Civilian visitors sit on top of a T-72 tank during an Indian Army weaponry exhibition in Kolkata, India.

    India has replaced China as the world’s largest arms buyer, accounting for 10 percent of all arms purchases during the past five years, the New York Times reports.

  • An employee works on the assembly line of the Hyundai Motor Co. Ulsan factory in Ulsan, South Korea.

    South Korea suffered a double whammy of weak exports, which plunged the most in nearly three years, and manufacturing activity that continues to shrink, and economists tell CNBC that the worst is not over for the export-dependent economy.