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  • HSBC Shares Jump on BoCom Stake Increase Option Monday, 10 Mar 2008 | 1:12 PM ET

    Shares in HSBC jumped on Monday after reports the global lender will try to raise its stake in China's fifth-largest lender, a move that would be further evidence of its shift to Asian markets.

  • China Trade Surplus Falls, Wholesale Inflation Up Monday, 10 Mar 2008 | 4:23 AM ET

    China reported a big drop in its trade surplus on Monday as imports surged and exports sagged, but economists were wary of reading too much into the data because of distortions from the timing of the Lunar New Year.

  • Yuan Not Key to Inflation Fight: China's Central Bank Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 1:13 AM ET

    A stronger yuan can help temper price pressures but plays second fiddle to monetary policy in China's struggle against inflation, the country's central bank chief said on Thursday.

  • Ping An Shares Jump After Shareholders Approve Offer Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 5:39 AM ET

    Shares in Ping An Insurance opened sharply higher on Thursday after shareholders approved the company's plan for an equity issue that could raise some $17 billion.

  • Cathay Pacific Results Strong, Guidance Gloomy Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 3:38 AM ET

    Cathay Pacific Airways, Asia's No. 3 carrier, posted a forecast-beating 85 percent jump in second-half profit on Wednesday on surging passenger demand and higher ticket prices but the global credit rout has dimmed its outlook for 2008.

  • China's Wen Focuses on Fighting Inflation, Pollution Tuesday, 4 Mar 2008 | 9:31 PM ET
    Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao speaks at a press conference after the closing ceremony of the National People's Congress, in Beijing's Great Hall of the People Friday March 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

    China's Premier Wen Jiabao vowed on Wednesday to focus on fighting inflation, pollution and misgovernment as the nation readies for a year when it will be tested by the Olympic Games and global economic gloom.

  • CNBC's Wealth in America Survey Sunday, 2 Mar 2008 | 11:35 AM ET

    Americans have turned dramatically negative on the economy, the stock market and housing over the past three months, a new CNBC Wealth in America Survey finds.

  • Americans Sour on Stocks, Housing and the Economy Sunday, 2 Mar 2008 | 8:57 AM ET

    Americans have turned dramatically negative on the economy, the stock market and housing over the past three months, a new CNBC Wealth in America Survey finds.

  • China, Korea Probe Complaints Over Factory Closures Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 10:11 PM ET

    China and South Korea are investigating complaints that hundreds of Korean-invested factories have closed down, leaving workers without pay. 

  • Hong Kong Posts Record Surplus, Unveils Budget Wednesday, 27 Feb 2008 | 1:14 AM ET
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    Hong Kong announced a record fiscal surplus in its annual budget on Wednesday, enabling Financial Secretary John Tsang to offer tax concessions and handouts, but forecast a temporary return to a fiscal deficit in 2008/09.

  • Inflation Fight to Slow Growth for China Sunday, 24 Feb 2008 | 10:22 AM ET
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    China's money and credit growth will slow this year as the central bank implements a battery of tightening measures to achieve its primary goal of taming inflation, a senior central bank official said on Sunday.

  • Serb Rioters Attack, Break Into US Embassy Thursday, 21 Feb 2008 | 2:01 PM ET
    The U.S. embassy in Belgrade burns after masked attackers broke into the building and set an office on fire at the end of a massive protest against Western-backed Kosovo independence, in the Serbian capital, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008. More than 150,000 Serbs gathered at the rally vowing to retake the territory which is viewed as Serbia's religious and national heartland.

    Serb rioters broke into the U.S. Embassy and set fire to an office after a massive protest against Kosovo's independence that drew an estimated 150,000 people.

  • In case you are wondering why commodity prices continue to rise in the face of a U.S. slowdown, please listen to what Rio Tinto CEO Tom Albanese told our David Faber a short while ago. He discussed how China was continuing to suck up a greater and greater part of the world's commodity supplies, and concluded by noting that China now consumes:

  • Rio Tinto CEO: We're Too Valuable for Takeover Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | 12:05 PM ET

    Rio Tinto isn't interested in takeover bids from BHP Billiton -- or any other companies, says CEO Tom Albanese. In November 2007, BHP had offered 3.4 shares of BHP for every share of Rio Tinto. But Rio's board rejected the bid as well as a subsequent sweetened offer. The CEO explained to CNBC that in the days since the initial bid, "Our markets have gotten even stronger." Thank China.

  • China's Inflation Hits 11-Year High of 7.1% Monday, 18 Feb 2008 | 11:22 PM ET

    China's annual consumer price inflation jumped to 7.1 percent in January, the highest in more than 11 years, reinforcing expectations that Beijing will stick to a tight monetary policy despite softening economic growth.

  • Mining Bonanza Monday, 18 Feb 2008 | 10:31 PM ET
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    This week, we delve into the world of natural resources and chart the Chinese company, Chalco. Mining giants BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto have dominated the headlines of late, with BHP aggressively pursuing a bid to acquire Rio.

  • Vale, JFE Agree to 65% Iron Ore Price Increase Sunday, 17 Feb 2008 | 10:54 PM ET

    Japanese and South Korean steel mills have agreed to pay Brazilian mining giant Vale 65 percent more for iron ore under term contracts this year, sources said on Monday, setting the stage for other Asian steel mills to conclude similar deals.

  • China's Producer Price Inflation Hits 3-Year High Sunday, 17 Feb 2008 | 10:12 PM ET

    China's producer price inflation jumped to a three-year high in January as transport disruptions caused by severe winter weather pushed up the cost of food and coal.

  • Weak Economy News, Inflation Weigh On Stocks Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 11:30 AM ET

    A slew of weak economic news and stronger than expected inflation news is weighing on stocks ahead of the Presidents’ Day weekend. Consider: .

  • IMF Head Sees China Economy Up 10%, Urges Yuan Rise Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 11:27 PM ET

    China's economy is likely to grow around 10 percent this year despite a global slowdown stemming from the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said on Friday.