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  • Last month, solar producer Baoding Tianwei Baobian Electric became China's first ever state-owned company to default on a bond coupon payment, showing Beijing's increasing willingness to let companies go bust in a bid to reform its corporate market. Although onshore and offshore bondholders have equal standing in China's bankruptcy law, lawyers and...

  • Ranbaxy filed "grossly inadequate" applications seeking approval for its drugs and deceived the FDA into granting approvals and giving the company market exclusivity, the class action lawsuit asserts. The FDA has banned import of drugs from all of Ranbaxy's India- based plants under a wider scrutiny of the country's $15 billion pharmaceutical industry,...

  • Forget Alibaba earnings—listen to Jack Ma Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 1:21 PM ET
    Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma makes a speech during the official opening of the CeBIT trade fair in Hanover March 15, 2015.

    Alibaba met Michael Yoshikami's expectations on earnings but he offers this word of caution on investing in the stock.

  • SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, May 7- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd named a new chief executive on Thursday, as the Chinese ecommerce group's blistering growth faces headwinds and less-lucrative mobile transactions surpassed those from personal computers for the first time. Alibaba said Chief Operating Officer Daniel Zhang would on May 10 replace Jonathan Lu, who as the...

  • PYEONGTAEK, South Korea, May 7- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday its new $14 billion South Korean chip plant, which is expected to help drive growth as smartphone earnings slow, will start production sometime in the first half of 2017.. The world's No.2 chip maker by revenue did not specify what products will be made at the new production line, which will...

  • *Liaoning province slashed its 2015 job creation target. BEIJING, May 6- As growth in China's sagging economy looks on the verge of spilling below 7 percent, officials worried about a spike in unemployment are pulling out all the stops to avoid mass lay-offs. The measures appear to be working for now, said a senior economist at the Development Research Centre, a...

  • May 4- McDonald's Corp's new chief executive officer said on Monday he would reorganize business units, sell restaurants to franchisees and cut costs in a bid to turn the fast-food chain into a "modern, progressive burger company." Shares were down nearly 2 percent in premarket trading, then retraced losses to stand off 0.1 percent at $97.70 on the New York Stock...

  • Taiwan's UMC to expand China customer base via JV factory Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 6:44 AM ET

    TAIPEI, April 29- Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp, the world's No.2 contract chip maker, intends to expand its customer base in China via its joint venture factory with the Fujian Province government, company executives said Wednesday. UMC broke ground on the factory last month in a joint ceremony with government officials and major client Qualcomm Inc,...

  • BEIJING, April 28- China's Tencent Holdings Ltd launched on Tuesday an operating system for internet-connected devices such as TVs and watches that is open to all developers, taking on domestic rivals Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Xiaomi Inc in the smart hardware space. This model mirrors Google Inc's Android mobile OS, and could help Tencent replicate the U.S....

  • SEOUL, April 23- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is set to spend at least another 10 trillion won to boost capacity at a new South Korean chip plant, a 64 percent increase over announced investment plans, domestic online news service MoneyToday reported. The plans for the new plant, which will be located in Pyeongtaek south of Seoul, has led to some worries about the...

  • SEOUL, April 23- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd plans to invest at least another 10 trillion won to boost capacity at a new South Korean chip plant, news service MoneyToday reported on Thursday without citing sources. Samsung has already announced a 15.6 trillion won investment to build the plant in Pyeongtaek south of Seoul, its biggest commitment to a single...

  • April 22- Generic drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd said it could "promptly" divest some operations to obtain regulatory clearance for its proposed $40 billion takeover of smaller rival Mylan NV. Mylan, which has said a merger with Teva would be bad fit, plans to make a new offer for Perrigo Co Plc in the near term, CNBC reported on Wednesday.

  • April 22- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd said on Wednesday it could "promptly" divest some operations if necessary to obtain regulatory clearance for its proposed takeover of smaller rival Mylan NV. Meanwhile, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania- based Mylan is pursuing its own $29 billion unsolicited bid for Perrigo Co Plc, which the maker of over-the-counter...

  • Toyota to launch two hybrid cars in China this year Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | 9:44 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, April 19- Toyota Motor Corp, the world's largest automaker by sales volume, plans to launch two hybrid cars in China this year as part of efforts to launch vehicles that will help to reduce pollution in the country. The gasoline-electric hybrid cars, called Levin Hev and Corolla, will be launched in China in the second half of the year, the Japanese company...

  • China's incredible shrinking factory Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    HUIZHOU, China, April 17- Eight years ago, Pascal Lighting employed about 2,000 workers on a leafy campus in southern China. Cankun, an appliances factory in southern China featured in the documentary Manufactured Landscapes, had more than 22,000 manufacturing employees in 2005, according to its annual report. Some Hong Kong- owned factories in southern China...

  • April 16- Tata Consultancy Services Ltd has been sued by a white American information technology worker who accused India's largest software services exporter of overwhelming favoritism toward workers of South Asian descent in the United States. In a complaint filed on Tuesday in San Francisco federal court, Steven Heldt said 95 percent of Tata's 14,000-...

  • UPDATE 1-SunPower, Apple to build solar projects in China Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 10:05 AM ET

    April 16- Solar panel maker SunPower Corp said it would partner with Apple Inc to build two solar power projects in China's Sichuan province with total capacity of 40 megawatts. The projects, when complete, will be co-owned by Apple and Sichuan Shengtian New Energy Development Co Ltd, SunPower's project development joint venture. SunPower and longstanding...

  • April 16- Carlyle Group LP has enlisted Mike Duke, former chief executive of Wal Mart Stores Inc, to the executive team that the asset management firm taps for advise on deals, the Wall Street Journal reported. They were part of the advisory board of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing. He will continue to be a member of Wal Mart's...

  • TOKYO, April 16- Japan's Sharp Corp and its main banks are set to agree on Thursday to a $1.7 billion rescue and restructuring plan that will likely include a promise to split off its ailing smartphone display business, a person involved in the discussions said. As part of its second major bailout in three years, Sharp's lenders, Mizuho Bank and Bank of...

  • TOKYO, April 16- Japan's Sharp Corp and its main banks are to meet on Thursday to agree on a $1.7 billion rescue and restructuring plan for the loss-making electronics maker, a person involved in the discussions said. An agreement between the Osaka- based company and its main lenders, Mizuho Bank and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, would be Sharp's second big bailout...