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  • SHANGHAI, March 31- As stock market investors cheer Beijing's latest bid to boost the country's ailing housing sector, Chinese bankers are gritting their teeth over the risks they face in further relaxing lending rules to home buyers. The hope is that by allowing buyers to get mortgages more easily, China can revive the housing market, which accounts for 15...

  • Huawei reports 2014 profit up 33 percent Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 2:51 AM ET

    BEIJING— Huawei Technologies Ltd., one of the world's biggest makers of telecommunications equipment, said Tuesday its 2014 profit rose 33 percent, helped by strong sales of smartphones. The company based in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen said it earned 27.9 billion yuan last year. Huawei is privately held but has released annual results in recent years...

  • Vietnam hit by rare strike at major footwear factory Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 2:44 AM ET

    HANOI, March 31- Thousands of workers at a major factory in southern Vietnam went on strike for a fifth day on Tuesday in protest over social insurance cover, in rare show of labour unrest in a country positioning itself as a future Asian manufacturing powerhouse. Witnesses in the industrialised suburbs of Ho Chi Minh City said hundreds of workers massed...

  • *Hong Kong shares up on signs of inflows from China. SHANGHAI, March 31- China stocks hit fresh seven-year highs on Tuesday morning, helped by rises in property and banking stocks after Beijing eased lending policies to bolster the struggling real estate market. Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng index rose 0.5 percent on China's latest easing move, touching...

  • TOKYO— Japan is not planning to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, its government spokesman said Tuesday, while Taiwan announced it would apply for membership, joining dozens of countries in signing up to an initiative opposed by Washington. "As of today, Japan will not join AIIB and a clear explanation has not been received from China," Suga...

  • BEIJING, March 30- China has agreed to delay implementing new bank technology restrictions that Washington has complained represent unfair regulatory pressure on foreign firms, a senior U.S. Treasury official said in Beijing on Monday. BSA The Software Alliance, whose members include Adobe Systems, Apple Inc, IBM, Microsoft Corp and Oracle Corp, and the...

  • SHANGHAI, March 31- China stocks rose to fresh seven-year highs on Tuesday, led by property and banking stocks, after Beijing eased mortgage lending policies to bolster the struggling real estate market and reduce its drag on the cooling economy. Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng index rose 0.4 percent on China's latest easing move, touching one-year-highs, with...

  • HONG KONG, March 31- Troubled Chinese property developer Kaisa Group Holdings said it would not report its 2014 results as scheduled on Tuesday as it needed more time to assess its cash flow. Larger peer Sunac China Holdings, which has proposed a takeover, urged the bondholders to accept Kaisa's debt restructuring plan or risk the company running out of cash by...

  • Where opportunities lie in China's market   Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 9:22 PM ET
    Where opportunities lie in China's market

    Sam Le Cornu, senior portfolio manager at Macquarie Asset Management, says he prefers the H-shares and explains why he "greatly favors" the insurance sector.

  • SHANGHAI, March 31- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's healthcare subsidiary will tie-up with Zhejiang DiAn Diagnostics Co Ltd to help develop an online hospital platform, the diagnostics firm said in a filing late on Monday. Ali Health is looking to leverage technology to overhaul China's fragmented healthcare market, which suffers from an under-supply of...

  • Expect a lot more easing from China: Pro   Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 9:12 PM ET
    Expect a lot more easing from China: Pro

    Sam Le Cornu, senior portfolio manager at Macquarie Asset Management, says the relaxation of mortgage rules on Monday implies more monetary easing in the coming months.

  • BEIJING— A groundbreaking solar-powered plane successfully flew from Myanmar to central China early Tuesday as part of an historic round-the-world journey promoting renewable energy use. The organizers of the Solar Impulse 2 flight wrote in a statement that the plane landed in Chongqing, China, at 1:35 a.m. Tuesday, after leaving Mandalay, Myanmar, more...

  • Why the US should work with China-led AIIB   Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 8:34 PM ET
    Why the US should work with China-led AIIB

    Curtis Chin, Asia Fellow at Milken Institute and John Perkins, Author of "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man," explain why the U.S. should be involved with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

  • LONDON/ HONG KONG, March 31- Global equity issuance rose by a fifth to $231.5 billion in the three months through March, a record high for a first quarter, as a sharp rise in secondary share sales outweighed a drop in company flotations, Thomson Reuters data showed on Tuesday. Money raised from flotations, or initial public offerings, fell a fifth to $37.2 billion,...

  • Will China stimulus be good for US stocks?   Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 6:19 PM ET
    Will China stimulus be good for US stocks?

    Jeremy Hill, managing director of Old Blackheath Companies, says stimulus measures from China will be positive for global risk markets, but may not necessarily boost U.S. stocks.

  • BEIJING, March 30- China has agreed to delay implementing new bank technology restrictions that Washington has complained represent unfair regulatory pressure on foreign firms, a senior U.S. Treasury official said in Beijing on Monday. BSA The Software Alliance, whose members include Adobe Systems, Apple Inc, IBM, Microsoft Corp and Oracle Corp, and the...

  • Commodities tomorrow: Traders focus on Iran   Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 PM ET
    Commodities tomorrow: Traders focus on Iran

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. Traders focus on Iran, but headlines from the State Department drove crude higher by the end of the day.

  • *China signals stimuli for economy. Treasury debt prices were mostly little changed on Monday, with longer-dated maturities giving back some gains from last week, as equity markets rose on signs China was moving to bolster its massive economy. Stocks, which often move inversely from bonds in prices, surged to seven-year highs in China, helped by Beijing's...

  • LONDON, March 30- China has managed to export a large shipment of crude oil from Yemen over the weekend, ship-tracking data showed on Monday, despite mounting chaos in the country after the launch of Saudi-led air strikes last week. Tanker data listed it as being run by Glasford, the shipping-arm of PetroChina. Trading sources estimate Yemen's oil exports before...

  • China's 'merger king' criticizes US—here's why Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 11:09 AM ET
    Ren Jianxin

    Ren Jianxin has orchestrated half-a-dozen acquisitions across the globe has yet to do a major deal in the U.S., the FT reports.