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  • BEIJING, Nov 21- China plans to revamp the scheme it uses to allocate quotas for agricultural imports, as part of efforts to stamp out corruption and to rein in record state grain stockpiles, according to government and industry sources. The low-tariff quotas, which are sanctioned under China's membership of the World Trade Organisation, are allocated to...

  • Closing Bell Exchange: Outside the US     Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 3:02 PM ET

    Discussing the health of the U.S. economy, and concerns in Europe and China, with Ron Weiner, RDM Financial; Kyle Brownlee, Wymer Brownlee; James Lowell, Adviser Investments; and CNBC's Rick Santelli.

  • China wants to build the world a railway Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 2:29 PM ET
    A construction site of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit system in Nigeria.

    With its domestic economy cooling, China is investing heavily outside its borders in multibillion dollar infrastructure projects.

  • Longer visas for Chinese could spur US tourism Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 11:59 AM ET

    Chinese visitors are already familiar faces in major U.S. destinations such as New York City, San Francisco and Las Vegas, but other parts of the country could also see some a boost. "One simple decision like this... is going to reap tremendous benefits to the country," said Chris Thompson, president and CEO of Brand USA, the public-private partnership responsible for...

  • China firm disputes AP report of profits, history Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 10:26 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A $5 billion Chinese chemical company backed by Morgan Stanley disputed overstating its profits, saying that local officials in China have agreed to change outdated records. The Associated Press cited the records about the company's origins and the source of its key assets in a two-month investigation that revealed discrepancies between...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 20- U.S. lawmakers should look into options for punishing cyber-spying and the theft of trade secrets from U.S. companies, a congressional advisory committee on China said on Thursday. Congress should ask U.S. trade officials to report on whether they had power to sanction companies that benefited from stealing trade secrets, the U.S.-China...

  • LONDON/ BEIJING, Nov 20- Surveys sounded warning bells for the global economy on Thursday as euro zone businesses grew less quickly than any forecaster expected and China's factories lost momentum. Markit's Composite Flash Purchasing Managers' Index for November, based on surveys of thousands of companies and seen as a good growth indicator, fell to 51.4,...

  • AirAsia to launch Southeast Asian air pass Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 5:53 AM ET

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia— Budget carrier AirAsia said Thursday it will launch a regional air pass next year to increase revenue and boost tourism in Southeast Asia, taking competition in low-cost air travel to a more intense level. AirAsia, which has dominated cheap travel in the region for years, faces rising competition from the proliferation of discounts...

  • HONG KONG, Nov 20- Profit-taking and queasiness about the rules blighted trading via the Shanghai- Hong Kong stock connect this week after a brisk first day when mostly hedge funds and private banks snapped up all the available mainland shares within hours. The scheme, which lets foreign investors directly invest in Shanghai- listed shares for the first time and...

  • HONG KONG, Nov 20- Profit-taking and queasiness about the rules blighted trading via the Shanghai- Hong Kong stock connect this week after a brisk first day when mostly hedge funds and private banks snapped up all the available mainland shares within hours. The scheme, which lets foreign investors directly invest in Shanghai- listed shares for the first time and...

  • Hong Kong shares in 4th day of losses, financials down Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 3:12 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, Nov 20- Hong Kong shares posted a fourth day of losses on Thursday since the launch of the landmark Shanghai- Hong Kong stock connector scheme. The Hang Seng Index unofficially closed down 0.1 percent at 23,349.64 points. Analysts said the Hang Seng Index was below the 50- day average and approaching the 250- day average, amid bearish sell-off pressure...

  • HONG KONG, Nov 20- The launch of the Shanghai- Hong Kong stock connect scheme this week has reduced borrowing costs for foreign companies looking to issue yuan-denominated debt in the offshore markets and may lead to more issuance in an already record year. A link that lets Hong Kong and Shanghai investors buy and sell shares on each other's bourses debuted on...

  • SHANGHAI, Nov 21- China stocks ended slightly up on Thursday, as fresh worries over the cooling economy and continuing profit-taking pressure undercut gains by financial sector shares. The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen was flat. China Life Insurance Co Ltd rose 3.2 percent, China Pacific Insurance Group Co Ltd 2.4...

  • China: Australia trade deal won't hurt New Zealand Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 1:27 AM ET

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand— Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday that his country's trade deal with Australia won't hurt neighboring New Zealand because demand from the world's No. 2 economy remains strong. China and Australia signed a preliminary free-trade deal earlier this week. Xi said people have been asking him if that will have a negative impact on...

  • China stocks fall on economy worries, Hong Kong steady Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 12:09 AM ET

    HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI, Nov 20- China shares fell on Thursday on fresh worries over the cooling economy and as profit-taking pressure persisted after the launch of a landmark Hong Kong- Shanghai trading link. The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen also fell 0.1 percent. Investors on the mainland have been offloading shares which...

  • Beijing, time to unleash aggressive easing: Pro     Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    After a raft of soft data, Kevin Lau, Senior Economist at Standard Chartered, says Beijing needs to step up stimulus with "traditional measures" like cutting its policy deposit rate.

  • BEIJING, Nov 20- China's factories looked to have hit an air pocket in November as a private survey showed output falling for the first time in six months, adding to concerns about slowing economic momentum and to the case for further policy easing from Beijing. In China, the flow of data was again disappointing as an early reading on HSBC/ Markit's manufacturing...

  • China growth could slow to 5-6%, says this expert     Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 10:11 PM ET

    Jonathan Pain, Author of The Pain Report, says the mainland economy faces an "inevitable deceleration" and could see 5-6 percent annual growth over the next 5 years.

  • Asian currencies face 'double whammy'     Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 9:44 PM ET

    Mitul Kotecha, Head of FX Strategy, Asia Pacific at Barclays, says Asian currencies have come under pressure following a weaker yen and soft economic data coming out of China.

  • BEIJING, Nov 20- Growth in China's vast factory sector stalled in November, with output contracting for the first time in six months, a private survey showed on Thursday, adding to signs that the economy may still be losing traction. The flash HSBC/ Markit manufacturing purchasing managers' index fell to a six-month low of 50.0 from a final reading of 50.4 in October...