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  • China Trade Surplus Hits $21.4 Billion, Exports Slow Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | 2:43 AM ET
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    China recorded a smaller-than-expected trade surplus of $21.35 billion in June, as slower growth in exports contributed to concerns that weakening demand overseas could be starting to hit the economy.

  • El-Erian: Commodity Surge a Double-Edged Sword Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | 11:25 AM ET

    Rising commodity prices are threatening not only the United States but also economies from emerging nations across the globe, Pimco Co-CEO Mohamed El-Erian said on CNBC.

  • A Chinese Volvo: Would You Buy One? Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | 9:44 AM ET
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    For as long as I've worked the auto beat, I've heard the same thing, "watch out for the Chinese car companies!" The theory/fear being, Chinese automakers will get to the U.S. market and work quickly to make their mark.

  • Top Global Agriculture Picks Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | 8:19 AM ET

    In a time of rising food prices, investors should have agricultural stocks in their portfolios, Victor Badin, fund manager at Global Cap, said.

  • Historic China-Taiwan Flights Take Off Thursday, 3 Jul 2008 | 9:25 PM ET
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    Historic regular flights between Taiwan and China began on Friday, in a show of conciliation between the long-time rivals that could bring large numbers of mainland Chinese visitors to the island.

  • Taiwan to Let Funds Invest More in China Stocks Thursday, 3 Jul 2008 | 1:47 AM ET
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    Taiwan's cabinet announced a plan on Thursday to raise the amount of assets that Taiwan mutual funds can invest in China stocks, the latest in a series of measures to further improve trade ties with China.

  • China Moves to Fight Speculative Money Wednesday, 2 Jul 2008 | 12:27 PM ET

    China on Wednesday tightened the administration of its capital controls in a move aimed at deterring speculative inflows of foreign currency.

  • China's Stock Market Sinks to Fresh 16-Month Low Tuesday, 1 Jul 2008 | 9:20 AM ET

    China's main stock index sank more than 3 percent to a fresh 16-month closing low on Tuesday, led by financial and property shares, on worries about rising interest rates and heavy supplies of shares from IPOs.

  • China PMI Hits Near-3-Year Low as Costs Soar Monday, 30 Jun 2008 | 10:32 PM ET
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    China's manufacturing sector has lost considerable momentum because of surging costs at home and weak demand from abroad, an official survey showed on Tuesday.

  • Venezuelan Oil: More Going to China, Less to US Monday, 30 Jun 2008 | 4:18 PM ET
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    U.S. imports of Venezuelan oil fell 11.7 percent during the first four months of the year compared to the same period in 2007, the U.S. government said Monday.

  • China Problems Crimp US Fireworks Shows Monday, 30 Jun 2008 | 10:44 AM ET

    The U.S. fireworks business stands to lose $25 million to $30 million this year because of orders tangled up by Chinese shipping restrictions.

  • China to Raise Jet Fuel Prices 15% for Airlines Monday, 30 Jun 2008 | 12:50 AM ET
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    China's National Aviation Fuel Holding , the country's near-monopoly jet fuel distributor, is set to charge domestic airlines about 15% more from July 1, an industry executive said on Monday.

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    The big spender who won this year's "Power Lunch with Warren Buffett" charity auction with a record high bid of $2,110,100 is Zhao Danyang of the Hong-Kong based Pure Heart China Growth Investment Fund, according to a spokesperson for San Francisco's Glide Foundation.  I spoke with Zhao by telephone late tonight. He told me his investment philosophy is very similar to Buffett's and he has "lots of questions" to ask him.

  • Joe Alexander "Bucking" The Trend? Wednesday, 25 Jun 2008 | 1:00 PM ET
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    On Monday, I wrote about how the shoe money has dried up for this year's crop of NBA Draft picks. So much so, I'm hearing, that we might not see a single player ink a deal worth more than $2 million annually.

  • Gold Price Likely to Rise Again: Stocks Analyst Wednesday, 25 Jun 2008 | 8:53 AM ET

    The current dip in gold prices is temporary and demand for the precious metal is likely to rise in the medium term, Ronald-Peter Stoferle, international equities analyst at Erste Bank, wrote in a market note Wednesday.

  • India, China Mint New Millionaires Faster than US Wednesday, 25 Jun 2008 | 6:44 AM ET
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    India and China saw bigger growth in the millionaire population last year than anywhere else, and wealth in the Asia-Pacific is expected to grow nearly 8 percent a year to 2012 despite a slowdown in the world at large, a survey showed.

  • Beijing Pollution Threatens Success of Summer Games Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | 2:54 PM ET
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    Visitors to this summer’s Beijing Olympics will get an immediate lesson in the environmental cost of China's break-neck economic development: the world's worst air pollution.

  • Emerging Money: Global Inflation Epidemic Monday, 23 Jun 2008 | 6:47 PM ET

    Are surging food & energy prices making emerging markets too risky for investors?

  • Bunge to Scoop Up Corn Products for $4.4 Billion Monday, 23 Jun 2008 | 2:23 PM ET
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    Bunge will buy fellow agriculture company Corn Products International for $4.4 billion in stock, the companies said Monday.

  • Powering The Planet -- Editor's Introduction Monday, 23 Jun 2008 | 10:27 AM ET
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    It's all about energy, these days.   This special report, "Powering The Planet", aims to inform and educate you about the global energy challenge. Now and over the coming months, you'll find useful guides on energy sources and investments, a resource center with related links on a host of subjects, as well as an exhaustive library of videos from CNBC. Users will also be able to access a special collection of podcast videos for downloading. And speaking of taking it with you, take our customized widget, please.