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  • Surging food prices boosted China's annual consumer price inflation to a 27-month high of 3.4% in May from 3.0% in April, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday.

  • U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said that some agreements made in recent economic talks with China will help create the basis for moving towards a market-determined currency exchange rate, but stressed the effort was a long path of small steps.

  • Merkel, Putin, Bush

    This meeting of the world's richest nations may be the most challenging one for the U.S. in years, given the growing power of Russia and China.

  • Stocks prices are soft ahead of the opening after a tumultuous night in Asia which ultimately left markets there higher. Investors are also watching comments from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke on housing and the economy made to a South African monetary conference this morning.

  • Michael Morris, chairman of Business Roundtable’s Energy Taskforce and chairman and CEO of American Electric Power, told CNBC’s “Street Signs” that a world-wide plan is needed to attack global warming.

  • To University of Maryland business economist Peter Morici, the disadvantages resulting from U.S. trade with China are clear enough: China's 24% tariff on imports for one, and the United States' $6 trillion external debt resulting from imports for another.

  • Stocks are weaker ahead of the open despite a round of Monday morning mergers. Asian markets were higher, ignoring another selloff in China overnight, and European markets are lower.

  • China's central bank is keeping a close eye on inflation after a recent spurt in the price of pork, eggs and other food, Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of the People's Bank of China, said on Tuesday.

  • China said on Monday its response to the threats of climate change must give overriding priority to economic development as the nation seeks to balance ambitions for growth with fears of environmental calamity.

  • The buzz in Asia has been about China tripling stamp duties on stock trades. And if there is any truth in the latest rumors swirling around, a capital gains tax on shares is on the horizon, though Chinese officials have been quick to dismiss it. The same officials who on May 22 denied rumors of an increase in stamp tax, which was announced just a week later.  The dust will have plenty of time to settle over the weekend. Expect Chinese markets to continue hogging everyone’s attention throughout the upcoming week.

  • Union-backed critics of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.  are using a made-in-America campaign started by late founder Sam Walton in the 1980s to attack the global retailer for buying heavily from China.

  • Stocks are looking higher this morning after markets worldwide rode the wave of Wall Street's record-setting session yesterday. Wall Street was greeted this morning by merger news involving one of its own. Wachovia is buying Midwest broker A.G. Edwards for $6.8 billion, ranking the combined firm as one of the Street's biggest brokers and giving a big endorsement to the prospects for the retail brokerage and asset management businesses.

  • U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, sharpening his tone on Chinese currency policy, said on Thursday that there was a mounting need for Beijing to let its yuan rise in value.

  • The chief financial officer of Baidu.com told CNBC that the China-focused Internet search firm is in the initial phases of a long-term growth story.

  • An overnight selloff in the Chinese market caused the Shanghai Composite Index to fall 6.5%, just one day after hitting all-time highs. Marc Pado, U.S. market strategist at Cantor Fitzgerald, and J.J. Burns, president of J.J. Burns & Company, joined CNBC’s Mark Haines on “Morning Call,” to discuss whether the exuberance that has driven China’s stock rally will evaporate and hurt global markets.

  • Despite big declines in China's stock market on Wednesday, market pros say the region remains a solid long-term investment.

  • There are many ways to play the Chinese market -- both directly and indirectly -- but a lot depends on your risk tolerance.

  • Lynic Wang dreams of buying his own home. The problem he faces is how to make enough money to buy that dream house in an expensive city like Shanghai.  Wang’s solution  – invest in the red hot Chinese stock market.

  • Wall Street is heading for a down day after China's move to cool its overheated stock market with a tax hike drove Shanghai shares down 6.5% and pulled the floor out of stock buying around the world. Asian markets closed lower and European stocks are down across the continent. Some buyers appear to be moving into U.S. Treasurys where rates are slipping this morning.

  • The morning-after-the-night-before mood is haunting the European bourses from the open Wednesday. Investors could be forgiven for being nervous, the Chinese bourses sold off on news the government is tripling the tax charged on share transactions.