Evergrande crisis hits China's investors, homebuyers

Sep 23, 2021
The Chinese property giant Evergrande was known as a risky business operator, but for years investors didn't seem to care — until now.
Evergrande could manage its debt while real estate values climbed, but in many places sales have weakened and regulators have made it harder for developers to borrow.
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U.S., U.K. and Australia form AUKUS, a pact to counter China

Sep 16, 2021
The three nations have an economic interest in an alliance that focuses on countering China. And they have a defense interest, too.
From left to right, Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton, Foreign Minister Marise Payne, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin pose for a group photograph in Washington, D.C., following the announcement of AUKUS.
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Can well-off young women save China's economic recovery?

Sep 13, 2021
Women drive the bulk of household purchasing decisions in China. What do they want to spend their money on?
Finance major Zhou Hui, 19, spends up to $700 a month on clothing and eating out, which the COVID-19 pandemic didn't change.
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The future of the Hollywood-China romance

Aug 27, 2021
Despite restrictions on imported films in China, Hollywood movies easily topped the Chinese box office for more than two decades. Not anymore.
The Chinese blockbuster "Detective Chinatown 2" was filmed in New York. Movies made in China and other countries have become very competitive with Hollywood offerings in the Chinese market.
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As an economic indicator, copper is worth its weight in gold

Aug 20, 2021
Copper has long been seen as an economic predictor. So why are prices dipping, and what are the implications?
Copper scrap left over from machining. The price of the commodity reached an all-time high in the spring but has recently declined.
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Are the U.S. and China on the path to economic decoupling?

Aug 18, 2021
U.S. investors are racing for the exits when it comes to investing in Chinese companies following a crackdown by Chinese regulators.
The regulatory crackdown in China has widened the gulf between the U.S. and Chinese economic systems. Some see a "bipolar" world taking shape.
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Is China’s multibillion-dollar tutoring industry coming to an end?

Aug 16, 2021
Top Chinese education stocks dipped by 70% within hours last month. But what does it feel like on the ground in China?
The hit Chinese TV series "A Love for Dilemma" focuses on the senseless education rat race in China, driven in part by tutoring schools.
"A Love for Dilemma"

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What U.S. businesses should know about China’s anti-foreign sanctions law

Jul 27, 2021
U.S. businesses in China are advised to audit supply chains and revisit contracts.
When the U.S. blacklists Chinese companies, it's relatively straightforward for American businesses: just cut ties. But China’s new anti-foreign sanctions law complicates things a bit more.
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Is fast fashion catching up to real time?

Jul 22, 2021
Shein, a fast-growing, China-based clothing brand, relies on a “real-time fashion” model that slashes the time from design to production.
Expanding Chinese clothing brand Shein prioritizes its web presence. Its "real-time fashion" model enables it to capture opportunities quickly.
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Where have all of Shanghai's newsstands gone?

Jul 21, 2021
The kiosks have dwindled in Shanghai, and since the U.S.-China trade war began, it's hard to get people to answer even simple questions.
Gao Dongde, left, has been buying newspapers from Qu Yali's family for decades. He no longer lives in the neighborhood, but he still comes to pick up his newspapers from Qu because there are no newsstands near his current home.
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