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Economists React: As China Growth Concerns Ease, Risks Rise

Chinese government efforts to arrest a slowdown in the economy by expanding credit and fiscal spending seem to have worked, putting the country on track to once again reach this year’s official growth target. The world’s second-largest economy grew at a rate of 6.7% in the third quarter, the same as the previous two quarters, […]

Protecting Workers’ Rights in China: Q&A with Aaron Halegua

Aaron Halegua, a practicing lawyer and consultant, has spent more than a decade studying labor issues in China and advising companies, law firms, and nonprofits on such matters. In an interview, he discussed the state of labor relations in China. Edited excerpts below:

War of Words: Alibaba, Baidu Trade Barbs over Mapping Services

Alibaba and Baidu both claim to offer China's most popular mobile map service. Who's right? The answer depends on whether they're evaluated using monthly or daily metrics.

Responsible Drinking: China Teachers Rapped Over Booze at Lunch

After high-school teachers in northern China were rapped by local disciplinary inspectors for consuming alcohol during a lunch outing, many Chinese said that the group had done nothing wrong.

Yawn: China’s Space Program Is Making Advances Look Routine

China spent decades trying to send one of its citizens into space. It finally accomplished that feat in 2003, making China the third country, after Russia and the U.S., to accomplish manned space flight. Since then, such flights have become almost routine.

‘The Last Free Lunch’: PBOC’s Zhou Had Early Qualms on Debt Swaps

Seventeen years ago, Zhou Xiaochuan, then president of one of China's oldest and largest banks, wrote an essay in an economics bimonthly magazine addressing the hottest policy topic of the day: a controversial new government program that let selected state-owned companies unwind loans they couldn’t repay with massive equity transfers to banks.

It’s Electric: Chinese Tech Titans Reach for the Same Historic Analogy

The latest analogy blowing up the Chinese tech world is comparing new technologies to the momentous, globe-shaking discovery of electricity. On Thursday, in his annual letter to shareholders of e-commerce goliath Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., executive chairman Jack Ma reached for the analogy when discussing applications for cloud computing. Show More Summary

Economists React: One Less Worry for Beijing as Industrial Prices Finally Rise

China’s more than four-year long battle with industrial deflation finally came to an end last month—a relief for policy makers as Beijing struggles with issues such as soft foreign trade, mounting debt and an overheating property market.

China Questions Soccer Largesse Amid Tattered World Cup Dreams

For all the lavish spending by China’s professional soccer clubs this summer, its national team simply can’t buy a win.

Early Look: China’s Economy Appears Stable, But Watch the Housing Bubble

Stimulus measures appear to have stabilized China’s economy over the past few months, but the government now faces a resulting housing bubble that it needs to contain without choking off growth, economists say.

Building Collapse Illustrates Peril of Do-It-Yourself Construction

A fatal building collapse in southern China has highlighted a practice that more than once has produced death traps: structures built with little oversight by villagers on former farmland.

Chinese Metal Buyers Find Bargains After Long Holiday

Chinese traders are back in the market after a long holiday, and helping to provide a boost for some metals that have suffered in their absence. As a major buyer and consumer of metals, China’s lack of trading activity last week due to its National Day holiday made for subdued markets in commodities such as […]

U.S. Presidential Debate Inspires Schadenfreude in China

In China, the second Clinton-Trump debate provided a fresh opportunity to lambaste U.S. democracy, with many Chinese taking to social media to heap scorn on both candidates.

Quiet Racing in Noisy City: Formula E Comes to Hong Kong

Hong Kong hosted Formula E, a speedy motorsport that embraces digital culture as much as new electric technology. The “vroom vroom” of the petrol engine has been replaced by a whine and a whir, barely audible above the noise of the crowd in the grandstand.

Shanghai the Most Expensive Place to Be Rich in Asia

Despite a broad economic slowdown in the region, it’s getting more expensive to be rich in Asia.

The Art of Estimating China’s Economic Growth

Don’t bet against the Chinese government when it comes to annual growth targets.

What Chinese Fear Most: the United States

From a Chinese perspective, the main threat to their country isn't global economic instability, climate change or the Islamic State terror group. Instead, more people worry about the United States.

Painting, Politics and China’s Art Market: Q&A With Zhang Xiaogang

Painter Zhang Xiaogang’s fame has typified the world’s interest in things Chinese over the past decade-plus, as well as the commercial boom that overtook the art market. Recent works by the artist are part of a joint exhibition, his first, with American conceptual artist Sol LeWitt, who died in 2007, being held at Pace Beijing Gallery.

Taiwanese President Tsai: Taiwan Won’t Succumb to China’s Pressure

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen sat down with The Wall Street Journal to discuss her first four months in office. Here’s a transcript of the interview.

Number’s Game: One Province’s Statistics Problem Is a Drag for China

China’s sweeping anticorruption campaign, in the estimates of many analysts, isn’t likely to cure the country’s deep-rooted graft problem. It is helping to clean up China’s murky economic data, at least in one instance.

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