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China boosts economic ties with Ghana

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CHINA IS PREPARING to extend economic cooperation with Ghana, according to a statement made by Sun Baohong, Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, last Thursday, against a background where China has doubled its trade with Africa over the past four years, hitting US$222 billion last year (2014). In a speech made during the final round of the […]

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Copyright rules strengthened

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CHINA’S NATIONAL COPYRIGHT Administration (NCA) has issued a statement urging online streaming services to stop providing unlicensed music to users. On Thursday 9th July, the copyright regulator announced that online streaming providers have until the end of July to remove any unlicensed music and that stricter rules will be enforced. According to the order, those […]

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Beijing revises one-child policy regulations

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BEIJING IS THE latest province-level entity to follow up on the relaxation of China’s one-child policy announced by the National People’s Congress (NPC) in December 2013. The NPC’s resolution on family planning provides for provincial congresses and their standing committees to make their own calls on implementation of the new policy.   The Standing Committee of the […]

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China moves to audit local govt spending

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CHINA’S NATIONAL AUDIT Office (NAO) is to start a nationwide audit to address concerns about rising debt from local government projects which stood at Rmb10.7tn (US$1.7tn) at the end of 2010 – accounting for some 26% of China’s  Rmb40.1tn GDP that year.    But a recent IMF estimate puts China’s total government liability, including government-led infrastructure […]

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