China central bank buying set stage for gold’s rally

Last week’s gold rush may have been triggered by bets on the US Federal Reserve‘s long-anticipated pivot to looser monetary policy, but the foundations for the record rally were laid in China. Prices breached Dec’s record on Tuesday and have jumped to successive daily highs ever since. The rally itself was peculiar: gold tends to … Read more

China’s tumbling prices push some exporters to the brink

When Kris Lin, who owns a lighting factory in China, received this year’s first order from a close overseas client, he faced a distressing choice: take it at a loss, or tell workers not to come back after the Lunar New Year. “It was impossible for me to lose this order,” said Mr. Lin, who … Read more

China bans export of rare earth processing technologies

The move comes as Europe and the United States scramble to wean themselves off rare earths from China. File. China, the world’s top processor of rare earths, on December 21 banned the export of technology to extract and separate the strategic metals, as it overhauled a list of technologies deemed key to national security. The … Read more

China allegedly pumps in billions to shape global narrative through proxies

China is allegedly pumping in billions of dollars annually to reshape the global narrative through fake authors, bot armies and lawsuits. The first documented Beijing-backed global disinformation campaign dates back to 2017, when it typically targeted English and Chinese speakers on large platforms like Twitter (now X), Facebook, and YouTube. Since then it has come … Read more

China’s economy stabilises, factory activity returns to expansion

China’s factory activity expanded for the first time in six months in September, an official survey showed on Saturday. file photo for representation China’s factory activity expanded for the first time in six months in September, an official survey showed on Saturday, adding to a run of indicators suggesting the world’s second-largest economy has begun … Read more

Janet Yellen says China slowdown risks spillovers but no US recession

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said China’s economic slowdown risks causing ripple effects across the global economy, though she doesn’t expect a recession in the US. “Many countries do depend on strong Chinese growth to promote growth in their own economies, particularly countries in Asia — and slow growth in China can have some negative spillovers … Read more