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Maltese marines toss bottles of water to a group of immigrants whose vessel suffered engine trouble about 30km southwest of Malta. File picture:REUTERS

Australia rejects criticism over migrant crisis

Australia hits back at criticism of its response to thousands of migrants stranded at sea in Southeast Asia, saying it’s generous towards refugees in region

Chinese deals give much-needed boost to Brazil

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, right, offers a toast after lunch with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Brasilia on Tuesday. Picture: REUTERS

Chinese officials announce sweeping list of investment plans and loans in Brazil totalling many billions of dollars

China strategises to promote advanced industry

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang (left) poses with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff after signing an agreement in Brasilia, Brazil, on Tuesday. Brics member state China has unveiled its plan to promote advanced industry at home. Picture: EPA/FERNANDO BIZERRA

Communist Party cabinet publishes its sweeping Made in China 2025 strategy that will see it shift away from the low-value manufacturing model

Chinese factory activity slows for third month

Workers produce clothes in a factory in Huaibei, in China’s Anhui province, this week. The latest purchasing managers’ index, released on Thursday, presents a mixed picture. Amid general weakness, domestic demand may be showing signs of stabilising. Picture: AFP PHOTO

Latest HSBC PMI data reinforces analysts’ views that Beijing has to take bolder steps to combat a protracted slowdown

BHP broke law with officials’ Beijing trips

People walk through the foyer of the BHP Billiton headquarters in Melbourne, Australia, in this file picture. Picture: BLOOMBERG

Australian miner to pay $25m to settle US SEC claims it offered hospitality packages to 176 foreign officials ‘involved with BHP Billiton contract negotiations or regulatory dealings’


Obama’s Pacific deal will not tame Chinese dragon

It is too late to prevent China from becoming the core of the Asian economy

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