China's biggest producer of rare earth metals, the Baotou Group, has announced it will continue a production stop into 2013. SOE Baotou wants to force up demand for the metals, which are used to make hi-tech products.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has met Chinese leaders in Beijing to push investment cooperation. A number of contracts for infrastructure, trade and innovation are being signed.
Overproduction in key industries is damaging both China's economic sustainability and foreign trade relations, a new report has warned. Now is the time for big reforms, it urges, supporting a shift in investments.
The Forbes list of the "world's most powerful people" is misleading. Ranking Vladimir Putin before Angela Merkel and Barack Obama as the top leader underlines a worrisome shift in global politics, says Michael Knigge
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