China details rules on banks' preferred share issuance

* Rules pave way for sale of new hybrid capital instruments

Japan to arm remote western island, risking more China tension

TOKYO - Japan is sending 100 soldiers and radar to its westernmost outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, in a deployment that risks angering China with ties between Asia's biggest economies already hurt by a dispute over nearby islands they both claim.

World, Japan 3:10pm IST

Japan investment in Southeast Asia surges amid China slump

TOKYO - Japanese companies' investments in Southeast Asia surged last year to almost three times the amount invested in China, after relations between Beijing and Tokyo soured in 2012 and Chinese labour costs rose, a government agency of Japan said on Friday.

Business, Economy, Japan 2:51pm IST

China considers greater foreign access to bond mkt-sources

BEIJING/HONG KONG, April 18 - China's central bank is considering opening a new channel for foreign institutions to invest in the domestic bond market, two sources familiar with its deliberations said, potentially widening access to the country's largely closed capital markets.

2:29pm IST

As opposition grows, China defends plans for petrochemical plants

BEIJING, April 18 - China has launched an intense media campaign to defend the safety of producing a chemical used to make polyester fibre, as public opposition to new petrochemical plants threatens to disrupt expansion plans by state energy giants such as Sinopec Corp.

1:04pm IST

China issues banking rules to strengthen online payment security

SHANGHAI - China will limit the amount of money consumers can transfer to third-party online payment platforms, aiming to protect banks and consumers from fraud amid an explosion of online and mobile payment transactions.

Tech, Business 12:35pm IST

China issues banking rules to strengthen online payment security

* Rules to protect data of clients who use third-party platforms

11:31am IST

China shares dip after property data, Great Wall Motor slides

BEIJING, April 18 - China shares fell slightly on Friday, weighed down by property stocks after home price data for March showed a further cooling in the real estate sector.

9:29am IST

China sentences activists for urging asset disclosure - lawyer

BEIJING - China sentenced four activists to jail for up to three-and-a-half years on Friday for urging officials to reveal their assets, a lawyer said, the latest convictions in a crackdown on dissent that has drawn international criticism.

9:12am IST

China home price inflation cools to eight-month low in March

BEIJING - China's home price inflation slowed to an eight-month low in March, extending to a third month a loss of momentum in a property market that has been a strong spot in the world's second-largest economy.

9:07am IST

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