PetroChina shares plunged on Friday, after the mainland Chinese energy giant posted its first quarterly loss since listing overseas 16 years ago, as it struggled with the weak domestic economy and lower international oil prices.
Global carmakers gathered in Beijing on Monday to show off their wares as competition intensifies and growth slows in the world's biggest auto market, with the key SUV and new energy vehicle sectors the focus of attention.
The mainland China authorities' latest plan to perk up its slowing economy is based on the humble rice cooker and luxury toilet seats.
China's love affair with SUVs is helping to cushion the blow of an unexpectedly painful slump in the rest of its crowded auto market.
China's economy expanded at its slowest rate in seven years during the first quarter, the mainland authorities said Friday, but forecast-beating readings for March raised hopes a growth slowdown in the Asian giant may be bottoming out.
Chinese exports surged in March, the first gain in nine months and the latest positive data out of the world's No. 2 economy, but analysts warned Wednesday's headline figure masked ongoing weakness in overseas demand.
Chinese auto sales rose by nearly 10 percent in March, led by strong demand for SUVs that more than offset slipping passenger car sales, an industry group said Tuesday.
Hundreds of laid-off steelworkers gathered outside their former employer's office this week to protest at losing their jobs, victims of a global glut.
Mainland Chinese factories ramped up activity in March for the first time in nine months, official data showed Friday, offering a positive signal for the health of the world's second-largest economy.
Ratings agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) cut its outlook on mainland China from stable to negative on Thursday, warning that economic rebalancing was taking longer than expected.