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From left: International footballer Fan Zhiyi, chief executive of XPro Geoff Scott, Birmingham Lord Mayor Shafique Shah and James Wong, onwer of Chung Ying restaurant

Chung Ying Central hosts Shanghai team Clever FC

Chinese party visits Birmingham ahead of charity match at Ricoh Arena during history tour of UK

Birmingham Airport which has just recorded its busiest ever month

Birmingham Airport records busiest month in 75-year history

Another record breaker for Midland transport hub as Toulouse and Milan prove popular destinations

Andrew Whitehead: Manufacturing an argument for the Scottish independence debate

Would a 'Yes' vote in Scotland enhance or reduce the manufacturing sector in the country and the UK as a whole?  

Yaoguo Chen and Jie Wu drove from China in a 'Maxus' van based on a Birmingham-made LDV van.

Couple drive LDV Maxus van from Shanghai to Birmingham to bring it 'home'

Yaoguo Chen and Jie Wu drove from China in a 'Maxus' van based on a Birmingham-made LDV van.

UKTI and China

China exports from West Midlands accounts for half of entire country's

More export growth as the region overtakes the East to become England's second-largest exporter in the second quarter

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Mike Loftus: How TV's Blue Peter is thwarting Anglo-Chinese trade relations 

Blue Peter may have left a couple of generations of us so daunted by the  rigour of Chinese etiquette and protocol that we hesitate to try and do business there.

Russell Walker, managing director of Atwell International which has secured a new £600,000 funding package from Santander

Santander backs Atwell International with £600,000 funding deal

Worcestershire manufacturing group will use new capital to expand in Asia, Europe and North American markets

CGI of the new HydraForce factory at the Advanced Manufacturing Hub

HydraForce's expansion means hundreds of new jobs

Hydraulic firm announces work will start on new manufacturing hub in Aston next month

Mike Loftus

Mike Loftus: Do the numbers add up for either Beijing or the Bank of England?

Maybe you are one of those people who is more than a bit suspicious about some of those stunning economic numbers that emerge from China.

Record July at Birmingham Airport

Passenger numbers surpass the one-million mark for first time since August 2013

Mike Loftus

Framed In the cross hairs of the People's Liberation Artists - the very people who paint the town red in Beijing

The one big thing that I thought I knew was that the PLA was the largest organisation in the world - in manpower terms totalling up to about 2.3 million people.

General business

Trevor Law: Stocks flatline as our economy starts to boom

An increase in economic output must lead to increased profits which will be reflected in higher stock market values.

Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya

Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya: Plan ahead before interest rates start to rise

Government plans to deliver growth could conflict with the need to restrain the capital's booming housing market.

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The rule of law - on probation in China, maybe

The focus of interest on probation is itself intriguing. China has about 1.5 million people officially recorded as being in prison.

Chinese vote Birmingham hotel as the UK's best

Three-star Birmingham Holiday Inn Express, in Snow Hill, was given an average rating of 9.6 out of 10 by Chinese visitors, according to the website

James Hull's £100 million car collection, which has been bought by Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover buys £100 million classic car collection to preserve it for the nation

The largest-known privately owned collection of British classic cars in the world, it was amassed by enthusiast and entrepreneur James Hull

Jobs boost as Chinese manufacturer Detank invests in Coventry

The company, which builds heavy duty earth movers and fork lift trucks, has earmarked land in Coventry for its new factory – with dozens of jobs set to follow

Preparations for The 100 Swimmers at Moseley Road Baths

100 swimmers from across UK descend on Moseley Road Baths in Birmingham for photography project

Reaction to the news that Birmingham City Council intends to close the historic building permanently in 2015

Birmingham Airport

First China to Birmingham flights sell out

Hopes of permanent link between city and China raised after high interest in Far East flights

Staff at Jaguar Land Rover's Solihull plant celebrate the 500,000th Range Rover Sport

Jaguar Land Rover raises £150,000 at charity auction

Manufacturer celebrates 500,000th Range Rover Sport rolling off production line


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