With restaurants and retailers alone ringing up US$100 billion in sales, Chinese New Year is the world's biggest consumer holiday.
China posted its lowest annual GDP growth since 1990 – at 6.9% – but it's not cause for undue concern.
Growth in China's services sector remains solid, a good sign for Australia.
The best way to stabilise China's volatile stock market is to establish and broaden linkages with other stock markets.
The Shanghai composite index is proving to be one of the most volatile markets in the world and government regulation is having some unforeseen effects.
China's transition to a consumer-based economy offers opportunities for private investors, but more financial reform is needed to open them up.
As China moves towards a 'new normal' on economic growth, it will use its five-year plan to promote sustainable growth.
The move to a 'two-child policy' is unlikely to boost population growth, which has been stalling for years now.
China's economy is stuttering and the slowdown is set to continue.
China has signalled a plan to slim down its state-owned enterprises, but there's no sign yet it's willing to give up any real control.
The Chinese stock market plays a very different role in its economy to Western markets.
China's slowdown will cast a long shadow for global economic growth from the Americas to Australia.
For all its muscle, the Chinese government could make the problem worse by intervening in the stock market.
Shadow banking has helped fuel continued Chinese economic growth. But it could come back to bite if not brought into line.
Chinese investors are learning to respect the power of the market, but the banking sector should know better.
Why the Shanghai stock exchange should be thought of more as a casino than as a proper stock market.
Experts respond to the recently-approved Shenhua Watermark coal mine.
Australia's emerging agriculture boom can last much longer than the mining boom -- but the industry needs policies that will encourage investment.
Mining, along with agriculture, will continue to be key parts of the Australian economy -- but new growth is expected in the services sector.
Now is not the time for complacency. Australia must be on the front foot if it wants to make the most of what economists are calling the "new normal."