A worker checks a machine making blankets for exports at a factory in Yiwu, east China's Zhejiang province, on January 12, 2015

China manufacturing shrinks again in February: govt

AFP News - China's manufacturing activity contracted for the second straight month in February, the government said on Sunday, a day after the central bank announced an interest rate cut to help stem a slump i…

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