Financial Times Launches FT.com China

Hong Kong - The Financial Times announces the launch of FT.com China today, a new section on the Financial Times' website dedicated to covering China, its unique business opportunities and challenges, and its influence on the global economy.

Consolidating the FT's award-winning China news coverage, comment and analysis into one destination, FT.com China - at http://www.ft.com/china - is the most comprehensive source of intelligence for understanding the world's most dynamic economy.

"Global business leaders cannot afford to fall behind in staying informed about an economy and market as crucial as China," said Edward Cheng, Asia news editor, FT.com. "With FT.com China, the world's business elite will now have a single resource to help them understand the forces shaping China, with context and independent insight only the FT can provide."

FT.com China is updated daily with top China stories, features a rich archive of the FT's special reports on China, and has tools such as RSS feeds so time-starved business readers can track the latest news, trends and regulatory developments driving the fast-changing Chinese economy.

FT.com China is organised into six subsections:

1. Economy & Trade - covers Chinese economic data, trade and intellectual property, renminbi reform, China's role in the global economy;

2. Politics & Policy - Chinese politics, foreign policy, bilateral relations (US-China, India-China), China's rise in diplomatic and military spheres of influence;

3. Finance & Markets - Chinese financial institutions, western banks entering China, development of China's capital markets;

4. Business - Chinese companies in non-financial sectors such as technology, manufacturing, energy/oil, consumer/retail, autos and property; and foreign companies doing business in China;

5. Regulation & Reform - Chinese regulations, liberalisation policies, the pace of financial sector reform and opening to foreign direct investment;

6. Society - Social/public/cultural issues in China such as democracy movements, worker safety, environment, healthcare, and media policy.

A marketing campaign in support of FT.com China entitled, 'Five-Star China Coverage on a Single Superior Site', will run in both the Financial Times newspaper and on FT.com.  Hiroko Hoshino, regional online business development manager, FT Asia commented: "We are delighted to launch FT.com China.  It's an exciting new platform for FT.com and a first of its kind on our site. FT.com China is creating new opportunities to reach a community of users and advertisers focused on China."

About the Financial Times

One of the world's leading business publications, the Financial Times is recognized internationally for its accuracy, authority and independence.  Since its launch in September 2003, the FT's Asia edition has incisive news reporting with rigorous analysis and inspired commentary.  Winner of the Society of Publishers in Asia "Excellence in Newspapers" Award in 2004 and most recently voted the "Best Newspaper in the World" in an independent study of business executives in 50 countries, the FT is widely considered to be indispensable reading for senior decision-makers in business, finance and public affairs.

FT.com (http://www.ft.com) is one of the world's leading business information portals, and the internet partner of the Financial Times. FT.com has 4.1 million monthly unique users, attracts more than 41.3 million monthly page views (ABCe September 2005).

For further information

please contact:
Jolie Hunt
Financial Times, Public Relations
Hong Kong +852 2905 5851
Jolie.hunt@ft.com