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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    We don't need a Future Fund. The future is already upon us

    Posted Mar 05th 2014, 01:34am by Tom Holland

    ... sheet. They also pay little attention to the government's physical assets, which include Hong Kong's water system, airport, rail network and two theme parks, among many others. All ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Fiscal report based on lunatic projection of capital spending

    Posted Mar 04th 2014, 05:09am by Tom Holland

    ... billion in 2014 to an eye-popping HK$515 billion in 2041. To put that sum into perspective, it is enough to build four new runways for Hong Kong airport each year. The working group explains ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Capital investment fails unless you build social capital as well

    Posted Jun 18th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... development. In the early 1970s, Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, was a city built largely of mudbrick. The airport consisted of a single hangar, where on arrival you paid a customs official ... glittering multi-lane highways across the desert, and opening ever-bigger and fancier airports. Yet despite these and hundreds of other lavishly funded investment projects, the impact on the non-oil ...

  4. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Beijing sets irreconcilable economic targets for 2014

    Posted Dec 16th 2013, 04:28am by Tom Holland

    ... has been poorly allocated. Countless billions of yuan have been poured into building unneeded roads, bridges and airports which see little or no traffic. Even more has been pumped into heavy ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Stanley Ho's Jetstar move highlights folly of express rail link to Shenzhen

    Posted Jun 11th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... be exactly the same. But the general principle will still hold: even factoring in an hour to get through the airport at either end, for journeys of 1,000km or more, a budget airline will get you ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Cypriot-style bank crisis could hit Hong Kong too

    Posted Apr 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... passing through the city's port and airport. Strip that out, and bank deposits climb to 530 per cent, more than in Cyprus on the eve of the global financial crisis in 2007. ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Stimulus or not, it's the quality of new investment that matters

    Posted Sep 11th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... wasted in this way, Cheung and his colleagues have assessed the usefulness of new projects in five different areas. Their conclusions are sobering. Consider airports. With 230 scheduled for completion by 2015, China will have fewer than half as many airports as the US. But the ones it has built are too big, and often too close together. As a result, most lose money, and will continue ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Party deserves small applause for its economic management

    Posted Nov 08th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with the planet's busiest ports, newest airports, an extensive high-speed rail network, gleaming urban metros and 85,000 kilometres of new highways. What's more, thanks to the party's grip over ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Steel sector's plight illustrates extent of China's challenges

    Posted Nov 01st 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... As the country has built factories, power stations, airports, shopping malls, railways, ships, cars and new homes by the million, demand for steel has soared. According to the World Steel Association, ...



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