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  1. Slim hopes for latest plan to jump-start Japan's economy

    Posted Jul 19th 2010, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland The managers of China's enormous US$2.45 trillion pot of foreign-exchange reserves have been buying Japanese government bonds recently- lots of them. According to data from Japan's Ministry of Finance, China bought almost 1.3 trillion yen (HK$116.7 billion) worth of Japanese government bonds over the first five months of the year. To put that amount ...

  2. Chrysler's lesson for emerging economies

    Posted May 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for emerging economies such as India and China. Their governments take nationalistic pride in their car industries; their growing middle class aspires to owning big and expensive cars as status ... have aggressively sold plans to produce electric cars and hybrids. Clearly, these are the cars of the future. China is in a unique position to leapfrog an entire generation of automotive ...

  3. Baby steps towards greener economies

    Posted Sep 06th 2008, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... Michael Richardson China's top legislature has just approved a new law designed to put production in what is now one of the world's four-biggest economies on a more sustainable ... people's health and the environment. Dubbed the 'circular' economy by officials, this is China's latest effort to go green by raising efficiency and harnessing alternative energy ...

  4. Taiwan in recession as economy shrinks 8.36pc

    Posted Feb 19th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei Taiwan plunged into recession as its export-driven economy contracted at a record annual pace of 8.36 per cent in the fourth quarter, prompting the island's ... deteriorating global conditions as well as increasing exposure to slowing mainland growth. The Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics said the economy shrank at a much faster pace than ...

  5. Climate caps don't work for China

    Posted Dec 07th 2009, 12:00am by Cary Huang, Shi Jiangtao

    ... and a member of the country's negotiation team in Copenhagen, reached an even more pessimistic conclusion: China's economy would shrink. 'The economic consequences would be too ... mainland commentators as a conspiracy theory designed to curb China's rise. China and other emerging economies have accused wealthy nations of trying to kill the Kyoto Protocol, which imposes ...

  6. US-China energy deal

    Posted Jul 30th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Timothy Chui China and the United States- the world's two biggest greenhouse gas offenders- have finally signed an agreement to co-operate on clean energy technology while working ... the transition to a low-carbon economy,' she added. State Councillor Dai Bingguo said the agreement was 'an important outcome' and that the world's biggest developed economy ...

  7. China and US must build on Clinton's visit

    Posted Feb 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... left China yesterday, the last of four stops, with a pledge from the leadership to co-operate on a host of issues, the economy foremost among them. This is a welcome sign for a relationship ... During her two days in China, Mrs Clinton focused on the global economy, climate change and security. She spoke of a two-track dialogue, in which the economy would be dealt with separately from ...

  8. Old paradox means China's efficiency target won't help

    Posted Mar 09th 2011, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... than Germany. As a result, China has overtaken the US to become the world's largest consumer of energy, and by far its biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, even though the Chinese economy ... of Beijing's policy platform over the next five years. To add substance to his promise Wen announced a specific target: by 2015 China will reduce the amount of energy it burns to produce each unit ...

  9. No turning back in China's drive for clean energy

    Posted Mar 20th 2011, 12:00am by Eric Ng

    ... for fresh uranium. China has long held ambitions to become a big user of nuclear energy to fuel its rapidly growing economy, which is critical to maintaining social stability. It also wants ... of electricity by 2012. Last year China's economy expanded a little over 10 per cent. The official target set for the next five years is 7 per cent annual growth. China usually exceeds its growth ...

  10. Hu's CO{-2} pledge won't slow China's emissions

    Posted Sep 28th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... words, all he pledged was that China's greenhouse gas emissions would not grow as fast as its economy. That's not much of a pledge. Take a look at the first chart below, which comes ... And let's assume that China's economy grows at Beijing's annual target rate of 8 per cent a year for the next 10 years, while the growth in its greenhouse gas emissions slows to 6 per cent ...




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