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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Don't kid yourself that electric taxis are green

    Posted May 16th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The new vehicles on HK roads are as red as ever if the energy used and gas emissions produced in making them are taken into consideration Don't kid yourself that electric ... manufacturer BYD. In time, BYD hopes to replace at least a quarter of Hong Kong's 18,138 liquid-petroleum-gas-fuelled taxis with electric models. According to the Reuters news service, BYD founder ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hong Kong needs a fresh policy on water before the taps run dry

    Posted Jan 09th 2014, 12:15am by Tom Holland

    ... water, and if necessary we could even build desalination plants to take the salt out of sea water. But no joined-up thinking is likely given the government's current fragmented approach ... consumption while investing in new sources of supply, recovering two thirds of the island republic's rainfall, recycling waste water and building desalination plants. As a result, Singapore today ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Global enthusiasm for yuan overstated

    Posted Dec 13th 2013, 04:30am by Tom Holland

    ... or the United States. This isn't so surprising. It often makes sound commercial sense for components manufactured in, say, Shanghai and destined for assembly plants in Shenzhen to be transshipped ...

  4. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Beijing sets irreconcilable economic targets for 2014

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

    ... to borrow heavily in order to fund massive investments in new plant and infrastructure projects. The policy succeeded in keeping growth rates high while much of the developed world slumped ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The plenum speech Xi Jinping ought to deliver (but won't)

    Posted Oct 30th 2013, 02:32am by Tom Holland

    ... The Chinese economy is like a tree. Three decades ago, the central leadership planted a tiny seedling when it adopted the policy of opening up and reform. Like any seedling, China's young tree ...

  6. Business - Commodities - MONITOR

    Oil price heading for US$200 as China's imports set to surge

    Posted Oct 14th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... And it is consumer demand, in the form of ballooning sales of private cars, that is driving China's demand for oil. According to Simon Powell, the head of oil and gas research at brokerage house CLSA, ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Little evidence of reform so far from China's reformist leaders

    Posted Oct 21st 2013, 03:56am by Tom Holland

    ... proved reluctant to invest in new plants. As a result, the latest credit expansion has shown up most clearly in the property market, where prices have risen sharply in recent months. ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    There's only one way to solve the Diaoyu/Senkaku dispute

    Posted Jul 10th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... This isn't about national feelings of injustice, it's about the oil and gas deposits that it is believed may lie beneath these once-obscure islets Just when we all hoped ... Commission for Asia and the Far East published a report suggesting the possible existence of oil and gas deposits under the waters around the islands. At the time the islets were used only by the US ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China's excess of industrial capacity nears danger level

    Posted Sep 24th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The only option for Beijing is to close surplus plants, but it's doubtful the leadership has the political stomach for forcing through tough measures China's excess ... to produce each yuan of economic growth (see the second chart). The only option is to close surplus plants. But Cheung says official attempts to eliminate excess capacity through mergers ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China's intransigence to block Doha climate deal next week

    Posted Nov 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Cutting down metal production will in turn reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 2 per cent and will not cause any hardship China's intransigence to block Doha ... China's cumulative greenhouse gas emissions now outweigh those of Germany and Japan put together. In any case, China's carbon dioxide output is now so huge- greater than that of the United ...




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