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  1. Price controls hit PetroChina profit

    Posted Mar 30th 2012, 12:00am

    ... cent rise in gas prices to 1,082 yuan per thousand cubic metre. The main culprit was Beijing's control over energy prices, aimed at keeping inflation in check, which resulted in retail ...

  2. Mainland to loosen cash controls, HSBC predicts

    Posted Jan 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Neil Gough neil.gough@scmp.com HSBC's economists see the ongoing euro crisis creating strong headwinds for Hong Kong and the mainland in the year ahead, but believe Beijing's shift to a looser monetary and fiscal policy will help cushion the blo ...

  3. Beijing in damage control over arrest, Ai claims

    Posted Jul 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Raymond Li raymond.li@scmp.com Ai Weiwei says charges of tax evasion levelled against him, as well as his release on bail, are excuses used by the mainland authorities to get out of the embarrassment created by arresting him in the first place. The artist ...

  4. Flood control

    Posted May 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... It wasn't what Asia, or indeed Hong Kong, wanted to hear. When Ben Bernanke, chairman of the US Federal Reserve, faced the media last week, he suggested that America's central bank will stay its course. Interest rates will thus remain at record ...

  5. Other US firms controlled by Real Gold's Wu suffer

    Posted Jun 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Naomi Rovnick naomi.rovnick@scmp.com Shares of two US-listed companies controlled by Real Gold Mining majority shareholder Wu Ruilin plunged following news that he inappropriately pledged ... conglomerate. The pledges, which did not affect Wu's two US-listed companies, meant that if the Cosun borrowers failed to repay, the mainland bank could seize control of Real Gold's Inner ...

  6. Internal controls in spotlight

    Posted Apr 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... on the internationally recognised COSO Financial Controls Framework, the Basic Standard for Enterprise Internal Control was issued in 2009 by the mainland's Ministry of Finance, National Audit Office, China ... control effectiveness in mainland organisations. The standard's key concepts relate to controls over the safeguarding of assets, the establishment of anti-fraud controls and the setting up ...

  7. Beijing confirms price controls in inflation fight

    Posted Nov 18th 2010, 12:00am by Ed Zhang

    ... Ed Zhang in Beijing Beijing confirmed yesterday it would impose temporary price controls in an attempt to contain the mainland's worst inflation in a decade amid rising social ... reported. By short-term measures, the council specifically mentioned 'temporary price control over key daily necessities and production materials when necessary', according ...

  8. Time for price reform, not price controls

    Posted Sep 28th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Xu Sitao Is inflation a threat in China? If so, can Beijing effectively control rising prices? The answers are not straightforward. The policy manoeuvres in a prolonged battle against ... through heavy-handed price controls. Several factors have caused inflation to pick up, yet not all of them are cause for concern. First, sound fundamentals underlie the economy, which has been ...

  9. Smoking gun but no fingerprints in Henderson debacle

    Posted Feb 17th 2006, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland According to rumours swirling around Exchange Square, last month's attempted buyout of Henderson Investment by Henderson Land Development was scuppered by a bevy of unprincipled speculators. These cunning opportunists, the story goes, sol ...

  10. Big guns elbowing out small brokers

    Posted May 27th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kelvin Wong The stock brokerage arms of financial services giants are gobbling up market share at the expense of Hong Kong's small brokers, with big banks using cross-selling strategies and wealth management packages to lure retail investors, accordi ...




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