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  1. State asset sale rules tightened

    Posted Jan 06th 2010, 12:00am by Denise Tsang

    ... diligence, the ministry said. The directive effectively gives the ministry authority to control state asset sales and protect the country's interests in politically and economically sensitive ... Denise Tsang Beijing is tightening its grip on the sale of state-owned or state-controlled enterprises in key industries, including financial services, to avoid losing control of important ...

  2. Fallacies plague debate on democracy and welfare state

    Posted Mar 30th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Our political theorists have invented a new formula designed to help citizens understand complex political realities: that democracy equals a welfare state. Well done, chaps. This formula ... of the 'great democracies' of Europe or the United States with those of Hong Kong. NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED ...

  3. China Life Insurance intending to buy stakes in two state lenders

    Posted Mar 10th 2008, 12:00am by Carol Chan

    ... with them,' he said on the sidelines of the annual meeting of China's top political advisory body. Mr Yang said China Life, the country's biggest insurer, was in talks to buy a stake ... was better. Both Agricultural Bank, one of the country's Big Four state lenders, and China Development Bank, one of its three policy lenders, will undergo restructuring and prepare for listings. ...

  4. In Europe, a tussle plays out between market certainty and political reality

    Posted Dec 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... which would also destroy the value of their investments. Companies can go bankrupt, but countries do not disappear. The political reality is that the state cannot afford to satisfy its ... worsens the debt burden of the borrowers. The euro zone is in the grip of this depressing state of affairs. Having just returned from Paris, London and Dublin, I heard only doom and gloom; ...

  5. Profitability of Blackstone deal test for investment unit

    Posted May 26th 2007, 12:00am by Shirley Yam

    ... made headlines around the globe. Much has been said about how Beijing defied its conservative stereotype and approved the deal within weeks even though the State Investment Co, which is to buy the stake, is not expected to be officially established until the end of this year. Much has also been said about the political message carried by the deal, which was announced a day before ...

  6. Magazines - Money

    A fair deal for the small investor

    Posted Jun 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... or long on China stocks listed in the United States. The RTO market has been shattered by fraud and/or material misrepresentation and the IPO market has a huge issue with the VIE corporate ... as enemies, but the fact remains that the government of China and the government of the United States are not the friends they claim to be and that's the important distinction. At best we can ...

  7. Polls apart from the truth

    Posted Mar 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Stephen Vines moneypost@scmp.com This year seems to be the year of big and small elections. There are presidential elections in France, Russia and the United States, and even here, in Hong ... it is a deliberate political act carried out, without exception, by all incumbent office holders, including US president Franklin Roosevelt during the depths of the 1930s Depression. What matters ...

  8. Tax-grab idea to fix budget alarms expat Americans

    Posted Jul 31st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Club, where Americans of all political leanings who are working in the city voiced their disgust at the proposed tax scheme. 'It will affect more than just our personal incomes,' ...

  9. How it will work

    Posted Sep 30th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Bailout for troubled financial firms The rescue plan will be in phases, with the Treasury immediately buying up to US$250 billion in 'troubled assets'. At the request of the president, this can be raised to US$350 billion. The Congress has power ...

  10. Only Europe can solve its debt crisis

    Posted Sep 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... But speaking from a position of strength, Premier Wen Jiabao has set terms for a Chinese bailout of debt-laden developed economies, including putting their own houses in order and meeting political ... if Beijing is wary of feeding addiction to debt and fuelling aversion to the political pain that must be endured to bring it under control, restore confidence and enable a return to stable growth. ...




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