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  1. Phew! Demography may not be destiny

    Posted Sep 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the importance of gradual shifts in population make-up in driving long-term trends in politics, economics and even financial markets. To demographers there is no miracle about the economic growth of Asia ... strategist at Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong. This is the ratio between the size of a country's middle-aged population and the number of its young adults (the reference is to the middle-aged ...

  2. Lai See

    Posted Aug 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Howard Winn Census department's population projections begin to wobble We see that the Census and Statistics Department has scaled back its population growth targets. This is not a surprise. The department's efforts at forecasting population growth have been lamentable. Clearly they are not as wide of the mark say as Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah's budget ...

  3. Private enterprise spreads its net unevenly

    Posted Jan 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... areas. At the end of 2010, the federation said, there were 700,000 private companies in Shanghai, a city with a population of 23 million, but only 150,000 in Chongqing, a municipality in the southwest with a population of 28 million. Guangdong province- population 104 million- had 950,000 private companies while neighbouring Hunan, Mao Zedong's home province, had only 180,000 ...

  4. Door to change

    Posted May 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... outlook. At stake is whether the region's governments, especially those newly installed, can generate enough jobs to absorb a burgeoning youth population. The link between the two regions ... to factory closures in the Middle East, at a time when youth populations were peaking across the region, with the average population of 15- to 24-year-olds reaching 21per cent of the total ...

  5. Comment - Letters

    Austerity measures lead to greater discontent

    Posted Sep 05th 2012, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... in the United States now. The Estonian recovery referred to by your correspondent owes less to belt tightening than to the initial low level of national debt. To that we can add a total population ... German Chancellor Angela Merkel as a supporter of budget cutting for other countries is ironic, precisely because Germany has long been providing its own population with massive social benefits. ...

  6. High GDP growth is not the be-all and end-all

    Posted Feb 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... at a steady increase in the average age of Hong Kong's population. It is a phenomenon common at present to many developed societies. It also implies an impending decline in population ... is still based on a 15-year-old transport study that wildly overestimated population growth. It has not yet been revised, even though planners have admitted that residential densities in some new ...

  7. MPF scheme needs more than tweaking

    Posted Jan 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... is to contribute towards the financial security of our city's working population in retirement. But the meagre returns and the possibility that balances can dramatically decline as much as rise makes ... that our population is ageing fast and that increasingly fewer people of working age will be contributing taxes; at present it is six for every person over 65; by 2039 it is projected to be just ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    A collective approach to dealing with complexity

    Posted Oct 27th 2012, 12:00am by Andrew Sheng

    ... transformations, such as rising population, disruptive technology, industrial transformation, climate change, terrorism and human conflict, and natural disasters. How do we deal with unknown unknowns? ... confusion we are witnessing is the result of megatrends- the increase in population with more than half now living in cities, profound technological and industrial change, and rising natural ...

  9. Business - Economy - REFORM

    Innovation 'key' to reform success in China, summit told

    Posted Dec 17th 2012, 12:00am by Victoria Ruan

    ... studies, refuted mounting concerns that China may enter a middle-income trap due to the gradual loss of its "demographic dividends" as its population ages. Li Yining said such worries ...

  10. Leaner, fitter

    Posted Jul 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... function of the population and resource pressures that shape the fate of this vast continent- and hence the world as a whole. Asia must reject the largely academic discussion taking place ... responsibility built around discipline, which is the cornerstone of austerity. Only this made-in-Asia drive towards austerity can address the needs of a majority of the world's population ...




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