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    Arafat’s remains said to be exhumed on Tuesday

    Posted Nov 24th 2012, 08:39pm by Associated Press in Ramallah, West Bank

    ... Associated Press in Ramallah, West Bank The remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed on Tuesday as part of a renewed investigation into his death, a Palestinian ... tomb in Arafat’s former government headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The Palestinian Authority, the self-rule government in the West Bank, had hesitated before agreeing to exhume ...

  2. Business - Banking & Finance - INVESTMENT

    Government investor nods to state ownership reform

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 01:21am by DON WEINLAND

    ... Government investment arm signals reform The investment arm of the mainland's US$650 billion sovereign wealth fund is the latest major government player to signal a decrease in state ownership of banks as it plans to diversify away from the sector and seeks out higher-return investments in Europe. Speaking in Frankfurt, an executive at Central Huijin Investment, part ...

  3. Business - China Business - MONEY MATTERS

    Sinopec offers master class in SOE mixed ownership reform

    Posted Sep 20th 2014, 05:10am by Shirley Yam

    ... them to banks for financing. The banks will be happy to help. Some will say this is sleight of hand rather than of reform. Absolutely. But the big question is whether Fu and Sinopec will stop ... Shirley Yam Sale of Sinopec's marketing unit not only brings in more than 100b yuan but also much publicity for President Xi Jinping's state sector reform Sinopec offers master ...

  4. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Japan downgrades economic assessment as Abe promises reform

    Posted Sep 20th 2014, 05:10am by AFP

    ... the virtues of his three-pronged policy blitz to resuscitate Japan's deflation-plagued economy and saying he would press on with promised reforms. Abe and his hand-picked Bank of Japan governor ... since the 2011 quake and tsunami disaster. In the Journal column, Abe said more reforms to the highly regulated economy were on the way. "Some have said Japan's structural reforms ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Short-term pain ahead as China pushes on with economic reforms

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 02:53pm by DAVID LIAO

    ... the low-hanging fruit- were made some time ago. The thorniest decisions- stripping big state firms of an implicit government guarantee; opening sectors such as banking to competition; and reforming ... will be the highlight of this year, especially in the banking sector. Reforms such as deregulating interest rates, increasing the limited range of investment products and allowing the entry of new banks ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Pan-dems should not ignore the low-hanging fruit in political reform

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:20am by Mike Rowse

    ... base in the functional constituencies. Tens of thousands of people work in banks, to take an example; why not give them all a vote? There are other useful reforms that could be proposed. ... Mike Rowse Mike Rowse says there's still room for meaningful political reform Pan-democrats must not ignore the low-hanging fruit It is hard to help the pan-democrats get out ...

  7. Business - Money

    Market reverses course as China pumps money into banks

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 12:02pm by Benjamin Robertson

    ... Benjamin Robertson benjamin.robertson@scmp.com A report that China’s central bank would inject 500 billion yuan (HK$631 billion) into the nation’s largest banks helped the Hang Seng Index reverse one of its longest losing streaks in recent years. The People’s Bank of China yesterday started channeling the cash to the nation’s five biggest banks for a three-month period, Sina.com ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Reforms will boost Mexico's rise to a modern economy

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 12:15pm by ALICIA BUENROSTRO MASSIEU

    ... of government revenue. Measures have been taken to strengthen competition in the telecoms industry. With the education reform, teachers will face more scrutiny. Financial reform seeks to encourage banks ... reforms No turning back As we approach our 204th anniversary of independence, it seems a good time to talk about the positive changes Mexico is making to accelerate its rise from an emerging ...

  9. Business - Economy - CHINA

    World Bank official urges China to be vigilant over rising debt levels

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 05:57am by Victoria Ruan

    ... Victoria Ruan in Beijing victoria.ruan@scmp.com World Bank's chief economist says mainland GDP growth of 7 per cent would be acceptable China urged to be vigilant over debt ... build-up, says World Bank chief economist and senior vice-president Kaushik Basu. Basu's comments come amid calls for Beijing to lower and even cancel its annual growth target starting next ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Moody’s warns Hong Kong electoral reform could lead to ‘credit negative’ outlook

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 04:43pm by Peter So

    ... Peter So peter.so@scmp.com Reform stand-off a threat to economy, Moody's says International credit rating agency Moody's warned that Beijing's stringent ruling on electoral reform could lead to prolonged political discord, eroding Hong Kong's status as a global financial centre and potentially leading to a negative credit outlook. It was the first such warning ...




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