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  1. Currency tightrope act a Snow job of the highest order

    Posted Oct 13th 2005, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland United States Treasury Secretary John Snow is not usually a figure who elicits much sympathy but visiting China this week he is likely to find himself being ground between a rock and a hard place. The rock is the US Congress, where senators continue to accuse China of holding the value of the yuan artificially low in order to steal an unfair trade advantage over ...

  2. SAFE in danger of foreign backlash

    Posted Sep 15th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland Beijing has been covertly using its foreign exchange reserves for political ends. The policy is likely to backfire spectacularly. Last week it emerged that the State Administration of Foreign Exchange- the central bank body which manages China's vast US$1.8 trillion of foreign reserves- had agreed to buy US$300 million of Costa Rica's government debt ...

  3. Beijing's grip on yuan shows politics keeps upper hand

    Posted Jul 21st 2006, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... be a mistake to expect any marked acceleration in the pace of the yuan's appreciation over the rest of this year. China's domestic politics will not allow it. Exactly a year ago, ... of about 7.8 to the US dollar. 'China has got to move gradually,' explains Stephen Green at Standard Chartered. 'It's the only viable political outcome.' ...

  4. China's pension paradox: both simple and impossible

    Posted Nov 04th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... it to provide for the population's future is not only perfectly possible; it is easily affordable. What's needed is political will. Over the past few days the national pages of the South China ... but there are plenty of models available. The problem is political. In China, as in other monolithic political systems, power flows not from a popular mandate but from the ability to dispense patronage. ...

  5. 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 of industrial capacity nears danger level When China announced a massive stimulus programme in late 2008, the intention was to boost economic growth in the short term by investing in the infrastructure ...

  6. CNOOC, PetroChina go their own ways in reserves hunt

    Posted Jun 10th 2005, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... their recommendation on the stock, which has long been an investors' darling, with many observers believing the putative bid for Unocal owes more to political pressure from China's resource-hungry ... firms, PetroChina and CNOOC, are going about it in radically different fashions. Today, PetroChina is expected to announce it is to take control of foreign oil and gas assets worth US$3 billion ...

  7. China's 'no strings attached' policy could cause tangle in Africa

    Posted Oct 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... and political player in Zambia. In the first eight months of this year, China spent US$162 million on imports from Zambia, up from just US$25 million in the same period five years earlier. Since 2003, ... Tom Holland China's ambassador to Zambia warned last month that mainland companies could cut off investments in the southern African country should populist opposition leader Michael ...

  8. The economic lesson China must learn from 1980s Japan

    Posted Oct 21st 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... like China Shakes The World: The Rise of a Hungry Nation, or China Inc: The Relentless Rise of the Next Great Superpower, or even When China Rules the World: The Rise of the Middle Kingdom and the End of the Western World. The details inside may vary, but all these publications share a common theme: that the economic and political rise of China is inexorable and that readers ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Selling down China's reserves could ease domestic problems

    Posted Oct 23rd 2013, 03:17am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Emptying part of this US$3.66 trillion piggy bank would also help reduce the country’s overexposure to US Treasury debt Selling down China's reserves could ease domestic problems Last week China's leaders got an uncomfortable reminder of the risks they run by holding US$3.66 trillion in foreign exchange reserves. As US politicians bickered over ...

  10. 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

    ... as China's imports set to surge Last month, China passed another milestone in its economic development, although not an auspicious one. In September, China overtook America as the largest buyer of oil on the international markets. According to the Energy Information Administration of the US government, last month China's net oil imports hit an average 6.3 million barrels a day, ...




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