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  1. China balances GDP data on economic need and political reality

    Posted Apr 12th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Mark O'Neill China has a long history of massaging economic numbers to serve political objectives. During the Mao Zedong era, it routinely reduced the figures for losses arising from ... of China's numbers game, a delicate balance between economic necessity and political reality. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/496296/china-balances-gdp-data-economic-need-and-political-reality
  2. Politics at play in China's energy race

    Posted Apr 14th 2006, 12:00am by Eric Ng

    ... may not be realised as fast as it wants due to wider political considerations, according to a Standard & Poor's research report. During Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's ... 'The president is probably using the delays as a tactic to extract greater trading concessions,' the S&P report said. 'He is keen for China to accept more exports of manufactured ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/544701/politics-play-chinas-energy-race
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Lack of political leadership bad for business

    Posted Oct 31st 2012, 12:00am by MATTHEW GARLAND

    ... Matthew Garland Matthew Garland says ineffective, divisive politics is bad for business From East to West, leaders are failing to revitalise economies We are in the midst of a protracted ... sustainability is the issue." The deepening uncertainty reflects a lack of confidence in global political leadership. The simmering euro-zone crisis, coupled with anaemic growth in the US, has been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1073346/lack-political-leadership-bad-business
  4. The politics of growth

    Posted Oct 13th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Two years ago, China-watchers were worried because they thought official statisticians were exaggerating economic growth. Now they think official figures underestimate economic growth. Officially, China's economy grew by 8.2 per cent in the first half of the year. That figure is almost certainly too low. Electricity and steel consumption have grown at well over double ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/430876/politics-growth
  5. Fubon's mainland plan faces political hurdles

    Posted Jan 08th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... overcome political hurdles in Taipei. Taiwan regulators have not been quick to grant approval to the deal, especially with presidential elections coming up. Taiwan's Financial Supervisory ... approval from the Ministry of Economic Affairs. A spokeswoman for Fubon Bank (Hong Kong) declined to comment. 'It's not easy [to get the approval] politically,' said William Wong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/622080/fubons-mainland-plan-faces-political-hurdles
  6. Achieving social equity to test political courage of leadership

    Posted Oct 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... The second of a three-part series looks at the problems facing senior leaders ahead of the next Five Year Plan. China's next five-year plan will mark the first time that President Hu ... support for the leadership. Whether Mr Hu and Mr Wen can make it work will depend on their political courage, as deeper economic and political reforms will meet strong resistance from powerful ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/518818/achieving-social-equity-test-political-courage-leadership
  7. Bank on politics to shape growth policy

    Posted Apr 06th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... economist, who is otherwise tight-lipped. There are a number of theories making the rounds in Beijing about the political forces driving the debate over China's economic policy. The first ... Andrew K. Collier A FURIOUS DEBATE is taking place about the pace of China's economy. There are those who say that rising commodity prices, coupled with the continued jump in bank ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/451160/bank-politics-shape-growth-policy
  8. Political hazard is still a big obstacle

    Posted Aug 07th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... It has often been said that China is different. And it is. In few other markets is there such a degree of political presence permeating just about every facet of society. ... management. Achieving better returns for shareholders now has political merit, much as meeting economic goals under the state plan had in the old days. China is getting there... slowly. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/559422/political-hazard-still-big-obstacle
  9. HK$50m bank loan for secret political mission, court hears

    Posted Sep 04th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Yvonne Tsui A loan of HK$50 million that a Hong Kong bank injected in a Kuomintang investment arm 10 years ago was alleged to have been paid out for a secret political mission, a court ... documents, Mr Whitehead said the companies, Labour Buildings and China States, contended that the loan, made as a debenture, was void and not binding because about half of the HK$50 million had been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/606649/hk50m-bank-loan-secret-political-mission-court-hears
  10. Politics provides a reality check on reform agenda

    Posted Aug 05th 2004, 12:00am by Louis Beckerling

    ... Louis Beckerling Short of employing yet another Great Terror, of which the world has its lamentable fill, economic reform, like politics, is the art of the possible; of adjusting ... and this is especially true in China today, where citizens' bank deposits have essentially been extinguished to bankroll a decade of explosive economic growth. The banking-sector 'assets' created ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/465455/politics-provides-reality-check-reform-agenda

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