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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China not the all-conquering trade power figures suggest

    Posted Dec 19th 2013, 12:12am by Tom Holland

    ... not the all-conquering trade power figures suggest As everyone knows, China is the workshop of the world. Since it joined the World Trade Organisation in 2001, China's trade with the rest of the world has ... a more accurate picture, still showing China to be a front-rank trading economy, but hardly the all-conquering power that old-fashioned measurement techniques suggest. tom.holland@scmp.com ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China a green energy leader? Don't make me laugh

    Posted May 01st 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... that China has increased its wind power capacity 50 times over since 2005, while solar generating capacity shot up 75 per cent last year alone. Meanwhile, in another report published two weeks ago, ... installed capacity does not have much to do with actual power output. For example, according to figures from the China Electricity Council, last year there was only enough of a breeze to turn ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    It pays China to block global deals on climate and trade

    Posted Dec 17th 2013, 03:19am by Tom Holland

    ... of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, the cost to China of unabated climate change will be modest, at just US$360 billion a year by the end of the century. In contrast, a treaty that cut emissions ... I was intrigued to read yesterday that Ouyang Ziyuan, chief scientist to China's lunar exploration programme, believes the moon is a perfect source of helium-3 to power nuclear fusion reactors ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China's urbanisation policy is based on flawed thinking

    Posted Jul 30th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... In bald numbers, that would entail some 300 million country-dwellers moving to cities, or almost the population of Beijing each year. China's planners believe this enormous shift will power ... Tom Holland Policymakers in Beijing think moving people out of the countryside will spark growth. But growing cities are an effect of wealth, not a cause China's urbanisation policy ...

  5. Business - Commodities - MONITOR

    China's own policies made it a commodity price-taker

    Posted Jul 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... like a bizarre thing to say. Ask any commodity trader, and he will tell you it was China's ballooning demand for resources that drove the long bull market which saw key industrial ... a new, softer leg. Of course, this is simply another way of saying that the balance of pricing power has started to shift away from producers and towards China, as the biggest consumer ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Commodity bears should look again at China's credit growth

    Posted Feb 18th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... to a development model that relies less on big investment projects and more on household consumption, growing numbers of commodity sceptics are warning that China's future demand for resources ... on prices over the short term. But there are some powerful signals that user demand in China, the world's dominant commodity consumer, may be picking up. The country's commodity demand ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Even an export rebound won't do much to lift China growth

    Posted Feb 13th 2014, 01:07am by Tom Holland

    ... to lift China growth The mainland's January trade figures confounded analysts everywhere. Released yesterday, last month's exports were not only much stronger than anyone expected, ... export growth to power the country's economic expansion to the extent it did in the years before the financial crisis. The world has changed in the past five years. The developed markets may ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Powerful evidence Hong Kong officials just don't care about pollution

    Posted Oct 08th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Although the mainland could be blamed for the periodic smogs, the city's government has failed in its measures to improve air quality Powerful evidence HK officials just don't care about pollution Jumping into a taxi outside the South China Morning Post 's Causeway Bay offices the other day, Monitor was struck by a wry observation from the cab driver. ...

  9. Business - Banking & Finance - MONITOR

    The encouraging signs behind China's record funding figures

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 04:47am by Tom Holland

    ... behind China's record funding figures The trouble with economic statistics is that it is all too easy to see whatever you want to in the data. Take the monetary figures released by Beijing ... economic growth for the rest of 2014. On the other hand, if you fret that the mainland has become dependent on credit-fuelled investment to power growth, then you will see last month's surge ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    So much for talk about a shift in financial power to the East

    Posted Aug 26th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... a shift in financial power to the East Over the last few years there has been a lot of talk about a shift eastwards in the world's economic centre of gravity and the emergence of China ... and the real economy, it's what happens in the United States, not China, that most affects what goes on in the rest of Asia. As expectations have grown that the US Federal Reserve will begin ...




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