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  1. Africa's awakening stirs China and India

    Posted Nov 07th 2007, 12:00am by Jonathan Power

    ... Jonathan Power The purchase of a 20 per cent stake in South Africa's highly successful Standard Bank by Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) is the biggest foreign direct investment in South Africa since the demise of apartheid. This signifies a degree of engagement way beyond the 'resources grab' that many have accused Beijing of in its recent dealings ...

  2. Aboriginal leaders find ready market for timber resources on trade mission to China

    Posted Jul 21st 2008, 12:00am by Petti Fong

    ... high.' British Columbia's native communities are arguably the most politically powerful in the country. The landmark China mission amounted to the flexing of those muscles. For years, ... to China, did not take long to reach two conclusions: that Chinese industry needs British Columbia's natural resources, and Chinese companies were looking for new suppliers. Russia ...

  3. Religion, the glue that holds Europe together

    Posted Jun 18th 2009, 12:00am by Jonathan Power

    ... Jonathan Power Not a moment too soon, the Europeans have been going through a bout of navel gazing and introspection following the recent parliamentary elections. What is the European ... convenience. It is an ideal. This will never be complete. We will work at it all our lives, as will future generations. Jonathan Power is a London-based journalist ...

  4. Soft-power play

    Posted Feb 24th 2010, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... the use of chequebook diplomacy, neither side has given up the contest for influence among ordinary people around the world- something that is often called soft power. Taiwan's president, Ma Ying-jeou, made this clear when he recently disclosed that Taipei will establish a string of academies around the world to promote Chinese language and culture. In this, mainland China has a big head ...

  5. Happy country has reasons to smile

    Posted Apr 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... can bearing Carlsberg's distinctive logo. The brewery's corporate history has long been intertwined with China's, having exported its first barrels to the Middle Kingdom ... imports from Denmark. Like Hong Kong, Denmark makes up for its lack of natural resources by concentrating on its human resources. Free trade is one of the dominant factors of its mixed economy, ...

  6. ABB powers up for growth

    Posted Sep 17th 2005, 12:00am by Daniel Cody

    ... With plans to double sales in China, the company is in hiring mode, writes Daniel Cody CORPORATE TITAN ABB sees an increasingly bright outlook for the mainland's power and automation ... technology that enables customers to improve productivity and performance, while minimising any negative impact on the environment. Han Yu, chief of human resources for ABB China, forecasts ...

  7. Hong Kong must start balancing its resources

    Posted Jan 21st 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... use more than twice as much resources as the global average and that if everyone were to consume as much as Hongkongers, we would need the resources of 2.2 earths to feed our habits. In other words, Hong Kong is an 'ecological debtor' and the city needs more resources than the land and sea mass can sustain. The WWF report follows on from recent studies by local environmental ...

  8. 'Soft power' receives funding injection

    Posted May 25th 2010, 12:00am by Priscilla Jiao

    ... Development and Reform Commission. The fund is another step in China's drive to expand its cultural resources and improve its image overseas, domestic media reported. In recent years, Beijing has ... Chinese culture. 'These products could help increase exports and spread Chinese culture,' he said. 'Boosting China's soft power and expanding globally are among ...

  9. Battle for resources

    Posted Nov 16th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... ice-free in the summer months. This would make oil exploration much easier, and it would open the Northwest Passage to more shipping traffic, making the Arctic an important economic resource ... Passage'. If these straits and bays are to become ice-free shipping routes, someone has to police them to make sure the ships don't damage the environment, and Canada wants to wield that power ...

  10. County governments to get more power and autonomy

    Posted Aug 01st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... narrowly focused on dozens of big cities. This has limited growth potential and created uneven development. By handing more power and resources back to county administrations, Beijing hopes ... controlling most resources ... so taking this extra layer of power out could be a huge boost to county economies,' he said. Their distance from central and provincial powers also led ...




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