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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Justice must be seen to be done on mainland

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 04:54am by SCMP Editorial

    ... turn to cynicism if it emerged that officials and business associates tried and found guilty had avoided paying their debt to society. The power of money and connections to pervert justice ... taking into account the debt owed to society for the gravity of the crime as well as good behaviour in jail. ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Shinzo Abe's three arrows are looking badly blunted

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 04:25am by SCMP Editorial

    ... the world's third largest economy grew by an annualised 6.1 per cent. The sales tax increase from 5 per cent to 8 per cent raises revenue to service Japan's massive public debt. Abe has to decide ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    United States should end its debt-ceiling hostage crisis

    Posted Oct 18th 2013, 03:09am by STAFF

    ... SCMP Editorial End debt-ceiling hostage crisis The trade in US Treasuries may be the most liquid, safest and deepest of financial markets. But it still has to rely on market confidence to function. That was what was threatened by the imbroglio in Washington. The Republican-led fights over the federal budget and the debt ceiling called into question the full faith and credit of the US ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    After US shutdown looms larger debt-ceiling fight

    Posted Oct 03rd 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial After shutdown looms debt ceiling People used to worry that democracy would encourage the tyranny of the majority. With the US federal government shutdown this week, what we ... depending on its duration, is still less damaging than the looming fight over the debt ceiling, which will come in the middle of this month. If it is not raised, the US is likely to go ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong must be vigilant on human trafficking

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 03:03am by SCMP Editorial

    ... that leave them in debt bondage. And it is difficult to dismiss suspicions that some unsavoury people profit from organised sex tourism to Hong Kong and from sexual exploitation of heavily indebted ... to the exceptions. Critics argue that the government should legislate separately to target forced labour, domestic servitude and debt bondage. Meanwhile, it is good to hear the government recognises the need ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Beijing should resist pressure to turn on the fiscal tap

    Posted Jul 20th 2014, 04:13am by SCMP Editorial

    ... domestic consumption and away from reliance on investment and excessive debt. As it is, reform could stall when it has barely begun, for a number of reasons. One is Xi's crackdown ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Privacy safeguard threatens core freedoms

    Posted Jun 20th 2014, 02:50am by SCMP Editorial

    ... about debts and the forced sale of his home. The Spanish National High Court sought guidance from the European court. People could now demand that search engines remove search result links, ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Automatic bailouts no longer an option in China

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 03:54am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Instant bailouts not an option It was to be expected that debt defaults on the mainland would fuel rumours about bank solvency sooner or later. The result has been a run ... unwarranted. It may be only a small lender, but the run not only reflects the perception of fragility of a wider financial system awash with debt but also, more worryingly, a growing lack of confidence ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Sino-Japan ties in need of urgent repair

    Posted Apr 27th 2014, 05:19am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Sino-Japan ties in need of repair Throughout the ups and downs of relations between China and Japan, their governments have separated business from politics. A Shanghai court's seizure of a Japanese iron ore carrier to enforce a verdict over a claimed pre-war debt threatens arrangements. The increasing lack of regard by both sides for agreements shows how low ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    The devil is in the detail of China's urbanisation blueprint

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 04:09am by SCMP Editorial

    ... household registration will present challenges staggering in their scale and complexity, including the question of where debt-burdened local governments will get the money for essential services ... debt financing. The ultimate challenge will be for places with new populations to develop sustainable growth that creates jobs and flow-on economic benefits. It is a good plan, but the devil ...




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