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  1. Subordinated debt may weigh on Bank of East Asia interim earnings

    Posted Aug 24th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Maria Chan Bank of East Asia, hard hit by a substantial write-down on its investment in United States securities last year, will make no more provisions on them this year. But analysts expected a revaluation of its subordinated debt will likely determine its first-half earnings. The lender, traditionally the first of the Hong Kong banks to report its earnings, will release ...

  2. When Uncle Sam calls East Asia's bluff

    Posted Dec 06th 2009, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... profound, signs point to fundamental changes. Asia, in particular, boasts about some of these- a shift in power and wealth to the East- but, in practice, is ill-prepared for their realisation. ... but still dependent East Asia. Next year may well be when the empire strikes back. Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist and commentator ...

  3. Bank of East Asia shares surge 15.2pc as investors bet on potential takeover war

    Posted Nov 12th 2009, 12:00am by Nick Westra

    ... Nick Westra and Maria Chan Bank of East Asia shares surged the most in a decade yesterday as investors bet on a potential bidding war between its long-time owners and a Malaysian conglomerate that upped its stake in the bank last week. BEA zoomed up 15.2 per cent to HK$33.35 as HK$1.3 billion worth of its shares changed hands. It was the lender's largest one-day gain in 11 ...

  4. So why is Indonesia not on Obama's first tour of East Asia?

    Posted Oct 15th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... first visit to East Asia. The long-anticipated Indonesian mission represented a unique opportunity, given Obama's years attending primary school in the Jakarta suburb of Menteng under ... the trip the best kind of impact.' Those domestic pressures were certainly apparent when White House officials announced the East Asia trip last week. The first question from the White House ...

  5. Zhou targets East Asia Games as Japan loss ends world No1 reign

    Posted Sep 30th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chan Kin-wa Hong Kong's Zhou Mi has turned her focus to the East Asian Games in December after losing her world number-one ranking. Zhou has been overtaken by mainlander Wang Lin ... and knows how competitive the top level is,' Hong Kong team head coach Chan Chi-choi said. 'Our major target this year is December's East Asian Games and all our training ...

  6. Bank of East Asia staff accept cut in MPF contributions

    Posted Feb 14th 2009, 12:00am by Paggie Leung

    ... Paggie Leung Bank of East Asia staff are reluctantly accepting their employer's decision to cut its voluntary contributions to the Mandatory Provident Fund and a suggestion that workers take unpaid leave, a unionist has said. 'We have contacted over 50 BEA staff, and over 70 per cent of them said they would reluctantly accept the bank's decision in view ...

  7. Fresh start in East Asia, or more of the same?

    Posted Feb 07th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the need for change, so undoubtedly, Mrs Clinton promises a fresh start to America's engagement with East Asia. On the other hand, he entered office carrying the bipartisan baggage of previous ... Greg Torode The more things change, the more things stay the same. That is a phrase echoing around Asia's diplomatic salons ahead of the first visit to Asia by new US Secretary ...

  8. Few signs of relief ahead for Li's Bank of East Asia

    Posted Feb 18th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland For Bank of East Asia chairman David Li Kwok-po, 2008 was what the Queen of England would describe as an annus horribilis: a horrible year. It began on a bad enough note. In February, Mr Li paid HK$63 million to the US Securities and Exchange Commission to settle a charge of insider trading. In the outcry that followed, he was obliged to resign his seat in Hong ...

  9. New pact should help police East Asia's policy-making

    Posted Feb 24th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... with Ton Holland The weekend's decision by 13 East Asian governments to create a common US$120 billion pool of foreign exchange reserves is more significant than it seems at first. On the surface, the agreement appears to buttress Asia's defences against a speculative assault on the region's currencies. But in truth, with the majority of Asian currencies now allowed ...

  10. Asia views Iran street protests with unease

    Posted Jun 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Tom Plate

    ... dissent, almost angelic in their innocence. This is probably a global minority view. In many places outside the west- and especially in Asia- the opposition movement in Tehran gets mixed reviews. ... centuries of melancholy have produced too many rotten revolutions. For every liberty, equality and fraternity, there is Lenin, Stalin and Pol Pot. In Asia, perhaps especially, the suspicion ...




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