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  1. 'France's Thatcher' trips on reforms

    Posted Aug 03rd 2003, 12:00am by John Kohut

    ... When centre-right Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin took office a year ago he vowed that his planned shake-up of France's rigid economic structure would not leave behind 'the ... Raffarin couches his political message in terms like 'social cohesion', rather than in the blatantly pro-market, anti-union rhetoric of the past British prime minister, the former public ...

  2. Regional banks to benefit most from reforms

    Posted Dec 31st 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... hope of gaining controlling stakes. The recent reform announcements have changed the game somewhat, by giving such investors hope of gaining controlling stakes and buying into fee-generating businesses that perhaps might have lower non-performing loan ratios. All this means that 2004 could turn out to be a year of frenzied activity in regional bank mergers and acquisitions. Reform ...

  3. Foreign acquisitions may not benefit bank investors

    Posted Aug 09th 2008, 12:00am by Michael Pettis

    ... economic or political difficulties, the value of assets will collapse, but the owner's exposure will be limited to the value of his investment. Option traders would say that this is precisely ... of assets over liabilities. Like banks in almost every country that is experiencing rapid economic reform, Chinese bank shares implicitly have high time value and low intrinsic value, and this high ...

  4. Economic imperialists undermine free market principles

    Posted Jul 18th 2005, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... As CNOOC's US$18.5 billion bid for the US-owned oil company Unocal reaches a crucial stage, the political odds are stacking up against what should have been a normal business deal. US ... and politicians seeking to heighten fears of a China threat. Washington politics have replaced free market principles as the key factor driving the debate over CNOOC's bid. This is a pity. ...

  5. Politics outweighs business in listing a state enterprise

    Posted Jun 12th 2010, 12:00am by Shirley Yam

    ... pricing. It is a process that involves more than 20 steps, going through the State Council and a handful of ministries. Each step is about political manoeuvring and compromise. Once the plan ... Council to get permission to suspend the offering. Any change results in the re-opening of a political fight. CNOOC could not launch its offering until early 2001, after its two big rivals had ...

  6. Carmakers brace for industry revamp in economic uncertainty

    Posted Mar 09th 2009, 12:00am by Kandy Wong

    ... the domestic industry that the tough economic times offer potential takeover opportunities. As cash-starved international carmakers like Ford Motor and General Motors Corp scout for buyers- ... consumers have a higher purchasing power. The company, directed by the National Development and Reform Commission and State-owned Assets and Supervision and Administration Commission, took the lead ...

  7. Key sectors limiting economic growth potential

    Posted May 26th 2005, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland A report says China should step up investment reform to attract private capital China desperately needs to open up to private infrastructure investment or risk limiting its economic growth, a new study says. Die-hard central planners, inefficient bureaucracy and unrealistic price controls are hampering investment in crucial sectors, says a 200-page report, The Dragon ...

  8. Migrants help forge economic links

    Posted Jul 01st 2004, 12:00am by Jessica Caplan

    ... Jessica Caplan Chinese newcomers are playing a bigger commercial and political role in the land of the maple leaf Chinese Canadians are playing an increasingly influential role on Canadian soil, while Canada forges stronger economic ties with Hong Kong and the mainland. This year's federal election campaign saw the first political advertisements in Cantonese and Mandarin ...

  9. Wen's remarks prime speculators for run-up to the leap forward

    Posted Mar 16th 2005, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... in matters of economic reform when the same is true, when gradualist reform can only take you so far before you have a big jump to make. Either the market that you have toyed with opening is opened or it is kept closed. There are no intermediate stages left. The Soviet Union, for instance, faced that choice in 1991. Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev introduced gradualist reforms that then began ...

  10. Politics and capital collide over Potash

    Posted Sep 07th 2010, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... commercial and political ramifications, not least because the company was originally founded in 1975 by the government of Saskatchewan, and later privatised. There is a strong feeling locally ... is potentially a losing proposition. Putting billions into US financial firms proved not to be a good deal. Indeed, trying to secure raw materials for its economic future with deals in Africa, Latin ...




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