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  1. Mine chief digs deep for economic answers

    Posted Jan 03rd 2011, 12:00am by Naomi Rovnick

    ... wages], he adds. The proximity of MMC's coking coal mine, named UHG, to coal-hungry China is an economic blessing and, potentially, a political curse. Mongolia only has one rail line, which ... (That is a term economists coined in reference to a massive natural gas discovery in the Netherlands in the 1960s, where the resulting currency appreciation and inflation caused economic mayhem, ...

  2. HK factory owners stifle labour reforms

    Posted Sep 21st 2010, 12:00am by Denise Tsang

    ... minimum wage by 20 per cent every year in the next five years to boost domestic consumption and reduce the rich-poor divide on the mainland, the top political advisory body says. 'If ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. HSBC cuts loan rate, others follow; political pressure cited

    Posted Nov 08th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to 'political pressure'. Banks had been reluctant to cut the prime rates despite the economic slowdown, in part because of narrowing interest margins during the financial crisis. A lower prime ...

  5. Sellers' market

    Posted Jun 10th 2004, 12:00am by Tim Culpan

    ... in realpolitik. The AmCham white paper is considered something of a bible of economic reform- well, at least the US bible on economic reform. This year, the 48-page bilingual report covers all manner of issues, from intellectual property protection to telecommunications law. One issue covered was brought up again this week by Bill Weinstein, head of economics at the American Institute in Taiwan, ...

  6. 'No excuse' for blocking move to democracy

    Posted Apr 01st 2009, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... as a pretext to block democratic reform. In an essay to be published today in China Comment, a fortnightly magazine owned by Xinhua, Yu Keping- deputy director general of the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau, a Communist Party think-tank- warned that the country would make a grave mistake if it gave priority to economic development and the improvement of people's livelihoods over ...

  7. Mancunian candidates shun politics

    Posted Aug 01st 2005, 12:00am by Jamil Anderlini

    ... of a few hundred Chinese companies. This was the first visit by a British city delegation to focus exclusively on encouraging Chinese companies to invest and Manchester rolled out its big political ... companies. But the formerly unthinkable phenomenon of mainland conglomerates scouring the world for potential purchases is becoming the dominant theme of the country's economic rise. Massive ...

  8. Anger over graft tops grievances in online survey

    Posted Feb 25th 2009, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Daily. These issues were followed by concerns about the wealth gap, access to education, political democracy and health care reform. The survey results corresponded with responses to a separate ... Raymond Li The financial crisis has made headlines worldwide for causing job losses, mental distress and even family break-ups. But, on the mainland, the economic slowdown has taken a back ...

  9. Health industry praises new state policy

    Posted Dec 20th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... hospitals not funded by public money make up 36 per cent of all medical institutions across the country, but they account for only 5 per cent of hospital beds. China is struggling to reform its health sector, which has been criticised in recent years for being unaffordable and inaccessible. One theme of that reform is to achieve a market that includes medical service providers ...

  10. African conflicts pressure China's neutrality

    Posted Aug 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... Party, and the ruling All People's Congress. 'While improvements in Sierra Leone's political climate were seen as inching the country towards eventual sustainable development, ... to a report by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a US government commission. China's Foreign Ministry has distanced itself publicly from CIF. In December last year, Camara ...




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