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  1. HK's economy enjoying strong growth, but still faces external difficulties

    Posted May 28th 2004, 12:00am by Judy Ngao, Robert Cairns

    ... JUDY NGAO and ROBERT CAIRNS Updated at 6.24pm: Hong Kong's economy is enjoying a strong rate of growth- but still faces the prospect of higher oil prices, rising US interest rates ... per cent in the first quarter of 2004- up from the 4.9 per cent growth in the fourth quarter of 2003. The government said the economy gathered further growth momentum in the first quarter, ...

  2. Tough mission for Albania's diplomat

    Posted Jan 26th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... as the 'pearl of socialism in Europe' are great. 'Tourism to Albania depends very much on the stability of the region,' said Mr Wong from his law office in Admiralty Centre, part of which ... climate and the northern part can be developed into ski resorts. It's also right in the heart of Europe,' he said. 'From Rome it's about an hour to Tirana and from Vienna ...

  3. China is a giant that poses no threat, Wen tells Europe

    Posted Dec 10th 2004, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao Human rights and the economy are improving, he says A developed China will not pose a threat to other countries, Premier Wen Jiabao said yesterday in The Hague, adding that human rights had been greatly improved and the economy was expanding fast. During his visit to the Netherlands, Mr Wen said that repeated criticism of China's rights record from some ...

  4. Wishful thinking in Europe

    Posted Dec 08th 2004, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... repression or to violate human rights. Aside from action on the arms embargo, China is also asking the EU to accord it the formal status of a market economy, which would strengthen the country's ... economy' but remains a non-market economy still dependent on a planned economic system. British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw is said to have suggested that the EU, instead of lifting the embargo ...

  5. China's rise good for Europe: EU official

    Posted Jun 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... invested Euro270 million (HK$2.55 billion) in the mainland, developing various assistance programmes in areas such as environmental planning, rural economies, and legal and judicial frameworks. ...

  6. Buy dull, buy safe, in Europe

    Posted Feb 22nd 2004, 12:00am by David Evans

    ... in March 2000 rebounded the strongest in 2003. Mr Bennett's outlook for Europe is understandably tainted by his thoughts on the American economy. He believes reckless monetary policy combined ... that I will bore people more than usual because I am going to say, buy boring. Europe is boring, and there are some fantastically boring sectors in Europe that are going to make lots of money for people ...

  7. Prospects seen bright in Europe and Japan

    Posted Feb 26th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Nichole Chan Global stock investors should look to markets such as Europe and Japan this year, as United States equities prices appear to already reflect the rebound in the US economy ... Japan and Europe markets are cheaper than the US,' said Phil DiIorio, the managing director and global head of the bank's self directed-investor group. Europe was building its economic ...

  8. Detours

    Posted Sep 21st 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Tim Bryan Poland's short journey from a Soviet basket-case economy to rising Slavonic tiger seems little short of miraculous. Fifteen years ago, tired Trabants and Ladas lolled around the grey, dimly lit, potholed streets. Now, Mercedes-Benzes and Volkwagens speed along well-kept roads lined with advertising hoardings offering all the consumer riches of a modern, capitalist ...

  9. State firms 'will still drive economy'

    Posted Jun 02nd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Allen T. Cheng in Beijing State-owned enterprises will remain the driving force behind the mainland economy despite the government's privatisation efforts, according to analysts. ... building up 197 large state-owned conglomerates. 'This is not eastern Europe, where the goal was to decrease state control, but an effort to make state control more efficient,' Mr Kroeber ...

  10. Democracy does not hurt the economy, says Czech leader

    Posted Apr 17th 2004, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... Hong Kong has been given advice on the marriage between democracy and the economy from an unlikely global partner - the Czech Republic. Visiting Czech President Vaclav Klaus - who met ... political freedom made it possible to do it.' When communism collapsed in eastern Europe his country could not afford 'one minute of discussion' about whether reforms were necessary. ...




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