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  1. Mainland companies defy orders from the north

    Posted Sep 09th 2004, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... to cool the overheating economy, he declared, so the story goes, that he would need 11 coffins: 10 for the 'dogs'- the big investment projects- he would kill, and one for himself, ... the mainland's efforts to cool the economy. The figures, released by the National Information Centre, compared growth in the first six months with that in the first seven months. They showed that after ...

  2. Post-reform Iran likely to adopt 'Chinese model'

    Posted Feb 27th 2004, 12:00am by Borzou Daragahi

    ... Borzou Daragahi in Tehran Political repression will continue as country pushes on with plans to open up economy Last week's takeover of Iran's parliament by conservatives means ... Friday's election came as Iran prepared to reopen its economy to the world for the first time since the shah was toppled in 1979. French car manufacturer Renault last October penned a deal ...

  3. Apathy reigns over tainted Iran poll

    Posted Feb 09th 2004, 12:00am by Borzou Daragahi

    ... of a great, hopeful drive to change Iran's repressive political and social system from within. Now, Bahram and Ali are in hiding, keeping to themselves in a tiny book-filled apartment ... universities. 'To demonstrate, we have to have some goals, some realistic things that we want. But what we want is beyond possibility right now.' As Iran's politicians and ruling clerics ...

  4. An axis of energy?

    Posted Nov 12th 2004, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... is becoming increasingly dependent on imported oil and LNG to fuel its fast-growing economy. Iran is the second-largest oil producer in Opec, after Saudi Arabia. About 13 per cent of China's oil ... Michael Richardson China and Iran appear to be cementing a long-term relationship in energy co-operation. This will make it more difficult for the US to prevent Tehran developing a fully ...

  5. Toiling in a semi-capitalist purgatory

    Posted Mar 15th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... private-sector economy with full legal protections. A huge amount of work remains to be done in reforming legal institutions, improving contract law, altering the financial system to enable it to finance ... economy. Globally, ignoramuses who believe China to be a capitalist paradise now probably outnumber the (surprisingly numerous) ignoramuses who think China is still a communist inferno. In reality, ...

  6. US firms' investment in China is showing higher returns

    Posted Dec 04th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... alone. While one good year alone will convince few in an economy as cyclical as China's, some encouraging trends could be developing. The CEQ did not include forecasts, but it did place ...

  7. Iran's reformists are losing support

    Posted Jan 27th 2004, 12:00am by Borzou Daragahi

    ... Borzou Daragahi in Tehran Politicians have failed to sustain people's backing since electoral victories in 1990s Iran's reformists once turned out millions of voters ... faltered. Eighty-three reformist politicians are holed up in Iran's parliament as part of a protest against a decision not to let them and thousands of others run in parliamentary elections ...


    Posted Jun 19th 2004, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... to Bahrain, Jordan and Iran, is said to understand the dynamics of religious and national conflicts. He is also keenly aware of the fact that a country's stature on the international stage ... as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, had a responsibility to act as a peacemaker. 'While developing our economy, we need a peaceful international environment,' he said. ...

  9. Hope shines through Iran's nuclear cloud

    Posted Nov 16th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Iran's agreement to suspend its uranium enrichment activities suggests that dialogue and diplomacy can help in dealing with nuclear crises. But the deal the Iranian government has struck with three European nations is tentative and temporary. Iran's longer-term intentions remain unclear. So it would be premature to declare the negotiations a success. Iran had much ...

  10. Iran watches US troubles next door with fear and gloating

    Posted Apr 09th 2004, 12:00am by Borzou Daragahi

    ... of the occupation have created a bloody mess,' screamed Monday's headline in the conservative daily Jomhouri Eslami. It has led to accusations that Iran is to blame for the Shi'ite uprising. Mr Sadr, the uprising's figurehead, hails from the same activist clerical tradition as Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of Iran's 1979 revolution. 'We are not hostile ...




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