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  1. Beijing plays by international rules, but on its own terms

    Posted Sep 20th 2011, 12:00am by Paul Letters

    ... including penalising its oil-rich ally, Iran- but keeping it quiet. Being a responsible member of international society traditionally meant adhering to the now outmoded principle of non-intervention ... on the sidelines, from 2006 onwards China began quietly supporting a series of sanctions against both North Korea and Iran. Last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors met ...

  2. Beijing tightens curbs as foreign investment soars

    Posted Feb 18th 2011, 12:00am by Denise Tsang

    ... Denise Tsang More foreign direct investment poured into the mainland last month, prompting an official warning on the need for tighter control on mergers and acquisitions. Ministry of Commerce spokesman Yao Jian said yesterday that US$10.03 billion flowed ...

  3. It's all just a matter of business for HK merchants

    Posted Jan 18th 2011, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp Despite the fact Hong Kong companies have played a key role in helping Iran's state-owned shipping line evade UN sanctions, the city's government has yet ... of shipments to Iran. Let's review a little history here. In 1953, the United States Central Intelligence Agency, in conjunction with its British counterparts, engineered the overthrow ...

  4. Foreign direct investment up 32.9pc on rosy outlook

    Posted Apr 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... economy expanded 9.7 per cent in the first quarter despite measures to cool inflation, which increased 5.4 per cent year on year in March to a 32-month high. Actual foreign investment in the real ...

  5. Is China already the No 1 economy?

    Posted Mar 01st 2011, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... countries stay the same, the revision lifts China by 20 places to 72nd, just below Brazil and above Iran in the per capita league. If China is the biggest economy it can also argue for a bigger ... Kevin Rafferty There was a prolonged popping of champagne corks recently when the official statistics showed that China had surpassed Japan as the second biggest economy in the world. ...

  6. State firms' earnings fall for 4th straight month

    Posted Nov 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Eric Ng eric.mpng@scmp.com Mainland state-owned firms posted their fourth straight month of earnings decline, as incomes fell 13 per cent last month from September, hit hard by Beijing's monetary tightening measures. Central and provincial government ...

  7. HK shell firms helping Iranian shipper may escape penalty

    Posted Apr 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Irene Jay Liu and Stuart Lau King-him Shell companies set up in Hong Kong to help Iran's national shipping line evade United Nations sanctions might not face punishment because 'they have no actual business operation' here, a senior official told lawmakers yesterday. Hong Kong last month enacted the latest round of sanctions against Iran passed by the Security ...

  8. Who said it?

    Posted Aug 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the start of the global commodities rally in 1999 For all the boasting by our government about how prosperous the economy is, most people in the city cannot benefit from it at all Ng Sai-leung, the Centre for Quality of Life The liberals will escape or be killed... Libya will look like Saudi Arabia, like Iran Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the Libyan leader's son, saying the Gaddafi regime has ...

  9. The White Meadows

    Posted Jul 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the banks of a lake in a mythical take of Iran, as he attempts to collect tears from villagers in a vial. But the painter's suffering looks even more poignant now as the tale resembles ... of Iran's politics and society into cutting allegorical tales: along with the story of the blinded artist is the one of the murder of a young woman- for 'exciting the men unnaturally'- ...

  10. First-quarter earnings rise an average 32pc at mainland firms

    Posted Apr 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... tightening monetary policies, analysts said. In the first quarter of 2010, mainland-listed companies posted a 70 per cent profit jump from the previous year. 'The fast-expanding economy and high ... it will be some time before investors regain confidence in the economy and corporate earnings.' China's consumer inflation jumped 5.4 per cent last month, the highest in nearly three years. ...




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