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  1. White elephant projects a waste of stimulus cash

    Posted Feb 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A senior central government official's estimate that 20 million migrant workers have returned to the countryside after losing their jobs in the cities underscores Beijing's concern about the impact of the global slowdown on the mainland's r ...

  2. Why 'ride an elephant to catch a grasshopper'?

    Posted Dec 05th 2007, 12:00am by Nick Walker

    ... thak-a-thaen', meaning there's 'no need to ride an elephant to catch a grasshopper'. Or, don't make a straightforward or easy task needlessly difficult. The saying a bad workman ... 'don't teach an expert', and presumably don't teach an expert who could bite your arm off. Like crocodiles, elephants crop up frequently in Thai idioms and one of the most common ...

  3. Elephant afraid of mouse

    Posted Mar 19th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The attacks on Martin Lee Chu-ming and his family demonstrate the weakness and bankruptcy of the central government. Draped in the national flag (with its imported design), those in power appeal to a misplaced sense of patriotism. Terrified of losing their privileged positions, they will try to eliminate anyone who challenges the party line. It is an elephant afraid of a mouse. ...

  4. Comment - Letters

    Mainland China moved by trains, not planes

    Posted Mar 02nd 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... airports. As I spelled out in a letter to these columns last year, the third runway project for Chek Lap Kok is totally unnecessary and will prove to be another expensive white elephant. Better ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Stimulus or not, it's the quality of new investment that matters

    Posted Sep 11th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland What Beijing really needs to do is invest in infrastructure projects that boost future productivity rather than in more white elephants Stimulus or not, it's the quality ... of investment will include fewer white elephants and more of the projects that China really needs to boost its future productivity. tom.holland@scmp.com ...

  6. Lifestyle - Travel - TRAVEL

    ESF teacher's quest to visit every province in China

    Posted Jun 17th 2013, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... and elephants and is like Southeast Asia. In the north, there are snowy mountains and the culture of Tibet. Friendliest people: Sichuan. The people are very, very down to earth. They spit and smoke ...

  7. News - China

    Border dispute an obstacle to building trust between China and India

    Posted May 17th 2013, 12:00am by Debasish Roy Chowdhury

    ... and the elephant find a way to have their fights and eat their cakes too. ...

  8. Chinese puzzle

    Posted Nov 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Looking at the mainland market today and trying to figure out where it will go is much like the old story of different views of an elephant giving you different assessments. In this case, however, the elephant would be young, growing quickly, learning more and be different from others around it. Many watchmakers and brands have responded or tried to respond quickly to what they saw ...

  9. When China and the US trade barbs, the rest of the world is the worse for it

    Posted Nov 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the talk was of a potential G2, a Sino-US leadership of the world. That would have been bad enough for everyone else- when the elephants dance, the mice are liable to get hurt. But today's increasing distrust between Beijing and Washington, verging on hostility, is worse- when the elephants fight, says an old Kikuyu proverb, the grass gets crushed. A small flavour of the growing ...

  10. Beijing may ease controls to encourage investment

    Posted Jul 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... on housing. The previous round of pump priming had produced white elephant projects and left banks saddled with bad loans. The risk of another, albeit smaller, round of stimulus is that it may create ...




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