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  1. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Immigration and reclamation won't raise living standards

    Posted Feb 18th 2014, 04:34am by Tom Holland

    ... won't raise living standards John Tsang obviously doesn't read the South China Morning Post. That's a shame, because if he did, Hong Kong's financial secretary might just save ... while all of Singapore's immigration and reclamation might have inflated official egos, it has done little or nothing to boost ordinary people's living standards. There's little ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China's intransigence to block Doha climate deal next week

    Posted Nov 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Cutting down metal production will in turn reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 2 per cent and will not cause any hardship China's intransigence to block Doha ... the different realities and needs of different countries". This is a long-winded way of saying that Beijing will refuse to consider making any cuts at all in China's emissions of greenhouse ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    It pays China to block global deals on climate and trade

    Posted Dec 17th 2013, 03:19am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland More than US$1 trillion a year is at stake if an emission deal is struck, whereas a no-deal situation will cost just US$360 billion a year It pays China to block global deals ... economies, and the meeting ended with only a vague commitment to agree in 2015 to limit carbon emissions. It makes a trade pact impossible unless the world first reaches a global deal on emissions ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Even Hong Kong's best efforts may not help to clear our air

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 12:46am by Tom Holland

    ... government's efforts to encourage mainland officials to go green, all the incentives it gives to clean-energy investment, and all the subsidies it offers to zero-emission electric vehicles will make ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Don't kid yourself that electric taxis are green

    Posted May 16th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The new vehicles on HK roads are as red as ever if the energy used and gas emissions produced in making them are taken into consideration Don't kid yourself that electric ... Wang Chuanfu said yesterday that if the city's entire taxi and bus fleets were replaced with electric vehicles, "it will reduce Hong Kong's emissions by 50 per cent". You ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The essential financial reform Beijing cannot afford to ignore

    Posted Jan 28th 2014, 01:27am by Tom Holland

    ... standards of China's farmers finally began to close the gap with those of its city-dwellers. But the reform had less desirable effects as well. The revenue from agricultural tax had been ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Tighten, not ease, governance rules to promote Hong Kong's market

    Posted Dec 10th 2013, 02:51am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Higher standards will boost valuations of listed firms, attracting both issuers and investors to the city and enhancing its financial hub status Tighten, not ease, governance ... have allowed holders of 10 per cent of the company's stock to stuff the board with their own directors failed to meet the Hong Kong stock exchange's governance standards. Inevitably, ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China a green energy leader? Don't make me laugh

    Posted May 01st 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Climate Commission proclaims that today "China is reducing its emissions growth". Right, time for a reality check. First, you will note that the Climate Commission does not say China is reducing its emissions, only that it is reducing its emissions growth. In other words, China's greenhouse gas emissions are still rising, just not quite as fast as before. And as the first ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Powerful evidence Hong Kong officials just don't care about pollution

    Posted Oct 08th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... past you in the street, the bus is doing twice as much damage to your health. Yet government efforts to reduce roadside emissions range from the farcical to absurd. It has told drivers ... engines. As a result, roadside pollution continues to get worse. Government efforts to reduce roadside emissions range from the farcical to absurd The first chart below shows the number of hours ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China not the all-conquering trade power figures suggest

    Posted Dec 19th 2013, 12:12am by Tom Holland

    ... That's an exceptionally high proportion by international standards. In contrast the foreign value-added component of Japanese exports is 15 per cent, while for US exports the share is just 11 per ...




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