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  1. Debt crisis threatens the whole euro zone

    Posted Dec 01st 2010, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Kevin Rafferty Pigs, of course, can't fly. Nor can the PIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain), the ailing euro-zone economies, fly away from their problems of heavy debts. But the cost to the PIGS of raising money is flying alarmingly high. Five-year sovereign credit default swaps of Portugal, Ireland and Spain have risen to record levels of 500, 600 and 320 basis points ...

  2. Euro zone woes set to dominate Beijing talks

    Posted May 21st 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... the talks. But the euro zone woes could delay progress. 'The European sovereign debt crisis has thrown a spanner in the works of the global recovery, and a resumption of the yuan's stalled ... Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao yesterday stood firm on Beijing's exchange rate policy and hinted that the euro zone's woes were the real focus of attention. The second Sino-US strategic ...

  3. Germany bashing takes G20 spotlight off China

    Posted Jun 25th 2010, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... growth, erode tax revenues and worsen the euro zone's sovereign debt crisis. According to Charles Dumas, chairman of Lombard Street Research, Germany's fiscal policies 'virtually ... current account balance swinging from deficit into a surplus worth a massive 7.8 per cent of GDP on the eve of the financial crisis in 2007 (see the second chart). That transformation has ...

  4. Slim hopes for latest plan to jump-start Japan's economy

    Posted Jul 19th 2010, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... investment for China's reserve managers than US or euro-zone government debt. But neither are they much more attractive. ... in US Treasury bonds, they are understandably nervous at how the US budget deficit has exploded since the beginning of the financial crisis. With US public debt rapidly approaching 100 per cent ...

  5. Compelling case for Asian markets

    Posted Dec 14th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to face significant challenges presented by weaknesses in the advanced euro zone and United States economies, and growing trade disputes particularly between China and the US. Southeast Asia, ...

  6. Manila hostage crisis

    Posted Sep 28th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong's response to last month's Manila hostage crisis has triggered a debate over how much autonomy the city has in dealing with foreign countries. Hearing of the unfolding ... the call, it must be [President] Hu Jintao,' Yuen said. 'You [Tsang] must understand that you are not in a position to act arbitrarily in times of crisis. There are manners and protocol. ...

  7. The right tone for a crisis

    Posted Aug 28th 2010, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines Is there no limit to the political opportunism that can be extracted from tragedy? Lamentably, the answer is 'no'. The Hong Kong community is still reeling from the fatal bungling of the hostage crisis in Manila but, out there in the lower depths of political pond life, some people are determined to turn tragedy to their advantage. First up, and this comes ...

  8. Macau doles out cash to ease the crisis

    Posted Apr 17th 2009, 12:00am by Fox Yi Hu

    ... measures amid the economic crisis. Lawmakers are expected to vote on the budget on Wednesday, and a number have indicated they may oppose it if the government does not announce stronger measures. ... scheme to cover homebuyers' mortgage interest, Mr Ho said. Mr Ho repeatedly mentioned the global financial crisis yesterday and warned that the worst was yet to come for Macau. 'Some ...

  9. EU official calls for joint effort to battle crisis

    Posted Nov 05th 2008, 12:00am by Denise Tsang

    ... Denise Tsang The global financial turmoil has pushed the United States, the European Union and China into the same boat and they must co-ordinate their efforts to overcome the crisis ... want to see the environmental agenda slow down because of the financial crisis,' she said. 'The financial crisis is also not an excuse for protectionism on any trade.' In Hong ...

  10. Georgia crisis leaves Beijing struggling to find a balance

    Posted Sep 11th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok The Olympic Games kicked off on the auspicious date of August 8 and, as far as Beijing was concerned, the first day's proceedings could not have gone better. But, beyond China's borders, the news was not so good. A war was breaking out between friend and rival Russia and Georgia- the culmination of a crisis over the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia- ...




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