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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Tsang's vision of Hong Kong's future is severely out of focus

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 01:23am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Instead of building mega-projects that serve no purpose, the government should spend money where it is needed: education, health and welfare Tsang's vision of Hong Kong's future is severely out of focus In his budget speech yesterday, John Tsang Chun-wah did his best to scare us. If Hong Kong continues on its current trajectory, steadily improving ...

  2. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Beijing's targets likely to play down growth for reform focus

    Posted Dec 09th 2013, 04:50am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Shift in emphasis for 2014 objectives in store at meeting of policymakers, who will almost certainly stick with 'prudent' monetary policy setting Beijing's targets likely to play down growth for reform focus This week, a clutch of China's top economic policymakers will gather in Beijing to set their objectives for next year. In previous years, ...

  3. Business - Economy - MONITOR

    Beijing sets irreconcilable economic targets for 2014

    Posted Dec 16th 2013, 04:28am by Tom Holland

    ... leaders stressed the need to press ahead with key reforms next year, pledging to "focus on debt risk prevention" and on "resolving the overcapacity problem". This is where ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Arguments for keeping Hong Kong's stamp duty fail close scrutiny

    Posted Nov 01st 2013, 03:09am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Much of the concern among those defending the status quo focuses on high-frequency traders, but the city has safeguards to address their fears Arguments for keeping HK's stamp duty fail close scrutiny A newspaper column calling for a cut in tax would normally get an enthusiastic reception. So although I wasn't surprised by the volume of readers' e-mail ...

  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Even IMF staffers are warning of an economic crisis in China

    Posted Oct 10th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... to below 4 per cent a year. The solution, argue Nabar and N'Diaye, is for the central government to quit simply pouring more capital and labour into the economic cake mix, and instead to focus ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    How to eradicate poverty - at least by the official definition

    Posted Oct 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with comprehensive welfare systems would have solved the problem decades ago. Instead, tackling worsening inequality will be a generational challenge, taking at least 20 years, and focusing on improving ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China graft probe looks more like a 'petro purge' than an assault on sleaze

    Posted Sep 04th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland If graft-busters focus on sectors controlled by rival political factions, it's hard to see investigations as anything but a tool to discredit opponents Probe looks more ... telecommunications giant China Mobile. Of course, they could have built up those businesses entirely through hard work and natural talent. But as long as the leadership's investigations focus ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China Inc's balance sheet is flashing danger signals

    Posted Sep 20th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Mainland's recent lending boom has pushed corporate leverage into a potentially perilous state in terms of ratio of operating cash flow to debt China Inc's balance sheet is flashing danger signals If you want to know whether a recession is coming, don't look at the top-down macroeconomic numbers like gross domestic product. Instead, focus ...

  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Alibaba's plan to stuff board hardly in investors' interests

    Posted Aug 28th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... and to ensure they can focus on long-term business development, they need to protect the company from unwanted interference from shareholders. Unfortunately for Alibaba founder Jack Ma Yun and his ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    So much for talk about a shift in financial power to the East

    Posted Aug 26th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... to taper, or wind down, its programme of quantitative easing, US bond yields have risen, and investors have begun to reassess the riskiness of Asian markets. Attention has focused on the economies ...




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