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  1. It makes sense for US to be patient over yuan

    Posted Jul 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland When Vice-Premier Wang Qishan travels to Washington next week for the latest instalment of the US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue, the yuan's exchange rate is unlikely to be a major topic of discussion. Apart from a routine statement recognising the need for exchange rate flexibility, the chances are there will be little public mention of the subject. ...

  2. Waiting for the second shoe to drop

    Posted Jul 14th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Following the collapse last week of Californian mortgage lender IndyMac Bancorp and with investor confidence in giant US mortgage guarantors Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac crumbling, you have to wonder if the relative calm we have enjoyed since the March rescue of Bear Stearns was in reality just the eye of the typhoon. Certainly it now looks as if the world's ...

  3. Bomoh is back with a cure for the yuan

    Posted Apr 01st 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Back in 1998, Steve Hanke achieved brief fame as a sort of economic bomoh, or witchdoctor, to the late Indonesian president General Suharto. With the Indonesian economy crumbling around the ears of Suharto's cronies, and the rupiah in complete collapse, Mr Hanke offered a beguiling cure. Fix the rupiah's exchange rate to the US dollar once and for all ...

  4. Yuan going down the Singapore road

    Posted May 16th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland It is no secret that the Communist Party's big bosses in Beijing have long admired the way their counterparts at the top of the People's Action Party in Singapore govern their tiny country. While ignorant westerners might dismiss Singapore as akin to Disneyland run by a bunch of Stalinists, to China's leaders it appears that in many respects ...

  5. Rich world barking up the wrong tree over yuan

    Posted Feb 12th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland The weekend's Group of Seven meeting in Tokyo was taken up mainly with discussing the impact of the credit crunch on the world's economies. But the assembled rich-country finance ministers and central bank bosses still found time to mention China's currency, the yuan. 'We welcome China's decision to increase the flexibility of its currency, ...

  6. Despite scare, dollar is in little danger

    Posted Nov 13th 2007, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The US dollar has slipped to long-term lows against a range of major currencies in recent days, prompting a rising volume of talk about how the greenback is in danger of losing its status as the world's reserve currency. The euro, or even the yuan, is poised to displace it, as the American currency is dragged down into obscurity by collapsing house prices, ...

  7. Gripes unlikely to end even if yuan floats free

    Posted Oct 25th 2007, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Everyone is unhappy with mainland China. At the weekend, the Group of Seven finance ministers called for an 'accelerated appreciation' of the yuan. Responding to vocal business and political lobbies that are convinced the yuan is massively undervalued, both US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and European Central Bank president Jean-Claude Trichet ...

  8. Hu will change course before 2012 congress

    Posted Oct 15th 2007, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland As President Hu Jintao works to consolidate his political position at this week's Communist Party Congress, he can be forgiven for congratulating himself for how much China's economy has developed since he was confirmed in the top job at the last congress five years ago. The Chinese economy is a very different creature today compared with 2002. Then, ...

  9. Crisis memory fades as 1997 levels regained

    Posted Oct 17th 2007, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... It has been a long and hard road, but by the end of this year the first of emerging Asia's currencies is likely to regain its level on the eve of the regional economic crisis in June 1997. Over time others will follow, erasing memories of the most pa ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    What bank research reports don't tell you about the yuan

    Posted Aug 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland What bank research reports don't tell you about the yuan Yet another research report about how the yuan is set to challenge the US dollar as the world's dominant ... with a hefty pinch of salt. tom.holland@scmp.com ...




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