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  1. Emperor Wudi the TV star

    Posted Feb 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Laurence Brahm

    ... Laurence Brahm For 1.3 billion viewers, CCTV's recent historical soap operas have become China's new political awareness barometer. The trend began with Yong Zheng, a series ... on emperor Han Wudi (156-87BC), depicting him as a brilliant strategist who unified China's people within its current borders. The Han dynasty lasted 400 years, and arguably represented ...

  2. US groups hit EU plan for poorest countries

    Posted Dec 09th 2005, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... Generous European Union proposals to throw open the doors of all developed markets to duty-free and quota-free access to exports from least developed countries (LDCs) have run into fierce opposition in the United States, as well as from textile lobbies in ...

  3. Rights offering bodes ill for QPL

    Posted Nov 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... The share price of QPL International Holdings dropped 13.88 per cent to 62 cents yesterday on news that the integrated circuit manufacturer will place new shares. QPL will issue one rights share for every five existing shares to raise at least $79.28 mill ...

  4. Top Kelon executives 'held for funds misuse'

    Posted Aug 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... Three top executives at home appliances giant Guangdong Kelon Electrical Holdings have been detained in Beijing under suspicion of embezzling company funds, as the crisis surrounding what was once one of China's most respected companies deepens. Sour ...

  5. Just the beer essentials

    Posted Jun 16th 2005, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... Ye Xuquan, chairman of Kingway Brewery Holdings, is tight-lipped about his company's relationship with Heineken at the annual general meeting yesterday. Kingway, in which the Dutch beer giant took a 21 per cent stake last year, is aiming for annual p ...

  6. Liquidation looms for brokerage in sale row

    Posted Jun 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... Bridge Securities, a South Korean-listed brokerage whose sale was blocked by regulators, is likely to be liquidated at its annual general meeting next week, according to its Hong Kong-listed controlling shareholder Regent Pacific Group. Regent Pacific ...

  7. US accounting rules leave PCCW deeper in red

    Posted May 14th 2005, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... Firm earned $1.6b under HK standards, but lost $15b under American regulations Telecommunications company PCCW posted a handsome net profit - or a huge loss, depending on your point of view - last year. Using Hong Kong accounting norms, the company saw ne ...

  8. Garment maker turns to Mudd for 'good marriage'

    Posted May 05th 2005, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... Garment manufacturer Tack Fat Group is guaranteed at least US$108 million of pretax profit over three years from its stake in youth fashion brand Mudd and will step up production for the United States company. Tack Fat executive director Norman Ho Yik-kin ...

  9. Grand delta hub gets second look as westward march continues

    Posted Mar 28th 2005, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... Competition between the Pearl River and Yangtze River deltas is compelling firms in both areas to expand westwards to China's poorer interior. As part of this expansion, Hong Kong, Macau and nine southern Chinese provinces have embarked upon the gran ...

  10. Heyuan promises cheap water and power

    Posted Feb 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... Labour shortage is city's hindrance in bid to lure investment The picturesque city of Heyuan in northern Guangdong is marketing itself as a low-cost manufacturing alternative to the Pearl River Delta, promising migrating factories relief from the wat ...




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