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  1. News - China - SECURITY

    US Congress report warns American interests at risk in China's military rise

    Posted Nov 21st 2014, 02:01pm by Cary Huang

    ... 'U.S. interests at risk' in China's rise Basic American interests are at stake in the Asia-Pacific as the regional military balance tilts in China's favour, a US Congress report ... economic trends meant that the US' military dominance in the Western Pacific would end before 2050. But China's military rise was not necessarily a threat to US interests. "Beijing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1645332/history-lessons-and-need-adapt-changing-world-behind-chinas-military
  2. Business - Banking & Finance - INTEREST RATES

    US Fed debates communicating pace of future US interest rate increases

    Posted Nov 21st 2014, 07:21am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Washington Fed debates pace of future rate increases United States central bankers are weighing whether they should communicate more of their views about the probable pace of interest-rate increases after they lift off zero next year. "A number of participants thought that it could soon be helpful to clarify the committee's likely approach" to the pace ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1644726/us-fed-debates-communicating-pace-future-us-interest-rate
  3. Business - Money - EQUITIES

    HKEx to step up pitch for mainland interest in Hong Kong stocks under tie-up

    Posted Nov 20th 2014, 06:07am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com After lacklustre southbound trade under market link, the exchange's boss says more will be done to spur mainland interest in city's stocks HK vows ... long-term success depended on international traders' interest in the mainland market and mainlanders' appetite for overseas investment. "Hong Kong will have a role to play ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1643979/hkex-step-pitch-mainland-interest-hong-kong-stocks
  4. Business - Banking & Finance

    Indonesia raises interest rates to head off inflation

    Posted Nov 19th 2014, 04:30am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Jakarta Interest rate rise comes as government increases fuel prices by more than 30pc Indonesia raises rates to head off inflation Indonesia's central bank, moving quickly to contain inflation after the government raised fuel prices by more than 30 per cent, increased its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points to 7.75 per cent yesterday. In his first major economic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1643427/indonesia-raises-interest-rates-head-inflation
  5. Lifestyle - Technology - SCIENCE FOCUS

    If we are to get more girls interested in science, then the 'geek' talk must go

    Posted Nov 09th 2014, 05:20am by WASHINGTON POST

    ... interests. Certainly, there are many girls who identify with the geek image. But they may be sold on STEM careers already, preparing to become part of the about 20 per cent of engineering students ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1635099/if-we-are-get-more-girls-interested-science-then-geek-talk-must
  6. Business - Banking & Finance - DEBT

    Currency strength damps interest in yuan loans

    Posted Nov 03rd 2014, 04:19am by Jeanny Yu

    ... will need to repay more in local currency terms than it obtained, even without factoring in interest costs. The steady appreciation of the yuan since 2010 thus forced capital-hungry mainland ... between offshore yuan and dollar loans is expected to narrow further- the dollar interest rate could rise by the end of next year, while in the base case for China, we do not see a rise ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1630873/currency-strength-damps-interest-yuan-loans
  7. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    China signals interest in playing bigger role in Afghanistan

    Posted Oct 31st 2014, 01:01pm by Teddy Ng

    ... signals interest in playing bigger Afghan role Beijing yesterday reaffirmed its commitment to helping war-torn Afghanistan end decades of bloodshed, and called on the country's political ... the conference for the first time, Beijing signalled its interest in playing a bigger role in the nation ahead of the withdrawal of most Western troops. Their departure has triggered fears that unrest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1629016/beijing-urges-warring-factions-afghanistan-reconcile
  8. Business - Banking & Finance - MONETARY POLICY

    China seen staying away from interest rate cuts, stay on reform wagon

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 01:35pm by Reuters

    ... Bank of China is likely to hold its line against an interest rate cut even as growth slows to a 25-year trough, as the politics of reform influence the conduct of monetary policy, government ... the sources said. "The problem is some people have drawn a parallel between cutting interest rates with strong stimulus," said a former central bank researcher. "It's a bit ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1622079/china-seen-staying-away-interest-rate-cuts-stay-reform
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - OCCUPY CENTRAL

    Why influencing Occupy movement is not in America's best interest

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 05:07pm by JUNFEI WU

    ... Junfei Wu Junfei Wu says US influence on Hong Kong's protests may harm America's national interests, by weakening reformist Xi Jinping's hold on domestic power and thus ... the National Democratic Institute- should be considered one of the originators of the student protests in the special administrative region. The organisation means to promote US national interests ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1620646/why-influencing-occupy-movement-not-americas-best-interest
  10. Property - International - SOUTH KOREA

    Low interest rates prompt switch from deposit-based rentals in South Korea

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 05:16am by Reuters

    ... from deposit-based rentals For a country trying to avoid the menace of deflation, South Korea is receiving timely help from unusual quarters- landlords and their tenants. Interest rates ... for slightly more than half of rentals early this year, sharply down from nearly 70 per cent in early 2011, land ministry data showed. "The sharp drop in interest rates is the most important ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1621431/low-interest-rates-prompt-switch-deposit-based-rentals-south

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