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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Fed's zero interest rate hurts Asia and may not help the US

    Posted Jan 16th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Federal Reserve's rock-bottom approach feeds inflation in developing countries – and might even prolong the downturn in America Fed's zero interest rate hurts Asia and may not help the US Speaking in Hong Kong this week, Charles Evans, head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, reiterated the Fed's pledge to keep US interest rates at rock-bottom ...

  2. Beijing signals its confidence to pursue Chinese interests

    Posted Aug 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Beijing's growing need for imported energy, but also its intention to demonstrate its differences with certain US policies that undermine its interests as a rising superpower. China increased its ... of self-restraint and loudly express itself when national interests are at stake. Dr Hooman Peimani is the head of the Energy Security Division and a principal fellow at the Energy Studies Institute, ...

  3. China must look beyond its Mideast commercial interests

    Posted Jan 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... When Premier Wen Jiabao sets foot in the Middle East, the headlines will be about Iranian posturing, but the core of Beijing's business will be in the Arabian Peninsula. Expect deals to be struck in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar - ...

  4. Growing Chinese interest in Islam

    Posted Jul 31st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lana Lam lana.lam@scmp.com Interest in Islam is rising among Hong Kong's Chinese population, with more joining courses about the religion, says the head of a committee charged ... and in schools. He said the number of people attending the public classes had increased in the past few years. 'Hong Kong people are more interested in Islam, but converting is different,' ...

  5. Property reform short-lived in the face of vested interests

    Posted Aug 28th 2010, 12:00am by Shirley Yam

    ... threatened not just their ideology but their personal interests. Backed by the conservatives, Empress Dowager Cixi engineered a coup d'etat on September 21, putting an abrupt end to the 104-day ... groups. Emperor Guangxu faced Cixi and the conservatives. Beijing faces the mammoth web of political and commercial interests behind the property market- the regional cadres, the banks, ...

  6. Answer to HK's interest rate mystery may lie at home

    Posted Sep 06th 2006, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Analysts are scratching their heads over the curious behaviour of Hong Kong's interest rates. The explanation may lie closer to home than they think. With the Hong Kong dollar pegged to its US counterpart and all cash in circulation backed by holdings of the US currency, local interest rates should march in lockstep with those set by the Federal Reserve. ...

  7. Keeping vested interests happy

    Posted May 01st 2006, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... the middle class, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen still represents vested interests. This particular monopoly lies at the heart of Hong Kong's role as a financial centre. One would expect its board to consist of a mix of interests- market practitioners, listed company board members, representatives of individual and institutional investors, and independent professionals. ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Japanese companies must adapt to a changed Asia

    Posted Apr 09th 2013, 12:00am by SIMON TAY

    ... Simon Tay Simon Tay says government and business face a more complex landscape Japan must adapt to a new Asia if it seeks engagement Japanese interest in South and Southeast Asia ... of Japan pump out more money at low interest rates. Domestic production cannot absorb it all, given that labour and other costs remain high, despite the managed drop in the yen's value. ...

  9. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Credit Suisse trains sights on Asia's growing wealth

    Posted Apr 08th 2013, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... are still very fragile." Interest rates are another challenge, he said. "In such a low interest rate environment, it is hard to produce products that meet investors' hunger ...

  10. Jessica C shows she's no fish out of water as she finds another use for streamlined suits

    Posted Jan 14th 2010, 12:00am by Andrew Sun, Vivian Chen

    ... and it keeps me interested- unlike some normal but boring modelling jobs,' the 21-year-old said. 'It did take me about 10 minutes to put on the suit. I had to jump around and did some ...




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