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  1. Business - Economy - SOVEREIGN DEBT

    Economic and security woes dim 'Africa rising' story

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 11:50am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... 'Africa rising' story For evidence of the ferocious appetite among investors for higher-yielding assets, look no further than the buoyant demand for the debt of the economies of Sub-Saharan Africa. On Wednesday, Ivory Coast, which defaulted on its debt three years ago, launched a US$750 million 10-year US-dollar-denominated bond issue that was more than six times subscribed ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Make Tianjin a Shenzhen of the north

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 02:28pm by WINSTON MOK

    ... and foreign companies. So there may be a limit to state-driven growth for Greater Beijing. The best bet may be to make Tianjin a Shenzhen of the north. Before 1949, it was economically much more ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    For an upside of Sino-Japanese rivalry, look to developing Africa

    Posted Feb 04th 2014, 06:20pm by KAI XUE

    ... Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently passed through Africa on a multi-country tour, an opportunity for Japan to propose its economic development package to Africa. Given the US$200-billion-a-year trade between China and Africa, comparisons were natural, but they were made even livelier by the competitive words of the Japanese delegation. Abe's spokesman pitched Japan as offering ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Given its own record, the West is in no position to preach about democracy

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 03:24am by JEAN-PIERRE LEHMANN

    ... the Shah in Iran, Pinochet in Chile. In light of the quite violent and bloody turbulence in the Middle East and North Africa, no serious historian could ever suggest that these countries had been ... of democracy- in Britain's or France's extensive colonies in Asia or Africa. "Dissidents", such as Gandhi, Nehru and others, were put in jail. America's alleged global quest ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Do we need a BRICS development bank?

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 04:45am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Development banks aplenty in the world Does the world need another development bank? Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have signed an agreement ... in lending across the African continent, and the Brazilian Development Bank. There are also the Latin American Reserve Fund and the Inter-American Development Bank. Closer to South Africa ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    North Korea and Japan find common cause for cooperation: China

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 12:36pm by Donald Kirk

    ... Donald Kirk Donald Kirk considers the unexpected talks between two unlikely allies North Korea and Japan find a common threat in China's rise The adage "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" assumes special significance in ongoing talks between Japan and North Korea. Who would imagine these two- the former a powerful anti-communist state driven by capitalism, ...

  7. Comment - Blogs

    Xi Jinping wraps up Africa tour and Guangdong admits to pension fund debt

    Posted Apr 01st 2013, 07:09am by Patrick Boehler

    ... to establishing a permanent representative office in Beijing. Foreign relations Reuters Xi Jinping wrapped up his Africa trip in Brazzaville. South African Press Association "Let him bring work!" a 34-year-old Congolese carpenter reacts to Xi's visit. Agence-France Presse Japan seeks Mongolia's support in Diaoyu/Senkaku dispute. Yonhap This January, North Korea imported ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - A GOOD WEEK FOR ...

    A Good Week for..., July 20, 2014

    Posted Jul 20th 2014, 04:13am by STAFF

    ... Xi Jinping President Xi Jinping oversaw the creation of a BRICS development bank at the summit of five leaders in Brazil. The five countries involved are Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The bank will be based in Shanghai. The five leaders also agreed to set up a US$100 billion currency exchange reserve to handle balance of payment crises. The move gives China ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Watch out for ripple effects of Scotland's independence vote

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 02:21pm by Richard Halloran

    ... at which time Britain had begun to acquire colonies in the Americas, Africa and Asia. But even as the UK built the empire on which, it was said, the sun never set, moves towards shedding British rule surged. The first to break away were the Americans, in 1776. Then, Canada in 1867, Australia in 1901, New Zealand in 1907, South Africa in 1910, and Ireland in 1922 became autonomous ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China, neighbours must discuss disputes

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 05:25am by SCMP Editorial

    ... and burned. Tensions are likely to ease now that the platform has been towed back north a month ahead of schedule. Why it has been shifted is unclear, but what is certain is that where territorial ...




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