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  1. Reward public doctors to halt exodus, pioneer says

    Posted Jan 18th 2011, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee A brain drain of surgeons is affecting the quality of care of public medicine in Hong Kong, says the city's father of liver transplants. To keep more doctors from leaving, Professor Fan Sheung-tat proposes that public doctors be allowed to make extra money by treating private patients. At the University of Hong Kong, for which Fan is head of surgery for Queen Mary ...

  2. The economic lesson China must learn from 1980s Japan

    Posted Oct 21st 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... and the End of the Western World. The details inside may vary, but all these publications share a common theme: that the economic and political rise of China is inexorable and that readers ... to many that the US is in terminal economic decline and that its eclipse by China is only a matter of time. Then, the next global economic superpower was clearly going to be Japan. Except, ...

  3. Germany bashing takes G20 spotlight off China

    Posted Jun 25th 2010, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland China's announcement last week that it is to ditch its currency peg to the US dollar looks set successfully to deflect criticisms of Beijing's economic policies ... external imbalances, Germany appears to be heading in the other direction. Instead of ramping up public spending in an effort to boost domestic demand and support growth rates, the government ...

  4. Selfish? Hostile? Not the US public

    Posted Jul 10th 2003, 12:00am by Brad Glosserman

    ... They see the country as unilateralist and often hostile to their values and interests. That is no surprise. But what is intriguing is this: much of the American public does not favour the policies for which the country is condemned. Survey after survey shows the US public's views about foreign policy are much closer to those of its critics than that of the current administration. And, ...

  5. A fall from public grace

    Posted Jan 17th 2005, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... mechanism for allocation of resources and satisfying wants. On these counts, Hong Kong remains as capitalist as ever. But a free market should not be the only economic imperative for Hong Kong. ... on the merits of privatising public assets. It coincides with increasing resentment, among trade unions and employees, about the adverse impacts of the widespread use of contracting out in government ...

  6. Beijing should focus on economic soft power

    Posted Oct 12th 2010, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... Bangladeshi economic relations secretary Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told media. Early this month, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Japan was concerned about China 'strengthening defence ... with a Chinese official at the Pan-Beibu Gulf Economic Co-operation Forum in Nanning, the capital of Guangxi, the southern province neighbouring Vietnam. Although the vice-minister declined to talk ...

  7. Government does itself no favours on lifeguards

    Posted Aug 08th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... public faces, thanks to a protracted dispute between the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the nearly 1,600 lifeguards it employs. There is little doubt the government has economic ... the amount it spends on lifeguard salaries at Hong Kong's 68 public beaches and pools. Considering the pressure all government departments are under to cut costs and help close the city's ...

  8. America's massive economic errors show that it is time to end the peg

    Posted Dec 21st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I wrote to these columns more than two years ago. Regrettably, my dire warnings regarding America wreaking havoc on the world's economies has come true. In my army days, 'US' was an acronym for 'unserviceable', which the US dollar ...

  9. Mainland gold reserves soar 75.7pc

    Posted Apr 25th 2009, 12:00am by Eric Ng

    ... Administration of Foreign Exchange, according to Xinhua. It was the first time the gold reserves have been made public in six years. The mainland held 600 tonnes in 2003 and 500 tonnes in 2001. Beijing ... along that the country has been quietly buying gold,' wrote UOB Kay Hian analyst Foo Choy Peng in a research note. 'Given [Premier] Wen Jiabao's public admission last month ...

  10. Don't undo all the hard work on budget deficit

    Posted Nov 01st 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Thanks to healthy land sales and a strong economic recovery, we can expect the government's balance sheet to look better and better as the end of the fiscal year in March draws near. ... in for a landing at some point. When it does, our structural deficit will still be with us. Recurrent government spending, in all but the best of economic times, will still not be matched by government ...




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