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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    To get rich, poor states must ignore the Washington rule book

    Posted Jun 13th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... and Taiwan, it divides the region into two distinct economic zones. To the north, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan - three places that long ago achieved developed-country wealth levels. More recently, ... and generous export incentives. Similarly, in South Korea, the government directed investment into heavy industry - steel, shipbuilding and carmaking - promoting their development with subsidies ...

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    Fears over a 'tail risk' hard landing in China are growing

    Posted Feb 20th 2014, 01:10am by Tom Holland

    ... in China are growing Yesterday, the South China Morning Post reported how Beijing's central propaganda department has instructed mainland media organisations not to give air time or column ... though it may be, merits careful examination. While Beijing is keen to play down the risks, analysts are … increasingly concerned Asia's private sector analysts clearly think so. In a report ...

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    Fiscal report based on lunatic projection of capital spending

    Posted Mar 04th 2014, 05:09am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Fears of looming structural deficits will disappear if the government considers infrastructure spending that complies with actual needs Fiscal report based on lunatic projection of capital spending Yesterday the government's working group on long-term fiscal planning published its report. The committee's 290-page document contained much ...

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    China not the all-conquering trade power figures suggest

    Posted Dec 19th 2013, 12:12am by Tom Holland

    ... billion- counted towards the US trade deficit with China. Yet although iPhones are assembled in Chinese factories, most of the high-value components are imported, typically from Japan, South Korea ... Tom Holland Trade data considerably overstates the value of China's exports because the figures fail to account for many parts being built in other countries China ...

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    Global enthusiasm for yuan overstated

    Posted Dec 13th 2013, 04:30am by Tom Holland

    ... because if you look more closely at the breakdown of the mainland's imports by origin, you find that the third-biggest exporter of goods to the country, behind South Korea and Japan, ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Asia is steaming towards a debt crisis all of its own

    Posted Oct 24th 2013, 02:59am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland With the level of private sector debt hitting new highs in China, South Korea and Thailand, there is no room for complacency Asia is steaming towards a debt crisis all of its ... markets elsewhere- are heading towards a nasty debt crisis all of their own. In recent years the level of private sector debt has hit new highs in several East Asian countries. In China, South ...

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    After nine years, it's time to leave the stage

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 12:25am by Tom Holland

    ... to leave the stage Gentle readers, this will be my last daily column for the South China Morning Post. After nine years, 2,000 articles, and 1.5 million words- more even than Marcel Proust's ... it is perhaps less surprising how things have changed than how much they have remained the same. An awful lot has changed, of course. When I joined the South China Morning Post in February 2005, Tung ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    South Sea Bubble warning for wealth management investors

    Posted Mar 13th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland CBRC probe into pooled funds either good news or cause for concern institutions will hit problems repaying investors in existing products South Sea Bubble warning for wealth management investors In his classic Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, Charles Mackay detailed some of the investment absurdities of London's South Sea Bubble ...

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    Officials have always hated Hong Kong's country parks

    Posted Sep 10th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Kong's country parks Hong Kong government officials have long suffered from a malignant combination of agoraphobia and chlorophobia - a terror of open spaces coupled with an irrational fear ... "It's no good, it'll have to go." At least that's the only explanation I can think of for the government's long-standing animosity towards Hong Kong's 24 country parks. ...

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    Conspiracy theories abound about China's gold purchases

    Posted Feb 11th 2014, 01:51am by Tom Holland

    ... surpassed India as the world's largest gold importer. On top of that, in recent years China has emerged as the world's largest miner of the stuff. In 2013 the country's mines produced 428 tonnes of the metal, up from 392 tonnes in 2012. South Africa, long the world's biggest miner, produced less than half that amount. This gold buying- and mining- binge has fuelled ...




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