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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Vital aspect missing from the Shanghai through train-trust

    Posted Nov 16th 2014, 06:16am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... as their own, you don't have trust and you don't have much of a stock market. Having established this cardinal principle, let us examine how closely the Shanghai stock market reflects ... be. The bigger reason is that Beijing doesn't really much care if it tramples on shareholders' interests in using this market to achieve a national political goal of raising money ...

  2. Yuan complaints just a political Snow job

    Posted Sep 03rd 2003, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... in the US, however, and you are therefore unlikely to see him concede the point. The noise here is actually all about politics and Mr Bush's re-election chances, not about commerce. ... Treasury Secretary John Snow. Mr Snow's comments on it in Japan on the first stage of his trip were reserved but he is considered the hawk on this issue in US President George Bush's ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    My seven hours on July 1 march was worth it for Hong Kong

    Posted Jul 06th 2014, 03:47am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... "What are you doing here, gweilo?" There was none. Everyone around me welcomed me if they took any notice at all of the fact that I am Caucasian. Few took any notice. "Join us and you're one of us," was the attitude. It was also a well-behaved crowd. Other commentators have made mention of how the police have become adept at handling crowds. I would phrase ...

  4. Business - Banking & Finance - JAKE'S VIEW

    Losers' Clubs spend good money on bad ideas

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:55am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... investment projects that constitute little more than economic colonisation. Let us deal first with a misunderstanding that afflicts Losers' Club politicians. It is that they have many good ... that they have few good ideas and the rest are losers that have more to do with political vanity than with real need. The Asian Development Bank, to which I paid occasional visits in my previous career ...

  5. American airlines would not be the sole beneficiaries of open skies

    Posted Apr 14th 2005, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... within the US. These remain a preserve of US-based airlines. Meanwhile, the political geography and demography of Asia dictate that single destinations in the region pretty much wrap up ... 'The US uses the term 'open skies' as if it were interchangeable with 'open markets'. It is not. 'Open skies' is tailored exclusively to benefit US ...

  6. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Rolling Stone gathers no real proof

    Posted Mar 07th 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... 's treatment of how the US Justice Department mounted another scalp in its trophy case by extorting US$1.9 billion from HSBC. Take for instance the allegation of "strong evidence" that the bank allowed clients in Cuba, among several other countries, to evade sanctions imposed by the US government. The fact is that even more than 50 years after a popular uprising overthrew ...

  7. Why politics and religion just don't mix

    Posted Jul 12th 2003, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... the heavy political emphasis of almost all of the bishop's public statements since taking office last year. Let me first tell you where I come from. I was raised in the most conservative branch ... expiated our sins. Jesus was then resurrected and redeems us to God, who will grant us eternal life if we submit to him. If this is true, it is the pivotal event of human history. Life then simply ...

  8. Cepa hype would do North Korea proud

    Posted Sep 30th 2003, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... telecoms. What real concession will these new provisions give us? Aside from reasons of political show, how many Hong Kong telecoms companies are really attracted to sticking big dollops of good ... for succeeding with talk where the rest of us have failed with work - a miracle worthy of North Korea. The examples Mr Lan cited - Cepa, Pearl River Delta integration, a bridge to Zhuhai, a western ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Let's not do away with Hong Kong's stock transaction stamp duties; they're worth the money

    Posted Oct 20th 2013, 06:31am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... to find ways of giving it back to us rather than taking more from us. In fact, I could cite some arguments against stamp duty, which Tom didn't mention. Stamp duty is only one of seven ... Bongo has slid back under the ocean or that the US government will not recognise anything registered there because Bongo Bongo's national currency is the Cocaine. There are many things ...

  10. Off the rails

    Posted Oct 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Political heavyweights from across the border have been loud recently in telling us that we will be left behind unless we immediately rush to pour tens, perhaps hundreds, ... studied and soundly based. It made excellent sense both as a transport project and a commercial venture. The new rail link to the border has been only skimpily studied and is based on political ...




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