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  1. Lifestyle - Books - CHINA

    Book review: Strategic Reassurance and Resolve, by James Steinberg and Michael O'Hanlon

    Posted May 25th 2014, 03:42pm by Mark O'Neill

    ... of China, in the face of America's continued power and global network of alliances, is unprecedented in the history of nations. But so too could the accomplishment of these giants of the 21st ... of Strategic Reassurance and Resolve: US-China Relations in the 21st Century by two Washington insiders. James Steinberg is a former deputy secretary of state in the Obama administration, while Michael ...

  2. The mainland public defenders who want to reform the system

    Posted Sep 08th 2009, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... a 57-year-old former factory worker, to 13 years in prison for subverting state power after he tried to organise a meeting of the banned China Democracy Party. His lawyer, Ma Gangquan, argued ... still very weak. 'They face very powerful opponents in the form of interest groups with money and power. They constantly upset corrupt officials and local governments, which lead them ...

  3. Private oil firms employ global reach

    Posted Mar 01st 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... but the wind has turned in the entrepreneur's favour. China is seriously short of energy and the three big state-owned majors have failed to secure enough supply. As a result, the government has ... In the final part of a two-part series, Mark O'Neill looks at how Beijing is changing its policy to secure supply Private firms, ascendant in China's domestic oil market, are now ...

  4. Now, China's central banker wields the power of the unspoken word

    Posted Aug 01st 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Mark O'Neill China's central bank chief Zhou Xiaochuan is a soft-spoken, scholarly bureaucrat who chooses his words and his occasions carefully. But from now on, he will have to be even more cautious in what he says. When China revalued the yuan by 2.1 per cent on July 21, Mr Zhou joined the elite club whose members include Alan Greenspan, Toshihiko Fukui, Jean-Claude ...

  5. Shanghai braces for power crisis

    Posted Aug 12th 2003, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... and demonstrate how poorly China's centrally controlled power industry has served fast-growing coastal economies over recent years. Political imperatives have constrained construction of new capacity ... half the level of Tokyo. Shanghai is not the only region in China struggling with power shortages. The Pearl River Delta has also suffered in recent years. But the delta's economy ...

  6. Mainland's long history of pedal power

    Posted Nov 10th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Shanghai had 9,800 bicycles, rising to 20,000 in 1930. The early 1930s saw the birth of China's bicycle industry, with combined annual output of 10,000 by 1945. When the communists took power ... Mark O'Neill China was among the first countries to learn of the bicycle designed by a Frenchman named Michaux in the 1860s, after an official delegation visited Paris in 1866 ...

  7. Shanghai industry risks cuts in power

    Posted Aug 07th 2003, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... are exported, helping to make Siemens the fifth-biggest export company in China. Asked whether the power cuts would have a long-term impact on inward investment, the Volkswagen spokesman said that they would not: 'China is too important a market. They will not affect the construction of new plants.' Shanghai is experiencing its hottest summer in 60 years and its power system ...

  8. New power player takes centre stage in rich man's club

    Posted Jun 20th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... and the Bank of International Settlements. That Mr Jin was an observer at the meeting and not a full member is a good metaphor for where China stands in relation to the clubs of capitalist powers ... Mark O'Neill When China's finance minister met his counterparts from the Group of Seven (G7) nations in London on June 11, he received the standard lecture on the need to revalue ...

  9. Four power firms to sign US$7b deal with Indonesia

    Posted May 01st 2006, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Mark O'Neill in Shanghai Four major Chinese manufacturers of power equipment will sign a deal in August worth more than US$7 billion with Indonesia, in the industry's biggest overseas contract, offering a speed and price their competitors could not match, according to industry sources. The four are Harbin Power, Shanghai Electricity Corp, Dongfang Electricity Corp ...

  10. Protest cries go unheard in Tokyo's corridors of power

    Posted Feb 06th 2006, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Mark O'Neill The voices of anger from Okinawa are loud, but are unlikely to be heard by the powers that be in Tokyo. The arrangement that has lasted for 60 years, making the world's strongest military power responsible for Japan's defence, has served the country too well and its political leaders cannot come up with a better alternative. The more than US$1 ...




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