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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    George Osborne is wrong about China and the yuan

    Posted Feb 21st 2014, 12:24am by Tom Holland

    ... and the yuan British government ministers do like visiting this part of the world. Prime Minister David Cameron was in China in December, attempting to promote British exports ("Do we buy anything ... cash China exports to the rest of the world- has fallen from 10 per cent of the country's gross domestic product in 2007 to 2 per cent last year. But that reduction was not the result ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1432166/george-osborne-wrong-about-china-and-yuan
  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    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 ... from plotting to corner gold markets and take over the world's monetary system, it looks as if China may be doing nothing more than maintaining a constant allocation to the stuff. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1425591/conspiracy-theories-abound-about-chinas-gold-purchases
  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... published yesterday, Tim Condon, the chief economist for Asia at Dutch banking giant ING, argued that just as China's rapid growth in the 2000s lifted economies across the world, so a Chinese ... 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1431315/fears-over-tail-risk-hard-landing-china-are-growing
  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Claims for economic freedom index simply don't stand up

    Posted Jan 15th 2014, 01:30am by Tom Holland

    ... index simply don't stand up Once again, Hong Kong has been pronounced the world's freest economy. Yesterday, US free market lobby group Heritage Foundation published its 20th annual ... Heritage, continue to be among the world's most prosperous economies. You could object that simple GDP per capita is the wrong indicator of prosperity, and that a measure of income per head ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1405726/claims-economic-freedom-index-simply-dont-stand
  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Even an export rebound won't do much to lift China growth

    Posted Feb 13th 2014, 01:07am by Tom Holland

    ... to lift China growth The mainland's January trade figures confounded analysts everywhere. Released yesterday, last month's exports were not only much stronger than anyone expected, ... A full-blown economic recovery in the developed world would be a lot to infer from one month's trade data from the mainland. But even if the upturn in demand is genuine, don't expect rapid ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1426699/even-export-rebound-wont-do-much-lift-china-growth
  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    All is not what it seems when it comes to China's trade figures

    Posted Jan 09th 2014, 11:51pm by Tom Holland

    ... it comes to China's trade figures China's trade figures for December are not out yet, but already the local media is trumpeting that the country is the world's greatest trading ... that its economy is only about half the size of America's. According to customs data, over the 12 months to November, China's gross trade with the rest of the world- exports plus imports- ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1401758/all-not-what-it-seems-when-it-comes-chinas-trade-figures
  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The US$50b a year reason China's elite love tax havens

    Posted Jan 23rd 2014, 01:13am by Tom Holland

    ... reason China's elite love tax havens Yesterday an outfit called the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published a story in several newspapers around the world alleging that close relatives of many of China's senior leaders own companies registered in offshore tax havens including the British Virgin Islands. In terms of revelatory shock, this story has as much ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1411288/us50b-year-reason-chinas-elite-love-tax-havens
  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Even Hong Kong's best efforts may not help to clear our air

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 12:46am by Tom Holland

    ... not be immediately detectable in the form of better pollution-free visibility in Hong Kong's atmosphere. As China continues to develop, its demand for power will only increase Although much of the nasty ... investment and the rapid growth in electricity production, which has catapulted the mainland into first place as the world's biggest power generator, it remains energy-poor. Last year, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1426234/even-hong-kongs-best-efforts-may-not-help-clear-our-air
  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

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

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

    ... those on the mainland, where many of the cities have altered almost beyond recognition. Nine years ago, China's economy ranked seventh in the world; smaller than Italy's. Today ... 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1441327/after-nine-years-its-time-leave-stage
  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China not the all-conquering trade power figures suggest

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

    ... not the all-conquering trade power figures suggest As everyone knows, China is the workshop of the world. Since it joined the World Trade Organisation in 2001, China's trade with the rest of the world has ... of every country in the world. Last year, China's goods trade with the rest of the world reached US$3.87 trillion, surpassing the United States, which recorded combined imports and exports ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1385360/china-not-all-conquering-trade-power-figures-suggest

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