Economic Booms

China needs right tools for growth

China needs right tools for growth

China's economic downturn signals the end of the growth cycle that began with its entry into the World Trade Organisation. The country requires painful reforms to deal with the legacy costs and restart a growth cycle.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 1:51am

Odds on a hard landing for China's economy rising fast

It's a scary thought, but fears are growing that China's economy may already be crunching down to a hard landing.

Certainly if you look to the financial markets for a snapshot of China's economic health, then the picture looks ominous.

16 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

China, E.U. firms call for openness

Minister of Commerce Chen Deming said fewer obstacles to foreign investment could help develop nations alleviate their sovereign debt woes yesterday even as the EU Chamber of Commerce complained its firms face barriers to China's market and unequal treatment under its laws.

9 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Sweet taste of success

Koreans - dynamos when it comes to work or play - are fond of socialising. In former times, it was the bathhouse or the barber's shop where - especially in the depths of winter - friends and neighbours could warm up and chill out at the same time, spending very little money in return for several hours' relaxation.

18 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Expanding overseas investment will boost competitiveness

Over the past few weeks, overseas investors have watched with unease as the central government prepares to set its economic growth strategies for next year at an annual meeting to be held within two weeks.

29 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

How China can end its servitude to US

Unless China reforms its economy radically, it risks being consigned forever as 'America's head servant' - so claims Hung Ho-fung, a Hong Kong graduate of the Chinese University of Hong Kong who is an assistant professor at Indiana University.

1 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Investors' faith may not be wholly misplaced

The broad rallies in stock markets in Asia and around the world in recent weeks have raised hopes among many people that the worst of the financial crisis may be behind us. The rallies have been especially impressive given the avalanche of grim economic news and the mountains of dire data. Such optimism is likely to be disappointed.

11 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Mainland posts record FDI growth

Curbs on inflows of hot money expected after 45.6pc increase in first-half investment

Foreign investment in the mainland expanded at record 45.55 per cent in the first half of the year, putting pressure on Beijing to curb the flow of suspected hot money into the economy.

12 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Foreign investment in mainland surges 75pc

Strong yuan attracts funds into property and stock markets

Foreign capital pouring into the mainland surged by a larger than expected 75.19 per cent in the first two months of the year as investors were attracted to the stronger yuan, posing more headaches for policymakers battling inflationary pressures.

13 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Recovery no grounds for complacency

This time last year the post-Sars, post-September 11 economic recovery was still finding its feet and no one was sure how long it would last, especially in export-dependent Asia.

23 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

US still holds key to global economy

Many analysts expect a pickup in domestic consumption to drive regional growth this year but it could be years before Asian consumers begin spending in any significant way, according to the chief economist of UBS Investment Research.

3 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Go-West push in need of change, says economist

China must adjust its Go-West programme as temporary investments and exploitation of natural resources will not sustain economic growth, according to a top economist.

24 May 2002 - 12:00am

Korea poised to pave golden path

The Korean economy could well be the star performer among Asian markets this year as it has climbed out from the troughs of the Asian financial crisis, according to Baring Asset Management.

This year's investment outlook for Asian economies is also positive with low interest rates and improving standards of corporate governance and shareholder values.

14 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

More Asian analysis - now with added values

The author notes in his introduction that this book is not a comprehensive account as the topics covered are wide-ranging and the region large and dynamic.

'[It] is one more modest contribution to the subject that has attracted . . . the attention of researchers, analysts, journalists and policymakers,' he states.

18 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Electronics to spark regional recovery

Asia, excluding Japan, is expected to see economic growth more than double this year, as a rapid rise in domestic demand and surging global demand for semi-conductors and electronic products fuels a much stronger than expected recovery.

15 Sep 1999 - 12:00am