Economic Growth

Japan sets example with green grants

Asia's headlong rush to modernise is improving the lives of hundreds of millions of people but is also having a detrimental effect on the environment.

Monday, 7 May, 2007, 12:00am

Growing pains

A senior UN official has urged Beijing to tackle pressing problems such as resource depletion and the rising wealth gap if it wants to sustain its colossal economic growth. What are your views? Write to us.

20 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Higher wages won't blunt China's edge

One of the most widely accepted economic notions of our time - that a vast pool of cheap labour gives China an unbeatable cost advantage in manufacturing - is coming under attack.

An increasing number of analysts are warning that rapidly rising manufacturing wages are bumping up the cost of mainland-produced goods and eroding China's competitive edge.

18 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Is a large population a burden to a country?

Nicholas Wong Hei, 17 Sing Yin Secondary School

Yes. Granted, a large population helps ensure sufficient labour force in an economy. Industrial growth helps a country to rise, and it requires a large labour force.

11 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Fertile grounds for predicting growth

Few China-watchers think very much about fertiliser when they try to predict where the mainland economy is heading.

19 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Fertile grounds for predicting growth

Looking for another perspective on where the mainland economy is heading? Try these five indicators

Few China-watchers think very much about fertiliser when they try to predict where the mainland economy is heading.

18 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Growth rates cut into energy-saving targets

Race for a stronger economy at odds with government's bid to slash consumption

China will probably miss its 2004-2020 energy-saving target because local governments have set higher-than-expected energy consumption caps in their drive to boost the economy, a top think-tank's report shows.

12 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Time has come to take a gamble on the Wild West

When the mainland leadership announced its ambitious 'go west' programme in 2000, the excitement over tapping the Wild West was palpable from almost everyone and everywhere, from the people in the poorer western regions and the overseas media to foreign businessmen.

12 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Too much of a good thing

The relationship between democracy and freedom has lent itself to analyses from many angles.

12 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

China has its work cut out following script on productivity gains

If there is a generally accepted script for the mainland's economic development, it runs something like this: China starts out by exploiting an undervalued currency and its huge pool of cheap labour to undercut competitors and grab a large share of the world's export markets.

22 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

2006 growth estimated at 10.5pc

Top planner says initial calculations show GDP exceeded 20 trillion yuan last year

The mainland's economy is estimated to have expanded by 10.5 per cent last year despite the government's tight macroeconomic controls, the chief economic planner said yesterday.

13 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Further drastic controls not likely

Focus shifts to existing measures as officials seek balance between easing growth and avoiding slowdown

Beijing is unlikely to introduce any more drastic macroeconomic control measures as it tries to strike a balance between reining in red-hot growth and avoiding a sharp slowdown that could jeopardise millions of jobs, according to a top planning official.

30 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Changes in property policy 'vital for growth'

Local governments on the mainland should review their property policies to ensure sustainable economic growth, an official magazine said.

The latest issue of Xinhua's Outlook magazine quoted an unspecified government department as saying that some cities in Zhejiang province would exhaust their land resources for property development in the next five to 10 years.

17 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Stepping out of the shadows

It is fair to say that the world economy in general has never done as well as it's doing now, even as oil prices continue to rise. As they chug upward, a lot of old shibboleths have to be thrown out the window.

28 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Staff morale bad for bottom line: survey

Low staff morale has been cited as a key obstacle to productivity and growth by 40 per cent of senior executives in Hong Kong, one of the highest levels in the world, a global study has found.

26 Jul 2006 - 12:00am