Republic of China

More details of milk scam cash finally released

The association that set up a compensation fund for victims of the melamine-tainted milk scandal four years ago has released more details, as parents continue to call for more transparency in the distribution of money.

Thursday, 17 May, 2012, 12:00am

Negotiations the only way forward

A demonstration outside the Chinese embassy in Manila had the potential to inflame a stand-off over territorial claims in the politically sensitive South China Sea. Thankfully it passed uneventfully, except for a foiled attempt by one protester to burn a Chinese flag. That would have been a provocative affront to nationalist sentiment.

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

China's firms lead world with their urge to merge

China's cash-rich corporations are twice as keen as their overseas counterparts to pounce on merger-and-acquisition opportunities thrown up by the euro-zone debt crisis, according to an international survey.

But the mainland firms surveyed believe most assets are still overpriced and their price tags could fall in the next year.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

Time for leaders to declare assets

A call for mainland leaders to disclose their personal assets as a safeguard against conflicts of interest and corruption in government was first made at the National People's Congress 18 years ago, long before former president Jiang Zemin pushed for the inclusion of private entrepreneurs in the Communist Party. The idea has been repeated frequently since with little effect.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Nothing succeeds like excess

London is only weeks away from the opening of the Olympics. And with each day, the city puts the squeeze on tourists just a little more firmly.

Hotel prices for August have doubled since the same time last year, according to Hotels.com. Flight costs are also rising: a Hong Kong-London round trip with British Airways in late July costs HK$11,560, and that's economy class.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Democratizing Taiwan

Democratizing Taiwan by J. Bruce Jacobs Brill Academic

The frozen conflict over Taiwan has an intricate and sprawling vocabulary that has become second nature to most Chinese even as foreigners struggle to understand the ethnic, historical, political and diplomatic context of the Chinese-speaking world's only democracy.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Shining a light on graft in Taiwan

The so-called Sunshine Acts has been part of Taiwan's legal system since 1993 - laws aimed at stemming government corruption. But they were so loosely enforced that Taiwan has been mocked as the 'island of graft'.

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

All at sea over disputed waters

China faces difficulty in alleviating tensions in the South China Sea because of contrasting mandates and a lack of co-ordination among its own government agencies, according to a study conducted by an international non-governmental group that strives to prevent conflicts.

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Friendly relationship

Little more than four years ago, Taiwan's government was toying with ways to declare itself legally independent of China, its long-time political foe. At the same time, rivals such as South Korea and countries in Southeast Asia were gaining on Taiwan through trade deals with the mainland to reach into more of its massive consumer market and US$7 trillion economy.

16 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

A sense of adventure

When Canadian lawyer Marcus Clinch arrived in Taipei in 2000 on his first overseas assignment, he found the city to be vibrant and lively, but suffering from growing pains.

The Chinese enclave off the mainland coast was in the throes of transitioning from a community village to a cosmopolitan city, and the infrastructure and society in general were struggling to keep pace.

16 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Letters

Position of KMT has not changed

Lawrence Chung's article on the current debates over 'one country, two areas' in Taiwan politics ('Every which way but one', April 4) is a thorough piece, but contains a simple misunderstanding.

12 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Rafael Hui sells stake in offshore company

Former chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan sold all his stake in the only offshore company he owned three months before graft-busters arrested him on suspicion of breaching Hong Kong's anti-bribery laws, his business partner said.

10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

The business view on China

Q1 What is your biggest concern about doing business in China?

Q2 Identify two difficulties you have encountered while doing business here.

Q3 What is your expectation on a freely convertible yuan?

Q4 State one personal takeaway from Boao.

Timothy Dattels Senior partner TPG Capital, private investment fund

5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Betting on the balancing act

Professor Michael Pettis of Peking University has a bet with The Economist - that China will not be the world's biggest economy by 2018, as the magazine has predicted, and that in real yuan China's average growth for the rest of this decade will average 3.5 per cent or less.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Trade deal means more 3D and Imax movies from Hollywood for mainland

With two Hollywood films, War Horse and John Carter, topping the mainland box office in first two weeks of this month, mainland audiences will have access to 50 per cent more American films this year, with at least one new foreign film hitting the big screen every week.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am