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Enter the dragon - cautiously

With anaemic forecasts and uncertainties continuing to afflict much of the world economy, attention is focused more than ever on what Asia - and specifically, China - can do to drive trade and offer markets for potential growth.

Saturday, 11 February, 2012, 12:00am

Silencing the critics won't make China's social problems go away

Exile for political dissidents is no longer a punishment in the law books, but it is still widely used. The physical separation and the curb on communication remain effective in undercutting the person's influence in the country, even though the rise of social media may bring change.

4 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Eastern promise

The mantra 'have work, will relocate' continues to gain ground as businesses shift their focus and talent to new markets. Studies show that worker mobility is increasing - and will continue to grow over the foreseeable future.

4 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Resistance is futile

The visit of United States Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to Beijing in early January was not just to discuss sanctions against Iran. It was also to remind China and the rest of Asia that the US State Department has a new foreign policy initiative.

30 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

China treads lightly to improve image in Africa

China plans to chart a delicate course in Africa to avoid a backlash over its growing economic footprint on the continent and a trade imbalance that critics say favours Beijing and mainland firms.

28 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

U.S. to cut red tape for tourists

In an effort to boost tourism in the United States and create jobs, President Barack Obama has ordered the streamlining of visa applications for the rapidly swelling ranks of tourists from mainland China and Brazil and the waiving of the requirement of a visa for visitors from Taiwan.

21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Mainland Chinese don't share global enthusiasm for yuan

The Asian Financial Forum is a desperately dull affair.

Organised annually by the Hong Kong government, it features a parade of government officials and business executives mouthing unexciting platitudes to an audience kept from sinking into coma only by fiddling with their BlackBerrys.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

The problem was not that the government lied, but that the 1.67 million was arrived at by unscientific means, as the Census and Statistics Department used an untested ... method

Professor John Bacon-Shone, Social Sciences Research Centre, on the figure quoted in 1999 by the government of mainland children of Hong Kong parents eligible to move to the city

16 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Mainland to loosen cash controls, HSBC predicts

HSBC's economists see the ongoing euro crisis creating strong headwinds for Hong Kong and the mainland in the year ahead, but believe Beijing's shift to a looser monetary and fiscal policy will help cushion the blow.

'2011 was a year of policy tightening but 2012 will be one of policy easing,' said Qu Hongbin, HSBC's chief economist for greater China.

14 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Ma on final crusade for votes

With the election just a day away, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has been criss-crossing the island in a last-ditch effort to widen his projected lead and secure himself a second term.

13 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Uneasy money

Money laundering and suitcases, to my mind, go hand in hand. The humble travel case is, of course, not the only way to move dirty, corruptly obtained money from one place to another to clean it. Criminals are more likely to use casinos and gambling, electronic banking, companies that deal in exports and cross-border credit services.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Critics doubt anti-bribery stance

China has a patchy record when it comes to clamping down on bribes offered by its firms that are venturing abroad, say observers, and it remains to be seen if stricter laws will be enforced by corporate watchdogs.

9 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Bigger role for china in shaky 2012

China responded proactively to a world troubled by a spreading financial crisis and regional instabilities last year, and will be expected to deal with more uncertainties in the coming year, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said in a year-end review posted on the ministry's website on Monday.

4 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


Growing role of women is important

The article by Vishakha Desai ('Symbols of change', December 27) describes the rise of women leaders in several Asian countries and predicts more political influence for them as well as more movement on women's issues.

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Changing minds

Three recent blog essays by the young writer Han Han - on revolution, democracy and freedom - sparked a fierce debate on the internet. Among his views, his support for reform over revolution was the most contentious. Han's popularity is of course one reason his postings ignited such a debate. But the fact is, the subject resonated because China stands at a crossroads.

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am