Nayan Chanda, the newly appointed editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review, says there will be continuity, not change, at the regional business weekly. 'Analysing and interpreting events are our strengths,' Mr Chanda said, adding that the Review would continue its 'forward-looking, interpretive' style of reporting. Mr Chanda, an authority on Indochina, is a 23-year veteran of the Review. He succeeds Joseph Kahn. Having a pool of specialist, multi-lingual writers allowed the Review to examine the broader picture of political and economic issues in Southeast Asia, Mr Chanda said. 'Information can be transformed into knowledge by using our understanding and interpretation,' he said. A recent cover story looked at the implications of urban growth in Asia. The promise and peril of urban Asia was told through the lives of a migrant who came to the city seeking a better life and a wealthy city-dweller who had to contend with the problems that overcrowding caused. In this context, the story discussed the dilemmas that city planners had to confront. This contrasted with a story of another Asian city which had transformed 'an overcrowded slum into a glistening metropolis'. 'The Review tries to explain and make the readers understand the significance of the news,' Mr Chanda said. He said the weekly could not compete with newspapers and wire services to tell readers what happened last week. 'We tell our readers what is the meaning of what happened last week,' he said. Business news is treated in the same manner - even breaking stories, such as the recent exclusive on Wang Jun, the president of Citic and also the head of Poly Technologies. The firm was a suspect in a case involving arms smuggling to the United States. Congress began investigating how the man who supported Wang's visa application to the US made a US$50,000 donation to the Democratic Party. The donation was made a day after Wang met President Bill Clinton. 'We have been successful in breaking stories. For a weekly, this is quite a feat,' Mr Chanda said. Even if some events were to simmer for days, the Review would still go behind the headlines, he said. 'Look at labour unrest in Korea. Our story looked at the implications of Kim Young Sam taking a hard line. What happens if he loses out to labour? What if labour loses? What does that mean for Kim's presidency? Does that mean he would have got rid of his main opposition, which is labour? So, we are going beyond the mere description of the clashes in Seoul,' Mr Chanda said. For 50 years in Asia, he said the Review had chronicled the region's emergence from the aftermath of World War II and its evolution into an economic miracle. Some ideas discussed in the Review had brought remarkable results. Sir Lawrence Kadoorie's suggestion for a tunnel linking Hong Kong and Kowloon, outlined in an article on November 3, 1955, illustrated this point. 'Perhaps no single public works project would affect life in Hong Kong more generally than a trans-harbour tunnel,' he wrote in part. Mr Chanda said the average net worth of Asian subscribers was US$1.3 million. The average net worth of US subscribers was US$1.1 million.