Security guards in protective gear staff a checkpoint as several city blocks are sealed off because of Covid-19 in the Meilong township of Shanghai on August 15. Photo: Bloomberg
Macroscope | China’s zero-Covid policy trapping economy in a self-inflicted slowdown
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Beijing is trying to simultaneously pursue a zero-tolerance approach to Covid-19, reduce debt exposure and ease monetary policy to boost growth. These policies contradict each other, though, and draconian, growth-sapping lockdowns stand in the way of rebuilding confidence.

Security guards in protective gear staff a checkpoint as several city blocks are sealed off because of Covid-19 in the Meilong township of Shanghai on August 15. Photo: Bloomberg
Macroscope | China’s zero-Covid policy trapping economy in a self-inflicted slowdown

Beijing is trying to simultaneously pursue a zero-tolerance approach to Covid-19, reduce debt exposure and ease monetary policy to boost growth. These policies contradict each other, though, and draconian, growth-sapping lockdowns stand in the way of rebuilding confidence.

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Opinion | Economic incentives will never be enough for North Korea to denuclearise

The US, South Korea and the UN all want North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons in exchange for economic benefits – but Pyongyang must make the first move. While Kim Jong-un has shown he can withstand years of sanctions, he cannot afford to give up his security guarantee.

4 hours ago
Opinion | Hong Kong needs its own version of Japan’s ‘womenomics’

The city can learn from Shinzo Abe’s initiative to boost the number of working women in Japan, given its ageing population. Improving child care support and challenging traditional gender norms would encourage more women to bring their skills to the workforce.

The city can learn from Shinzo Abe’s initiative to boost the number of working women in Japan, given its ageing population. Improving child care support and challenging traditional gender norms would encourage more women to bring their skills to the workforce.

18 Aug 2022 - 6:45AM
Editorial | Working from home can pay for everyone

Some bosses may disagree, but research has shown that staying away from the office increases the efficiency and productivity of employees and, done properly, all benefit.

Some bosses may disagree, but research has shown that staying away from the office increases the efficiency and productivity of employees and, done properly, all benefit.

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Fighting the worst of climate change doesn’t mean giving up growth
18 Aug 2022 - 2:21AM
With industrial policy back in vogue, US joins global clean energy race
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Security guards in protective gear staff a checkpoint as several city blocks are sealed off because of Covid-19 in the Meilong township of Shanghai on August 15. Photo: Bloomberg
Macroscope | China’s zero-Covid policy trapping economy in a self-inflicted slowdown

Beijing is trying to simultaneously pursue a zero-tolerance approach to Covid-19, reduce debt exposure and ease monetary policy to boost growth. These policies contradict each other, though, and draconian, growth-sapping lockdowns stand in the way of rebuilding confidence.

2 hours ago
Opinion | Economic incentives will never be enough for North Korea to denuclearise

The US, South Korea and the UN all want North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons in exchange for economic benefits – but Pyongyang must make the first move. While Kim Jong-un has shown he can withstand years of sanctions, he cannot afford to give up his security guarantee.

The US, South Korea and the UN all want North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons in exchange for economic benefits – but Pyongyang must make the first move. While Kim Jong-un has shown he can withstand years of sanctions, he cannot afford to give up his security guarantee.

4 hours ago
Economic incentives will never be enough for North Korea to denuclearise
Opinion | Hong Kong needs its own version of Japan’s ‘womenomics’

The city can learn from Shinzo Abe’s initiative to boost the number of working women in Japan, given its ageing population. Improving child care support and challenging traditional gender norms would encourage more women to bring their skills to the workforce.

The city can learn from Shinzo Abe’s initiative to boost the number of working women in Japan, given its ageing population. Improving child care support and challenging traditional gender norms would encourage more women to bring their skills to the workforce.

18 Aug 2022 - 6:45AM
Hong Kong needs its own version of Japan’s ‘womenomics’

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