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A better UK-China relationship is coming


A ‘Hung Parliament’ or coalition government in the UK is nothing new. Were we still in the times of Pax Britannica or Pax Americana, the world politics should have been around the same. However, nowadays, the world is more competitive. Germany, France, Russia, Japan, and even India, are vying to play certain leadership roles in … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, March 15, 2016


China is cracking down! All enemies are in the crosshairs: Facebook pages, SCMP news articles, terrorists, religions, demonstrators, “separatists”, “hostile forces”, the Dalai Lama… the usual suspects. Northern Korea has the sky in its crosshairs, and it doesn’t miss. Now, Kim wants to aim at Manhattan. China didn’t talk about that, specifically, but, Japan isn’t … Continue reading

China’s massive economic advantage over the world is about to disappear


We have finally arrived at a point in history that economists have been dreading for years: The moment when the total number of Chinese workers goes into decline for the first time in decades. Since way before the 1990s, China has had one huge economic advantage over the rest of the world: Year after year, … Continue reading

Is China about to plunge into financial crisis?


Is China about to have its own Bear Stearns moment? I have been thinking a lot about this after reading a smart report released today by BofA Merrill Lynch Chinese economist Bin Gao, which looks at the recent debt restructuring at the China Credit Trust Co., a major Chinese financial institution. Just a few days ago, the … Continue reading

China risks following Japan into economic coma


After decades of emulating Japan‘s export-driven economic miracle, China appears in danger of following it into the same kind of economic coma that Japan is trying to wake up from 20 years later. China is struggling to wean itself off a habit picked up from its more advanced neighbour: relying for growth on exports and … Continue reading

China: Heirs of Communist Party’s founding fathers at forefront of ‘red aristocracy’


A study shows how descendants of eight party founding fathers are multibillion-dollar players at the forefront of the country’s ‘red aristocracy’. An exposé yesterday of the huge business interests and personal assets of the descendants of eight dead Communist Party veterans offers a detailed look at one part of China’s elite and how its members … Continue reading

China silver demand to climb to record


Investment Demand for Hard Assets to Protect Wealth Silver demand in China, the world’s second-largest user, is set to jump as much as 10 percent next year to a record as investors look to preserve wealth, according to Beijing Antaike Information Development Co. Consumption may climb to 7,700 metric tons after gaining 6 percent to … Continue reading

Foreign investors in China get a break


China will relax controls on qualified foreign institutional investors (QFIIs) soon, following a decision to nearly triple the amount they can spend. Regulators plan to scrap the requirement that a QFII invest at least half of its funds in stocks, said two people briefed by government officials about the matter. They said waiving the rule … Continue reading

For businesses in China, a minefield of bribery risks


Foreign companies doing business in China must navigate a business culture in which bribery is rife, finding ways to remove obstacles to expanding in the world’s second-largest economy without running afoul of local or home-country laws. Especially in areas such as dealing with local officials in charge of permits, it is still common for bribes, … Continue reading

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