According to Bowring

Ford Trumped

Asia-Pacific governments need to keep a close eye on what the bosses of America’s largest companies are saying and doing about President Donald Trump’s protectionist drive. Companies that for years have said...
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According to Bowring: G20 Illusions

The claim of the G20 finance ministers and central bankers to have put an end to the threat of a currency war is pure illusion. Yes, they have all agreed on the merits of market-determined exchange rate...
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According to Bowring

It can be at least as dangerous a business exposing corruption and worse in high places in Malaysia as getting on the wrong side of the Russia's now out-of-control secret service. The murder by slow-act...
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According to Bowring

The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo was very much an "own goal" for Beijing. Quite likely he would not have won if China had not made a crude and overt threat to the Norwegians that rel...
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According to Bowring: Future Shock

The US dollar was back on the rack this week in expectation of more money-printing – politely known as QE2 or a second round of quantitative easing. But the standout currencies were not the yen nor...
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Scenes from the New Socialist Countryside

Here are some images from a recent trip to a 'new socialist countryside' in Henan.  Since 2006, the Chinese Communist Party has been investing more in rural areas and agricultural subsidies as we...
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Hong Tang, Spring Festival 2008

Although I'm not a stranger of Chinese villages and have always enjoyed my time there, it was my first time in a village during the Spring Festival.  There was lots of food and tea consumed (F...
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Mask of China: Xinzhi New Citizen School

Over the Christmas holidays, I accompanied some members of the Chinese media and Chinese NGO representatives on a visit to a school specifically for migrant workers in the outskirts of Beijing.  ...
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Tin Shui Wai: City of Sadness

Tin Shui Wai has been dubbed the 'city of sadness' for its high rate of unemployment, suicides, and spousal and child abuse. Over the last eight years, about  20 people have died in 6 suici...