Economics/Business

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Brunei’s Uneasy Glimpse of the Future

Billboards and advertisements lining Brunei’s thoroughfares often implore their citizens to do something (or buy something) for the future generation. But, while most Bruneians have it quite ... Read More...
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Now in The Cards: Hong Kong Inc.?

Like the Chinese Communist Party, the Hong Kong government increasingly loves slogans such as “big market small government.” But as in George Orwell’s novel 1984, reality is t... Read More...
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China’s Pipeline Diplomacy

In securing approval to build a natural gas pipeline from northern Turkmenistan to China, PetroChina, the country’s largest oil company, has pulled off a move with striking geopolitical impl... Read More...
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The Mainland’s Trojan Horse

China has handed Hong Kong a golden chalice. But could the sweet-tasting contents contain a slow-acting poison? The promise of the chalice – the opening of the Hong Kong stock market to mainlan... Read More...
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Taiwan’s Unfriendly Skies

The 157 passengers aboard a China Airlines Boeing 737-800 got off lucky Monday. Their plane was close enough to the gate that they all got out of the aircraft after its left engine exploded at Naha Airport in... Read More...
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It’s All Gumdrops

You know dad is in trouble, and that mom is crying, and that the order for the Oyster 100 has had to be cancelled, and that the Bentley Arnage convertible is out, and that Graciela and Baby are on their... Read More...
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Another Kind of Asian Contagion

How come all of Asia’s markets, with the bizarre exception of China, have fallen so much farther and faster than the US markets where the credit rot began? It’s a situation... Read More...
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Hong Kong’s Lax Rules on Charities

In recent weeks, thousands of Hong Kong households received individually addressed envelopes from a charity called the World Children’s Fund Hong Kong asking for donations to help poor ... Read More...