Economics/Business

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China’s Blurry Line Between Fake and Real

Here in Wong Tinghua’s bustling counterfeit watch factory in Shenzhen, the niceties of copyright are not an issue. Wong, 35, used to manufacture legitimate time pieces in the northeast Chinese city of D... Read More...
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Hong Kong’s Babes in the Woods

It’s hard not to feel a strange mixture of giddiness and sympathy in relation to Hong Kong's connection to the newest Wall Street trading scandal. The Hong Kong couple accused of making... Read More...
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How Not to Kill a Story

Australia's most prominent newspaper's decision to kill a profile of media titan Rupert Murdoch's third wife, Wendi Deng, has kicked off a bidding war between book and magazine publishers a... Read More...
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China’s Baby Steps Bubble

Baby steps blow bigger bubbles. The Chinese leadership is caught by its own indecision. What it thought was caution is turning out to be complaisance. Fear of the consequences will be not far behind. For too... Read More...
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Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette

Photo by Jeff Murphy In April, Guangzhou and Jiangmen in Guangdong province became two of 20 cities across China to try a bold experiment: a total ban on smoking in public places, inclu... Read More...
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No Tiresome Competition Here

Hong Kong is about to get a law sometime later this year designed to regulate competition in an economy that has always prided itself on being red in fang and claw. But don’t look for much substance. &... Read More...
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A Bridge too Near?

It will be a glittering beauty, stretching a full kilometer across Hong Kong’s Rambler Channel at the entrance to the Kwai Chung Container Port, its cables stretching down like stylized spider w... Read More...