Economics/Business

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Asia a Tough Market for Internet Commerce

With the industrialized countries of Asia leading the world in terms of Internet penetration rates, the myth of billions of eager Asian online consumers is still proving about as elusive to the west’s b... Read More...
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Are Asian Newspapers Under Siege?

Last week, Arthur Sulzberger Jr, the publisher of America’s most prestigious newspaper, told Haaretz, the Tel Aviv-based daily newspaper, that it is entirely possible that the New York Times might soo... Read More...
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Hong Kong Newspaper Drama Continues

A senior South China Morning Post editor fired in the early months of editor-in-chief Mark Clifford's tenure at Hong Kong largest English Language newspaper has lost a case brought in Hong Kong's labor tribunal... Read More...
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Indian Hubris Creates a Mountain of Debt

It may have been a coincidence that the Shanghai stock market tumbled 5 percent on the day that India's Tata group won a $12-billion battle for the Anglo-Dutch steel company Corus. But maybe not. Easy m... Read More...
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Singapore’s Shifting Sands

Is Singapore an empire built on sand, particularly Indonesian sand? A decade-long squabble between the island republic and Indonesia over what seemingly ought to be an inexhaustible commodity has escalated,... Read More...
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China’s Raging Bull

The current bull market in China shares looks like a lot like any other bull market: frenzied trading volumes, fresh record highs on a regular basis, cheerleading banks upgrading their "price targets&q... Read More...
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Borrowing in Yuan and Investing in Bucks

It is no wonder that so many of the so-called economists employed by investment banks and hedge funds keep up constant pressure on central banks, especially Asian ones, to keep rates low.  Without that t... Read More...
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Smoker’s Paradise

From the terraced emerald slopes of Bali to the jam-packed kampungs of Sumatra, the 13,500 islands of Indonesia reek with the sweet scent of clove cigarettes, known as kretek for the crackling sound they ma... Read More...