Friday, 8 July 2011

Singapore survey: Ruling party losing credibility

Fewer Singaporeans consider the ruling People’s Action Party to be credible after the party’s worst election results since independence, a survey showed Friday.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Beijing halts sales of tainted bottled water

Authorities in Beijing have halted the sale of 31 brands of bottled water after they failed safety tests, the government reported, in the latest such scare to hit China.

China accused of rushing bridge opening

Chinese officials have been accused of rushing construction of the world’s longest sea bridge to open for the Communist Party’s 90th anniversary, with nuts left unfastened, state media said on Thursday.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

China Said to Discuss Letting SEC Probe Mainland Companies

U.S. and Chinese officials will meet next week to discuss giving American securities regulators the right to investigate companies within China for the first time, said two Chinese officials with direct knowledge of the plans.

Macau’s side-betting may be worth US$235b

It’s 10 times reported revenues; Macau disputes US report

More developers doubtful over mainland demand

Lower sales and the likelihood of tougher measures to dampen expectations for more sales, Stanchart says

Property market inventories set to soar

The inventory in China’s property market will surge in the second half of the year, thus prompting property developers to cut prices further as tightening measures continue, industry experts said on Tuesday.

Riding on the graft updraft

Corruption charges against Taiwan ex-president Lee Teng-hui should be a blow for the pro-independence camp but they may just win voters to his side

Should Australia Say ‘Sorry’ for Its Old Anti-Chinese Laws?

Arthur Garlock Chang was 13 when he left his mother and eight siblings in China to join his father in Australia. It was the 1930s, and even though he promised to return in five years’ time, Chang’s reunion with his mother did not take place for another 27. “After the war I was told that I could go [to China], but not come back,” Chang recalls. “I couldn’t leave at my will.”

Chinese married couple clueless about sex

A highly educated couple, in their 30s from Hubei, China, thought that the wife would get pregnant by sleeping on the same bed, Malaysia’s largest selling Chinese language newspaper Sin Chew Daily reported.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

China Bears Have It Wrong: Jim Rogers

Commodity bull Jim Rogers says hedge fund managers such as Jim Chanos of Kynikos Associates and Hugh Hendry of Eclectica, who have been shorting Chinese related stocks and credits, have got it wrong.

Chinese local debt understated by $540 billion: Moody’s

China’s local government debt burden may be 3.5 trillion yuan ($540 billion) larger than auditors estimated, putting banks on the hook for deeper losses that could threaten their credit ratings, Moody’s said on Tuesday.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Chongqing emerges as a shining industrial hub

Go-West policy incentives lure big businesses to the city of 32m people

Thai election is over but the hatred remains

The much-anticipated election has passed in Thailand and “the people have spoken”. The biggest problem, however, remains unsolved, and it has nothing to do with how to have a workable government, or how to handle the potentially explosive issue of “amnesty”, or how the Thai military should behave.

Thai military ‘accepts’ opposition polls landslide

Thailand’s powerful military will respect a landslide election win by allies of Thaksin Shinawatra who it toppled five years ago, the defence minister said Monday, easing fears of another coup.

Yingluck, thrust into a minefield of power

Thailand’s opposition Pheu Thai Party will have to tread several political minefields despite being able to form an outright government after winning a simple majority.

Divorce rate soars as couples find it easy to quit

Ending a marriage is a simple formality, and rising wealth has been matched by an increase in break-ups