Friday, 13 January 2012

Porsche Buyer Demands Refund, Beseiges Dealership with Protest

Porsche accused of “quality problems”, denounced by hundreds of protestors besieging showroom

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Thursday, 12 January 2012

China Must Reform to Beat Shadow Lending, Loan Sharks

China must bring to heel an estimated $1.6 trillion shadow banking system if it is to deflate enormous asset bubbles fuelled by unregulated lending and stop small firms from getting forced to look to loan sharks for working capital.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

How China’s model is moving from boom to bust

Even China? Could the world’s economic juggernaut, having grown an average of 10 per cent annually for three decades, face a slowdown or what for China would be a recession?

Does it have a real estate ‘bubble’ about to ‘pop’? What would be the global consequences? Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner visits China and Japan this week. These questions form a backdrop. With Europe’s slump and America’s sluggish economy, a sizable Chinese slowdown would be bad news.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Red wine may inhibit breast cancer: US study

Red wine may have some effect in inhibiting the hormone that causes breast cancer, a study has found.

What China Can Teach Europe

From the outside, China often appears to be a highly centralized monolith. Unlike Europe’s cities, which have been able to preserve a certain identity and cultural distinctiveness despite the homogenizing forces of globalization, most Chinese cities suffer from a drab uniformity.

Spectre of ‘ghost hotels’ haunts China

5-star inns rise, but there are few guests

Local govt loans threaten China’s financial system

Several provinces’ debt-to-GDP ratio tops national figure

Monday, 9 January 2012

Malaysian Opposition Leader Acquitted in Sodomy Trial

Ending a politically charged two-year trial, Malaysia’s High Court acquitted the country’s opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, of sodomy charges on Monday.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

A new leadership takes root

A rush of appointments sees a host of new, highly educated under-60-year-olds graduate to top posts - and a springboard to China’s ultimate power base

Marriage headed for the rocks on mainland

While men want passion, women want money and the sums just don’t add up, survey shows

Chinese held for firebomb attack at Japan embassy in Seoul

A Chinese man who reportedly said his grandmother was one of many thousands forced into prostitution for the Japanese army during World War Two was arrested on Sunday for a firebomb attack at the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, police said.