- Economist: Soft Landing in 2008
Hard landing risk exists during the current tightening. But China has enough momentum and insurance policies to minimize this risk. The chances are that China could achieve a soft landing in 2008.
- Land Scheme Discovery Chills Harbin
Local officials have been targeted by an investigation into a scheme that let government agencies, banks and developers benefit from phony land-use certificates and the abuse of government credit.
- Economist: Growth Isn's Enough Housing is Key
For majority people in China, high growth is less important than keeping property price low. The most important expenditure for urban living is on property. If high economic growth means high property price, it may not be worth it.
- Economist: Is Asia Still Attractive?
Most of what you read about Asia’s dynamism and strong economic fundamentals is true, but even so, from both a macro and strategy perspectives there are compelling reasons to be more cautious from here on in.
- Economist: The Fall of Charles Prince
Charles Prince's biggest mistake was trusting his subordinates when they said that Citigroup's positions were low-risk. Their mistakes were trusting the rating agencies when the rating agencies gave their financial constructions--the Structured Investment Vehicles, the Collateralized Mortgage Obligations, the Collateralized Debt Obligations--their stamp of approval.
- Economist: Super Fund, Super Folly
I suspect that the Treasury and the banks involved know that the Super Fund is a crazy idea and would never fly. Their purpose is to boost confidence in the viability of the SIVs, which would make the market more willing to refinance them or to pay higher prices for the sub-prime products that they may sell.
- OPEC Chief: Don’t Blame Us for Rocketing Oil
On his first visit to Beijing for talks with Chinese leaders, OPEC Secretary General Abdallah Salem El-Badri said speculation and Middle East tension were behind surging world oil prices, but that OPEC favors moderation.
- China’s Electric Car Industry Gets a Jolt
After years in the slow lane, Chinese car manufacturers are pushing forward with plans for building hybrid and electric cars, with some hitting the road now. But the industry still faces research hurdles.
- The 3Com Deal, Behind the Security Flap
A proposed US＄ 2.2 billion buyout of 3Com by China’s Huawei Technologies and Boston-based Bain Capital would be the largest-ever overseas acquisition in which a Chinese private enterprise played a significant role. Will a national security debate cloud a sensible business deal?
- Aviation's Future and the Battle for China Eastern
State-owned Air China and China Eastern drew swords for a takeover bid but, under government pressure, suddenly called off a battle for control of the country's fast-growing aviation industry. What's next?
- Beijing Battles for a Blue-Sky Olympics
With athlete health and China’s image on the line, the capital city is scrambling to improve air quality before the 2008 games. So far, enormous efforts have yielded mixed results.
- Economist: Profit with good quality
The earning quality of the Chinese companies is more sustainable than many thought, driven by the overall economic improvement as well as structural changes, rather than extraordinary factors, such as A-share investment nor other exceptional gain.