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Small businesses set to reap the rewards of eastern promise

December 23, 2009

image001Ian Wheeler is vice president of marketing and distribution at Amadeus. The opinions expressed are his own.-

from FaithWorld:

Pew measures global religious restrictions

December 16, 2009

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has come out with a new report that tries to measure, country by country on a global level, government and social restrictions on religion. You can see our coverage of the report here and here and can download the whole report here.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Can China help stabilise Pakistan?

December 11, 2009

forbidden cityWhen President Barack Obama suggested in Beijing last month that China and the United States could cooperate on bringing stability to Afghanistan and Pakistan, and indeed to "all of South Asia", much of the attention was diverted to India, where the media saw it as inviting unwarranted Chinese interference in the region.

from Environment Forum:

Is China getting serious about tracking emissions?

December 11, 2009

beijingAt a major global climate summit in Copenhagen this week, China slammed rich nations for having weak and unambitious goals to cut carbon emissions.

from Global Investing:

What worries the BRICs

December 10, 2009

Some fascinating data about the growing power of emerging markets, particularly the BRICs, was on display at the OECD's annual investment conference in Paris this week. Not the least of it came from MIGA, the World Bank's Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, which tries to help protect foreign direct investors from various forms of political risk.

from Global Investing:

Time to kick Russia out of the BRICs?

December 3, 2009

It may end up sounding like a famous ball-point pen maker, but an argument is being made that Goldman Sach's famous marketing device, the BRICs, should really be the BICs. Does Russia really deserve to be a BRIC, asks Anders Åslund, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, in an article for Foreign Policy.

from The Great Debate:

China can outgrow overcapacity, at least for now

December 2, 2009

WeiGucrop.jpg-- Wei Gu is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own --

China watchers are worried that excessive lending leads to massive overcapacity. However, the risk of Beijing pressing too hard on the brake is even greater. At least for now, China should be able to growing its way out of its bad debt problems.

from The Great Debate:

China’s yuan, not the dollar, is too cheap

November 16, 2009

morici-- Peter Morici is a Professor at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, and former chief economist at the United States International Trade Commission. The views expressed are his own. --

Shining a light on China’s secret “Black Jails”

November 12, 2009

- Phelim Kine is an Asia researcher for Human Rights Watch. The opinions expressed are her own. -

from The Great Debate:

Mickey’s Magic needed for Disneyland Shanghai

By Wei Gu
November 4, 2009

WeiGucrop.jpg-- Wei Gu is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own --

China has finally given a green light for Disneyland to build a theme park in Shanghai. Negotiations that started when Bill Clinton was in the White House have concluded just before President Barack Obama is due to visit. The approval looks like a coup for Walt Disney Co, but it will take all of Mickey's magic to prevent the park from becoming another government-financed loss maker.