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Dec 11, 2014
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Facebook’s next goal: crack the Socialist network

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By Katrina Hamlin

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

It’s no longer unthinkable that Facebook could one day return to China. But while founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is cosying up to censors, the real challenge will be wresting new friends from huge local rivals.

Dec 2, 2014
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China index: Pick-up is more nurture than nature

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By Katrina Hamlin

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Our economic index rose for the first time in six months in October, but the drivers were man-made and temporary. Pollution spiked thanks to frantic activity ahead of the Beijing APEC summit, while exporters may have inflated their growth to capture currency moves.

Nov 12, 2014
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Japan index: Tightening the purse strings

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By Katrina Hamlin

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Unexpected growth in manufacturing output helped our alternative economic index to a new high in September. But it wasn’t enough to lift consumers: stagnant wages and higher sales taxes left spending in the doldrums. No wonder the central bank decided to ramp up bond purchases.