In the Year of the Goat, we must bell the Chinese cat

Despite the optimistic posturing of Australia’s Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens, China’s economy is in trouble, and it’s time for Australia to readjust its policies to recognise the looming downturn. Australians, led by Treasurer Joe Hockey, will be hoping that, in the run-up to Chinese New Year, Australia’s Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens didn’t reveal […]

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China’s party men concerned as anti-corruption campaign claims scalps

Michael Sainsbury Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign is opaque, utterly devoid of due process — and hurting big business. When Rio Tinto chief executive Sam Walsh, then head of the company’s iron ore division, inked two high-profile deals with Chinalco president Sun Zhaoxue in 2010, little was he to know that just four years later Sun would be […]

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Vale’s maxiships to hit China – bad news for FMG

Michael Sainsbury As the iron ore price continues to hover just above US$60 per tonne close to a six year low, there is more bad news looming for Australian iron ore producers. China is preparing to finally allow the largest iron ore  carriers ever built called maxiships  into their ports. Operated by Brazil’s Vale SA, the world’s second largest producer […]

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Ma Ying-jeou v Sunflower Movement: Round II

Bruce Jacobs The Sunflower Movement occupied Taiwan’s legislature on March 18, 2014 in protest against the attempt by some ruling party members in the legislature to approve the Cross-Straits Services and Trade Agreement (CSSTA), which had been negotiated between China and Taiwan, by short-cutting agreed procedure. Many in Taiwan were concerned about provisions in the […]

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