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How to Beat Back the China Bears

At China Real Time Report, Tom Orlik arms “panda-loving” readers for battle against gloomy forecasters of bursting investment bubbles, real estate collapse, shadow banking catastrophe, dwindling workforces and...

Krugman: Will China Break?

At The New York Times, Paul Krugman points to China as an emerging “danger spot” in the world economy, and warns that even if Beijing is able to plot a course through looming trouble, it may lack the control...

China's Iceland Moment

Chinese tycoon Huang Nubo plans to buy a large tract of north-eastern Iceland, enhancing the wilderness with a hotel, golf course, horse farm and race track (see a video report at The Financial Times). The purchase set The New...

Wen Says China to Focus on Taming Inflation

Bloomberg reports that Premier Wen Jiabao has stabilizing prices as the top economic priority for China: The Premier reiterated that China faces a “very complicated, unstable and uncertain environment both at home and abroad”...

The China Bubble

In Forbes, Gady Epstein writes that “a fast-growing pile of dicey debt” is responsible for China’s surging economy, but the bubble may soon burst: Signs of the times: government bureaucracies funding themselves...

Andy Xie: “Crazy Again”

Andy Xie, an independent economist in Shanghai, writes in his new article 《又疯狂了》(“Crazy Again”) on his blog: Chinese stock and property markets have bubbled up again. It was fueled by bank lending and inflation fear. I...

Chinese Provinces Propose $1.4 Trillion Stimulus

Joe McDonald reports for the Associated Press: Provincial Chinese governments have proposed more than $1 trillion in spending on roads and other projects on the heels of a massive national stimulus package designed to shield...

China Inc. Is Out on a Limb – Frederik Balfour and Chi-Chu Tschang

This is actually a story that can be best summed up by a Chinese proverb, “crying up wine selling vinegar,” or hanging up lamb selling dog meat (ÊåÇÁæ䧥ÂçñÁãóËÇâ), as many Chinese companies have been doing to derail from core businesses to plow huge funds into the rocketing stock market. From BusinessWeek: By now every investor […]

Analysts Warn China Vulnerable to a Japan-style Debt Meltdown – Elaine Kurtenbach

Analysts point out the similarities in China’s bull market to Japan’s situation that led to a financial crisis in 1990. One economist compares China to a “giant elephant riding a bicycle – it has to maintain a fast speed, otherwise it will crash.” From AP via insidebayarea.com: When financial crisis devastated its Asian neighbors a […]

The China Bubble – Andrea Mandel-Campbell

From Maclean’s: If Japan was a surging tide, then China is a tsunami. The globe’s most populous country turned manufacturing juggernaut has a one-two punch of low-cost labour and homegrown national champions taking the world by storm. Its economy, which has been growing above nine per cent for a decade, has already surpassed Japan’s in […]

China has bubble of its own – AP

From AP, via HoustonChronicle.com: China faces a potential property bubble whose bursting could leave banks with huge losses, the central bank said in a report ” the government’s frankest assessment so far of the risks from inflated real estate prices. Average real estate prices in China rose by 14.4 percent in 2004 over the previous […]

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