January 25, 2012 |
President Obama fired a shot across China's bow during his State of the Union address Tueday, pledging to lure offshore jobs back to the U.S. and target unfair Chinese trade practices with a special enforcement unit. The response in China, however, was muted at best -- perhaps drowned out by the barrage of fireworks across the country as it continues to celebrate the weeklong Spring Festival national holiday. "What's worth noting is that Obama mentioned China five times in his State of the Union speech," wrote the Beijing-based Legal Evening News, one of the few Chinese newspapers to acknowledge the mention of China in the president's address.
August 10, 2008 |
What a scandal it would be to see Adolf Hitler's portrait hanging in Berlin today or tomorrow. Of course, it could never happen because German law prohibits the public display of celebratory portraits of Der Fuehrer, as well as Nazi signs and symbols like the swastika. In Russia, hanging portraits of Josef Stalin in public is discouraged (although not unlawful), and since the fall of the Soviet Union, monuments to the brutal dictator have mostly been torn down.
November 1, 2005 |
The calendar said Halloween, but analysts said it might as well have been April Fools' Day. On Monday a little-known Chinese company made a $450-billion offer to buy Exxon Mobil Corp., the world's largest publicly traded oil company. The company, which has a business address in New Zealand, filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission offering to buy Exxon for the equivalent of $70 a share in a combination of U.S. and Chinese currency. King Win Laurel Ltd.
June 19, 2010 |
China's central bank said Saturday that it would permit more flexibility in the nation's currency — a move that suggested the country was ready to raise its exchange rate modestly against the dollar. In a statement posted on its website, the People's Bank of China said the decision was prompted by recoveries in both the global and Chinese economies. President Obama welcomed the news. "China's decision to increase the flexibility of its exchange rate is a constructive step that can help safeguard the recovery and contribute to a more balanced global economy," he said in a statement.
February 28, 2001 |
There's so much excitement over the government's decision to let Chinese buy the same stocks as foreigners that officials had to postpone the starting date until today to let banks and securities houses prepare for the onslaught. China hopes the move will give a shot in the arm to one of the world's only Communist-run stock markets--and Asia's third largest--and pave the way for a unified stock market that would eventually be open to all investors. The government announced its plans Feb.
April 15, 2010 |
The U.S. Treasury Department wisely delayed its semiannual report on global exchange rates so that more sensible heads can prevail before we stumble into a trade fight with China. The congressionally mandated report surveys exchange rates and other indicators of the global economy and determines whether any U.S. trading partners are guilty of "currency manipulation." Treasury Secretary Timothy F.
April 2, 2006 |
THE exchange rate of eight Chinese yuan to one U.S. dollar greatly undervalues the Chinese currency. But it's a bonus for travelers because it has made China a bargain. For nearly eight years, San Francisco tour operator China Focus, www.chinafocustravel.com, (800) 868-7244, has charged a winter rate of $999 for a 10-night, all-inclusive (rooms, all meals, transportation, escorted sightseeing) trip.
May 29, 2011 |
On China Henry Kissinger Penguin Press: 586 pp., $36 Henry Kissinger was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 for negotiating the Paris peace accords that established a ceasefire in the Vietnam War and let the United States extricate itself from that quagmire. But his most enduring achievement, this massive book suggests, was in laying the groundwork for President Richard M. Nixon's historic 1972 trip to Beijing, shaping the communiqués that ultimately led to formal diplomatic relations with China and then acting as a go-between for the world's most powerful nation and its most populous for the next four decades.
May 21, 2005 |
California added a net 20,400 payroll jobs in April, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday, a moderate rise that suggests the state's growth remains solid but not spectacular. The gain followed a revised increase of 21,000 net jobs in March and 27,700 in February. "The state is showing steady, stable growth, which is a good thing at this point in the business cycle," said Steve Cochrane, a regional economist who follows California for Economy.com.
March 8, 1998 |
Saying it is China's "ethical and moral" duty to help its Asian neighbors out of their economic crisis, China's top banker said Saturday that the country is prepared to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure projects in the next three years and loosen controls on lending to spur the country's huge domestic market. "Especially after the Asian financial crisis," Central Bank Gov.