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Political change proves its worth

November 4, 2004

China is finding it feet and the right political tone for dealing with Hong Kong as the region’s economic fortunes ascend.

Zenji Nakamura

November 4, 2004

Nomura may not be the swashbuckling firm that it was in the 1980s and 1990s but, according to Zenji Nakamura, head of global markets, Europe, that will not prevent it from regaining a more prominent position in the international capital markets. Geraldine Lambe finds out how it intends to flex its Asian advantage.

The Philippines kicks off economic reform

November 4, 2004

The Philippine government is taking significant steps to improve the country’s economy. But much still needs to be done. Stephen Timewell reports.

No U-turn for China

October 4, 2004

Tim Clissold argues that the Chinese economy of a decade ago has been completely transformed and is now quite capable of rising to the challenge of excessive growth.

Why don’t you grow up?

October 4, 2004

The excitement surrounding the opening up of China’s financial markets is considerable. Exchanges across the world have been fighting to set up alliances with potential local counterparts, and the banks that have long competed to establish themselves in a prominent position in the market have recently stepped up a gear, hiring and investing strongly in the country. However, there is still one area of potential growth that invites considerable scepticism from bankers and industry observers: the bond market.

Foreign banks line up to invest in Chinese UCBs

October 4, 2004

Small city banks in China are becoming more popular with foreign investors wanting to establish a foothold in the country’s fast-growing retail banking market.

China banks step up NPL disposal

October 4, 2004

Chinese banks are aggressively disposing of their non-performing loans (NPLs), in preparation for their imminent listing in overseas stock markets. In recent months, the China Construction Bank (CCB), Bank of China and Bank of Communications have sold about Rmb323bn ($38.9bn) of bad loans to domestic and foreign investors.

Meelivitayil Damodaran

October 4, 2004

Chairman and Managing Director, Industrial Development Bank of India

Deepak Parekh

October 4, 2004

Executive Chairman, Housing Development Finance Corporation

K Vaman Kamath

October 4, 2004

Managing Director and CEO, ICICI Bank

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