Jan 21, 2011

Facebook and dark matter

HONG KONG — News that Goldman Sachs has taken a $450 million stake in Facebook in a deal that puts a $50 billion valuation on the fledgling company raises interesting and somewhat troubling questions beyond the immediate gawping and jaw-dropping headlines that a spotty-faced ...

Jan 19, 2011

Hu's momentous U.S. visit

HONG KONG — The pomp and circumstance marking President Hu Jintao’s arrival in Washington could define a dangerous moment in relations between the United States and China. Political hype and pressures could easily poison the atmosphere and prevent progress on the proliferation of business, ...

Jan 14, 2011

Global coordination task falls to French schmoozer

HONG KONG — Pity French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and be careful what you wish for. Sarkozy has taken over as the president of the once-cozy Group of Eight developed economic powers as well as the Group of 20 countries, which combines the club of ...

Jan 4, 2011

Indian elephant too slow for the Chinese dragon

HONG KONG — The visit by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to Delhi in December underlined the importance and immense diversity between the world’s two once-and-future superpowers. Neighbors China and India, home to 35 percent of the planet’s population, are the great hope for future ...

Dec 30, 2010

Obama's seven headaches

HONG KONG — Supporters of U.S. President Barack Obama are greatly cheered by notable victories in the final days of Congress before Christmas: the repeal of the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” law concerning homosexuals serving in the military, and the ratification of the New ...

Piyasvasti battles Thai Airways' beasts

Dec 30, 2010

Piyasvasti battles Thai Airways' beasts

<< CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 He notes that the most recent Skytrax survey ranks the airline as ninth in the world, one place better than last year. “We would like to be fifth. We have four stars. There are about six airlines with five ...

Dec 24, 2010

A thought for the holy day

HONG KONG — A sad note in returning to Europe as the end of the year approaches is to see how “political correctness” (P.C.) has tried to drive out not only what is sacred but also what is important, vital and precious to our ...

Dec 19, 2010

Pernicious 'rogue' offers of aid

HONG KONG — China found itself in the unwelcome WikiLeaks spotlight the week before last with sweeping claims against its “aggressive” policies in giving aid to Africa. Johnnie Carson, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for Africa, called China “a pernicious economic competitor with ...