Asia and Pacific

Cracking a Chinese niche market

Wednesday May 29, 2013 Dr Guang Yang

As widely publicised, the first quarter of 2013 saw China replace Australia as the main destination for New Zealand’s exports. What is also worth noting is the speed of change that has occurred in getting to this position.This is notable as it indicates a momentum, and potential, for the future.

Australian Budget 2013

Friday May 17, 2013 Hugh Dixon

Julia Gillard’s Australian Federal Government released their budget for the 2013-14 year on Tuesday 14 May 2013. The Australian government’s budget like so many around the world, including New Zealand, is aimed at returning the Australian Government’s books to a surplus.

China planning to enforce paid annual leave

Monday February 25, 2013 Dr Guang Yang

China is looking to enforce paid annual leave more rigorously to ensure that most workers can enjoy better holidays by 2020. Currently, the length of paid annual leave varies, but largely depends on how long one has served in his or her current workplace.

Australian economy continues to hum

Tuesday September 11, 2012

Australian GDP and unemployment data for the June 2012 quarter reveals that, overall, the Australian economy continues to grow strongly. But, the fact that the Reserve Bank of Australia has been lowering the Official Cash Rate throughout 2012 is an indicator that the RBA is worried that this growth will not continue without some help.

Comment: RBA raising rates because they can?

Monday May 14, 2012

The announcement by the Reserve Bank of Australia that it is raising interest rates by 25 basis points is stupefying. This is a strong statement from an author who generally has a lot of respect for the monetary policy system in Australia, which doesn’t use inflation as its sole target.