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Business 21 May 2019 | 12:11 AM Premium

US millennials approach middle age in crisis

New data show they’re in worse financial shape than every preceding living generation and may never recover

Business 11 May 2019 | 12:00 AM

Two NPC sessions in China

What are we to do? by Lin See-Yan UNLIKE the consultations last year, the 2019 annual sessions of the National People’s Congress (NPC) in early March (two sessions) was sobering in setting the tone for economic policies in 2019 and beyond.

Business 06 May 2019 | 12:00 AM

I drank myself to the bottom of Luckin Coffee’s IPO

The pending Nasdaq debut of China’s Luckin Coffee Inc begs the question of whether it’s a purveyor of beverages, or a technology company.

Analyst Reports 30 Mar 2019 | 12:00 AM

An existential identity crisis

Having visited Washington DC, London and Beijing in the last fortnight, the eerie feeling is a perspective of confused existentialism. In Washington, the mood is “My Way or No Way”; in London, “If Brexit, May Exit”, and in Beijing, “One Belt, One Road”.

Business 25 Mar 2019 | 12:00 AM

India’s crony capitalist edifice is creaking

A smug, entitled business class driven by greed and hubris, but sorely lacking in resources to legitimise their control. I could be describing the India Inc of today - or 1959. Nothing much has changed.

Analyst Reports 04 Aug 2018 | 12:00 AM

Rethinking social progress in the 21st century

WHAT do we mean by social progress? That is the theme explored by the International Panel on Social Progress, a group of over 300 academics, including Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen. After four years of work, its report has finally been published last month by Cambridge University Press, with a useful summary at

Economy 30 Sep 2017 | 12:29 PM

China's Xi says study capitalism, but Marxism remains top

BEIJING: Communist Party members should study contemporary capitalism but must never deviate from Marxism, Chinese President Xi Jinping said, offering a clear signal there will be no weakening of party control weeks ahead of a key Congress opening.

Advertising & Media 03 May 2017 | 7:40 AM

China tightens rules for online news providers

Beijing: China has issued new internet regulations increasing Communist party control over online news providers, the latest step in the country’s push to tighten its policing of the Web.

Business 01 Apr 2017 | 12:00 AM

China likely to have next Silicon Valley

What are we to do? - By Lin See-Yan
MANY readers ask: What’s the “Two Sessions” in China (for 11 days until March 15) all about? How significant are they for China?