Playwrite Frank Gagliano

After leaving Joe, I stop at the newsstand that is open late and I pick up a copy of China Daily, an English edition of daily news.

The newsstand is located on a part of the campus that has produce stands, restaurants, a bank and other buildings which, during class changes, is teeming with foot and bicycle traffic.

The bank in that newsstand section has an ATM machine that swallowed my debit card when I first arrived at Peking University, during the holiday winter-break week—the week when hardly anyone was on campus.

Joe was with me at the time and, luckily, he was able to use the "ubiquitous" and cell-phone someone who spoke Chinese. Joe handed the ubiquitous cell phone to the bank manager who understood the predicament and retrieved my debit car from the guts of that machine. The bank manager at my local bank in the states later tells me that retrieving a card from a machine is something they would never do.

That same campus bank that swallows up my card, will later gulp down the card of other visitors.

China Daily is well-written and gives a good picture of what is going on all over China; and, while the focus obviously is an “official” one, the breadth of reporting and op-ed pieces are often stimulating.

What follows in Part 3 of this journal are headlines and lead stories that appear in China Daily, during my three-month stay in China.)

A VARIETY OF HEADLINE STORIES FROM THE PAGES OF THE ENGLISH-LANGUAGE NEWSPAPER “CHINA DAILY”
(Feb 16-May 21)


NEW RULE LIKELY ON PENSION FUNDS
GOV’T SET TO TAKE OVER MANAGEMENT OF
CORPORATE ANNUITIES NEXT YEAR


BMW RACES WITH AUDI FOR GOV’T LIST
LUXURY CARMAKER KEEN TO BE PART
OF HIGH-RANKING OFFICIALS FLEET


BULL RUN DRIVEN BY BANKS

STRONG SUPPORT FOR PROPOSAL
TO SCRAP INTEREST TAX

STOCK MARKET A MAGNET FOR INVESTORS

SHARES AND FUNDS ACCOUNT
FOR MORE OF RESIDENT’S SAVINGS


REPORT: COVER-UP IN CAVE-IN ACCIDENT

BUSH POKES FUN AT FRIENDS, FOES —AND HIMSELF


BIRD FLU DEATH

A 16-YEAR-OLD BOY HAS DIED FROM BIRD FLU
IN EAST CHINA’S ANHUI PROVINCE


26 MINERS KILLED
DEATH TOLL AT A SHANXI COAL MINE


IN CHINA, EATING OUT IS NOW DEFINITELY IN

BAD TOURISM OPERATORS PUT ON NOTICE

IKEA KICKS OFF FACILITY (IN SHANGHAI)

BIGGEST IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION, AS IT STEPS UP EFFORTS
TO CASH IN ON CHINA’S BOOMING CONSUMER MARKET


HEED GLOBAL WARMING ON SINKING SHANGHAI

STRESS IS A LAUGHING MATTER
FUDAN UNIVERSITY’S PYCHOLOGICAL CONSULTANCY’S
CENTER . . . HAS SET UP A HEARTFELT LAUGHING CLUB.
THE CENTER WILL HOLD TRAINING SESSIONS
FOR STUDENTS TO COPE WITH STRESS AND DEPRESSION


PROTECTING MINORITIES
TO MAINTAIN HARMONY, THE GUARANTEE
OF EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL 56 ETHNIC GROUPS
IS A PREREQUISITE. . .


UNION FLAYS FAST-FOOD GIANTS
FOR LOW WAGE

GUANGDONG PROVINCE . . . SET MINIMUM
WAGE FOR PART-TIME WORKERS
AT 7.5 YUAN (97 CENTS) AN HOUR.
BUT McDONALD’S PAYS ONLY 4 YUAN (52 CENTS),
KFC 4.7 YUAN (61 CENTS) AND PIZZA HUT
5 YUAN (65 CENTS) AN HOUR.


FAST FOOD GIANTS DID VIOLATE LAWS
TRADE UNION URGES FIRMS TO PAYPROPER WAGE,
CORRECT WRONGDOINGS


TRADE UNIONS
McDONALD’S AND KFC HAVE PROMISED
TO SET UP TRADE UNIONS IN THEIR GUANGDONG
OUTLETS
.


GHOST OF ILLITERACY RETURNS
TO HAUNT COUNTRY


MACAU OVERTAKES LAS VEGAS
TO BECOME WORLD’S GAMING CAPITAL


BELL TOLLS IN BEIJING FOR NASDAQ
NASDAQ, THE FIRST US EXCHANGE
TO MARK THE TRADING DAY FROM CHINA,
HAS ATTRACTED 40 CHINESE COMPANIES WITH A
COMBINED MARKET CAPITULATION
OF $30 BILLION


STATUTORY BANK RATIO HIKED AGAIN

MOVE AIMED AT MOPPING UP
EXCESS LIQIDITY IN MARKET


DOWNER: SECURITY PACT BETWEEN
JAPAN AND AUSTRALIA DOES NOT
TARGET CHINA


COMPUTER PORN SWAP
SPARKS JAPAN DEFENSE LEAK FUROR


POPULATION PRESSURE
IN THE NATION’S CAPIAL, TRAFFIC JAMS, AIR POLLUTION
CAUSED BY EXHAUST EMISSIONS FROM NEARLY
3 MILLION CARS AND PRESSURE ON WATER SUPPLIES
ARE PART OF THE POPULATION CRUSH LOCAL GOVERNMENT IS ATTEMPTING TO DEAL WITH.


EXPECT CHINA’S EXPORTS
TO CONTINUE TO EXPAND


TIME TO BUILD PAST INTO CITY IMAGE
CITY LEADERS NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE CHARACTER
OF THE CITY IS ONE OF ITS ECONOMIC AND STRATEGIC
RESOURCES


INDUSTRIAL DEMAND FOR CORN INCREASING

DRAGON’S TALE
THE TOP ENVIRONMENTAL WATCHDOG
SUSPENDS CONSTRUCTION OF A 21-KM
CONCRETE DRAGON DUE TO SERIOUS
ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS


IRAN STARTS PRODUCTION OF NUKE FUEL
TEHERAN SAYS IT WILL NOT BOW TO OUTSIDE
PRESSURE TO HALT PROGRAM


GOOGLE SORRY

GOOGLE APOLOGIZES TO SOHU.COM FOR USING
THE LATTER’S TECHNOLOGY WITHOUT APPROVAL.


TRASH OR TREASURE
CONTROVERSIAL GERMAN SINOLOGIST
HITS OUT AT CONTEMPORARY CHINESE LITERATURE.


ICE FINALLY THAWING IN CHINA JAPAN RELATIONS

JAPAN CAN HELP CHINA IMPROVE ENVIRONMENT

SINO-US COOPERATION CAN BENEFIT AFRICA EVEN MORE

HEADQUARTERS SET UP FOR CONFUCIUS SCHOOLS
DEMAND FOR CHINESE TEACHING RISES WORLDWIDE

TRADE WITH REPUBLIC OF KOREA (ROK)
TO GET “BIG BOOST”


ENVOY MEETS SUDAN LEADER

10% OF GDP NOW COMES FROM SEA, SAYS REPORT

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME STATISTICIANS HAVE ADOPTED THE
METHODOLOGY OF GDP ACCOUNTING TO DESCRIBE THE GROWTH
OF THE OCEAN ECONOMY.


GOVERNMENT SERVICES GET POOR MARKS

BUSINESS BRIBERY FIGHT

OLYMPICS SET FOR FAMILY-STYLE FUN


JESUS DRINKING COCA-COLA? NOT THIS EASTER.

THE ITALIAN FILM “7 KM FROM JERUSALEM” IS
ABOUT AN ITALIAN ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE, SOUL
SEARCHING AFTER LOSING HIS JOB. HE
FLEES TO JERUSALEM, WHERE
‘HE RUNS INTO JESUS. HE OFFERS JESUS
A CAN OF COCA-COLA AND, SEEING JESUS DRINK,
HE THINKS, “WHAT A TESTAMONIAL!”
APPARENTLY, COCA-COLA DISAGREED.


THEY MAY BE SHORT BUT THEY HAVE
PLENTY OF HEART

TWENTY DWARFS RECENTLY GATHERED IN NANJING
TO SHARE THE UPS AND DOWNS OF THEIR LIVES
AND CAREERS.


IT’S A MAN, IT’S A WOMAN,
SHE HAS A BABY

A MONTH AFTER WORKING IN
THE RESTAURANT AND PRETENDING TO
BE A MAN, GAO LINSEN SHOCKED
HER COLLEAGUES WHEN SHE DELIVERED A BABY BOY
IN THE EATERY’S BATHROOM.


HOTEL GUESTS TO BE GIVEN AIDS WARNING

IT’S A JUNGLE OUT THERE AFTER
“SEX AND THE CITY.”

THE SOCIALITE AUTHOR BEHIND THE HIT SHOW IS BACK
WITH A TALE OF POWER AND MARRIAGE IN MANHATTAN.
HER NEW SET OF MODERN GIRLS ABOUT TOWN ARE
ABOUT TO HIT US TV SCREENS


EYING A PLACE IN THE RECORD BOOKS
A DAILIAN MAN IS LOOKING TO A PLACE IN
GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS FOR, HE CLAIMS,
BEING ABLE TO PUT OUt CANDLES WITH
THE USE OF JUST HIS EYES.


SOIL SURVEY TO MONITOR POLLUTION
REPORT CLAIMS MORE THAN 10%
OF FARMLAND IS CONTAMINATED


BRIBES REVEALED
FORMER HEAD OF DRUG WATCHDOG
HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF TAKING BRIBES
TOTALING MORE THAN $647,000.


BANK COMPETITION
DOMESTIC BANKS HAVE TO BE WARY
OF COMPETITION AFTER THE COUNTRY LIFTED
RESTRICTIONS ON FOREIGN BANKS.


NATION FACES GRIM JOB SITUATION
CHINA FACES A MAJOR CHALLENGE
IN MEETING ITS GOAL OF CREATING 9 MILLION JOBS
THIS YEAR, A SENIOR OFFICIAL ADMITTED
YESTERDAY
.


ENERGY PLAN: RELIANCE ON COAL
AND OIL TO BE EASED.

THE CHANGE WAS CHARTED BECAUSE OF
THE HIGH ENVIORONMENTAL AND HUMAN
COST OF COAL MINING AS WELL AS SOARING OIL PRICES.


BULL RUN
APRIL 11, 07/ SHANGHAI STOCK MARKET SURGES
FOR SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE DAY, WITH
INDEX HITTING A RECORD HIGH.


TRADE SURPLUS FALLS SHARPLY
CHINA’S TRADE SURPLUS IN MARCH NARROWED
DRASTICALLY BY 38 PERCENT, FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT
MEASURES TO CURB THE IMBALANCE.


US CRITICIZED FOR WTO COMPLAINTS OVER PIRACY

DROUGHT AND DEVELOPMENT KILLING KOALAS

PRESIDENT ENDORSES LAW ALLOWING ABORTION

PORTUGAL’S PRESIDENT YESTERDAY RATIFIED
A NEW LAW PERMITTING ABORTION UP UNTIL
THE 10TH WEEK OF PREGNAANCY, BRINGING THE
ROMAN CATHOLIC COOUNTRY IN LINE WITH MOST OF
ITS EUROPEAN NEIGHBORS.


IT’S TIME TO TURN FOCUS ON PRIVATE FUND SECTOR
SMALL FUNDS ACCOUNT FOR 30-40%
OF THE STOCK MARKET’S TURNOVER


FIRST-QUARTER VEHICLE SALES INCREASE BY 22.2%

BAO STEEL PROFIT JUMPS BY 150% ON RISING PRICES

NUNS ON THE RUN WITH STATUES

THE DISAPPEARANCE IN SPAIN OF THREE
16TH CENTUIRY STATUES HAS LED TO A
GROUP OF NUNS BEING ACCUSED OF THEFT.


CHINA, JAPAN LEADERS PAVE WAY FORWARD
PACTS SIGNED ON ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY.


ONE SATELLITE LAUNCHED,
AND ANOTHER REPAIRED

—THE COUNTRY CELEBRATED THE LAUNCH
OF AN OCEANIC SURVEY SATELLITE AND THE
FIXING OF A MALFUNCTIONING SATELLITE
THAT WAS BLASTED OFF TWO MONTHS AGO.


TOP EARNERS ARE BIG GIVERS, TOO
THE RICH IN CHINA OFTEN TAKE FLAK
FOR BEING TIGHT-FISTED
WHEN IT COMES TO CHARITY — BUT. . .


ROBUST ECONOMY
IMF PREDICTS AN ENERGETIC GLOBAL
ECONOMY FOR 2007-08
BUT WEAK US GROWTH


PEKING OPERA BUILDS BRIDGES WITH KABUKI

MOVIE INDUSTRY COUNTS COST OF ONLINE PIRACY
CHINESE FILMMAKERS THEMSELVES
ARE THE BIGGEST SUFFERERS


HELP NEEDED TO PREPARE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

ENGLISH SPOKEN HERE,

THE CAPTAL WANTS TO SEE AND HEAR
BEIJING’S PLAN TO WIPE OUT MISTRANSLATED
ENGLISH-LANGUAGE SIGNS IS JUST ONE
PART OF A BROADER EFFORT TO PREPARE
THE CITY TO WELCOME EVERYONE HERE FOR
THE 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES.


CHINA STRUGGLING TO GET PAST
ITS TRANSLATION BOTTLENECK

DOCTORS PULL OUT NAIL
LODGED IN MAN’S LUNG

WOMAN ON CELL PHONE
TOPPLES OFF TERRACE


URANIUM RESERVE TO BE BUILT
MOVE AIMED AT EXPANDING SHARE OF NUCLEAR
POWER IN ENERGY USE


TEEN KEEPS TO ROOM ALL
DAY AFTER SCHOOL STRESS

—STOPPED GOING TO SCHOOL
FOUR YEARS AGO. , , , EVER SINCE,
HE HAS KEPT TO HIS ROOM, PLAYING ON
HIS COMPUTER THE WHOLE DAY,
AND DOES NOT LET ANYONE IN.
HE HAS NOT SAID A SINGLE WORD TO HIS
PARENTS ALL THESE YEARS.


SOUTH ASIA SHOWING NEW COOPERATIVE SPIRIT

THE LEADERS AGREED TO SET IN OPERATION
THE $300 MILLION SAARC DEVELOPMENT
FUND, ESTABLISH THE SOUTH ASIAN UNIVERSITY
(STARTING IN NEW DELHI),
CREATE THE SAARC FOOD BANK AND THE
SAARC ARBITRATION COUNCIL


FREEDOM TO BLOG IS NOT FREEDOM TO SLANDER

WHEN MY FRIEND RECALLED THE EARLY DAYS OF THE “CULTURAL
REVOLUTION” (1966-76) HE ASKED ME HOW’D I FEEL WHEN I, AS A TEENAGER, WENT THROUGH MY HOME ALLEY, WHOSE WALLS WERE PLASTERED WITH POSTERS SCREAMING OUT SLANDEROUS WORDS AGAINJST MY FATHER.. . .IN THOSEDAYS MANY PEOPLE BECAME TARGETS FOR SLANDER IN THE PUBLIC NAMEROOTING OUT “CAPATALIST ROADERS,” ANTI REVOLUTIONARIES,” “TRAITORS,”
OR “WESTERN SPIES.”


MELTING METAL ENGULFS 32
THIRTY-TWO WORKERS WERE CONFIRMED DEAD
AND TWO OTHERS INJURED AFTER MOLTEN METAL
ENGULFED THEM FOLLOWIUNG A FURNACE BLAST


FASTER AND BETTER:
BULLET TRAINS MEET THEIR TARGET


URANIUM RESERVE TO BE BUILT
MOVE AIMED AT EXPANDING SHARE OF NUCLEAR
POWER IN ENERGY USE


ITALIAN COMPANIES ZERO IN ON
THE CHINESE MARKET


GM MAY SELL RECORD IM UNITS

ENCOURAGING FIGURES FROM FIRST
QUARTER SPUR US AUTOMAKER


GERMAN CHEMICAL COMPANY WACKER
OPENS LAB IN BEIJING

LOCAL BANKS LINE UP TO TACKLE
QUEUING TIMES

22 KILLED IN US COLLEGE SHOOTINGS

A LONE GUNMAN GOES ON A TWO-HOUR RAMPAG BEFORE HE IS KILLED


S. KOREAN STUDENT “IS MASS KILLER”
SHOOTER, 23, “WAS A LONER” BELIEVED TO BE
TAKING DEPRESSION MEDICATION


US REPORTS ON “CHINESE KILLER” CRITICIZED

CHINA TO HELP ASIAN ECONOMY IN CRISIS

COAL IMPORTS HIT NEW HIGH

FACE SLAPPING IS NO CURE FOR BELCHING,
DOCTORS SAY

WARMEST APRIL

CHINA’S AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN APRIL THIS YEAR
WAS 11.1 DEGREES C, 0.9 DEGREES HIGHER THAN THE SAME PERIOD
OF PREVIOUS YEARS.


RESCUERS SCOUR MINE AFTER DEADLY BLAST

RESERVE TO DEAL WITH CURRENCY UPHEAVALS

FINANCE MINISTERS OF ASEAN+3 AGREE TO SOLVE LIQUIDITY DIFFICULTIES

POLL: 20% OF SHENZHEN ADULTS SUFFER
FROM ‘MENTAL PROBLEMS.’

3,176 POLLUTING FIRMS SHUT DOWN

THE DAYCARE DILEMMA

RESEARCHERS FIND THAT EARLY-AGE GROUPCARE IS MAKING
CHILDREN MORE AGGRESSIVE


CORRECTING BAD HABITS OF LOCAL TOURISTS
. . .JUMPING QUEUES, SPITTING, LITTERING AND CLEARING
ONE’S THROAT LOUDLY IN PUBLIC ARE SOME OF THE BAD HABITS
FREQUENTLY OBSERVED AMONG CHINESE TRAVELERS. . . .

YUAN HITS NEW HEIGHTS AGAINST THE GREENBACK

YOUNGSTERS GETTING FATTER,
NOT FITTER, SURVEY SAYS

HOTLINE REACHES OUT TO GAYS

AMBITIOUS PLAN TO SAVE
WETLAND RESERVES


HEROD’S TOMB FOUND NEAR JERUSALEM

POLITICAL FALL OUT LIKELY AS ARCHAEOLOGIST FINALLY
FINDS LEGENDARY KING’S TOMB AFTER 35-YEAR SEARCH IN DESERT


STOCKS SURGE THROUGH 4000 BARRIER
HIGH LIQUIDITY, STRONG COMPANY FUNDAMENTAS
FUEL THE BULL RUN


SAFE TAP WATER PROMISED FOR OLYMPICS
CITY AUTHORITIES VOW TO IMPROVE SUPPLY SYSTEM,
CLEAN WATERWAYS


BEIJING SETS SIGHTS ON GREEN GOALS
WITH NEW ACTION PLAN

SUBWAY CONTRACTOR FACES STIFF PENALTY
OVER COLLAPSE


WOMAN BURGLER, 80, SCALES 3-METER-HIGH WALL
. . .A BURGLER IN HER 80S SURPRISED POLICE IN NANJING
BY CLIMBING OVER A 3-METER-HIGH WALL CARRYING A BAG
OF STOLEN COAL ON HER BACK


128 GOATS ROASTED WITHIN 2 HOURS

PARENTS USING NET TO FIND FRIENDS FOR THEIR CHILDREN

NEW STOCK ACCOUNTS HIT RECORD HIGHS

MAINLAND MARKET GROWING
IN VOLUME, INFLUENCE

BAYER UNIT BEEFS UP SHANGHAI PLANT

FOCUS ON CUMMUNITY HEALTHCARE
SERVICE CENTE
RS

PERIODICAL MARKET TO OPEN WIDER
INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE PRODUCERS ARE
WELCOME TO JOIN THE CHINESE MARKET


GOING GREEN

ENVIRONMENT CONCERNS HAVE INSPIRED MANY CHINESE
TO OPT FOR GREEN PRODUCTS


HUNGRY FOR MORE
PING-PONG HEAD COACH WANTS MEDAL SWEEP
REPEAT AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP


CONSUMER PRICE RISE SLOWS TO 3%

BATTLE AGAINST WORKPLACE BIAS ‘TOUGH’

SURVEY: PHYSICALLY-CHALLENGED AND
PEOPLE WITH INFECTUOUS DISEASES ARE AMONG
PEOPLE WHO FACE THE MOST DISCRIMINATION IN CHINA


CHINA TRADE A BOOST TO AFRICA’S ECONOMY


ASIA VOWS HELP TO MAINTAIN PROGRESS
REPRESENTATIVES OF SEVERAL ASIAN COUNTRIES YESTERDAY
PLEDGED TO MAKE AVAILABLE THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERTISE
TO HELP AFRICAWITH SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS.


IT’S A HUGE MARKET OUT THERE,
BUT TREAD SOFTLY


NATION TO FORGIVE IRAQ DEBTS
$6.5M GRANT OFFERED TO ASSIST IRAQ
HEALTHCARE EDUCATION EFFORTS


MAJOR DISCOVERY INCREASES OIL RESERVES

MORE OIL, GAS FINDS LIKELY AT BOHAI

NEW ENERGY CLUSTERS WILL DRIVE FUTURE OUTPUT,
SAYS CNOOC


MEGA CAR PLANT GETS GOING

NANJING; US CARMAKER FORD COMPANY’S $312.5 MILLION
DOLLAR PLANT WITH ITS JAPANESE UNIT, MAZDA
MOTOR CORP KICKED OFF PRODUCTION YESTERDAY
IN THIS CAPITAL CITY OF EAST CHINA’S JIANGSU PROVINCE


AFRICA UPBEAT OVER TIES WITH CHINA


SHANGHAI COMMITTED TO ITS AGING POPULATION
THE MORE OLD PEOPLE A CITY HAS, THE GREATER THE NEED FOR
PENSION AND MEDICAL FUNDS, WHICH PUTS EVEN MORE PRESSURE
ON THE DWINDLING NUMBER OF WORKERS


PRIVILEGED KIDS FORCED TO WEAR MASKS
“IT IS SAD TO SEE THAT SOME STUDENTS ARE GOING TO
SUPER LUXURIOUS SCHOOLS WHILE MANY OTHERS
CANNOT EVEN AFFORD AN ORDINARY ONE DUE TO
INCREASINGLY HIGH TUITION FEES.”


AIRPORT GEERS UP FOR GAMES


OILFIELD MAY HAVE ‘MORE
RESERVES’ THAN ESTIMATED

IT IS VERY LIKELY THAT THE OFFICIAL
RESERVE FIGURE TO BE ASSESSED BY STATE
RESOURCE AUTHORITY, WILL EXCEED 1
BILLION TONS.


HEALTHCARE FOR ALL
MEDICAL INSURANCE COVERING ALL URBAN
RESIDENTS WILL BE LAUNCHED ON A TRIAL
BASIS IN SOME CITIES THIS YEAR. . .PART OF
AN AMBITIOUS PLAN TO ESTABLISH NATIONAL MEDICAL
INSURANCE.


SOCIAL WORKERS DISCUSS DEATH
WITH THE FAMILY

THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG IS CONDUCTING A SERIES OF
WORKSHOPS ON PREPARING FOR DEATH


A WOMAN DISLOCATED HER JAW
WHILE LAUGHING AT A MAHJONG GAME


‘RIGHT TO BE SILENT’ MAY BE GRANTED
AMENDMENT TO CRIMINAL LAW
AIMS TO CURB FORCED CONFESSIONS


BEIJING TARGETS SMOKERS
CHINA IS THE WORLD’S BIGGEST CONSUMER
OF TOBACCO, WITH A MARKET WORTH $65,03 BILLION
THANKS TO ITS 460 MILLION PLUS SMOKERS


TRADE TO REACH $2 TRILLION IN ’07

Central bank raises interest rates, bank reserve ratio
China raised interest rates and bank reserve requirement ratio
on Friday in the latest effort to prevent
the economy from overheating


'Economy not to decline after Olympics'
Beijing's party chief said that the economy
of the Chinese capital will not slow down after
the 2008 Olympic Games as investment and consumption
will continue to soar.


Sinopec establishing oil reserve firm
Asia's top refiner is busy building up China's first
commercial oil reserve company as the country f
ocuses more on securing vital energy supplies.


Reform Dickensian Hong Kong
Economists in Hong Kong seem to agree
that the widening gap between rich and poor
is threatening to erode the social fabric on which
the vibrant economy is imprinted.