|The Water Cube (or the National Aquatic Center) is where swimming and diving events are held.|
|I am up in the nosebleed section with the other Beijing locals.|
On the eve of the Olympics, there is a collective holding of breath amongst Beijing office colleagues. Will everything go smoothly? Will it rain tomorrow? Who will light the flame? How will the flame be lit (will the phoenix come home to roost in the bird’s nest or will the sleeping dragon finally awake)?
China’s growth has held up well so far in 2008 (take a look at the Bank's Quarterly Update for more details). Growth rate for the first half was slightly over 10%. Recently there has been concern about the slowdown in the growth of exports: from 28% year-on-year increase in May to 18% in June. But monthly figures are erratic, and I am
You may want to grab your surfboard to be prepared even though this wave may not yet be visible now. There is little (public) focus on this question in Asia at the moment and I suspect that the reason is simple – over the past ten years we have witnessed a relatively long period of stability and rapid economic growth across Asia. Such a situation can too easily breed complacency and high levels of risk-taking by banks,
|The CCTV building in downtown Beijing. The skies returned to gray on Tuesday, yet the air is cleaner than a year ago.|
A recent paper by Berta Martín-López and colleagues in Conservation Biology reports how the size of an animal’s eyes appears to be people’s main measure for determining whether they think an animal is important enough for them to open their pocket books and pay for its conservation.