Date
23 July 2018

Mark O'Neill

Hong Kong-based writer, teacher and speaker
  • Oversubscription by certain doctors has resulted in patients incurring unnecessary medical costs. Photo: Bloomberg

    Attacks on doctors, nurses highlight need for medical reform

    - Mar 13, 2014 11:06am
    On March 5, the day the National People’s Congress (NPC) opened, a crowd of 100 forced a doctor in Chaozhou, Guangdong province, to march through the streets carrying a placard “this doctor killed a patient”. He...
  • A tycoon pays his way out of prison

    - Mar 4, 2014 9:23am
    In 2007, tycoon Zhang Hai was sentenced to 15 years in prison for fabricating financial statements and embezzling 700 million yuan. He left the country after he was released during the Spring Festival in 2011. Now...
  • Chinese immigrants in Canada celebrate the Lunar New Year. Photo: Reuters

    China emigration flood to continue despite Canadian decision

    - Feb 25, 2014 8:30am
    Canada’s sudden decision to cancel its investment migrant program will do nothing to stem the flood of migration of rich and qualified Chinese. Countries around the world are competing to welcome their money and talents. In...
  • Taiwan Predicts 29% More Chinese Tourists In 2011 As Rules Ease

    Taiwan’s debt climbs as rich hide income offshore

    - Feb 20, 2014 8:02am
    Taiwan’s national debt reached a record NT$5.46 trillion (US$180.5 billion) in January, nearly 37 percent of the island’s annual gross domestic product. That was equal to NT$234,000 for each member of the population, compared to NT$197,000...
  • Opinion is divided in Taiwan on more market access for Chinese firms and managers. Photo: Bloomberg

    Taiwanese fear mainland ‘wolves’

    - Feb 13, 2014 10:16am
    One of Taiwan’s most popular business magazines recently had a dramatic cover – a young innocent sheep staring at a wolf with its jaws open and ready to attack. The sheep represents the hapless Taiwan worker...
  • Taiwan's property prices have surged amid hopes the government will soon relax curbs on home purchases by mainlanders. Photo: Bloomberg

    Taiwanese see mainland hand in rising property market

    - Feb 12, 2014 8:18am
    Taiwan’s economy is weak, data published since the start of the year suggests — gross domestic product grew 1.8 percent in 2013, the average monthly pay of workers has declined to a level last seen in...
  • Many companies in Taiwan are reluctant to grant their workers pay increases because of the poor outlook in traditional export markets. Photo: Bloomberg

    Taiwan wages fall to level of 1997

    - Feb 3, 2014 9:12am
    When a South Korean graduates from university, his starting salary is, on average, 2.6 times higher than that of a graduate in Taiwan. The average salary on the island is the same as it was in...
  • Taiwanese welcome Chinese money but have mixed feelings about mainlanders. Photo: Bloomberg

    Taiwan’s economic reality vs popular sentiment

    - Jan 27, 2014 8:58am
    Since Ma Ying-jeou became president of Taiwan in May 2008, he has brought economic and social ties with the mainland closer than at any time since 1949. But, while the island’s economy increasingly depends on China,...
  • French finance minister Pierre Moscovici has said that there are no restrictions on Chinese investment. Photo: Bloomberg

    France uses anniversary to woo Chinese investors

    - Jan 21, 2014 10:42am
    January 27 marks the 50th anniversary of France’s decision to become the first Western power to recognize the People’s Republic of China. Paris is organizing many commemorative events during 2014, aiming to catch up with its...
  • There is good money to be made out of premium quality oranges. Photo: Xinhua

    From tobacco king to emperor of oranges

    - Jan 16, 2014 10:23am
    Fearful of unsafe food and choosy about taste, customers at high-end supermarkets in Beijing and Shanghai have been snapping up a brand of oranges that costs 128 yuan (US$21.17) per five-kilo packet. All of last year’s...
  • Cartons of cigarettes are displayed at a kiosk outside the Beijing West Railway Station in Beijing. China had more than 300 million smokers in 2012. Photo: Bloomberg

    Crisis smoulders in China smoking epidemic

    - Jan 10, 2014 2:11pm
    China cannot breathe easy about smoking. Research published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association said the number of smokers around the world grew by more than a third from 721 million in 1980 to 967...
  • Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn addresses a joint news conference with Dongfeng Motor chairman Xu Ping in Wuhan on Dec 16

    Renault finally takes major foothold in China

    - Jan 7, 2014 10:46am
    In December, Renault announced a joint venture with Dongfeng Motor to produce 150,000 vehicles a year in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. The initiative gives the French automaker its first major manufacturing plant in the...
  • Kim Jong-un has upset Beijing with the dramatic execution of his uncle Jang Song-thaek. Photo: Reuters

    Beijing ready to abandon Kim Jong-un

    - Dec 30, 2013 11:22am
    Beijing is ready to abandon Kim Jong-un following the shock execution of his uncle and in view of the fact that the nation has lost its economic, strategic and military value for China. It considers Kim,...
  • France fears losing nuclear crown to China

    - Dec 23, 2013 10:09am
    For 30 years, France has been the dominant player in the global nuclear industry, with Electricite de France (EDF) the world’s biggest operator of reactors and Areva a key builder of those facilities. The nation’s nuclear...
  • China pays a heavy price in healthcare and other costs due to rampant tobacco addiction in the country. Photo: Bloomberg

    Central Party School moots historic change to tobacco industry

    - Dec 16, 2013 10:21am
    A document prepared by the Central Party School in Beijing has proposed the most far-reaching changes to China’s tobacco industry since 1949. The most important recommendation is to split the producer – the China National Tobacco...
  • Reckoning closer as N Korea purges Beijing ally

    - Dec 12, 2013 8:02am
    In December 2011, when Kim Jong-un became leader of North Korea, Beijing was full of hope — a young man educated for seven formative years in Switzerland should have a better understanding of the outside world...
  • French PM Jean-Marc Ayrault visits a production facility of Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile in Wuhan on Dec. 7. Photo: Reuters

    Dongfeng negotiates stake in Europe’s No. 2 automaker

    - Dec 9, 2013 9:52am
    Dongfeng Motor Co. is negotiating the purchase of a stake in PSA/Peugeot-Citreon, Europe’s second largest automaker, in what would be the most important foreign acquisition by a Chinese carmaker. In 2012, PSA sold 2.82 million vehicles...
  • Dhanin Chearavanont has spearheaded CP Group's push into a range of activities in China. Photo: Bloomberg

    CP Group has a rare misstep in China

    - Dec 2, 2013 12:49pm
    The CP Group of Thailand was the first foreign investor in China after Beijing opened its doors to overseas investment in 1978. Today, the conglomerate is the largest overseas Chinese investor in the country, having put...
  • Local residents walk past Chinese immigrants in front of a store in downtown Sao Paulo in Brazil. There are mixed feelings in many nations at the prospect of more Chinese visitors. Photo: Reuters

    Weighing the pros and cons of more Chinese visitors

    - Nov 22, 2013 8:05am
    In early December, Prime Minister David Cameron will lead a large British trade delegation to Beijing and appeal for more Chinese investment, students and tourists. On October 22, about 1,500 restaurant and shop owners and their...
  • E-commerce accounts for some of the most hectic

    China surpasses Japan as kingdom of death through overwork

    - Nov 19, 2013 9:15am
    It was just before midnight on Nov. 6. Mr. Cai, 26, was working hard on his computer at the small branch of Taobao which he managed in a county of Wenzhou, southeast China. Suddenly, he slumped...

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