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Apr.26.2013
LewRockwell.com
In 1988, I fled college without having graduated, saved a little bit of money and got on an airplane for Taiwan. Martial law had just been lifted and back then, to enter on a tourist visa, you had to show a return-trip ticket. So that's what I bought, even though I had no intention of returning to the US after my three-month-one-time-renewable stint was up. My...
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Feb.14.2013
Phillips Foundation Fellowship Paper - 1997-98
When asked what she likes best about living in Hong Kong, 71-year-old Fung Lin’s answer is surprising: “the assistance I get from the government.”. In China, she says, there is very little welfare for the elderly, and she would receive next to nothing.   Mrs. Fung first came to Hong Kong fifteen years ago, from Guangzhou. She receives HK$2,500 (US$324) each...
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Feb.14.2013
Phillips Foundation Fellowship Paper - 1997-98
  THE EMIGRANTS RETURN:   In the late nineteenth century, hundreds of thousands of immigrants from China and Hong Kong braved a treacherous sea journey to come to work in America. Nearly 10,000 of them helped to build the railroads that stretched across the country, working long and gruelling hours so that they could make enough money to send back to...
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Jan.11.2013
The Asian Wall Street Journal and The Wall Street Journal
SHANGHAI - I didn't know what to expect when a Chinese friend offered to take me to the Shanghai zoo 10 years ago. It was a chilly winter day, with grey skies. The tree branches were bare, and the ground was frozen and muddy. The cages were too small, and they all stank. We walked to the wild cat area and stood by the cage of a large black panther. Tattered and...
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Jan.11.2013
The Asian Wall Street Journal
Next Monday is the deadline for foreign companies in China that make use of foreign-designed encryption software to apply for permission from the Chinese government to continue doing so. Remember, encryption is available in such widely used software as Internet browsers, and is essential for protecting on-line financial transactions. According to "State Council...
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Jan.11.2013
The Asian Wall Street Journal
Every year this newspaper, in collaboration with the Heritage Foundation, publishes "The Index of Economic Freedom," and every year the findings are the same: that there is an undeniable correlation between economic freedom and economic well-being around the globe.  The Index is hardly the only source supporting this conclusion. For anyone for whom freedom...
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Jan.11.2013
The Asian Wall Street Journal
The Microsoft case at last has a silver lining. With the markets cheering last week's reversal of the court-ordered breakup, countries around the world who've considered adopting U.S.-style antitrust policy are getting to see what that policy has wrought.  The U.S. Appeals Court was severe in its condemnation of Thomas P. Jackson - the judge who had ordered...
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Jan.11.2013
The Asian Wall Street Journal
The government of Hong Kong recently spent HK$7 million (US$907,000) for a team of researchers from Harvard University to tell it what was wrong with its health care system - something that anyone who slept through half of econ. 101 could have done. What is astounding about the Harvard report is that it fails to even mention the real problem: that health care is...
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Jan.11.2013
The Asian Wall Street Journal
"Tung Chee Hwa's predecessors left 'vision' to entrepreneurs and stuck to creating an environment where others could pursue their vision free of government interference. Mr. Tung has decided he can do better."  A year ago today, all of Hong Kong breathed a collective sigh of relief that the worst of the post-handover gloom and doom scenarios had failed to...
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Jan.11.2013
The Asian Wall Street Journal
Hong Kong pinned high hopes on its first compulsory retirement scheme when the Provisional Legislature passed it into law on April 1. "Hong Kong's hard-working work force finally can look forward to the certainty of retirement protection," Secretary for Financial Services Rafael Hui pronounced after the vote approving the Mandatory Provident Fund. One local paper...