As Beijing Becomes a Supercity, the Rapid Growth Brings Pains

For decades, China’s government has tried to limit the size of Beijing, the capital, through draconian residency permits. Now, the government has embarked on an ambitious plan to make Beijing the center of a new supercity of 130 million people.

The planned megalopolis, a metropolitan area that would be about six times the size of New York’s, is meant to revamp northern China’s economy and become a laboratory for modern urban growth. Continue reading

Building work starts on first all-robot manufacturing plant in China’s Dongguan

Construction work has begun on the first factory in China’s manufacturing hub of Dongguan to use only robots for production, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

A total of 1,000 robots would be introduced at the factory initially, run by Shenzhen Evenwin Precision Technology Co, with the aim of reducing the current workforce of 1,800 by 90 per cent to only about 200, Chen Xingqi, the chairman of the company’s board, was quoted as saying in the report.

Continue reading

Hong Kong could switch to yuan, dump US dollar peg: businessman Allan Zeman

Investors holding local stocks and bonds did not want to see the US dollar value of their investment tank alongside the currency, a problem that Hong Kong has long managed to avoid with its dollar peg.

“Stability is key to Hong Kong’s status as a financial centre,” said Kelvin Lau, a senior economist at Standard Chartered. “The peg anchors confidence. This has served Hong Kong’s industries well, particularly the financial services sector.” Continue reading