Archive | December, 2012

Wrapping Up The Year Of The Dragon

Self-criticism is an essential element of critical thought that many regard as healthy and necessary for learning. From a purely medical point of view, engaging in self-criticism activates areas of the brain that are responsible for processing error detection and correction. In China, self-criticism is one of the oldest Confucian practices. Every year at this [...]

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Canada Greenlights CNOOC’s Purchase of Nexen

Last Friday, the Canadian government approved China’s biggest overseas energy acquisition, a $15.1 billion takeover of Nexen Inc. (NYSE: “NXY”) by CNOOC Ltd. (NYSE: “CEO”). State-owned CNOOC is China’s largest offshore driller, while Nexen is a Calgary based independent energy company that operates in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and offshore West [...]

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A123: Another Test For China’s U.S. Expansion Plans

The pending auction of the battery business of A123 Systems, Inc. (OTC Markets: “AONEQ”) will present yet another test for the U.S. expansion plans of Chinese companies interested in becoming global players. On October 16, A123, a Massachusetts-based company that designs, develops, manufactures, and sells rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and energy storage systems, filed for bankruptcy [...]

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