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Vancouver’s housing “conversation”: The missing voices

By Ng Weng Hoong, November 12 2016, Saturday Why were there no Chinese or Asian speakers and so few Asian delegates at what was touted as Vancouver’s first “global” summit on housing issues? The question seemed to surprise Kathleen Llewellyn-Thomas, the city’s general manager for community services, who organised the “Re:Address” series of events with the University of British Columbia […]

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As Things Fall Apart, The Middle Kingdom and Middle Powers Attempt To Build A New Centre

By Ng Weng Hoong, September 27, 2016 Part 1. Canada and Australia: The Role of Good International Citizens …Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world… William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming”, 1919 It is 20 years since Gareth Evans stepped down as Australia’s most influential foreign minister, and one of the world’s most […]

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Campaigners celebrate plunge in Chinese buying of Vancouver real estate. What about the cost to the economy?

September 23, 2016 Success! Those seeking to reduce foreign, especially Chinese, buying of Vancouver’s real estate are celebrating the latest set of data showing their hard work is paying off. Foreigners bought only 60 properties to account for a mere 0.7% of all Metro Vancouver sales in August, down sharply from the historical norm of 5% to 10%, said the […]

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The Great Wall of Mandarin: Why the Chinese will get no love

By Ng Weng Hoong, September 16 2016 Are the Chinese at risk of losing further goodwill in Canada? It’s looking that way according to my unscientific survey of English language media reports and online forum discussions. The Chinese are the undoubted villains in some of the big bad stories in the Globe and Mail, South China Morning Post, The Province, […]

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Vancouver’s shell-shocked housing sector casts shadow over BC’s economy

Minister Wat confident economy will ride out shock of 15% tax on foreign buyers of Vancouver homes. Singapore, Hong Kong markets more volatile nearly four years after tax imposed. By Ng Weng Hoong A senior member of Premier Christy Clark’s cabinet has expressed confidence that British Columbia’s economy and real estate market will ride out the provincial government’s shock imposition […]

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Two views of the Chinese stock market crash: Willy Lam vs Chen Bo

OnePacificNews, July 17, 2015, Friday Two China scholars were in Vancouver the past week to share their contrasting perspectives of developments in the country. Given the country’s rise and the expansive global ambitions of President Xi Jingping, the focus on China today is no longer just for the academia. Starting out as a journalist, Hong kong-based Willy Wo-Lap Lam, 63, […]

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Rohingya Genocide: The case of the missing stakeholders

Dalai Lama, official website

OnePacificNews, June 10 2015, Wednesday The suffering and humiliation of probably the world’s most oppressed people today provide a disgraceful moral reminder of what Asia still needs to do to try match its many material achievements. Depending on whom you ask, the Rohingya population living in southeastern Myanmar numbers anything between 700,00 and 1.5 million. But there is little disagreement […]

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BC’s LNG Memorandum May Help Premier Deflect Blame As Petronas Struggles

Michael Culbert and Christy Clark sign the MoU. Behind them, from left to right: Mike De Jong, Canada's Industry Minister James Moore and Rich Coleman

Michael Culbert and Christy Clark sign the MoU. Behind them, from left to right: Mike De Jong, Canada’s Industry Minister James Moore and Rich Coleman. Photo by OnePacificNews. Opinion: Uncertainty grows over LNG deal ‘Conditional’ final investment decision expected from Petronas by June BY NG WENG HOONG, SPECIAL TO THE VANCOUVER SUN JUNE 5, 2015 In signing a much-awaited […]

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