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Chinese media step up campaign to muddy probe into Covid origins

Chinese media step up campaign to muddy probe into Covid origins

Chinese media step up campaign to muddy probe into Covid origins Chinese state media are marshalling fringe theories to argue that the coronavirus pandemic began outside China, ahead of a World Health Organization investigation into the origins of the virus. People’s Daily, the official Chinese Communist party newspaper, said in a Facebook post on Wednesday...

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Why Slack might sell: Microsoft is running rampant

Why Slack might sell: Microsoft is running rampant

Why Slack might sell: Microsoft is running rampant In the middle of last year, when Slack went public on Wall Street, cloud software company Salesforce ran a slide rule over the company to see whether it should attempt an acquisition. Its view at the time, according to a person familiar with its thinking: Slack, the...

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Takeaways from 30 years of covering the Japanese market

Takeaways from 30 years of covering the Japanese market

Takeaways from 30 years of covering the Japanese market The writer has been an investment strategist focusing on Japanese equities most recently SMBC Nikko I have spent much of the past three decades trying to persuade global investors to take the Japanese stock market seriously. The results could charitably be described as mixed. There have...

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Brazil’s recalcitrant president risks isolation after Trump defeat

Brazil’s recalcitrant president risks isolation after Trump defeat

Brazil’s recalcitrant president risks isolation after Trump defeat For Jair Bolsonaro, abandoning Donald Trump was never going to be easy. Three weeks after Joe Biden’s victory, the Brazilian president is the only significant world leader — apart from Vladimir Putin — not to have congratulated the US president-elect. The two rightwing populist presidents had forged...

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Why a private league is a ‘dangerous game’ for Europe’s football elites

Why a private league is a ‘dangerous game’ for Europe’s football elites

Why a private league is a ‘dangerous game’ for Europe’s football elites Towards the end of his resignation speech, Josep Maria Bartomeu, president of FC Barcelona, the world’s highest-earning football club, hurled a bombshell. “I can announce something that will change in an extraordinary way the future revenue of the club for years to come,”...

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Chinese tech companies write off India

Chinese tech companies write off India

Chinese tech companies write off India Five months after his business was banned in India, Aaron Li has resigned himself to being locked out of the country forever. Sitting in his office in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, Mr Li said he had no idea when Club Factory, which sold cheap fashion and homewares...

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What Mrs Watanabe can tell us about how to handle low returns

What Mrs Watanabe can tell us about how to handle low returns

What Mrs Watanabe can tell us about how to handle low returns In the early 2000s, global fund managers had to anticipate the every move of “Mrs Watanabe” — a woman who did not exist. The period between 2002 and 2006, when the Bank of Japan’s zero-interest rate policy began to feel like a permanent...