Monthly Archives: September 2010

China’s ‘war minus shooting’ rebuts Dell theory

(This column was published in DNA edition dated September 29, 2010.) Venky Vembu Conventional wisdom has it that economic interdependence between any two countries lowers the probability of conflict between them. The Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention, propounded by … Continue reading

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‘Fear of creeping Islamisation of the world is the biggest myth’

This is the longer version of an interview that I conducted with demographer and economist Dr Richard Hokenson, founder of Hokenson & Company. A smaller version of the interview appeared in the September 25 edition of DNA and can be … Continue reading

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New beginnings

I used to blog on another platform, but I’ve been won over – a trifle too late – by the ease of use that WordPress affords. I’ll migrate all my old posts gradually. Look forward to having you more often…

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‘Politically immature’ Asia needs US to stay engaged

(This interview, with Simon S.C. Tay, chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, was published in DNA edition dated September 18, 2010.) The economic rise of Asia, particularly after the 2008 global financial crisis, is widely acknowledged as a force … Continue reading

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There’s a case for burning all the holy books

(This column was published in DNA edition dated September 15, 2010.) Venky Vembu There’s an unintended irony about the (eventually aborted) campaign last week by Terry Jones, the pastor of a fringe church in Florida, to make a bonfire of … Continue reading

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‘Much of China’s GDP vanishes into thin air’

(This interview with Dr Derek Scissors, economics research fellow at the conservative thinktank Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Centre, was published in DNA edition dated September 11, 2010.) Recently, the Chinese economy edged past Japan to become the world’s second largest … Continue reading

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What language will you curse in when China rules the world?

(This column was published in DNA edition dated September 10, 2010.) Venky Vembu A new dictionary, out from Oxford University Press, incorporates some very earthy Chinese slang expressions and new words, including some that you can’t invoke without having to … Continue reading

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