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  • 7/08/2018

    In April 2017, the first part of the Baha Mar, a 1,000 acre luxury mega-resort in the Bahamas that will eventually consist of several hotels, a 100,000 square foot casino, a golf course, spas, shops and restaurants, constructed by China Construction America, finally opened. The event was marked by a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by then Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Perry Christie, who labelled the opening, “the most significant economic development event ever to occur in a single phase within the Bahamas and the Caribbean”[1].

  • 7/08/2018

    Recently the ill-fated Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (the HZMB) has been back in the news again. This time the reason was due to yet another budget overrun of HK$11.7 billion for which Hong Kong will need to pay a share of HK$2.36 billion. Hong Kong’s Legislative Council has previously allocated HK$110 billion to the bridge. In fact, since the bridge was first proposed, its financing and budget have been revised and obscured so many times that exact total costs remain unclear, suffice to say that it is significantly more than was originally outlined. Nevertheless, as part of a grand plan by China, the bridge, which at a length of 49.97km will be the world’s longest sea bridge upon its completion, can also in some ways be seen as symbolic of the position that Hong Kong has been placed in concerning China’s development, and not least its strategies to ‘go global’ and expand overseas as well as the failures and limits to this more generally.

  • 2/05/2018

    Labour NGOs have played a role, especially in southern China, in raising Chinese workers’ consciousness. This paper takes a historical perspective and argues that the relationship between labour NGOs and workers has changed in the past three decades, from one of workers’ dependency on Chinese labour NGOs and these NGOs’ dependency, in turn, on foreign NGOs in an asymmetrical relationship, to one more of partnership. 

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