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Are there any grains in the northern food bowl? : Comments

By Evan Jones, published 3/9/2013

The envisaged White Knight is Chinese capital. Let 'er rip, thinks this coalition. China is pushing for any project up to $1 billion to be automatically processed without Foreign Investment Review Board scrutiny.

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“indentured ring-ins”, “prescience of the free market”, “ravenous coal seam gas explorers”, “national scandal”, “ill-tutored mindset”. It might be fun to substitute insults for arguments, but it is not persuasive.

In what way is FIRB “embarrassingly lax”? Why is pursuit of an FTA “colonial cringe”? What “policy ineptitude” is responsible for the services trade deficit? Where is the evidence for the “omnipresent transfer pricing genie?” Why would “unmediated investment and trade” worsen the current account deficit?

This article contains some interesting ideas, but it would be a lot more convincing if it used a bit more evidence and argument, and a lot less abusive rhetoric and prejudicial language.
Posted by Rhian, Tuesday, 3 September 2013 2:48:23 PM
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