Linda Yueh

Linda Yueh Chief business correspondent

Welcome to Linda's Line – where I analyse key developments in global business and the world economy and how these affect our everyday lives

Will the debate over immigration affect London’s position?

  • 28 November 2014
  • From the section Business
London Mayor Boris Johnson is met by Doorman, Narajan at Raffles Hotel in Singapor

London Mayor Boris Johnson was in Singapore touting for business for a couple of days.

But, instead of the usual questions over how many deals are being done, Prime Minister David Cameron's speech on curbing immigration dominated his visit.

It's unsurprising as it's an issue that I've heard repeatedly from global businesses, which is whether the pledges to control immigration will affect their ability to move workers into Britain.

Plus, as Mr Cameron vows to raise this issue with the European Union as an "absolute requirement" in the re-negotiations, it serves as a reminder of the debate over the UK's place in the EU.

'Nutty' policy

That's another uncertainty that some businesses have said that they would rather not have hanging over Britain's future as they consider their long-term investment strategies.

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How an economy fares after a coup

  • 27 November 2014
  • From the section Business
Car production in Thailand

Six months ago, Thailand experienced its 12th coup d'etat since the end of absolute monarchy in 1932. There were also seven unsuccessful attempts during that time.

Last week, the country's justice minister said martial law would remain in place "indefinitely". Meanwhile Finance Minister Sommai Phasee has told the BBC that democratic elections could be delayed until 2016.

Read full article How an economy fares after a coup

Thailand's elections could be delayed until 2016

  • 26 November 2014
  • From the section Business

Thailand's Finance Minister Sommai Phasee has told the BBC that democratic elections could be delayed and not occur for another 18 months.

Prayuth Chan-ocha, the prime minister who heads the military government, in control of the country since a coup d'etat in May, had said that they could hold democratic elections in a year's time, at the end of 2015.

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G20 summit: Much promised, less delivered

  • 16 November 2014
  • From the section Business

The G20 summit of world leaders has concluded with a communique, a fancy way of describing a joint statement, that has both delivered more, but also somewhat less, than expected.

Where they've delivered more is by putting issues such as climate change in the message from world leaders. Those weren't on the formal agenda as the host, Australian PM Tony Abbott, had nixed climate change, for one.

Read full article G20 summit: Much promised, less delivered

The era of global government?

  • 13 November 2014
  • From the section Business

Here at the G20 summit, leaders representing 85% of world GDP are meeting in Brisbane, Australia.

It's not just the G20 group of world leaders who are meeting. Also here are the heads of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. There's also the associated organisations, such as the B20 (business), C20 (civil society), L20 (labour), T20 (think tanks), and Y20 (youth).

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UK, Japan and 1% inflation

  • 12 November 2014
  • From the section Business
Japanese shoppers

The Bank of England (BoE) forecasts that price rises may fall below 1% temporarily over the next six months and won't hit the 2% target for perhaps 3 years.

So, the BoE now expects that the first interest rate rise could be delayed to next autumn. It means that inflation could be more than one percentage point below target and it would be the first time that the BoE governor has had to write a letter to the chancellor due to inflation being too low.

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Is it a golden age for Chinese cinema?

  • 30 October 2014
  • From the section Business

Last year was a record year for the global box office, earning $35.9bn (£22.4bn) in revenues - and it was largely due to China.

Chinese box office receipts have grown at more than 30% per year for the past decade, coinciding with China becoming a middle-income country. And there's tremendous room to grow.

Read full article Is it a golden age for Chinese cinema?

Designed in China - coming to a store near you?

  • 27 October 2014
  • From the section Business
Models present creations for Masha Ma in Paris
Chinese designers like Masha Ma are hitting runways around the world

All this month, the BBC is looking at the question of whether China can transform itself from the factory of the world into an innovative centre.

I've been travelling across China to see if it's possible for Made in China to become Designed in China.

Read full article Designed in China - coming to a store near you?

Rule of law v rule of Party

  • 24 October 2014
  • From the section Business
Plaques of Chinese leaders
China's legal system is not independent and its lawmakers are part of the body that governs China

Reforming the rule of law is the aim of the secretive Fourth Plenum that has just taken place in Beijing. It's otherwise known as the annual exercise in rune-reading of what the top Chinese leaders are planning.

As disclosed through various state media announcements since this summer, China wants to overhaul its massive legal system with 200,000 judges, 3,500 courts, but zero independence.

Read full article Rule of law v rule of Party

Softening China's growth target

  • 21 October 2014
  • From the section Business
A man stands in Tiananmen Square (20 Oct 2014)
China's economic growth slowed to its lowest in more than five years in the third quarter

China's Premier Li Keqiang, Finance Minister Lou Jiwei and others have laid the groundwork over the past year to soften the growth target for GDP that has been in place since the first Five Year Plan under central planning over half a century ago.

While reiterating that the government's growth target of 7.5% can be met, the phrase "around" has been added to the target in various speeches and a range of 7.2-7.3% growth has been mentioned as being sufficient to meet the goal of creating jobs.

Read full article Softening China's growth target

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About Linda

As chief business correspondent, Linda focuses on the changing nature of global business and how it affects our everyday lives. She is the presenter of Talking Business with Linda Yueh on BBC World News. She is particularly interested in the emergence of China as the world's second largest economy, and unlocking what it means for the global economy. She travels globally to uncover new perspectives.

Linda has maintained her academic links as a fellow of St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, as an adjunct professor at London Business School, and as a visiting professor at Peking University. She was previously economics editor at Bloomberg TV and a corporate lawyer resident in New York, Beijing and Hong Kong. She is also the author of several books.

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