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Web-only Exclusives
November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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Company Monitor

Bank Dagang Nasional Indonesia

CEO: Sjamsul Nursalim, president director

Major stockholder: Gajah Surya Multi Fin. (51.9%)

Recommended: Medium-sized Indonesian bank with $7.4b. assets. To raise its profitability, BDNI has reduced its collateral coverage ratio from 150% to 120% in return for charging higher interest rates. Indonesian deposit rates have fallen faster than lending rates since Nov., and its net interest margin also has been boosted. The bank's net interest margin rose to 3.2% in the first quarter this year, up from 2.8% in the previous three months and 2.5% Jan.-Sept. 1996. Jan.-March earnings rose 76% from a year ago. Loans and deposits are both expected to rise 20% this year and 25% next. After a rights issue earlier this year, the bank's capital adequacy ratio has improved to 13.9%, up from 8.4% in 1996.

Sources: Paribas Asia Equity; Datastream

This edition's table of contents | Asiaweek home



U.S. secretary of state says China should be 'tolerant'

Philippine government denies Estrada's claim to presidency

Faith, madness, magic mix at sacred Hindu festival

Land mine explosion kills 11 Sri Lankan soldiers

Japan claims StarLink found in U.S. corn sample

Thai party announces first coalition partner


COVER: President Joseph Estrada gives in to the chanting crowds on the streets of Manila and agrees to make room for his Vice President

THAILAND: Twin teenage warriors turn themselves in to Bangkok officials

CHINA: Despite official vilification, hip Chinese dig Lamaist culture

PHOTO ESSAY: Estrada Calls Snap Election

WEB-ONLY INTERVIEW: Jimmy Lai on feeling lucky -- and why he's committed to the island state


COVER: The DoCoMo generation - Japan's leading mobile phone company goes global

Bandwidth Boom: Racing to wire - how underseas cable systems may yet fall short

TAIWAN: Party intrigues add to Chen Shui-bian's woes

JAPAN: Japan's ruling party crushes a rebel at a cost

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans need to have more babies. But success breeds selfishness

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