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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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AS THE FOLLOWING GEOGRAPHICAL divisions of the Financial 500 reveal, banks from one region of Asia to another are as different as debt and equity. Five banks from Sri Lanka make the list, for example, the biggest of which is the Bank of Ceylon at just No. 353. Meanwhile the smallest of China’s top five, the Bank of Communications, is No. 55. But bigger is not necessarily better. The Bank of Ceylon’s $52.3 million profit was larger than that of all but two of India’s 10 largest banks, which are all substantially bigger. Use these tables to compare your home banks versus others in the region on everything from raw size to profitability.

Australia and New Zealand

24 Aust., 7 N.Z. banks in the 500. (1996: 24/8). Total assets of banks in the 500: Aus. $532.6b. ($434.4b.); N.Z. $58.1b. ($53.7b.). Total profits: Aus. $5.4b. ($4.6b.); N.Z. $526m. ($573m.). Return on assets (ROA): Aus. 1.017%; N.Z. 0.905%.

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 ě at a cost

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

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