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FEBRUARY 7, 2000 VOL. 155 NO. 5

C O V E R   S T O R Y
Internet: The New New Asia
The continent watched glumly as a New Economy rose--faster than Yahoo!'s share price--from Silicon Valley. Now, with a raft of homegrown start-ups ready to make waves, it's Asia's turn
Starting Up: Helloasia.com greets the revolution
Flying High: An "angel" looks to kick-start the sector
Money Man: A pair of friends venture more than capital
Sitting Pretty: A Hong Kong incubator nurtures its chicks
Going Live: A wild ride for Timeless Software
Selling Out: An Indian entrepreneur locks in his gains
Big Brother: Beijing looks to slow the tide of change
Viewpoint: Marc Faber says dot.humbug
Viewpoint: Bob Davis gives his blueprint for the Asian Net economy


A S I A
BURMA: God's Little Generals
Along the Thai-Burmese border, teenaged twin brothers lead an unlikely resistance against Rangoon
In Cold Blood: A commando raid raises ugly questions

PAKISTAN: Rule of Man
The sacking of top judges could irreparably taint the judiciary

CHINA: Sour Smell of Success
An unfolding smuggling scandal in Fujian exposes a vast network of corruption that could reach all the way to Beijing
Ms. Clean: The nation's top graft-buster leads the charge

JAPAN: Black Knight
An ex-bureaucrat rocks the system with a hostile takeover bid




T H E   A R T S
CINEMA: Enter the Dragon
Cultures clash on a movie set in Beijing

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TRAVEL WATCH: Living the Wild Life in Steamy Singapore


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