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Business Briefing

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The surprising success of the importing of a European artisan cheese culture to China, while a new trend for fine wine also takes off in Hong Kong, and discussions to submit plans to legalise casinos in Japan get underway.

Averardo Borghini Baldovinetti, China, Fracino, Grace Vineyard, Le Fromager de Pekin, Lefdal Mine project, Venezuela

Partners in crime


With almost 20,000 murders in 2011 and the prevalence of armed robberies, companies have popped up in Venezuela to help protect civilians. Among those benefiting are armoured vehicle makers, whose customers increasingly include middle-class mothers not just diplomats.

China's new taste: 01

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China [CHEESE]

The throng of customers at one table in the midst of Beijing’s roving farmers’ market offers insights into the changing tastes of the nation. Among the vegetables and rice wine, local entrepreneur Liu Yang is…


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