A bad week for ...
China Central Television accused the owner of 'made in Italy' Da Vinci furniture stores of peddling knock-offs. Shanghai customs officials confirmed the company made furniture locally, then gave it a 'shower' at the docks before it was 'imported' back into China at a huge mark-up. At a shambles of a press conference, Phua tearfully denied everything - yet begged for a second chance.
The chief executive of Hong Kong's Democratic Party claimed he was merely interviewing a sex worker and giving her advice on self-defence - but his own defence looked thin after being caught leaving a brothel in Tsim Sha Tsui. Within hours, Chan, 48, resigned as party head and from the party, which wasted no time in backing away from him.
Chinese basketball fans
Yao Ming, the Shanghai giant who turned China into the world's second-largest trove of NBA fans behind the United States, said he would announce his retirement on July 20 - and thousands of Chinese immediately went online to express disbelief and sadness. The 30-year-old Houston Rockets star, sidelined by injuries, has played only five games over the past two seasons. The next guessing game: What will Yao do now?