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  1. 'Wins' but no gain in UnionPay card game

    Posted Jul 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... cards issued in China to work with the network belonging to China UnionPay, as well as requiring every merchant and ATM to accept UnionPay's cards. The panel, however, dismissed US accusations that UnionPay, a state-controlled enterprise, enjoyed a monopoly in China. It ruled that measures by Beijing had not barred foreign players from entering the market because they had some ...

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    Beijing hospital staff grilled over private use of ambulance sirens

    Posted Dec 31st 2012, 12:07pm by Ernest Kao

    ... Ernest Kao With sirens wailing, a Beijing ambulance headed for the hospital was not rushing a patient back at all. It was returning from a noodle restaurant where staff members had dinner ... The ambulance from the Beijing Emergency Medical Centre in Haidian was not rushing a sick or injured patient to the hospital, however. In fact, it was not carrying any patients at all. The ambulance ...

  3. Lifestyle - Food & Wine - DESTINATION SANLITUN

    Destination: Sanlitun, Beijing

    Posted Nov 15th 2012, 12:00am by Mark Graham

    ... Mark Graham foodandwine@scmp.com Chic and cheerful A slew of new bars and restaurants have opened in the Sanlitun district of Beijing, reinforcing its position as the city's prime nightlife zone. What makes the district so appealing is the broad mixt ...

  4. Infamous hospital surcharge to be axed by 2015

    Posted Jan 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Zhuang Pinghui pinghui.zhuang@scmp.com Beijing has pledged to scrap the notorious surcharges charged by hospitals- the main reason for extortionate prices of drugs and excessive prescriptions- by 2015. Twenty years ago, hospitals were left on their own to generate income and pay for equipment. In turn, they were allowed to charge a 15 per cent surcharge for prescribed medicine. ...

  5. European Union to seek action on rising trade, currency imbalances

    Posted Nov 13th 2007, 12:00am by Tom Miller

    ... Tom Miller in Beijing The European Union will demand that Beijing take steps to address its swelling trade surplus and allow faster appreciation of the yuan at a summit later this month, the EU ambassador to China said in Beijing yesterday. Beijing's frequent claims that it would address the problem of 'the huge and increasing trade deficit in Europe' needed ...

  6. Lifestyle - Travel - REVIEW FOUR SEASONS BEIJING

    Four Seasons Beijing opens doors

    Posted Nov 09th 2012, 12:00am by Tessa Chan

    ... Tessa Chan tessa.chan@scmp.com Going up to the 'palace in the sky' The Four Seasons Beijing officially opened its doors to the public yesterday in the city's slick and sprawling Chaoyang district. General manager Sanjiv Hulugalle says it� ...

  7. Journalist unions demand apology

    Posted Jul 16th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Joshua But The International Federation of Journalists and the Hong Kong Journalists' Association have demanded an apology after police confiscated Ming Pao reporter Chen Yang's camera in Beijing on Friday. Chen had been taking photos of investo ...

  8. For the sick, it's con artists or the queue

    Posted Oct 05th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The queues at the Union Hospital snake out of the outpatients building and onto the road. Some people are sleeping on newspapers or cartons, some with a little more cash to spare have rented squeaky ... Union Hospital medical staff in white uniforms pass through the hospital grounds like ghosts. They do not even cast a glance at the crowd- the scene is almost a year-round occurrence. Mr Yuan ...

  9. China expands its African ties

    Posted Jul 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... and it is necessary for Beijing to strengthen political ties with the continent, which can better protect its investment interests.' In January, China handed over a new, US$200 million African Union ...

  10. Activist gave his life for democracy

    Posted Jun 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... be the one who served the most time in jail for the cause- 21 years- before he was found dead in hospital amid suspicious circumstances on Wednesday. To his friends, Li was an iron-willed fighter who ... formed his first union with friends, and started a newspaper to spread their ideas. In 1989, when the student movement gained strength in Beijing, he formed another union in Shaoyang to support ...




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