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  1. Stories with a message

    Posted Dec 06th 2004, 12:00am by Paul McGuire

    ... it is even wider than a distance of a thousand li*: it is so deep; it is even deeper than a height of a thousand ren*. In the time of King Yu of the Xia dynasty, there were floods nine out of 10 ... Sea; 6. Xia dynasty; 7. seven years out of eight; 8. leap; 9. nine; 10. chickens; 11. money; 12. black; 13. fire; 14. waves; 15. gold Crossword: 1. grasshopper; 2. hare; 3. mouse; 4. fox; 5. ...

  2. University killer found not guilty of murders

    Posted Jun 18th 2004, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Nick Squires in Sydney A mainland-born honours student who killed two men from Hong Kong and wounded five other people in a shooting rampage at an Australian university was found not guilty of murder yesterday on the grounds of mental impairment. But the ...

  3. Shanghai maids-to-order put to test

    Posted Jan 08th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in a creche or sweep and wax a wooden floor within a set time. The event has been organised by several of Shanghai's domestic help agencies. Xia Jun, manager of participating firm Shanghai ... especially expatriates living in Shanghai. Mr Xia's own research based on the property market shows that at least a million families in the city are in need of domestic help, although the 200 ...

  4. 'Fireworks rumour sparked stampede'

    Posted Feb 11th 2004, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... onto a bridge. Xia Qiang, Communist Party Secretary of Miyun county, said the rumours drew as many as 30,000 people to Mihong Park on Thursday to celebrate Chinese Valentine's Day. ... crossing on the river. One of the spectators slipped, triggering the stampede. Mr Xia, however, was evasive about responsibility and refused to say if the government had made any mistakes. He also ...

  5. Rewrite of Basic Law 'not needed' for reforms

    Posted Jan 16th 2004, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung, Klaudia Lee

    ... of two-thirds of local deputies of the National People's Congress, legislators, the chief executive and the NPC. Professor Xiao, who arrived in the city yesterday with colleague Xia Yong to attend a constitutional reform forum, said he had not heard about any plans to amend the main text of the Basic Law over the issue. Mr Xia said that while both the central government and Hong Kong had ...

  6. Water war erupts as the thirsty capital seeks to divert a river

    Posted Mar 01st 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... insufficient water flow for nine months of the year and 70,000 hectares of farmland would be affected. The plan has angered governments downstream of Fangshan. Late last year, Xia Xuesong, head ... Xia said it could force the relocation of as many as 269,000 people in his county alone. Some Laishui representatives have called for compensation but Beijing municipal officials reject ...

  7. Mainland banks' second-hand home mortgage lending

    Posted Sep 01st 2004, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Industrial Bank: No change in mortgage lending policy, with loan-to-value ratios of up to 80 per cent. Guangzhou Hua Xia Bank: Maximum loan-to-value ratio 70 per cent. ...

  8. Experts to arrive for reform talks

    Posted Jan 15th 2004, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... they are due to discuss constitutional reform at a forum that will be attended by hundreds of lawyers, academics and politicians. It is understood that Xiao Weiyun and Xia Yong- who with Xu Chongde ... not represent the position of the central government. Professor Xiao was one of the drafters of the Basic Law, while Mr Xia is a mainland member of the Basic Law committee. Last month the four experts ...

  9. Law change would raise the penalties for begging rings

    Posted Oct 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... from just one child beggar, the reports said. Peking University sociologist Xia Xueluan says the proposed legislation is necessary and timely. 'You can see a lot of children aged below 10, disabled or not, begging on the streets of Beijing. No doubt they are controlled by organisers,' said Professor Xia, adding it was likely that the crackdown would reduce crime. ...

  10. Education seen as the key to tackling drugs problem

    Posted Jul 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... is increasing. The anti-drug task faces huge pressure,' committee deputy director Luo Feng said. Peking University sociology professor Xia Xueluan said mainland authorities had worked hard to crack ... drugs is not enough,' Professor Xia said. 'Young people are facing pressures as they grow- from family and China's changing society.' He added that young people desperately ...




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