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  1. Wen's African aid vow fails to allay international fears

    Posted May 17th 2007, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... Premier Wen Jiabao pledged yesterday to deliver on offers of increased aid to Africa, but said little to address international concerns about Beijing's diplomatic push on the continent. Referring to a 'profound tradition of friendship', Mr ...

  2. Handling tips

    Posted Mar 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the way Tang handled his personal crises and the likes of, say, John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton, that would make him 'unelectable'. His staunch supporters may chalk it up to not having ...

  3. Ai Weiwei slapped with 15m yuan tax-evasion bill

    Posted Nov 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Dissident artist Ai Weiwei says Beijing's tax office has demanded he pay 15 million yuan (HK$18.3 million) in back taxes and fines, in what he says is a reprisal for his criticism of the Communist Party. Ai, who was d ...

  4. US currency bill 'a threat to trade ties'

    Posted Oct 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... for alleged currency manipulation. Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai told a media briefing yesterday- just before US lawmakers head towards a final Senate vote- that the currency bill would hinder global economic recovery and damage bilateral trade ties. 'This bill in no way represents the reality of the economic and trade relationship between China and the US, and it might have ...

  5. Ai's wife disputes 12m yuan tax bill at 'unfair' hearing

    Posted Jul 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Priscilla Jiao priscilla.jiao@scmp.com A design firm linked to artist-activist Ai Weiwei appealed against a tax bill of 12 million yuan (HK$14.45 million) at a hearing in Beijing yesterday, and demanded the return of seized financial records it says it needs to fight the case. The tax bill was issued after Ai was released on bail last month after being detained for three ...

  6. A runaway debt bill that's gathering speed

    Posted Jun 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the government's debt bill. ...

  7. Comment - Blogs

    Liberal writer Li Chengpeng was punched and threatened with a knife at his Beijing book-signing event yesterday

    Posted Jan 14th 2013, 06:36am by John Kennedy

    ... John Kennedy China abroad  |  China at home good morning beijing. Another day to channel Bill Clinton and avoid inhaling, pollution still high twitter.com/niubi/status/2… — Bill Bishop (@niubi) January 13, 2013 Writer Li Chengpeng returned to his hometown Chengdu Saturday to sign copies of his new book, " The Whole World Knows ", a collection of essays, only to be told ...

  8. Shake-up may see more skeletons come tumbling out

    Posted Oct 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Then there were the jokes ('Bill Clinton, Tiger Woods, Henry Tang ... at last Hong Kong is a real world city'). But the strongest initial impression will have been the dignity and inner strength ...

  9. The threat posed to Beijing by bad debts

    Posted Mar 11th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Former president Jiang Zemin, according to diplomatic lore, once boasted about his knowledge of finance by reciting 'assets equal liabilities plus equity' to his bemused US counterpart Bill Clinton. The joke, it seems, is that this basic accounting formula should be common knowledge and so it's absurd to show off with it. But, as people fret about China's ...

  10. Low earners feel impact of spiralling food bills

    Posted Jul 20th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Beijing resident Wang Mingzhen left a supermarket yesterday with two bags of food, a depleted wallet and a downcast face. One of her bags contained spinach, cucumbers and eggs while the other had some pork ribs. 'I can't believe that cost me alm ...




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