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  1. News - China - SECURITY

    Rare victory for petitioners as 10 hired thugs are convicted over 'black jail'

    Posted Feb 06th 2013, 12:00am by Verna Yu

    ... petitioners' black jail A Beijing court yesterday sentenced 10 people to prison for illegally detaining petitioners in a "black jail" after they tried to lobby the central government ... in run-down hostels known as black jails, to prevent them from taking their complaints to the central government. Officials fear that exposure of their misdeeds undermines their chances of promotion. ...

  2. News - World - ZIMBABWE

    Robert Mugabe wants blacks to own 100 per cent of Zimbabwe firms

    Posted Dec 08th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Gweru Mugabe wants 100pc black ownership President Robert Mugabe yesterday demanded Zimbabwe companies be 100 per cent black owned, in a pre-election gambit that looks sure to spook foreign investors. Addressing his Zanu-PF party faithful, Mugabe said the government would press ahead with controversial indigenisation policies, despite protests from ...

  3. News - China - CRIME

    Beijing policy shift on 'black jails' unlikely after charges for detentions

    Posted Dec 04th 2012, 12:00am by Teddy Ng

    ... Teddy Ng teddy.ng@scmp.com Rare light shines on 'black jails' Charges of illegal detention of petitioners filed against a number of people in Beijing have shed a rare light on the operation of so-called black jails in the capital. The case, which some reports have said was heard by a Beijing court late last month, is seen by legal experts as evidence that the authorities want ...

  4. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    The black and white behind the statistics

    Posted Nov 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp jake.vanderkamp@scmp.com Putting the pin to the balloon that mainland foreign direct investment figures can be trusted about as much as its baby milk powder The black ... purchased in Hong Kong. It's not about price. It's about trust. Knowing this, as we all do, I find it even odder that we so easily take statistics published in Beijing as black ...

  5. Parents shun check-ups at mainland clinics

    Posted Oct 01st 2008, 12:00am by Colleen Lee, Paggie Leung

    ... couple were worried enough to take him for a check-up in Hong Kong yesterday. They were among the mainland parents taking their Hong Kong-born children to public clinics for free kidney check-ups during the National Day 'golden week'. 'We are not confident about mainland clinics... we think doctors in Hong Kong are more detail-minded and trustworthy, so we decided to take ...

  6. Business - Commodities

    Philippines' black market is China's golden connection

    Posted Aug 23rd 2012, 05:49pm

    ... or the black market in Manila- not to its only legal destination, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas or the central bank. Up to 90 percent of small-scale Philippine gold production is being smuggled out ... almost all, now goes to the black market, because there is no tax in the black market," said Rex Banggawan, an accountant for a small-scale mining cooperative that buys and sells gold ...

  7. Olympic champions holding a clinic today

    Posted Jul 07th 2005, 12:00am by Jonathan Powell

    ... Jonathan Powell Women's Olympic volleyball champions China are expected to draw a crowd of more than 5,000 students for a training session and coaching clinic at Hong Kong Coliseum today. The team are hugely popular in Hong Kong and the public appearance is a warm-up for the US$95,000 3D-Gold FIVB World Grand Prix to be held from tomorrow at the Hong Kong Coliseum. Tickets ...

  8. Black Country to Red China

    Posted Feb 07th 2010, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Black Country to Red China by Esther Cheo Ying Vintage, HK$113 The wonder isn't that there are so many 'China did this to me' books- Falling Leaves; Wild Swans; Socialism is Great!- but so few, at least in translation. There must be thousands of survivors of 20th-century China's turmoil with a worthwhile story to tell, and if they need ...

  9. Investors pouring good money after bad into black hole

    Posted Jun 12th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... enjoyed. In other words, the new loans being made now are good money being poured after bad into a black hole. The growth investors are banking on will be poor quality at best, and the stock ...

  10. China's big oil companies not as black as painted

    Posted Dec 27th 2007, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland China's big three listed state petroleum firms have been kind to shareholders over the past couple of years. While the price of crude oil has gained 53 per cent, PetroChina, CNOOC and Sinopec Corp have returned investors between 136 ...




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