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  1. 'Most-wanted' robber denied bail

    Posted Jan 01st 2004, 12:00am by Sara Bradford

    ... Sara Bradford More than 100 officers secure a cordon outside court as Kwai Ping-hung is remanded into prison custody Tight security measures were again in force for the second court appearance of Hong Kong's most-wanted armed robber. Kwai Ping-hung, also known as Guan De Rong, 43, and his co-accused, Ng Chun-keung, also known as Chen Yunjing, 46, appeared briefly before ...

  2. Noise, not change, in the air

    Posted Jan 01st 2004, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... The two are at loggerheads over an alleged spying ring and a promised referendum by Taiwan's President, Chen Shui-bian, on the mainland's missiles, which he says threaten stability ...

  3. Year of the vote

    Posted Jan 01st 2004, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... and Mr Howard- Mr Bush and Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian do not have better than even odds of being re-elected. Mr Bush and his advisers say they do not follow polls, pointing out ... Taiwan's presidential poll is widely seen by analysts as being the most important. Mr Chen's determination to also hold a referendum to gauge opinion on the 500 missiles he alleges China has ...

  4. Year of surprises

    Posted Jan 01st 2004, 12:00am by Tim Culpan

    ... election. On this day a year ago, president Chen Shui-bian was promising that the economy would get better. It did. Growth in gross domestic product rebounded strongly, despite a lack of depth ...

  5. Fireworks factory toll hits 37; owner is arrested

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

    ... Irene Wang The death toll from an explosion at a fireworks factory in Liaoning on Tuesday rose to 37 as authorities arrested the owner, who had fled the scene. Chen Haoyan, owner ... not elaborate. When Chen, 47, set up the company in August, he was given an operating licence but not a safety certificate. The Public Security Bureau inspected the company last month and said ...

  6. The worm may turn on plastic waste problem

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

    ... Alice Yan A common yellow worm native to Shaanxi province may hold the answer of how to deal with the mountains of plastic waste that are clogging up the world's landfills. Chen ... them small amounts of plastic mixed with leaves. Ms Chen discovered that the excrement from the worms- which are smaller than silkworms- did not respond to static electricity, did not burn ...

  7. A delicate situation

    Posted Dec 31st 2003, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... incumbent, Chen Shui-bian, against the Kuomintang candidate, Lien Chan. While Mr Lien enjoyed a wide margin in the opinion polls a few months ago, the gap has steadily narrowed. Now, Mr Chen's chances of winning a second term look better than ever. In 2000, when Mr Chen won his first term, China's anxiety over Taiwan was reflected in its actions in Hong Kong. A senior Chinese ...

  8. Tung rated most amiable city leader

    Posted Dec 31st 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa has been rated the most amiable city leader in the country, a survey has found. In the study, carried out by the China Institute of City Competitiveness, Mr Tung made the list of the nation's best-known leaders along with Shanghai Mayor Chen Liangyu and Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou. He was rated the most amiable city leader, while Mr Chen ...

  9. Ring of approval

    Posted Dec 31st 2003, 12:00am by Kevin Kwong

    ... Golden Horse Film Festival); Distance, by Lester Chen (Taipei Film Festival); and Liu Jiayin's The Train (Beijing Collegiate Film Festival). You can also catch the 'Art & ...

  10. Taiwan Affairs Office deputy director pushed sideways

    Posted Dec 30th 2003, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian from pushing through with his referendum timetables and for losing the initiative in cross-strait relations. In mid-November, alarmed by Mr Chen's move ... position has none of the weight and visibility of the Taiwan Affairs Office. With his departure, the office still has three deputy directors. Chen Yunlin, the director, is a member of the Communist ...




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