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  1. Mainland system still in need of a safety valve

    Posted Jun 04th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... China has, in many ways, changed dramatically since the Tiananmen crackdown 21 years ago today. The Communist Party leadership reacted to the convulsions of 1989 by choosing the path ... government is well aware of the need to resolve people's problems. This can be seen, for example, in its swift reaction to the Sichuan earthquake in 2008. But the system still lacks a safety ...

  2. It's time to say goodbye to cheap and nasty Fong Kong

    Posted Sep 18th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... safety standards, nothing much appears to have been done. Now melamine in milk is poisoning babies, with thousands in China sick and three dead. It seems Beijing's new safety regulations ... with Tom Holland Welcome to Fong Kong, where both China's tainted milk scandal and Wall Street's financial crisis began. If you've never heard of the place, that's ...

  3. Pupils' news awareness proves sceptics wrong

    Posted Dec 29th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and natural disasters which have hit the mainland. These results reflect the environment in which these pupils have grown up. They were born in 'Hong Kong, China', a city ... been successful beyond expectation. Instead of looking to the United States or Europe as lands of opportunity, students now hope to spend time studying on the mainland, with China the dominant ...

  4. Quotes of the Week

    Posted Jan 01st 2011, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo We've become a nation of wussies. The Chinese are kicking our butts in everything. If this was China, do you think the Chinese would have called off the game? People would have been marching down to the stadium, they would have walked and they would have been doing calculus on the way down The governor of Pennsylvania, Ed Rendell, angry at the cancellation ...

  5. Watchdog vows close eye on cadres as it battles graft

    Posted Jan 15th 2009, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... and food safety, pollution and land acquisition. The annual meeting, which finished yesterday, also vowed to tighten discipline on officials charged with implementing central government economic ... focus on food and drug safety, mine and factory safety, environmental protection, land acquisition, the use of public funds earmarked for specific purposes, petrol price control, exorbitant ...

  6. Agriculture official urges more controls before growing GM foods

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

    ... in October, making China the first country to allow the use of such technology in its most important staple foods. The moves sparked debate on the safety and timing of the introduction of GM rice ... to grow such crops. Vice-Minister of Agriculture Wei Chaoan said yesterday that safety licences for transgenic food were not the same thing as permits for commercial planting. 'We need ...

  7. Breeding centre's pandas moved amid fears for their safety, health

    Posted May 24th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Choi Chi-yuk in Chengdu More than a dozen giant pandas have been transferred from a damaged breeding centre at Wolong, 30km from the epicentre of the earthquake, to protect them from food shortages and collapsing buildings. Xinhua quoted Xiong Beirong, of the Sichuan forestry bureau, as saying six pandas were taken by truck yesterday from the China Giant Panda Protection and Research ...

  8. The toxic harvest

    Posted Oct 07th 2008, 12:00am by Laurence Brahm

    ... affected children, because, they said, big, strong adults could drink lots of toxins and not have to worry. So what was the problem? Indeed, unspoken rules within mainland China's food product ... Laurence Brahm laurence@shambhala-ngo.org The year 2008 will go down in China's history as the Olympic year, when the nation won the most gold medals and even US President George W. ...

  9. Planners raise alert over food and water

    Posted Jan 30th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... economy,' the document says. 'It is not only about flood control, water supply and food security; it is linked to the safety of the economy, ecology and national security.' ... 'I disagree with those who think China has no worries about food security. Our agriculture is vulnerable to drought and floods. 'We have seen more and more natural disasters in recent ...

  10. Business - Commodities

    Rising food costs feeding boom in commodities market

    Posted May 11th 2008, 12:00am by Nick Westra

    ... Nick Westra An imminent US recession has weighed on financial markets this year, but surging food prices have fed a boom in the commodities market that shows no signs of slowing down. 'There are a number of structural reasons, both on the demand and the supply side, to suggest that commodities prices and food prices will remain firm and there could be substantial spikes ...




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