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  1. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Doubts raised about using Putonghua as medium of instruction for Chinese language

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 09:47pm by HEIDI CHIK WISEMAN

    ... recalls being drawn into the magical world of Chinese literature after reading the Legend of the Condor Heroes by Jin Yong, a gift from her parents 11 years ago. Jin's wuxia (swordplay) novels are immensely popular in the Chinese-speaking world and have been adapted into many films and television series, which her dad enjoys watching. "My parents had to stop me from reading ...

  2. Business - China Business - INSURANCE

    Chinese insurers could see better prospects after first-half squeeze

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 01:56pm by Kwong Man-ki

    ... an insurer is receiving more in premiums than it is paying out in claims. Chen said Chinese insurers were likely to break through their premium business bottlenecks following the State Council’s ... for the industry, while detailed rules on particular segments were expected to be released soon. Pension insurance would be one focus that would allow Chinese insurers to expand their scope, he added. Chen ...

  3. News - China - DIVORCE

    Chinese city limits divorces to 15 a day to help troubled couples 'think again'

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 02:21pm by Andrea Chen andrea.chen@scmp.com

    ... Andrea Chen andrea.chen@scmp.com City's Civil Affairs Bureau says its quota is to 'help fix more broken families' because of mainland's rising divorce rate, but microbloggers and Xinhua say it is abusing its powers. A mainland marriage ...

  4. News - China - EDUCATION

    More Chinese high school students heading for US

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 06:24am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Beijing More and more parents, and their children, believe an American school education is worth the cost The Chinese class of USA High After getting a glimpse of the endless cramming for China's gruelling college and university entrance exams at his high school, Zhang Kaisheng, 16, decided to take a different path. Like a growing number of Chinese ...

  5. News - China

    Newborn baby panda attracts attention from both sides of the Taiwan Strait

    Posted Jul 15th 2013, 04:46pm by Jeremy Blum

    ... Jeremy Blum jeremy.blum@scmp.com A baby panda, born to parents Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, has re-ignited talks of "Panda Diplomacy" between the mainland and Taiwan A newly-born ... Street Journal article about the cub pointed out that since the Chinese Communist Party officially considers Taiwan a part of China, having Yuan Zai return to the mainland would ...

  6. Business - China Business - TELECOMMUNICATIONS

    Chinese companies drive commoditisation of smartphone market

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 04:01am by BIEN PEREZ

    ... Bien Perez bien.perez@scmp.com Rapid evolution of smartphone technologies and a market of budget-conscious consumers help mainland manufacturers take on the world Chinese firms change mobile road map Seven years after Apple's iPhone revolutionised the mobile-phone industry, the global market is shifting gears once again, led by aggressive Chinese companies bent ...

  7. Property - Hong Kong & China - PROPERTY

    Chinese finance firms target Central offices

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 03:56am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito peggy.sito@scmp.com Leasing activity in HK's business core is on a healthy track as mainland companies take up grade A spaces before through train starts Chinese finance firms target Central offices The upcoming stock through train scheme has breathed life into the office leasing market of Central as mainland financial firms set to expand their presence in Hong ...

  8. Business - Money - ACQUISITIONS

    Mainland Chinese firms increasingly turn to back-door listings to raise funds

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 04:01am by Daniel Ren

    ... Daniel Ren in Shanghai ren.wei@scmp.com Faced with a lengthy listing approval process, mainland companies are seeking to acquire struggling listed small-caps to raise funds Back-door listings a knock on IPO queue Mainland firms are increasingly turning to ...


    Artwork for toy Japanese warship not an ideal model of diplomacy

    Posted Jul 24th 2013, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... A scale model of a Japanese warship has become a sold-out success, apparently thanks to controversy over box artwork that appears to show it steaming past a sinking Chinese aircraft ... on many mail order websites in Japan. The front of the box shows the warship with the contested islands on the horizon and an aircraft carrier that suspiciously resembles the Chinese carrier ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Curbs on mainland tourist numbers may backfire on Hong Kong

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 04:25am by Regina Ip

    ... on the relationship between mainland China and Hong Kong, whether the quota for individual mainland Chinese tourists visiting Hong Kong should be cut by 20 per cent. The suggestion immediately triggered howls ...




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