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  1. Business - China Business - MR. SHANGKONG

    Faith can go on its merry way, but get the festive spirit and shop

    Posted Dec 23rd 2013, 04:47am by George Chen

    ... is certainly right to attack corruption, some business people argue his anti-corruption efforts have gone too far and been turned into micro-management. "Don't send your friend a Christmas or New Year card? Now the party rules everyone like in kindergarten," a friend of mine who works for a government department complained. He tells me there is an economic forecast popular ...

  2. Beijing hits back over rare earths

    Posted Jun 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Eric Ng eric.mpng@scmp.com Beijing stepped up its rebuttal of accusations that it broke global trade rules by restricting exports of key industrial materials known as rare earths, amid an ongoing trade dispute with the United States, the European Union and Japan. It also provided its own estimate for the mainland's rare earths reserves for the first time in an industry ...

  3. Talks start soon on rare earths WTO row

    Posted Mar 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Eric Ng eric.mpng@scmp.com Negotiations on resolving the rare earths trade dispute between China and the US, EU and Japan would start soon, the Ministry of Commerce said yesterday. During a press conference in Beijing yesterday, spokesman Shen Danyang reiterated that Beijing's control over the rare earth industry's output and export was aimed at conserving resources ...

  4. Sport - China - RIGHT FIELD

    If Beijing want to win friends in Hong Kong, they could clean up the air

    Posted Sep 16th 2012, 12:00am by Tim Noonan

    ... been such a contentious spell around here recently that I feel compelled to have a quick word with my good friends up in Beijing. Gents, I know you have a tough job taking care of 1.3 billion ... on hand we would be able to breathe the air around here. But no, because at Hong Kong's core we have an odious property cartel that is greed personified. There is, according to my friend Mike ...

  5. 15m yuan diamonds are a man's best friend

    Posted Jul 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Huang Yuanxi yuanxi.huang@scmp.com A man from Ordos, Inner Mongolia, bought 104 diamonds for nearly 15 million yuan (HK$18.4 million) from a retailer in Beijing last week, hoping to keep them as a long-term investment, local media reported. It was the lar ...

  6. Chen sounding upbeat about life, say friends

    Posted May 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Ng Tze-wei in Beijing tzewei.ng@scmp.com Blind activist Chen Guangcheng sounded optimistic about his future, according to friends who spoke with him, but said he would keep trying to bring ... He's going to be able to take his family.' Chen made his daring nighttime escape from house arrest on April 22, and made it to the US embassy with the help of friends. He was released from ...

  7. Weak dollar makes HK more expat-friendly

    Posted Dec 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Joyce Ng and Zhuang Pinghui Hong Kong is not terribly expensive to live in- if accommodation costs are excluded, that is. And that, according to the latest global study targeted at businesses, has to do with the weak US dollar. Hong Kong plunged in global ...

  8. Beijing airport's soaraway prices brought down to earth

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

    ... Beijing's Capital Airport has slashed the cost of more than 70 products after coming under heavy criticism for its exorbitant food and beverage prices, which rival those of Hong Kong's five-star hotels. Soft drinks, fast food and souvenirs are a ...

  9. City turns 'handicap-friendly'

    Posted Sep 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Beijing authorities are installing special facilities in buses, taxis, subway stations and shopping malls to make the host city 'handicap friendly', as part of government preparations for the Paralympics which start on Saturday, Xinhua said yesterday. About 600 Paralympic vehicles have been converted as handicap-friendly vehicles, and 2,000 low-chassis barrier-free ...

  10. After rough start, mascots turn cuddly

    Posted Aug 08th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... According to the official website, the mascots' colours match those of the Olympic rings, represent the five elements of nature- sea, forest, fire, air and earth- and carry a 'message of friendship and peace'. When the mascots were revealed, organisers came under fire for referring to them as the 'five friendlies'. Students and foreign language consultants stressed ...




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