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  1. News - China - SOCIETY

    Gay couple defy family to hold wedding party in Beijing

    Posted Feb 01st 2013, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... to be two old folks falling in love- and that's it," the retired teacher said. Hu Zhijun, a mainland gay rights activist, said that he received a microblog message from the couple telling ... Raymond Li raymond.li@scmp.com Angry son confronts his father at a ceremony in Beijing restaurant Couple defy family to hold gay 'wedding' An elderly gay couple went ahead ...

  2. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Getting a flat in new affordable housing project in Beijing like winning a lottery

    Posted Feb 25th 2014, 11:07am by CELINE SUN; LANGI CHIANG

    ... is not the commute- it's the slim odds on winning the right to buy. "I know the hope is very small. I still want to try my luck," said Zheng Lin, a married man working in a finance company ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. News - China - AGRICULTURE

    Beijing to spend 18b yuan to protect farmers' land rights

    Posted Feb 02nd 2013, 12:00am by MANDY ZUO

    ... land rights The mainland is going to spend 18 billion yuan (HK$22.4 billion) identifying and registering the contractual rights of farmland in the countryside over the next five years amid ... farmers contractual rights to the land they farm for 30 years. The central authorities decided to increase the security of land tenure in 2008. A directive issued that year said contractual land ...

  5. News - China - Beijing

    Pet owner sues clinic after dog dies during 'facelift' to attract female mate

    Posted Feb 14th 2013, 01:37pm by Ernest Kao

    ... to “straighten the flabby skin on the dog’s forehead”. According to a court press release, the dog suffered cardiac arrest during the anaesthetic process and died. Animal rights groups and activists ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Clean air should be a basic right

    Posted Jan 15th 2013, 12:00am

    ... SCMP Editorial Clean air should be a basic right Hazardous smog- that has for days blanketed north, central and east China- makes plain the scale of the environmental challenge Xi ... by bringing back blue skies and breathable air. Those should be basic rights for all people, no matter where they live. Unfortunately, cities struggle to attain them, especially those ...

  7. Police Accused of double standards

    Posted Jun 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... a dance performance during a gay rights rally, saying the organisers did not have a public entertainment licence. In March, they forcibly evicted activists and arrested 113 of them for staging ... the Civil Human Rights Front. 'Those who are friendly to the government can do whatever they like, while we who are more critical of [Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen] are subject ...

  8. Xi sets right tone for stable relations

    Posted Feb 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... opposite number, Joe Biden, highlighted a well-established litany of concerns, from human rights abuses to theft of intellectual property. Beijing was criticised for joining Russia in vetoing a UN ... not political grandstanding, is the way to make this happen. Xi has set the right tone. ...

  9. Lesbian phase

    Posted Jun 12th 2006, 12:00am by Debbie Mason

    ... arrived in the city, it seems more and more young women are 'discovering' that they are gay, to the point where it almost seems to be trendy. But is this a revelation, or simply a kind ... than by officialdom. In Beijing, while not exactly encouraged, it is 'certainly not repressed', as one member of the gay community put it. But the surprising thing about ...

  10. Beijing does right by its migrants

    Posted Oct 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the system and allow people to move and work freely across the country without sacrificing basic rights. As a result, tens of millions of migrant workers who have helped build the modern cities along ... million homes for them. Opening up subsidised rental housing to migrants who have settled permanently is a step in the right direction that other cities and provinces should follow. Migrant ...




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