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  1. Report on mainland's No 1 emissions status 'flawed'

    Posted Jun 21st 2007, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing Beijing official rejects new carbon dioxide ranking A central government official yesterday dismissed a report stating that the mainland had for the first time overtaken the US as the world's top producer of carbon dioxide, a year ahead of previous predictions. The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency said on its website on Tuesday ...

  2. Chinese will rally to defend the nation

    Posted Apr 26th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Lau Nai-keung Western politicians and the media are beginning to realise their grave mistake in supporting the Tibetan independence mob, distorting reporting and analysis, and using ... country, territorial integrity is far more important than a public relations show like the Olympic Games. At the moment, the Chinese government is squeezed between violent mobs in Tibet ...

  3. Mainland executions up 260pc, report says

    Posted May 29th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... courts, Amnesty International said yesterday in its annual human rights report. The mainland accounted for more than 70 per cent of the 2,390 executions worldwide, it said. Twenty-four other countries still use capital punishment. The Supreme People's Court resumed the power to review death sentences in late 2006, and there was a significant drop in executions in 2007, with 470 ...

  4. It's time for Beijing to rethink Tibet policy

    Posted Mar 21st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... government-in-exile for starting riots in Lhasa and other parts of the country that have claimed the lives of 13 people. But Tibetan exiles have claimed they merely staged peaceful demonstrations, and that close to 100 protesters died in a crackdown by security forces. With the international media barred from reporting on the ground, reports in the western media have tended to draw heavily ...

  5. Settlement scheme a milestone for yuan

    Posted Dec 26th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in the west, Beijing surprised the world by announcing that it would allow companies in Hong Kong, Macau and the 10 Asean countries to use yuan to settle trade in goods with their partners in selected ... To an extent, yuan-denominated trade already exists in some Asean countries. The new scheme, therefore, formalises existing trade arrangements and works to expand them. For Hong Kong, given our position ...

  6. Fifty years on, time for a rethink of Tibet policy

    Posted Mar 12th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... are not to be blamed on Han Chinese, but at the door of the party, particularly its excesses in days gone by when political campaigns inflicted insufferable pain to everyone across the country, not just ... Chinese by now had Beijing's policy towards the region since the 1950s been guided by something similar to the 'one country, two systems' model now applied to Hong Kong. Looking ...

  7. Free media access will clear doubts over Tibet

    Posted Mar 30th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... might have pushed Beijing to further clam up. But, under increasing international pressure, it has now allowed a group of diplomats from major western countries and Japan to tour Lhasa - albeit ... other areas affected by the recent protests and riots. When violence first broke out in Tibet, some Hong Kong journalists were able to get into Lhasa and file live reports from the city. ...

  8. Green Games in focus

    Posted Nov 17th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Three mainland students received rare access to a British minister this week as she visited Beijing to see the city's Olympic preparations. The students, Beijing ... the Beijing Olympics is a green Olympics.' Ms Jowell said tackling environmental concerns surrounding the Olympics was a concern for both countries. 'This is a priority for the UK as well ...

  9. Beijing prepared to sacrifice Olympics for national security, says US rights group

    Posted Mar 30th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to endanger the country's sovereignty or territorial integrity. 'They will sacrifice the Olympics to preserve national security,' Mr Kamm said. 'The government is adopting a hard ...

  10. In Brief

    Posted Mar 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... its country.' People carried banners calling Mr Hu an assassin. AFP McCain says mainland image being harmed around world US presidential hopeful Senator John McCain has said ...




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