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  1. United States

    Posted Oct 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Sarah Wong foodandwine@scmp.com Although you wouldn't think so from the limited range available in Hong Kong, the United States is the fourth largest wine producer. Low-priced wines ... winemakers have turned their attention to Asia. Although wine is produced in all 50 states only in a handful is it more than a novelty. One state accounts for 89 per cent of production- California. ...

  2. State units may default on loans of 4.7tr yuan

    Posted Jun 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... government finance platforms (LGFP) that thrived following the outbreak of the global financial crisis in 2008. About 70 per cent of the state's 4 trillion yuan stimulus package was shouldered by local governments and state-owned enterprises, analysts said. While the biggest risk to the credit quality of listed mainland banks is related to these finance vehicles, the bulk of the exposure ...

  3. Channel hop

    Posted May 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... to the United States that yielded Fun USA (TLC, Fridays at 10pm), exploring the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon and Washington in a two-episode series. Short as it is, Hsieh's trip is action ... In Washington state, Hsieh romps around with friendly wildlife and samples local delicacies before going sleepless in Seattle with a gang of striptease artists. She even has time to hang out with her ...

  4. Obstacle course

    Posted Jan 18th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... heads to the US for a state visit, President Hu Jintao is warning the US against adopting a 'cold war mentality' towards China's rise. Just as Chinese generals repeatedly stress ...

  5. State Council to consider tax plan to help less well-off working classes

    Posted Feb 28th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Zhuang Pinghui The State Council will discuss on Wednesday changes to the nation's system for income tax deductions designed to help medium- and low-income individuals, Premier Wen ... of their living expenses. According to Xinhua, the State Council submitted a report to the NPC on the widening wealth gap, saying the present individual income tax system fails to factor in the number ...

  6. Putin's Russia not so united any more

    Posted Dec 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's carefully-cultivated strongman image has taken a hard knock with Russia's parliamentary election. His ruling United Russia party has suffered ... and there is no better chance for it to now take hold and blossom. Voters' discontent with United Russia's policies and the autocratic ways of Putin have robbed the party of its two-thirds ...

  7. ... but state media still takes some shots at Washington

    Posted Nov 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Teddy Ng State media yesterday accused the United States of ignoring the real causes of its economic woes and faulted US President Barack Obama for 'scapegoating' Beijing with complaints about China's currency and trade policies. A commentary by Xinhua was among the most strongly worded state-media responses to the just-concluded Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation ...


    Posted Sep 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Once known as the terrible twins of critically reviled TV show Full House, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have transformed themselves from straight-to-video one-timers into a fashion force. At times celebrated by the press (The New York Times gushed over Mary ...

  9. State Council sets rules for public rented homes

    Posted Sep 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... that they can be used along with the sale of government-subsidised housing units to stabilise prices in mainland cities. The State Council pledged unspecified additional funds to the building of public ... vehicles. Public rental units would be strictly administered, the State Council said, in order to prevent cheating and unauthorised change of use. Public rental units are just one type of housing ...

  10. Generals have a major problem, it's the heads of state that matter

    Posted May 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ed Zhang The United States rolled out the red carpet for the first visit to the United States by China's chief of general staff in seven years, which ends today. During the week-long ... the United States' global presence, but only hoped its whole purpose was not to contain China. What China sees as true threats are the US arms sales to Taiwan and reconnaissance missions off ...




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