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  1. 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

    ... Celine Sun in Beijing and Langi Chiang The city's latest affordable housing scheme leaves more than 140,000 applicants vying for just 2,000 homes in an outer district Buying ... are permanent residents of Beijing without a flat and those already enrolled for a unit in other government-subsidised affordable housing. The project, called Royal Scenery, is part of a broad plan ...

  2. Bo Xilai and his white elephants

    Posted Aug 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... parent and leaving his child in the care of a neighbour while at work in a brokerage house did not help ease his worries. One day, the 39-year-old clerk startled his colleagues when he jumped with joy after learning that his name had been picked for a public rental flat in Liang Jiang Ming Ju ('Two Rivers Famous Residence'). The new home was in a new housing project built ...

  3. Appeal for change

    Posted Nov 17th 2010, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching China's most recent white paper on human rights, issued in September, claimed continued progress, as did earlier ones. For example, it said that 'in 2009, the number of letters from, and visits of, the people for petition dropped by 2.7 per cent over the previous year, a decrease for the fifth consecutive year'. It added: 'Leading officials of all ...

  4. Religious freedom plea goes to Beijing

    Posted May 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... it had been evicted from its former venue. Scores of Christians have been detained, and six leaders are under house arrest. The petition, sent by courier on Wednesday to the National ... with the law,' Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said at a regular press conference. Some of the house churches whose leaders signed the petition were themselves targets of crackdowns in the past two ...

  5. Comment - Blogs

    Beijing's good legal news turns out to be fake news

    Posted Dec 03rd 2012, 08:03am by John Kennedy

    ... John Kennedy Navigation: China abroad  |  China at home  |  Chinese media Even People's Daily ran with  this Beijing Youth Daily story that a Beijing court sentenced 10 people to prison for involvement in the illegal but widespread act of interceptin ...

  6. Housing compensation activist stays unbowed

    Posted Jul 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... demolitions for the past seven years. That has helped me organise petitions to present to both district and municipal governments. I took the district government's housing agency to court, ... first call the local police station to get permission to leave her house. Qi refuses to accept the compensation offered for the farmhouse, saying it's a tenth of its value. She says ...

  7. Time now to scrap the biggest white elephant of them all

    Posted Feb 26th 2007, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... the skylines- concrete testaments to the nation's economic rise. But for mainlanders, many of these fancy structures- opera houses, theatres and cultural centres- are white elephants, examples ... or traditional Chinese tomb, depending on who you ask- but a headache for managers who need to find at least 330,000 yuan a day to maintain it. However, this is peanuts compared with the biggest white ...

  8. Qeelin jewellery house cocktail party fetes eight young artists

    Posted May 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Kobi Chan Jewellery house Qeelin threw a cocktail party at IFC Mall to open its Caring Robot exhibition, which featured work by eight young artists from Hong Kong, Beijing and Paris. ... robot pendant, spoke highly of the ceramic robot created by Anne-Claire Bottos, which won the award. 'I like the big contrast it creates,' he said, referring to its frosty white ...

  9. News - China - INFRASTRUCTURE

    Residents fear Hebei expressway will drive up house prices

    Posted Jun 06th 2013, 12:00am by MANDY ZUO

    ... Mandy Zuo mandy.zuo@scmp.com People sceptical about actual benefits of Hebei expressway dubbed Beijing's seventh ring road Residents fear road will drive up house prices Hebei media ... through the capital. Others feared it would cause housing prices to rise. Hebei transport authorities had signed an agreement with Beijing to work together to speed up construction of several ...

  10. Freedom of speech put to brutal test

    Posted Mar 15th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Grandmothers were pinned to the ground for petitioning outside the Great Hall of the People yesterday, while journalists were detained just minutes after Premier Wen Jiabao defended ... and housing. Mr Wen also talked about the freedom of speech guaranteed to every citizen by the constitution. However, for the petitioners who managed to breach the tight police blockades yesterday ...




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