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Fight cross-border tensions with ‘positive energy,’ Hong Kong delegates urged

State leaders attend the opening meeting of the annual plenum in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua Update

The top state leader overseeing Hong Kong affairs yesterday urged the city's representatives in Beijing to "unleash positive energy" and foster cross-border harmony in the wake of anti-mainlander sentiments.

Thursday, 5 March, 2015, 3:01am 5 comments More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

China’s military budget to increase ‘about 10 per cent’, lowest rise in five years

Military delegates arrive at the Great Hall of the People for the annual session of the National People's Congress. Photo: Jason Lee Update

National People’s Congress spokeswoman Fu Ying tells his week’s annual plenum that China plans to increase its military budget by about 10 per cent this year.

5 Mar 2015 - 2:52am 13 comments More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Anson Chan's think tank suggests easing 'majority support' rule in Hong Kong's chief executive race

NPC spokeswoman Fu Ying says Beijing won't budge. Photo: Xinhua Update

Beijing officials remained adamant on Wednesday that Hong Kong’s political reform must follow the restrictive framework laid down by the National People’s Congress standing committee.

5 Mar 2015 - 12:25am 7 comments

Hong Kong ranked 70th in world for quality of living - way behind rival Singapore

Reliable transport helped lift the city's ranking. Photo: Edward Wong

Hong Kong offers the best quality of living among cities in China, but falls behind main competitor Singapore and major Japanese centres, according to a survey.

5 Mar 2015 - 3:19am 33 comments

Man ‘expected to be arrested sooner’ after helping friend move bits of parents’ bodies

Tse, shown being escorted by police, said he could not sleep before his arrest. Photo: Felix Wong

A man who admitted helping his friend move the dismembered parts of his parents’ bodies said he expected to be arrested and was devastated after the event, a court heard today.

5 Mar 2015 - 12:30am

Chinese worker lives in a cave so he can send rent money home to his family

The super-frugal migrant worker from Hebei province keeps only a radio, a quilt and some clothes in his cave in Jinan. Photos: China News Service New

A narrow cave on a desolate mountain can hardly be called home sweet home. But it’s just that for a Chinese migrant worker who has sacrificed comfort to be able to save for his family.

4 Mar 2015 - 3:47pm 6 comments

Let Hongkongers serve in China’s People’s Liberation Army, says top military official

PLA soldiers march ahead of the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

Hongkongers should be allowed to serve in China’s People’s Liberation Army, according to a mainland-based think tank member, who says doing so could foster their identification with the country.

4 Mar 2015 - 6:15pm 11 comments

HSBC marks 150th anniversary with light show and commemorative banknote

The impressive 150th anniversary light show illuminates HSBC headquarters in Central. Photo: Nora Tam

HSBC launched a light show last night to celebrate its 150th anniversary and is to issue a special commemorative HK$150 banknote.

4 Mar 2015 - 6:17pm More on HSBC

Deadly Hong Kong flu outbreak ‘won’t spread to mainland’, says disease expert

The current outbreak of the H3N2 flu virus has so far killed 319 people in Hong Kong. Photo: EPA

China’s top respiratory specialist, who is regarded as a hero for his efforts in fighting the Sars epidemic, says Hong Kong's deadly outbreak of the H3N2 flu virus will not spread to the mainland.

4 Mar 2015 - 6:31pm 3 comments More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Xiaomi smartphone chief predicts ‘Chinese companies will lead world in future’

Lei Jun, chairman and chief executive of technology company, Xiaomi, aims to surpass Apple as the world’s No 1 smartphone maker within 10 years. Photo: Reuters

Lei Jun, chairman and chief executive of the world's No 3 smartphone maker, adds his vote of confidence to the mainland’s “go-global” drive to invest abroad

4 Mar 2015 - 7:12pm 3 comments More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Chinese military intelligence chief Xing Yunming held in graft inquiry

The chief of a Chinese military intelligence agency is under investigation for alleged corruption, detained by graft-busters in the run-up to Lunar New Year, according to two independent sources.

5 Mar 2015 - 2:48am More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Standard Chartered pre-tax profit falls 30 per cent, hit by ‘perfect storm’

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Standard Chartered pre-tax profit fell 30 per cent in 2014 to US$4.24 billion, far short of analysts’ expectations

4 Mar 2015 - 11:21pm 4 comments More on Standard Chartered Bank
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Hong Kong policeman punched nine times in Chungking Mansions attack caught on CCTV

4 Mar 2015 - 7:52am 39 comments
The HK$150 note reflects Hong Kong's development over the years. Photo: May Tse

HSBC HK$150 anniversary banknote tipped for hyperinflation

5 Mar 2015 - 4:44am 9 comments
Relieved passengers emerge from the plane after the plane screeched to a halt following a terrifying landing. Photo: AFP

Panic as Turkish Airlines plane skids off Nepal runway and fills with smoke

4 Mar 2015 - 7:21pm 1 comment
A doctor teaches students a part of the operation Dynamic Hip Screw (DHS) which gives teenagers a chance to experience the life of medical staff. Public hospitals require some 6,200 doctors by 2041 in order to maintain the level of service comparable with today's. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hong Kong's doctor shortage will not ease until 2020: government report

4 Mar 2015 - 9:12am 7 comments
A section of Tung Choi Street was closed for two hours. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Mother held after items including bag of cash thrown from 15th floor into Hong Kong street

5 Mar 2015 - 4:49am
Yu Zhengsheng addresses the CPPCC's annual session with a call for delegates to uphold moral standards. Photo: Xinhua

China’s top politicians told to restore image after string of leaders snared in graft probe

4 Mar 2015 - 9:55am 1 comment
Vegas gamblers have given Pacquiao the thumbs up so far. Photo: AP

Vegas gamblers piling money on Pacquiao to beat Mayweather

4 Mar 2015 - 2:38pm
Times Square shopping mall in Causeway Bay. Retail figures were said to be affected by the timing of the Lunar New Year. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong retail sales plunge in biggest drop since 2003 Sars epidemic

4 Mar 2015 - 9:05am 28 comments
Australians Andrew Chan (left) and Myuran Sukumaran were sentenced to death in 2006, a year after being arrested. Photo: Reuters

Australia ‘revolted’ as Indonesia transfers Bali Nine drug ringleaders to island for execution

4 Mar 2015 - 7:37pm 1 comment
A general picture of Causeway Bay. It is the first time Hong Kong has been listed in the top 10 though the city consistently makes the top 20 most expensive cities to live. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Hong Kong in world’s top 10 most expensive cities to live for first time in over a decade

4 Mar 2015 - 12:35pm 12 comments

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Leader

John Tsang's message was common sense: if you cannot afford it, do not buy.

Sweet dreams of home ownership can turn into nightmare

5 Mar 2015 - 2:22am
Buildings amid heavy air pollution, in Wuhan, Hubei. Photo: Reuters

Chai Ling's documentary on pollution brings out the stark truth

5 Mar 2015 - 2:22am 2 comments

Today's Poll

  • Anti-corruption drive: 13%
  • Economy: 9%
  • Pollution: 48%
  • Party reshuffle: 3%
  • Mainland-HK relationship: 15%
  • Legal reforms: 13%
4 Mar 2015
  • Anti-corruption drive
  • Economy
  • Pollution
  • Party reshuffle
  • Mainland-HK relationship
  • Legal reforms
Total number of votes recorded: 348

Insight

Hong Kong must rouse its can-do spirit to get electoral reform passed

The key to securing the necessary votes from democrats may lie in what assurances are given for reform in the future. Cliff Buddle

The Lunar New Year is a good time to make a fresh start. The Year of the Goat has ushered in a slightly more positive environment in which to consider democratic development.

4 Mar 2015 - 5:59pm 2 comments

Focus

How to end class struggle in Hong Kong

In a special series on ideas to take the city into the future, we talk to educator Leung Kee-cheong. Photo: K.Y. Cheng SHIRLEY ZHAO

Hong Kong needs to change its education system. That is if it's serious about wanting more entrepreneurs to spur innovation and competition. Otherwise, money spent on start-ups is money poured down the drain.

5 Mar 2015 - 3:30am

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Sweden's top diplomat in Hong Kong 'verbally abused' bar staff SOCIETY

Sweden's top diplomat in Hong Kong 'verbally abused' bar staff

Sweden's top diplomat in Hong Kong, a 19-year veteran in foreign affairs, has apologised for verbally abusing staff at the exclusive Foreign Correspondents' Club in Central during a heated argument over a table.

5 Mar 2015 - 4:42am

Property

Frenetic buying of small flats has driven prices to record highs, prompting the Hong Kong Monetary Authority to impose new mortgage tightening measures. Photo: Reuters LAND SALES

Hong Kong developers may shun sites for small flats amid mortgage curbs

The latest round of mortgage tightening to contain prices of small homes may weaken developers' appetite for land designated for mass housing but will intensify competition for luxury residential sites.

3 Mar 2015 - 8:04pm
Gao Weigang's Consume is in the Encounters section of Art Basel.

20 must-see contemporary art exhibits in Art Basel month

With the third edition of Art Basel Hong Kong and the launch of a new satellite fair, March is the busiest month on the city's contemporary art calendar. Here are 20 shows you shouldn't miss.

4 Mar 2015 - 11:47pm More on Art Basel 2015

Yoshitomo Nara: neo-pop artist who defies categorisation

4 Mar 2015

The Gate Theatre stages Pride and Prejudice in Hong Kong

4 Mar 2015
Uwe Opocensky's petit fours, part of the Mandarin Grill & Bar's Art Basel-themed menu.

Art on a plate: hotels offer Art Basel-themed menus

In honour of Art Basel, from March 15 to 17, the event's official partner, the Mandarin Oriental, will have art-focused promotions throughout the hotel.

4 Mar 2015 - 11:10pm More on Art Basel 2015

Favourite Hong Kong restaurants of Mi-jeong Kim, gallery manager

4 Mar 2015

Restaurant review: Bungalow - tasty lamb, unimaginative desserts

4 Mar 2015
Tech review: three portable Wi-fi scanners

Tech review: three portable Wi-fi scanners

Want a paperless life? These super-fast, super-portable A4 scanners can digitise drawings, recipes, notes and photos in seconds.

4 Mar 2015 - 10:52pm

Xiaomi coming to US and Europe, but no smartphones yet due to 'patent gap'

4 Mar 2015

Alibaba launches first data centre in Silicon Valley amid ramped-up US expansion

4 Mar 2015

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Sport

Hong Kong boxer Rex Tso Sing-yu (right) in action against Espinos Sabu in November last year. Photo: Edward Wong BOXING

Rex Tso joins Top Rank stable in world title hunt

Rex Tso Sing-yu’s dream of becoming Hong Kong’s first world champion has received a massive boost after he signed with one of the world’s biggest promoters.

4 Mar 2015 - 11:45pm More on Rex Tso Sing-yu
Soccer: AFC Champions League

Ricardo Goulart hits hat-trick for Guangzhou Evergrande

Ricardo Goulart’s hat-trick earned Guangzhou Evergrande a 3-2 win over reigning AFC Champions League title-holders Western Sydney Wanderers in Sydney on Wednesday night, but the victory was overshadowed by a nasty injury to goalkeeper Zeng Cheng.

4 Mar 2015 - 11:21pm

Lopsided wins for Pakistan and Australia at Cricket World Cup

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Yoshitomo Nara: neo-pop artist who defies categorisation

Ahead of two important solo exhibitions in Hong Kong, the Japanese artist with a global cult following is dismissive of the way others interpret his work, saying: 'This is just what comes out.'

4 Mar 2015 - 11:43pm More on Art Basel 2015

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