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Premier Li Keqiang signals China’s ‘new normal’ with lower annual growth target

Li Keqiang gives his speech today at Great Hall of the People, in which he admitted that downward pressure on China’s economy was intensifying. Photo: Xinhua

He tells NPC delegates that government has set growth target this year of about 7pc - below last year’s 7.5 pc - and will create 10 million new jobs and continue fight against pollution and corruption 

Thursday, 5 March, 2015, 7:38pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Screaming knifeman slashes US ambassador, demands Korean unification

Mark Lippert is helped away from the scene of the attack in downtown Seoul. Photo: AP

US Ambassador Mark Lippert was slashed on the face and wrist today by a man wielding a knife with a 25cm blade and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police said.

5 Mar 2015 - 7:17pm 6 comments

‘One country, two systems’ for Hong Kong must comply with China constitution, says Li Keqiang

Li restated the promise of “Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong”. Photo: Bloomberg Update

The implementation of the “one country, two systems” principle must strictly comply with the Chinese constitution and the Basic Law, Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday.

5 Mar 2015 - 5:08pm 34 comments More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

China pledges to cut coal use, increase renewables to help tackle pollution

Shanghai's skyline shrouded in smog last month. China's economic planning body wants to halt any increased use of coal, one the main causes of pollution. Photo: AFP

China’s top state planning agency has pledged to accelerate policies to promote cleaner and renewable sources of energy and tackle overcapacity in polluting industrial sectors.

5 Mar 2015 - 5:49pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Prince William praised by Chinese internet users for tough stance on wildlife trafficking

Prince William visiting an elephant reserve in Yunnan province in southwest China. He urged China to become a global leader in the fight against the illegal trade in wildlife. Photo: AFP

Britain’s Prince William has won praise from internet users in China after he visited an elephant reserve and condemned illegal wildlife trafficking as “a vicious form of criminality”.

5 Mar 2015 - 5:57pm

Technology leaders say ‘no comment’ on US-China relations amid trade war fears

US president Barack Obama has criticised Beijing's far-reaching anti-terrorism laws, which will affect US tech firms. Photo: Reuters Analysis

US-China relations have quickly become the last thing many business leaders on both sides are willing to discuss publicly, following US president Barack Obama's sharp criticism of Beijing's new rules regarding American tech firms.

5 Mar 2015 - 5:47pm 1 comment More on Barack Obama

China calls for ‘restraint’ amid rebel, government forces clashes in Myanmar

Migrant workers fleeing from the fighting in Kokang last month. China is concerned about the renewed fighting close to its border. Photo: Reuters

Myanmar must ensure “lower temperatures” along its border with China and all sides must exercise restraint, a senior Chinese official told a Myanmar envoy, following clashes inside the Southeast Asian nation that have pushed refugees into China.

5 Mar 2015 - 1:59pm 1 comment

Time to let the hate for Mayweather flow, legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler tells Pacquiao

Marvin Hagler still looks fighting fit at 60. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Boxing legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler knows exactly what Manny Pacquiao is going through as he prepares to take on Floyd Mayweather – and he says now’s the time for the Filipino star to let the hate flow through him.

5 Mar 2015 - 7:13pm More on Manny Pacquiao

China’s passenger flights ‘10 times safer than global average’, says aviation chief

China's passenger flights are '10 times safer than the global average', says China's civil aviation chief, Li Jiaxiang. Photo: Xinhua

Li Jiaxiang, head of Civil Aviation Administration, also vows to 'improve air traffic control services and coordinate with various parties' to tackle flight delays and poor customer service

5 Mar 2015 - 7:44pm 1 comment More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

China endorses Alibaba as it backs e-commerce expansion of Chinese internet firms

Alibaba, the world’s largest e-commerce company, is led by its founder, Jack Ma. Photo: AFP

China will back e-commerce development and guide international expansion by Chinese internet companies, Premier Li Keqiang said today in an endorsement for companies such as Alibaba and JD.com.

5 Mar 2015 - 7:47pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

China boosts military budget by 10.1 per cent, despite slowing economy

China said today that its official military budget will grow by 10.1 per cent in the coming year, amid unease among Beijing’s neighbours about its growing might and territorial ambitions.

5 Mar 2015 - 7:12pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Reporter’s notebook: early start vital if I want to be out in front and beat rivals to global headlines

A Bloomberg reporter arrived at the hall in the chilly capital at 3am today, only to find that three Reuters reporters were already waiting at the head of a queue.

5 Mar 2015 - 6:24pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015
Alibaba founder and executive chairman of Jack Ma Yun gestures during a recent speech at National Taiwan University. Photo: AFP

The Netflix of China? Alibaba buys US$382 million stake in film and TV production company

5 Mar 2015 - 11:21am
Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said dignitaries from around the world would be invited to the event. Photo: China Radio International

Obama to be invited to Beijing military parade to mark end of second world war

5 Mar 2015 - 5:48pm
The Galapad Settler utilises graphene in its design to increase battery life and touchscreen sensitivity. Photo: Galapad

Graphene-based Chinese smartphone technology could 'boost battery life by 50 per cent'

5 Mar 2015 - 4:10pm 1 comment
Shanghai police practice with a 'bendable gun' that can shoot around corners. Photo: Xinhua

Shanghai police train with ‘bendable guns’ that can shoot around corners

5 Mar 2015 - 5:47pm 2 comments
The third session of China's 12th National People's Congress (NPC) opens at the Great Hall of the People on March 5, 2015. Photo: Simon Song

China targets 7pc economic growth this year; military spending to rise 10.1 pc

5 Mar 2015 - 6:10pm
McDonald’s Corp has long battled negative perceptions about its food, but the issue has become a bigger vulnerability as more people shift toward options they feel are made with higher-quality ingredients. Photo: AP

Bitten by criticism, McDonald's vows to take antibiotics-laced chicken off the menu

5 Mar 2015 - 3:01pm
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers the government work report during the opening meeting of the third session of China's 12th National People's Congress. Photo: Xinhua

China unveils targets for 2015: Li Keqiang’s speech as it happened

5 Mar 2015 - 6:05pm
Xing Yunming has been detained by military graft-busters. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Chinese military intelligence chief Xing Yunming held in graft inquiry

5 Mar 2015 - 7:45am 3 comments
Agents question residents at an apartment complex in Rowland Heights, California, as part of the investigation yesterday. Photo: TNS

US homes raided in crackdown on pregnant Chinese ‘birth tourism’ rings

5 Mar 2015 - 3:12am 12 comments
Wreckage of second world war battleship Musashi. A crew of 1,023 was lost when the ship was sunk by US planes during the conflict's largest naval battle. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Japan's biggest warship found off the Philippines, says billionaire Paul Allen

5 Mar 2015 - 10:36am

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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 1 comment
Buildings amid heavy air pollution, in Wuhan, Hubei. Photo: Reuters

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

5 Mar 2015 - 8:08am 6 comments

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Insight

Beware the line between promoting Hong Kong's uniqueness, and championing independence

Living in Hong Kong, I find many locals tend to call "the mainland" China. JIANG XUN

Twenty years ago, I arrived in Hong Kong from Shanghai. At the Lo Wu immigration checkpoint, I needed to fill out an entry form, which asked where I came from. I wrote "Shanghai". The immigration officer glanced at it and said "Shanghai" should be amended to "China".

5 Mar 2015 - 6:03pm 4 comments

Focus

Educator Leung Kee-cheong on 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 - 3:46pm 8 comments

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World

Hillary Clinton delivers an after-dinner speech at an awards event in Washington. Photo: AFP UNITED STATES

Embattled Hillary Clinton urges US State Department to release emails

Hillary Clinton broke her silence over a controversy involving her use of personal email for work when she was secretary of state, saying she wanted the US State Department to release them.

5 Mar 2015 - 7:09pm 1 comment

Business

Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr hopes to see the venture with Air China up and running by the end of this year. Photo: May Tse AIRLINES

Lufthansa counts on China venture to ward off Gulf rivals

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Lufthansa wants to see its joint venture with Air China up and running by the end of this year, which will be its 89th on the mainland, says chairman and chief executive Carsten Spohr, as the world’s largest airline group looks to ward off competition from Gulf carriers by strengthening bilateral

5 Mar 2015 - 10:11pm
Hong Kong Stock Market

Premier Li says Hong Kong and Shenzhen exchanges to link at "appropriate time"

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Beijing will link up the Hong Kong and Shenzhen bourses at an “appropriate time”, Premier Li Keqiang announced in his annual work report yesterday, just hours before the local bourse reported a 13 per cent profit growth due to its tie up with the Shanghai bourse in November.

5 Mar 2015 - 5:59pm More on HKEx
Oscar winners Francis Ford Coppola and Susan Sarandon. Both feature in a short film about the intersection of art and technology, which will have its world premiere in Hong Kong next week. Sarandon will join a celebration of art and creativity as part of Art Basel Hong Kong. Photos: EPA

Susan Sarandon to be honoured at Hong Kong dinner

Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon will receive an award next week at a Hong Kong gala dinner for her outstanding contribution to cinema.

Sarandon will be taking part in a three-day celebration of the power of art and creativity as part of Art Basel Hong Kong. 

5 Mar 2015 - 6:45pm More on Art Basel 2015

20 must-see contemporary art exhibits in Art Basel month

5 Mar 2015

Yoshitomo Nara: neo-pop artist who defies categorisation

4 Mar 2015
Recipe: Susan Jung's simple yet delicious Thai-style chicken wings

Recipe: Susan Jung's simple yet delicious Thai-style chicken wings

This is one of the most requested recipes from my cookbook, A Celebration of Food - it's something I make whenever my friends and I get together for pot lucks. While the wings can be fried immediately, it tastes better if they have a chance to marinate for several hours.

5 Mar 2015 - 6:42pm

Venetian Macao hosts third wine-and-dine festival

5 Mar 2015

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

4 Mar 2015
The Galapad Settler utilises graphene in its design to increase battery life and touchscreen sensitivity. Photo: Galapad

Graphene-based Chinese smartphone technology could 'boost battery life by 50 per cent'

Phone and tablet owners frustrated that their devices only stay charged for half a day may have found their salvation in new Chinese smartphones which contain the so-called wonder material graphene. 

5 Mar 2015 - 4:10pm 1 comment More on THE NEXT BIG THING

The Netflix of China? Alibaba buys US$382 million stake in film and TV production company

5 Mar 2015

Apple, Google device users vulnerable to hacking over 'zombie' security bug

5 Mar 2015

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Marvin Hagler still looks fighting fit at 60. Photo: K.Y. Cheng Pacquiao-Mayweather

Time to let the hate for Mayweather flow, legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler tells Pacquiao

Boxing legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler knows exactly what Manny Pacquiao is going through as he prepares to take on Floyd Mayweather – and he says now’s the time for the Filipino star to let the hate flow through him.

5 Mar 2015 - 7:13pm More on Manny Pacquiao

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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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