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China to increase military spending by 10 per cent ‘in bid to modernise PLA’

Fu Ying, spokeswoman for the third session of China's 12th National People's Congress, at today's press conference in Beijing. Photo: AP

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.

Wednesday, 4 March, 2015, 7:03pm 7 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, says he wants his company to surpass Apple as the world’s No 1 smartphone maker within 10 years. Photo: AP

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 - 4:17pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

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 2 comments

Beijing delegates banned from ‘checking social media, playing games on phone’ at congress

A paramilitary police officer stands guard in Tiananmen Square near the Great Hall of the People. The National People's Congress formally opens on Thursday. Photo: Associated Press

Delegates from Beijing attending the National People’s Congress face tougher rules of conduct, according to a newspaper report, including a ban on checking social media on their mobile phones during meetings.

4 Mar 2015 - 4:19pm 2 comments More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

China services sector picks up in February, new orders at three-month high

The HSBC/Markit Services Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the mainland picked up to 52.0 last month. Photo: Reuters

The mainland services sector expanded for a 10th straight month in February, a survey on private sector activity reported ahead of an expected cut in the mainland’s annual growth target by Chinese leaders.

4 Mar 2015 - 5:27pm

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

Xiaomi vice president of global operations Hugo Barra. Photo: AP

Xiaomi's biggest challenge in selling its cheap but hugely popular smartphones outside China may not be winning the hearts and minds of international customers but how to manage potential intellectual property legal challenges. 

4 Mar 2015 - 4:33pm More on THE NEXT BIG THING

Standard Chartered’s pre-tax profit plunges 30 per cent in 2014 as costs eat into profits

Operating expenses at Standard Chartered jumped 5 per cent to US$10.7 billion last year. Photo: Bloomberg New

Standard Chartered pre-tax profit fell 30 per cent in 2014 to US$4.24 billion, far short of analysts’ expectations as costs continued to eat into profits.

4 Mar 2015 - 5:37pm 2 comments More on Standard Chartered Bank

Will China's censors rob its anti-corruption chief of his favourite TV show, 'House Of Cards'?

Will China's censors rob its anti-corruption chief of his favourite TV show, 'House Of Cards'? New

Wang Qishan, one of the most powerful politicians in China and avowed House of Cards fan, may find himself disappointed as he will most likely miss

4 Mar 2015 - 10:34am 6 comments More on Social media

Owner of Hong Kong-registered boat in Shenzhen tragedy is refused request for new autopsy of victim

Liang Zhentao, 45, died in an accident involving a Hong Kong-registered boat at a Shenzhen beach on January 1. Photo: SCMP Pictures.

The owner of the Hong Kong-registered boat, suspected to be involved in the death of a swimmer off Shenzhen’s Dameisha beach on January 1, has asked for a second autopsy to be performed on the victim, but authorities rejected the request, the Southern Metropolitan

4 Mar 2015 - 5:31pm

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

Alibaba's headquarters in Hangzhou. New York-traded Alibaba’s foray into data centre services in the US represents its most direct expansion in the US. Photo: AP

The new facility run by Aliyun, the cloud-computing operation of Hangzhou-based Alibaba, faces stiff competition in a vast market.

4 Mar 2015 - 4:20pm More on Alibaba

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

The chief of China's political advisory body has vowed to restore its image after the downfall of a string of top leaders caught up in the anti-graft campaign.

4 Mar 2015 - 9:55am 1 comment More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

China says anti-terrorism law won’t affect network operators after Obama comments

China moves to calm fears over its anti-terrorism law today by saying it will not affect network operators after US President Barack Obama expressed fears it would affect American tech firms

4 Mar 2015 - 6:40pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015
NPC spokeswoman Fu Ying says Beijing won't budge. Photo: Xinhua

Hong Kong political reform framework ‘unshakeable’, say top Beijing officials

4 Mar 2015 - 5:53pm 4 comments
Tesla CEO Elon Musk at a news conference in Beijing. Musk was the most searched luxury business last year. Photo: Reuters

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Prada boss among world's most-searched luxury business leaders

4 Mar 2015 - 11:08am
General view of the opening session of the plenum at the Great Hall of the People. As for the CPPCC plenary session, its budget last year was 70 million yuan (HK$88 million), according to its website. This means more than 32,600 yuan was spent on each of the 2,143 delegates at the 10-day session. Photo: EPA

Austerity on full display at China's annual plenum, but how much money is really saved?

4 Mar 2015 - 9:56am
Hong Kong's efficient transport system lifted it above other cities in China. Photo: Nora Tam

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

4 Mar 2015 - 5:22pm 28 comments
The current outbreak of the H3N2 flu virus has so far killed 319 people in Hong Kong. Photo: EPA

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

4 Mar 2015 - 6:31pm 2 comments
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Technologies Consumer Business Group, introduces the firm's smartwatch. Photo: EPA

Huawei unveils new smart watch to challenge Apple in luxury wearables market

4 Mar 2015 - 11:21am 1 comment
Colombia seizes Chinese ship for concealing 100 tonnes of explosives bound for Cuba

Colombia seizes Chinese ship for concealing 100 tonnes of explosives bound for Cuba

4 Mar 2015 - 1:09pm 2 comments
Federal agents swarm over an upscale apartment complex in Irvine, California, that was allegedly being used to house Chinese "birth tourists" on Tuesday. Photo: AP

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

4 Mar 2015 - 1:51pm 3 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 - 4:24pm 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

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Leader

Protesters clash with police during the rally against parallel trading in Yuen Long. Photo: David Wong

Parallel trading, not mainland visitors, is the real problem

4 Mar 2015 - 1:44am 6 comments
People hold pictures of Boris Nemtsov during a memorial march on March 1 that replaced a protest rally he helped organising. Photo: Kyodo

Assassins must be brought to justice

4 Mar 2015 - 9:52am

Today's Poll

  • Anti-corruption drive: 13%
  • Economy: 10%
  • Pollution: 45%
  • 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: 266

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 1 comment

Focus

Use fusion of Chinese and Western cultures to bring Hong Kong to the world, says director

In a special series on ideas for the city’s future, we talk to director Fredric Mao Chun-fai Vivienne Chow

Fredric Mao Chun-fai is standing in the foyer of the Lyric Theatre, a soft smile on his face as he greets members of the audience heading in to see his latest theatrical sensation Tonnochy.

4 Mar 2015 - 10:03am 1 comment

Harry's View

Basement Jaxx will get you moving in Repulse Bay.

The best gigs in Hong Kong over Art Basel week

You’ve spent all day looking at art, you’ve maybe had a few glasses of champagne and now you’re ready

4 Mar 2015 - 6:08pm More on Art Basel 2015

A fascinating and gorgeously sung journey through early opera

4 Mar 2015

Hong Kong beach party that's under the radar - and free

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Alain Ducasse at SPOON. He says Good France is a celebration not just of French cuisine but of "today's cuisine: humanist, energetic, diverse and relevant". Photo: Jonathan Wong

Hong Kong restaurants join Alain Ducasse's Good France project

Seven Hong Kong restaurants will join renowned chef Alain Ducasse's celebration of French cuisine, in which 1,300 restaurants around the world will serve a unique French dinner the same day, March 19. It's inspired by Auguste Escoffier's Epicurean Dinners, launched in 1912.

4 Mar 2015 - 4:51pm

Getting your goat: four places to eat goat in Hong Kong

4 Mar 2015

Bordeaux 2005: how 'vintage of the century' drinks at 10 years old

4 Mar 2015
Xiaomi vice president of global operations Hugo Barra. Photo: AP

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

Xiaomi's biggest challenge in selling its cheap but hugely popular smartphones outside China may not be winning the hearts and minds of international customers but how to manage potential intellectual property legal challenges. 

4 Mar 2015 - 4:33pm More on THE NEXT BIG THING

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

4 Mar 2015

'China brain' project seeks military funding as Baidu makes artificial intelligence plans

4 Mar 2015 3 comments

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Sport

Savvy Nature in training last month. Photo: Kenneth Chan Hong Kong Derby

John Moore’s Savvy Nature fails to make Hong Kong Derby field

John Moore-trained Australian import Savvy Nature has missed out on a place in the 14-horse field for next weekend’s Group One BMW Hong Kong Derby after he was named first reserve today.

4 Mar 2015 - 1:05pm More on BMW Hong Kong Derby 2015

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Richard Leakey. Photos: May Tse; Corbis; The Leakey Foundation; AFP Wildlife conservation

Richard Leakey on a conservation crusade (just don't mention God)

A scion of the Leakey family – whose fossil discoveries helped reveal how humans evolved – Richard has also been hailed as a saviour of the African elephant. Sarah Lazarus wonders whether Brad Pitt will do justice to this charismatic Kenyan in a forthcoming biopic …

1 Mar 2015 - 6:05pm

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