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

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 Live

Seven per cent – that is the much-awaited GDP target figure that Premier Li Keqiang is announcing this morning at the opening of the annual National People’s Congress. Figures were released to the media ahead of the speech.

Thursday, 5 March, 2015, 2:11pm

Sweden's top diplomat in Hong Kong hurls insults at bar staff in FCC table row

Sweden's top diplomat in Hong Kong hurls insults at bar staff in FCC table row

Sweden's top diplomat in Hong Kong has apologised for verbally abusing staff at the exclusive Foreign Correspondents' Club during a heated argument over a table.

5 Mar 2015 - 9:34am 27 comments

Chinese military intelligence chief Xing Yunming held in graft inquiry

Xing Yunming has been detained by military graft-busters. Photo: SCMP Pictures

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 - 7:45am 2 comments More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

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

Agents question residents at an apartment complex in Rowland Heights, California, as part of the investigation yesterday. Photo: TNS

Federal agents have searched more than a dozen homes in a crackdown on so-called "maternity tourism" operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the US.

5 Mar 2015 - 3:12am 6 comments More on Chinese tourists

Knifeman slashes US ambassador; screaming attacker demands Korean unification

Knifeman slashes US ambassador; screaming attacker demands Korean unification

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 - 11:23am 3 comments

Shanghai police train with 'bendable guns' that can shoot around corners

Shanghai police practice with a 'bendable gun' that can shoot around corners. Photo: Xinhua

Photos released by Shanghai police show the city's SWAT team training with "bendable guns" which allow the operator to see and shoot around corners. 

5 Mar 2015 - 12:50pm 2 comments

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

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

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has found the wreck of the Japanese Navy's biggest warship at the bottom of the sea in the Philippines, 70 years after US forces sank it.

5 Mar 2015 - 10:36am

China's answer to 'An Inconvenient Truth' sparks rush for shares in green-tech companies

Environmental firms rise in value as programme focuses national attention on poor air quality

Two entrepreneurs became billionaires as shares in their companies rose to record highs on the prospect of new pollution laws after the documentary Under The Dome sparked interest.

5 Mar 2015 - 10:53am 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 8 comments

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

Alibaba founder and executive chairman of Jack Ma Yun gestures during a recent speech at National Taiwan University. Photo: AFP

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group is continuing its expansion into entertainment by buying a US$382 million stake in production company Beijing Enlight Media. 

5 Mar 2015 - 11:21am More on Alibaba

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

Update

China has set its economic growth target for this year set at around 7 percent, the lowest in more than a decade, as it seeks to focus on quality rather than quantity.

5 Mar 2015 - 10:55am More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

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

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 - 1:51pm 6 comments More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015
US president Barack Obama has criticised Beijing's far-reaching anti-terrorism laws, which will affect US tech firms. Photo: Reuters

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

5 Mar 2015 - 1:55pm
Prince William speaks at a meeting on biodiversity protection during his visit to Yunnan. Photo: Xinhua

Prince William urges China to enact permanent ban on ivory trade

5 Mar 2015 - 6:13am 1 comment
President Xi Jinping attends the opening of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference on Tuesday. Photo: Bloomberg

Xi Jinping sounds alert on Taiwan independence

5 Mar 2015 - 9:54am 3 comments
Education Minister Yuan Guiren has called on universities to purge classrooms of foreign textbooks that "spread Western values". Photo: Xinhua

Overzealous Chinese officials 'could ban all foreign books', scholar fears

5 Mar 2015 - 5:38am 5 comments
Many assume that Linghu An is a relative of Ling Jihua (above) because they share an unusual family name.

'Are you his brother?' China antigraft inspector gets grief for sharing surname with corrupt official

5 Mar 2015 - 12:10pm
Military delegates arrive at the Great Hall of the People for the annual session of the National People's Congress. Photo: Jason Lee

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

5 Mar 2015 - 2:52am 16 comments
Reliable transport helped lift the city's ranking. Photo: Edward Wong

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

5 Mar 2015 - 7:39am 40 comments
This undated video grab shows Yang Huiyan, among China's wealthiest people, during her wedding ceremony. Photo: Reuters

Yang Huiyan, daughter of property tycoon, among world's richest under 40

5 Mar 2015 - 10:39am
National People's Congress spokeswoman Fu Ying speaks at a news conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: AFP

China’s anti-terrorism law ‘won’t affect US tech firms’

4 Mar 2015 - 11:13pm 1 comment
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Yoshitomo Nara: neo-pop artist who defies categorisation

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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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Government should rethink blanket incentives for shippers with new regulation due soon

Ships berthed at the Kwai Chung port. Here in Hong Kong, the shipping industry voluntarily initiated the Fair Winds Charter in 2011. Photo: EPA SIMON NG

In last week's budget speech, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah proposed to extend a government incentive scheme to March 2018 that halves the port facilities and light dues charged on ocean-going vessels that switch to low-sulphur fuel while at berth in Hong Kong.

5 Mar 2015 - 12:02pm

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 5 comments

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World

Smoke rises from a fire at the Port Metro Vancouver in Vancouver, British Columbia, Wednesday. Photo: AP CANADA

Toxic smoke covers downtown Vancouver as chemical fire erupts at port

Toxic smoke covered a large part of Vancouver’s downtown core, and police urged residents to stay inside and shut their windows, after a major chemical fire broke out in shipping containers in Canada’s biggest port.

5 Mar 2015 - 11:21am 1 comment
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.

5 Mar 2015 - 1:01pm 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

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

5 Mar 2015

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

5 Mar 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

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group is continuing its expansion into entertainment by buying a US$382 million stake in production company Beijing Enlight Media. 

5 Mar 2015 - 11:21am More on Alibaba

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

5 Mar 2015

Paralysed woman uses thoughts to control a fighter jet in a flight simulator

5 Mar 2015

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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.

5 Mar 2015 - 8:50am More on Rex Tso Sing-yu

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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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