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

Yu Zhengsheng addresses the CPPCC's annual session with a call for delegates to uphold moral standards. Photo: Xinhua

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.

Wednesday, 4 March, 2015, 9:55am 1 comment More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

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

Baidu founder Robin Li Yanhong speaks to reporters at the Great Hall of the People about his plans to develop artificial intelligence. Photo: Simon Song

The of online search giant Baidu is looking to the nation's military to support efforts which may make China the world leader in developing artificial intelligence systems.

4 Mar 2015 - 10:15am 2 comments More on Baidu

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 More on Social media

Major budget boost expected for Chinese military

A People's Liberation Army band rehearses before the opening of the CPPCC at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Bloomberg

A substantial increase in the military's budget is likely to be announced at the National People's Congress to support the "Chinese Dream Army" envisaged by President Xi Jinping, military analysts say.

4 Mar 2015 - 9:54am 1 comment More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Smog documentary on China's pollution wrong to blame oil, say industry bosses

Documentary maker Chai Jing's documentary suggests that the standards committee was dominated and heavily influenced by major oil companies.

Petrochemical industry insiders have disputed claims made in Under the Dome that lax quality standards for petroleum were a key reason for worsening air pollution.

4 Mar 2015 - 9:16am 4 comments

British royals’ ivory stash may dent Prince William’s anti-poaching message in China

Carved tusks are exhibited along side a leopard skin

The Duke of Cambridge could run the risk being labelled a hypocrite on his trip to Yunnan on Wednesday where he will highlight the peril wreaked by poachers on Africa’s dwindling elephant population as part of his official trip to China.

3 Mar 2015 - 6:37pm 1 comment

Alibaba announces US$316m Taiwan start-up fund amid regulatory problems

Alibaba Group's headquarters in Hangzhou, China. Photo: Reuters

A newly announced investment fund will leave Alibaba with a foothold in Taiwan even if it is forced to withdraw from the island following a government ruling. 

4 Mar 2015 - 5:43am 1 comment More on Alibaba

Tiananmen dissident quits church over extramarital sex; denies raping activist Chai Ling

Yuan Zhiming (right) and his accuser, Chai Ling. Photos: AFP, SCMP Exclusive

A Tiananmen Square dissident  has resigned from his US ministry and begged forgiveness for an extramarital affair after being accused of raping fellow 1989 activist Chai Ling.

3 Mar 2015 - 5:59pm

Britain's Prince William's soccer diplomacy hits target in China

Britain's Prince William 'high fives' soccer student Li Ziyu, 11, during an English Premier League training session at Shanghai's Nanyang Secondary School. Photo: Xinhua

Britain's Prince William focused the second day of his China trip on promoting links between the nations in soccer and cinema - first watching students kick footballs and then attending a film premiere.

4 Mar 2015 - 5:47am

Twenty members of Chinese opera troupe killed in bus crash

Twenty members of a local Chinese opera troupe died and 13 other people were hurt after their bus plunged over a cliff in Linzhou, in Henan province late on Monday night. Photo: Xinhua

The bus appeared to have missed a turning as it was travelling at speed and the vehicle was badly damaged as it rolled down a steep incline, the report said.

3 Mar 2015 - 8:34pm 3 comments

China’s failure to audit overseas state-owned assets ‘creates hotbed of corruption’

The overseas assets of China's state-owned companies provided a hotbed of corruption because the central government almost never audited their financial accounts, a former senior government auditor has claimed.

4 Mar 2015 - 5:50am More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Obama sharply criticises China's plans for new technology rules

US President Barack Obama has criticised China's plans for new rules on American tech firms. He had raised the issue with President Xi Jinping and urged Beijing to change its policy if it wants to do business with the US, he said.

4 Mar 2015 - 5:36am 2 comments More on Barack Obama
A paramilitary policeman on guard near the Great Hall of the People ahead of this week's parliamentary meetings in Beijing. Photo: Bloomberg

Cutting through the jargon at China’s parliamentary sessions

4 Mar 2015 - 9:59am
Sam Chen steers a "brain-controlled" Puzzlebox Orbit helicopter outside the Chaihuo maker space, a Shenzhen workshop for technology enthusiasts. Photo: Dickson Lee

China looks to young entrepreneurs to drive its innovation economy

4 Mar 2015 - 10:01am 1 comment
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
The fact that Putin has so far succeeded in wielding influence in the former USSR states seems to have impressed and influenced the Chinese leadership.

Xi Jinping and the Putin effect

3 Mar 2015 - 6:03pm 2 comments
CPPCC chairman Yu Zhengsheng causes a stir. Photo: Xinhua

Missing phrases in CPPCC work report again cause controversy among Hongkongers

4 Mar 2015 - 9:56am 2 comments
Tourists throng the front of Macau's iconic Casino Lisboa just before last month's Lunar New Year. Photo: Reuters

Macau February casino revenue halves on lacklustre Lunar New Year

4 Mar 2015 - 9:33am 2 comments
The two men were jailed for five years because they had voluntarily confessed and their victim had forgiven them, prosecutors said. Photo: SCMP PIctures

Chinese men jailed for raping schoolgirl under tougher underage sex attack laws

4 Mar 2015 - 8:40am 1 comment
Former CMC vice-chairman Guo Boxiong. Photo: Reuters

Chinese state media suggests retired general Guo Boxiong may be next to fall, after son comes under graft probe

4 Mar 2015 - 8:29am
Abe faces questions over donations from firms that received subsidies

Abe faces questions over donations from firms that received subsidies

3 Mar 2015 - 10:45pm 1 comment
A Philippine frigate anchored in Ulugan Bay. Photo: AFP

Philippines suspends natural gas project in the South China Sea

3 Mar 2015 - 11:08pm

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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 5 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: 11%
  • Economy: 8%
  • Pollution: 30%
  • Party reshuffle: 4%
  • Mainland-HK relationship: 22%
  • Legal reforms: 25%
4 Mar 2015
  • Anti-corruption drive
  • Economy
  • Pollution
  • Party reshuffle
  • Mainland-HK relationship
  • Legal reforms
Total number of votes recorded: 79

Insight

Xi Jinping and the Putin effect

The fact that Putin has so far succeeded in wielding influence in the former USSR states seems to have impressed and influenced the Chinese leadership. TIM COLLARD

China's policy in recent years has been to take an increasingly hard line in defence of the government's positions both domestically and regionally. However, there is no sign of a greater tendency to try to impose the leadership's policies at a greater distance from home.

3 Mar 2015 - 6:03pm 2 comments

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

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Asia

Abe faces questions over donations from firms that received subsidies JAPAN

Abe faces questions over donations from firms that received subsidies

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday said he received donations from firms that got government subsidies, the first time he has faced questions about potentially improper contribution made to him, after having lost three cabinet members to scandals.

3 Mar 2015 - 10:45pm 1 comment
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'?

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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 More on Social media

Four hangouts with a creative vibe for Art Basel crowd

4 Mar 2015

Sshhh! Dos and don'ts for concert-goers in Hong Kong (and everywhere)

3 Mar 2015 1 comment
2005 wines from Medoc's left bank show a sense of restraint, with alcohol levels rarely exceeding 13.5 per cent by volume.

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

We’ve spent so much of the past five years extolling the virtues of the 2009 and 2010 vintages in Bordeaux that the previous “vintage of the century” has been languishing a little in the corner, hidden in the shade of those two more recent blockbusters.

4 Mar 2015 - 10:29am

New restaurant: Ore-no Kappou by Ginza Okamoto

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Four hangouts with a creative vibe for Art Basel crowd

4 Mar 2015
Baidu founder Robin Li Yanhong speaks to reporters at the Great Hall of the People about his plans to develop artificial intelligence. Photo: Simon Song

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

The of online search giant Baidu is looking to the nation's military to support efforts which may make China the world leader in developing artificial intelligence systems.

4 Mar 2015 - 10:15am 2 comments More on Baidu

Google team proposes way to rank search results by their accuracy

4 Mar 2015

Ikea launches furniture that can charge phones

3 Mar 2015

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Sport

Lin Dan speaking ahead of the All England Championships. Photo: Xinhua BADMINTON

China badminton great Lin Dan wants more freedom for athletes

Lin Dan, widely regarded as the greatest men’s singles player in badminton history, marked his return to the All-England Open with an appeal for his fellow professionals to be given more freedom.

4 Mar 2015 - 10:43am
Pacquiao-Mayweather

Vegas gamblers piling money on Pacquiao to beat Mayweather

A flurry of early action on Pacquiao has already narrowed the odds for the big fight in Las Vegas’s legal sports books. By the time they get into the ring May 2, it’s conceivable that Mayweather might not be favourite at all

4 Mar 2015 - 10:28am More on Manny Pacquiao
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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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