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Beijing welcomes Taiwan to join infrastructure bank under ‘appropriate title’

Taiwan's Parliament speaker Wang Jin-pyng, centre, with Premier Mao Chi-kuo, left, and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) member Ker Chien-ming, right, in Taipei on Wednesday. Taipei sent a letter of intent to join the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Bank on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

Mainland China would welcome Taiwan to join the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank under an appropriate title, officials said on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 1 April, 2015, 2:13pm 1 comment

China pushing second world war anniversary events, but Western turnout could be low-key

Japanese troops load civilian prisoners on to a truck during the notorious 'Rape of Nanking' in 1937. Western diplomats are concerned that 70th anniversary celebrations marking the end of the second world war in Tiananmen Square in September will be used to criticise Japan. Photo: Xinhua

China is trying hard to get world leaders to attend events marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war in Beijing this year, including a military parade, but some diplomats say President Xi Jinping could be left standing on the stage with few top Western officials.

1 Apr 2015 - 12:51pm 3 comments

Samsung's phone-knife to backwards Google: the best April Fool's Day 2015 tech hoaxes

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy BLADE for April 1, with an ''edge so sharp and strong that the device can also serve as a chef’s knife''. Photo: SCMP Pictures New

Tech companies around the world are celebrating April Fool's Day with what has now become a tradition of hoax announcements and joke products.

1 Apr 2015 - 5:08pm

China’s yuan ‘not ready’ to join IMF basket of currencies, says US

Premier Li Keqiang, right, greets US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew before their meeting in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew also softens stance on new China-led development bank, saying he was ready to welcome new lender if it adopts high standards of governance

1 Apr 2015 - 10:52am 1 comment

Over 40 countries seek membership of China-led Asian infrastructure bank

Xi Jinping (right) meets with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in Boao. Sweden was among the last to apply before the deadline passed yesterday which has seen its influence grow even before it officially starts operation. Photo: Xinhua

At least 47 countries and territories from five continents have applied to join the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as founding members.

1 Apr 2015 - 11:42am 18 comments

China’s manufacturing sector rebounds in March

Workers making clothes hangers at a factory in the Guangxi region of southern China. The nation's economy recorded its lowest rate of growth in 24 years in 2014. Photo: Xinhua

China’s manufacturing activity expanded in March for the first time since December, the government said, a bright spot as the world’s second-largest economy fights a broad slowdown in growth.

1 Apr 2015 - 4:43pm

China issues rules on bank deposit insurance scheme

The People's Bank of China said the rules paved the way for a smooth establishment of a deposit insurance system on the mainland after 22 years of drawn-out preparations. Photo: Nick Edwards

Beijing took a key step yesterday towards drastic reform of the mainland's banking sector as the cabinet published rules governing the deposit insurance system.

1 Apr 2015 - 7:44am

Top tech leaders and innovators to converge on Shanghai for Consumer Electronics CEO Summit

John Kelley says next month's Shanghai event, featuring companies from 14 nations, will help business expand in China. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Top technology leaders and thinkers will meet in China's largest city later this year for a major trade show and summit, showcasing the importance of the world's largest economy to the global tech industry.

1 Apr 2015 - 2:20am

US dollar owes its strength to one simple thing: the world's need to repay a mountain of debt

Cheap US dollars may have resulted in dollar-denominated debt-financed investments which now seem less attractive. Photo: AFP

The world has taken on a huge amount of dollar-denominated debt in recent years, but with the pace of global economic growth lagging the rate of increase in borrowing, the burden of that debt is rising.

1 Apr 2015 - 8:25am 4 comments

Beijing calls on Macau to join manhunt for fugitive corrupt officials

Huang Shuxian said on Monday he hoped to "pragmatically cooperate with Macau's Commission Against Corruption to strengthen the tracking down of fugitives and proceeds". Photo: Xinhua

A leading Beijing official has urged Macau's graft-buster to cooperate in the central government's crusade to hunt down fugitives from the mainland crackdown on corruption.

1 Apr 2015 - 3:31am 2 comments More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

War of words between Chinese firm and Sri Lanka escalates over Colombo Port City

The war of words over the stalled Colombo Port City project escalated yesterday as China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) called the Sri Lankan government’s recent statement on the matter “factually incorrect”.

31 Mar 2015 - 9:41pm 1 comment

Too ambitious? Shanghai aims to be both top financial hub and ‘China’s Silicon Valley’ by 2020


Shanghai, China’s financial capital, is raising the stakes. It is not just aiming to become one of the world’s top three financial centres but it’s also poised to launch an ambitious plan to become the country’s version of Silicon Valley.

1 Apr 2015 - 4:33pm
Caixin Media vows to sue Chinese tycoon Guo Wengui and Hong Kong newspapers for libel

Caixin Media vows to sue Chinese tycoon Guo Wengui and Hong Kong newspapers for libel

1 Apr 2015 - 3:31am
Stephen Groff, vice-president of the ADB. Photo: SCMP Pictures

ADB sees potential for cooperation with China on ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative

31 Mar 2015 - 7:03pm
A couple look at an Apple iPhone 6 at an Apple store in the China Central Mall in Beijing, China. Photo: Bloomberg

Apple launches iPad and iPhone trade-in scheme across Greater China

31 Mar 2015 - 7:58pm 2 comments
President Xi Jinping, centre, at the launch ceremony for the development bank in Beijing last year. Photo: Reuters

Japan ‘cautious’ about joining China-led development bank as deadline to sign up looms

31 Mar 2015 - 4:48pm 1 comment
Xiaomi's new smart scale pairs with its fitness and health smartphone tracking app. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Xiaomi continues 'internet of things' push with new smart scale and power strip

31 Mar 2015 - 8:01pm
Li Keqiang (right) with US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. Photo: AFP

US 'failed' to give China IMF role

1 Apr 2015 - 3:31am 1 comment
A man cycles past residential homes in Beijing. Real estate prices in 66 major cities fell in February. Photo: Bloomberg

China's easing of property curbs reflect housing sector's crucial role in its economy

1 Apr 2015 - 3:40am 1 comment
Inspectors from the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection visited Baosteel early last month. Photo: Bloomberg

Corruption probe into top figure at Chinese state-owned steel company

1 Apr 2015 - 3:42am
Baidu’s search advertising revenue is predicted to rise 34 per cent to US$7.1 billion this year. Photo: Bloomberg

Online search advertising in mainland China set to soar on back of e-commerce growth

1 Apr 2015 - 8:58am
A fleet of government cars and drivers wait to take delegates to the National People's Congress in Beijing four years ago, before the curbs on wasteful spending were introduced. Photo: AFP

Chinese officials forced to take driving lessons after chauffer-driven cars taken off them

31 Mar 2015 - 9:49pm 3 comments

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The Germanwings tragedy makes clear that cabin practices and the training and experience of co-pilots should also be reviewed. Photo: AFP

After Germanwings tragedy, it's time to review the rules governing pilots

1 Apr 2015 - 8:12am 2 comments
Without protection of rights, it is difficult for original content providers to justify outlaying resources and manpower on research and compilation of material that is then published by others, sometimes without due acknowledgment. Photo: AP

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1 Apr 2015 - 12:48am

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The true costs of our electricity

People demand nuclear safety, yet turn a blind eye to the adverse environmental impact of fossil fuels and the deaths caused by coal mining. WAY KUO

Smog is a major problem facing Beijing and many other places on earth today. It is also a reminder that environmental pollution has reached a critical point in human history.

1 Apr 2015 - 4:58pm


CY Leung warns pan-democrats against filibustering talks on Hong Kong joining China-led AIIB

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (in focus) participates at the Boao Forum for Asia at the weekend in Hainan, China. He said Hong Kong was considering joining the Beijing-led bank AIIB. Photo: AP Tony Cheung

Leung Chun-ying urged Hong Kong’s pan-democrat lawmakers not to filibuster should the government seek approval on matters related to joining the China-led bank AIIB.

1 Apr 2015 - 8:42am 46 comments

Harry's View

Blixa Bargeld will be performing with Teho Teardo at Hidden Agenda on April 10.

Industrial-noise pioneer and Italian composer promise a show full of theatrics

Blixa Bargeld of avant-garde pioneers Einstürzende Neubauten feels most at home when he's on stage.

1 Apr 2015 - 5:01pm More on Hong Kong gigs

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Le Big Fernand

Newly opened Big Fernand joins crowded burger scene

Joining the list of burger shops that have opened recently is Big Fernand - the French Burger Workshop (tel: 6650 0580) in IFC Mall.

1 Apr 2015 - 5:01pm

Restaurant review: Sungai Wang - great food overcomes patchy service

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A "blood moon" seen over Roppongi, Tokyo, during a lunar eclipse last year. Photo: AFP

Tips for Hongkongers on photographing total lunar eclipse this week

Look east for the full moon just before  8pm on Saturday  and, if it’s clear in Hong Kong, you’ll see a strange sight  – a “blood moon”. The rare total lunar eclipse – when the earth’s shadow completely covers the moon – gets far less attention than a solar eclipse.

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Andros Townsend fires home the equaliser for England. Photo: AP

Andros Townsend comes off the bench to save the day for England

England substitute Andros Townsend fired home a superb late goal to earn a 1-1 draw against Italy in a fiercely contested international friendly in Turin on Tuesday.

1 Apr 2015 - 9:24am


Vivienne Tam's tale of two cities: from Hong Kong girl to New York success story

Vivienne Tam's tale of two cities: from Hong Kong girl to New York success story

Hong Kong's most iconic design export, Vivienne Tam tells Jing Zhang about bridging the East-West fashion divide, and why she had to move to New York to make it in her hometown.

28 Mar 2015 - 11:27pm 5 comments

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