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Chinese economy faces tough year ahead, Li Keqiang tells assembly

President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang at the NPC and CPPCC joint session in Beijing yesterday. Photo: AP

China's economy will face "even more formidable" difficulties this year than in 2014 as Beijing sets its lowest growth target in over 15 years to accommodate reforms.

Friday, 6 March, 2015, 7:33am 1 comment More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

PLA military strategist ‘leaked state secrets, helped Myanmar rebels’

Major General Huang Xing, the former head of the research guidance department at the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences, was detained on graft charges earlier this year. Photo: SCMP Pictures Exclusive

A senior Chinese military strategist has been investigated for allegedly leaking state secrets, helping armed rebels in Myanmar in their fight against government forces, plus fraud, according to three independent sources familiar with the case.

6 Mar 2015 - 1:28pm 1 comment

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang warns 'slack' officials they'll be exposed

Premier Li Keqiang warned officials against slackness in his annual work report. Photo: Bloomberg

Premier Li Keqiang pledged to curb graft as he accused some officials of being "slack" in their actions and "self-willed" in exercising their power, saying that "shocking cases of corruption still exist".

6 Mar 2015 - 10:05am More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Obama sought as guest for China's war parade, but China unsure about Abe

US President Barack Obama smiles as a group of children wave flags and flowers during a welcome ceremony held by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: AP

US President Barack Obama is to be invited to attend a military parade in Beijing later this year to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war, the Foreign Ministry said.

6 Mar 2015 - 2:52am 16 comments More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Could start-ups revitalise the Chinese economy? The government thinks so

Labourers work at a construction site in Shanghai. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang warned this week of the need for China to diversify its economy away from traditional industry. Photo: Reuters
Analysis

From Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to mainland internet industry tycoon Pony Ma Huateng or any college student in a coffee shop, start-ups are one of the most popular topics on people's lips in the worlds largest economy today.

6 Mar 2015 - 1:39pm More on THE NEXT BIG THING

Harrison Ford seriously hurt after crashing his vintage plane on Los Angeles golf course

Harrison Ford seriously hurt after crashing his vintage plane on Los Angeles golf course

“Star Wars” star Harrison Ford has been seriously injured after crashing his vintage plane on a Los Angeles golf course shortly after taking off from a local airport.

6 Mar 2015 - 12:51pm 2 comments

See Kim Jong-il in HD: rare reels of North Korean leader in his youth released online

Kim Jong-il the director? A screengrab from the archive footage in high definition shows Kim inspecting new equipment in a broadcasting studio.

North Korean state television has apparently released a rare trove of footage showing Kim Jong-il as a much younger man – this time in high definition.

6 Mar 2015 - 11:03am More on North Korea

More mature Pacquiao ‘learned a big lesson’ from Marquez defeat says assistant trainer

Pacquiao hits mobile punching bag Buboy Fernandez in training last month. Photo: AP

Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao has matured a lot since his six-round knockout loss to Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012.

6 Mar 2015 - 10:22am More on Manny Pacquiao

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

Journalists line up this morning outside the Great Hall of the People awaiting copies of Premier Li Kekiang's working report and the start of the annual National People's Congress meeting. Photo: Simon Song

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

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

Li yesterday ended his speech by restating two pledges to the city - "the people of Hong Kong governing Hong Kong" and "a high degree of autonomy".

Beijing will strictly comply with the Chinese constitution and the city's Basic Law in Hong Kong affairs, Premier Li Keqiang said at the start of annual meetings of the national legislature in Beijing yesterday.

6 Mar 2015 - 11:22am 58 comments More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Knifeman at large after Uygur attack on Guangzhou railway station leaves nine hurt

Update

Police shot dead a knife attacker at Guangzhou railway station on Friday morning, arrested another suspect and a third is still at large, according to witnesses.

Nine people were injured in the attacks on Friday morning.

6 Mar 2015 - 1:27pm

China closing in on third place in country rich list

China is on track to overtake Germany and Britain as the country with the third-largest number of people with assets of more than US$30 million within 10 years, a report estimates.

6 Mar 2015 - 11:51am 4 comments
Passengers walk away from Delta Flight 1086 on Thursday. Photo: The Washington Post

Airliner skids off tarmac in New York, as huge snowstorm causes travel chaos

6 Mar 2015 - 1:44pm
Mark Lippert is helped away from the scene of the attack in downtown Seoul. Photo: AP

Knife-wielding attacker slashes face of US ambassador in South Korea

6 Mar 2015 - 9:53am 7 comments
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 4 comments
Lee Kai-fu and other angel investors are launching the Young CEO Club start-up mentoring programme. Photo: Simon Song

Ex-Google China chief and other investors announce 'Young CEO Club' start-up training programme

6 Mar 2015 - 11:06am
Nimrud was the second capital of ancient Assyria. Its treasures, uncovered in the late 1980s, are regarded as one of the 20th century's most important archaeological finds. Photo: M. Chohan

Islamic State ‘bulldozes’ archaeological wonder of Nimrud, ancient capital of Assyria

6 Mar 2015 - 10:41am 1 comment
The head of the Taiwan Affairs Office, Zhang Zhijun, says the air routes have been approved by the international civil aviation authorities. Photo: Simon Song

Mainland government defends controversial air routes close to Taiwan

6 Mar 2015 - 3:16am
Andreas Von Knorre and Elton Hinz arrive at the State Court in Singapore. Photo: Reuters

German duo to be caned, jailed for spraying graffiti on Singapore train

6 Mar 2015 - 12:04pm 14 comments
Alibaba, the world’s largest e-commerce company, is led by its founder, Jack Ma. Photo: AFP

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

6 Mar 2015 - 2:55am
The PLA's budget will increase by 10.1 per cent this year. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Smaller increase in PLA budget won't affect nuclear arms plans, Chinese general says

6 Mar 2015 - 3:07am 1 comment
President Xi Jin[ing's remarks are seen as the strongest verbal support by a top state leader for Shanghai's bid to become an international financial centre. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Xi Jinping calls on Shanghai to go global

6 Mar 2015 - 3:06am

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Leader

Premier Li Keqiang lowered the inflation target from 3.5 per cent to 3 per cent and pledged the creation of 10 million new jobs. Photo: Xinhua

Slowing GDP growth in China opens the door for much-needed reforms

6 Mar 2015 - 7:54am 1 comment
A student makes a cup of coffee at a cafe that employs mentally handicapped people. Photo: Nora Tam

Social enterprises deserve support

6 Mar 2015 - 8:07am 1 comment

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Insight

Social media offers one more chance to prevent a suicide

We need to cultivate a spirit of caring in social media. If we know someone has a problem or is depressed, we should seek to engage them. Photo: EPA Paul Yip

Facebook recently announced that its users in the US will soon be able to send help to friends if they see posts expressing suicidal thoughts.

6 Mar 2015 - 12:29pm

Focus

Hong Kong: fast, furious and headed for a crash, says cancer expert

Hong Kong: fast, furious and headed for a crash, says cancer expert ELIZABETH CHEUNG

In a special series on how to take the city into the future, we talk to cancer expert Dr Janice Tsang.

6 Mar 2015 - 10:03am 2 comments

Harry's View

China

The corruption investigation into Ling Jihua, a former vice-chairman of the CPPCC and one-time top aide of former president Hu Jintao, is still going on. Photo: Reuters ANTI-CORRUPTION CRACKDOWN

Inquiry into disgraced Ling Jihua ‘linked more to his own problems than son’s fatal Ferrari crash’

China's corruption investigation into Ling Jihua linked more to his own problems rather than fallout from scandal of Ferrari car crash in which son died, says CPPCC spokesman Lu Xinhua

6 Mar 2015 - 1:50pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

World

Ameneh Bahrami was hailed for pardoning the man who blinded and disfigured her with acid, just hours before Iranian surgeons were to blind him as punishment. The victim of a separate acid attack in Qoms was not so merciful. Photo: AFP IRAN

Blind justice: Iranian man’s eye is gouged out as punishment for acid attack

In a literal application of the sharia law of an eye for an eye, an Iranian man convicted of blinding another man in an acid attack has himself had an eye gouged out, marking the first time Iran has carried out such retributive punishment.

6 Mar 2015 - 11:32am

China Insider

Indigenous villagers perform beneath the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang, Yunnan province. Photo: EPA CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Lijiang, Xishuangbanna among Chinese tourists' top cities to escape pollution

5 Mar 2015
The drunk driver's ploy failed to fool the alert traffic police officers. Photo: ifeng.com CRIME

‘Quick-thinking’ drunk Chinese driver poses as chef to evade arrest

5 Mar 2015
Chinese supermarket customers in Lanzhou, Gansu, lug cartons of bottled water to the cashier after getting wind of rumours that the city's water supply had been contaminated again. Photo: 163.com SOCIETY

‘Smelly tap water’ sparks rush for bottled water in Chinese city plagued by contamination woes

5 Mar 2015
Liang Zhentao, 45, died in an accident involving a Hong Kong-registered boat at a Shenzhen beach on January 1. Photo: SCMP Pictures. ACCIDENT

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

4 Mar 2015
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 SOCIETY

Chinese worker lives in a cave so he can send rent money home to his family

5 Mar 2015 8 comments
PLA confirms graft investigations into 14 officials – the second wave of officers facing a corruption investigation this year. Photo: EPA Anti-corruption

Western ideology, market economy to blame for military corruption, says PLA official

3 Mar 2015 5 comments
The man was detained for feigning disability to beg in the Beijing subway. Photo: 163.com CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Chinese beggar's income buys him two flats in Beijing

2 Mar 2015
Warrior Monks of Shaolin Temple present martial arts on the sidelines of the Spring Festival celebration in Santiago, capital of Chile. Photo: Xinhua

Shaolin Temple under fire for plans to build luxury hotel, golf course in Australia

2 Mar 2015
The 10-year-old girl was slashed more than 20 times in the face, head and hands. Photo: Sina.cn CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Man slashes neighbour's daughter, 10, in fury over fung shui

1 Mar 2015
A student is seeking medical treatment for his eyes and wrist after chasing online red packets during the Lunar New Year holiday. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINADIGEST

Around the nation: Habitual mobile-phone using student seeks medical treatment for eye disorder and trembling hand

27 Feb 2015
Workers at Wuhan's Guiyuan Temple in Wuhan don helmets as worshippers showered coins on the God of Wealth. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINADIGEST

Around the nation: Temple staff don helmets as it rains pennies to the God of Wealth

26 Feb 2015
Worshippers at a Buddhist temple near Wenzhou were surprised when a pig turned up during a New Year ceremony and refused to move until a monk read it scriptures, according to witnesses. PHOTO: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Pig 'prays' at temple

25 Feb 2015
Chinese 'dough master' Liu Gang crafts historical Chinese characters from dough. Photo: e23.cn CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Lunar New Year has Chinese figurine-maker rolling in dough

23 Feb 2015
A worker at the petrol station in Henan, China, found the crying boy wandering alone after his mother and uncle accidentally left without him. Photo: Dahe.cn CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Chinese boy left behind after toilet stop at gas station

22 Feb 2015

Business

A model of a solar powered car. Hanergy chairman Li Hejun said the company plans to roll out several models of the green car by end of the year. Photo: AFP CHINA

Hanergy chairman tightlipped on shares swings - but vows to launch solar-powered cars

Update

Li Hejun, the mainland tycoon behind mysterious renewable energy firm Hanergy Holding Group whose Hong Kong listed unit’s shares sharp swings aroused regulatory attention, refused on Friday to comment on the firm’s shares and said his company plans to launch a few prototypes of solar-powered elec

6 Mar 2015 - 1:42pm
INNOVATION & START-UP

Could start-ups revitalise the Chinese economy? The government thinks so

Analysis

From Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to mainland internet industry tycoon Pony Ma Huateng or any college student in a coffee shop, start-ups are one of the most popular topics on people's lips in the worlds largest economy today.

6 Mar 2015 - 1:39pm More on THE NEXT BIG THING

Property

Residential apartment and commercial buildings are seen in Beijing as relaxation measures are seen boosting the property market. Photo: Bloomberg CHINA

China’s property sales seen to rise on policy relaxation as developers destock

New

Mainland China’s property sales are expected to pick up this month after a weak February as policy relaxation warms up buyers’ sentiment and encourages developers to redouble destocking efforts, analysts said.

6 Mar 2015 - 9:45am
Tailor Raymond Lun at his shop in Haven Street, Causeway Bay - one of the small entrepreneurs featured in a new book and exhibition. Photo: Leo Kwok

Celebrating the entrepreneurs - small businesses making a difference

Look beyond the world's tycoons and there are millions of small entrepreneurs building enterprises that create jobs and provide incomes to grease the global economy. That's the theme of a new book of photojournalism produced in Hong Kong by an independent think tank.  

6 Mar 2015 - 1:20pm

Susan Sarandon to be honoured at Hong Kong dinner

5 Mar 2015

20 must-see contemporary art exhibits in Art Basel month

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

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

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.

6 Mar 2015 - 10:16am More on Susan Jung's recipes

Table-side service adds element of theatre to Hong Kong dining

6 Mar 2015 1 comment

Food Space: cooking studio and organic grocery in Tai Po has put down roots fast

6 Mar 2015
The Samsung Galaxy S6, unveiled in Barcelona this month, will feature wireless charging capabilities. Photo: Reuters

Sick of cables? 2015 set to be 'the year of the wireless charger'

To ease the frustration of a dying mobile phone battery and the hassle of bundling wires into your bag, designers are hoping to make 2015 the year of the wireless charger.

6 Mar 2015 - 12:11pm More on THE NEXT BIG THING

3D mobile revolution ahead with Google plan to put sensors in phones and tablets

6 Mar 2015

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

5 Mar 2015 4 comments

Magazines

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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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