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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

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 13 comments More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

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 - 11:04am 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

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

The PLA's budget will increase by 10.1 per cent this year. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The smallest increase in defence spending in five years won't affect the PLA's development of nuclear weapons or its ongoing modernisation plan, a former top leader of the army's strategic missile troops has said.

6 Mar 2015 - 3:07am 1 comment More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

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 52 comments More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Exchange questions Hanergy as speculative bubble grows

Hong Kong's stock exchange has ordered Hanergy Thin Film Power Group to explain the unusual movement of its share price and trading volume. Photo: Bloomberg

Hong Kong's stock exchange has ordered mainland solar energy firm Hanergy Thin Film Power Group to explain the unusual movement of its share price and trading volume.

6 Mar 2015 - 4:37am

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

Passengers walk away from Delta Flight 1086 on Thursday. Photo: The Washington Post Video

An airliner has skidded off a runway at New York’s La Guardia airport and slid to a halt just metres from frigid waters, as a snow storm battered the US coast from Texas to Boston.

6 Mar 2015 - 11:07am

Knife attacker shot dead at China's Guangzhou railway station after nine people injured

Update

A suspect was shot dead by the police and another arrested after they attacked people with knives at Guangzhou’s main railway station, injuring nine.

The victims have all been sent to hospital, the Guangzhou police bureau said on its official social media account.

6 Mar 2015 - 10:51am

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 - 11:49am 4 comments
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 3 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
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

5 Mar 2015 - 6:50pm 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
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
A building on the Beijing skyline as seen on a smoggy day. Photo: Reuters

China makes no new promises in battle to clear the day as it fine-tunes pollution targets

6 Mar 2015 - 3:12am
Lu Xinhua's translator was taken off-guard by Lu's use of the term "self-willed". Photo: Simon Song

Online slang that found its way into leader's speech

6 Mar 2015 - 3:05am

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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
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

Beware the line between promoting Hong Kong's uniqueness, and championing independence

Living in Hong Kong, I find many locals tend to call "the mainland" China. JIANG XUN

Twenty years ago, I arrived in Hong Kong from Shanghai. At the Lo Wu immigration checkpoint, I needed to fill out an entry form, which asked where I came from. I wrote "Shanghai". The immigration officer glanced at it and said "Shanghai" should be amended to "China".

5 Mar 2015 - 6:03pm 12 comments

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

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Police officers at the scene of the attack this morning. The condition of the people injured has not been released. Photo: SCMP Pictures CRIME

Knife attacker shot dead at China's Guangzhou railway station after nine people injured

Update

A suspect was shot dead by the police and another arrested after they attacked people with knives at Guangzhou’s main railway station, injuring nine.

The victims have all been sent to hospital, the Guangzhou police bureau said on its official social media account.

6 Mar 2015 - 10:51am

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

Lee Kai-fu and other angel investors are launching the Young CEO Club start-up mentoring programme. Photo: Simon Song START-UPS

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

Three of China's top angel investors are launching a training and mentorship programme for start-up founders in the world's largest economy, they an

6 Mar 2015 - 11:06am More on THE NEXT BIG THING
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China’s property sales seen to rise on policy relaxation as developers destock

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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

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
Oscar winners Francis Ford Coppola and Susan Sarandon. Both feature in a short film about the intersection of art and technology, which will have its world premiere in Hong Kong next week. Sarandon will join a celebration of art and creativity as part of Art Basel Hong Kong. Photos: EPA

Susan Sarandon to be honoured at Hong Kong dinner

Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon will receive an award next week at a Hong Kong gala dinner for her outstanding contribution to cinema.

Sarandon will be taking part in a three-day celebration of the power of art and creativity as part of Art Basel Hong Kong. 

5 Mar 2015 - 6:45pm More on Art Basel 2015

20 must-see contemporary art exhibits in Art Basel month

5 Mar 2015

Yoshitomo Nara: neo-pop artist who defies categorisation

4 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
Project Tango enables smartphones and tablets to map out a 3D model of their surroundings.

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

Think your smartphone is clever? Search giant Google has plans to make that little camera on the back of mobile devices not just for selfies, but part of a personal, real-time 3D mapping system that makes 250,000 measurements per second.

6 Mar 2015 - 10:28am

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

5 Mar 2015 3 comments

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

5 Mar 2015

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Sport

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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