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Premier Li Keqiang signals China’s ‘new normal’ with lower annual growth target

Li Keqiang gives his speech today at Great Hall of the People, in which he admitted that downward pressure on China’s economy was intensifying. Photo: Xinhua

China announced today an economic growth target for this year of about 7 per cent, signalling its lowest rate of expansion for a quarter of a century.

Thursday, 5 March, 2015, 10:39pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

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

Mark Lippert is helped away from the scene of the attack in downtown Seoul. Photo: AP

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 - 10:56pm 6 comments

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

Li restated the promise of “Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong”. Photo: Bloomberg Update

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 - 5:08pm 38 comments More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

China pledges to cut coal use, increase renewables to help tackle pollution

Shanghai's skyline shrouded in smog last month. China's economic planning body wants to halt any increased use of coal, one the main causes of pollution. Photo: AFP

China’s top state planning agency has pledged to accelerate policies to promote cleaner and renewable sources of energy and tackle overcapacity in polluting industrial sectors.

5 Mar 2015 - 5:49pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Prince William praised by Chinese internet users for tough stance on wildlife trafficking

Prince William visiting an elephant reserve in Yunnan province in southwest China. He urged China to become a global leader in the fight against the illegal trade in wildlife. Photo: AFP

Britain’s Prince William has won praise from internet users in China after he visited an elephant reserve and condemned illegal wildlife trafficking as “a vicious form of criminality”.

5 Mar 2015 - 5:57pm

Mainland government defends controversial air routes close to Taiwan

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

A senior government official overseeing relations with Taiwan has defended the mainland’s need to launch a controversial new flight path close to the island’s airspace, saying it will ease air congestion over the country’s skies.

5 Mar 2015 - 7:37pm

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

US president Barack Obama has criticised Beijing's far-reaching anti-terrorism laws, which will affect US tech firms. Photo: Reuters Analysis

US-China relations have quickly become the last thing many business leaders on both sides are willing to discuss publicly, following US president Barack Obama's sharp criticism of Beijing's new rules regarding American tech firms.

5 Mar 2015 - 5:47pm 1 comment More on Barack Obama

China calls for ‘restraint’ amid rebel, government forces clashes in Myanmar

Migrant workers fleeing from the fighting in Kokang last month. China is concerned about the renewed fighting close to its border. Photo: Reuters

Myanmar must ensure “lower temperatures” along its border with China and all sides must exercise restraint, a senior Chinese official told a Myanmar envoy, following clashes inside the Southeast Asian nation that have pushed refugees into China.

5 Mar 2015 - 1:59pm 1 comment

Time to let the hate for Mayweather flow, legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler tells Pacquiao

Marvin Hagler still looks fighting fit at 60. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

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

China’s passenger flights ‘10 times safer than global average’, says aviation chief

China's passenger flights are '10 times safer than the global average', says China's civil aviation chief, Li Jiaxiang. Photo: Xinhua

Li Jiaxiang, head of Civil Aviation Administration, also vows to 'improve air traffic control services and coordinate with various parties' to tackle flight delays and poor customer service

5 Mar 2015 - 7:44pm 1 comment More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

China boosts military budget by 10.1 per cent, despite slowing economy

China said today that its official military budget will grow by 10.1 per cent in the coming year, amid unease among Beijing’s neighbours about its growing might and territorial ambitions.

5 Mar 2015 - 7:12pm 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

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
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

5 Mar 2015 - 7:47pm
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

5 Mar 2015 - 11:21am
Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said dignitaries from around the world would be invited to the event. Photo: China Radio International

Obama to be invited to Beijing military parade to mark end of second world war

5 Mar 2015 - 5:48pm
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 1 comment
Shanghai police practice with a 'bendable gun' that can shoot around corners. Photo: Xinhua

Shanghai police train with ‘bendable guns’ that can shoot around corners

5 Mar 2015 - 5:47pm 3 comments
The third session of China's 12th National People's Congress (NPC) opens at the Great Hall of the People on March 5, 2015. Photo: Simon Song

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

5 Mar 2015 - 6:10pm
McDonald’s Corp has long battled negative perceptions about its food, but the issue has become a bigger vulnerability as more people shift toward options they feel are made with higher-quality ingredients. Photo: AP

Bitten by criticism, McDonald's vows to take antibiotics-laced chicken off the menu

5 Mar 2015 - 3:01pm
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

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

5 Mar 2015 - 6:05pm
Xing Yunming has been detained by military graft-busters. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Chinese military intelligence chief Xing Yunming held in graft inquiry

5 Mar 2015 - 7:45am 3 comments
Agents question residents at an apartment complex in Rowland Heights, California, as part of the investigation yesterday. Photo: TNS

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

5 Mar 2015 - 3:12am 12 comments

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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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5 Mar 2015
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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 4 comments

Focus

Educator Leung Kee-cheong on 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 - 3:46pm 8 comments

Harry's View

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

The exchange's daily average turnover for all of last year was HK$69.46 billion. Photo: EPA Hong Kong Stock Market

Premier Li says Hong Kong and Shenzhen exchanges to link at "appropriate time"

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Beijing will link up the Hong Kong and Shenzhen bourses at an “appropriate time”, Premier Li Keqiang announced in his annual work report yesterday, just hours before the local bourse reported a 13 per cent profit growth due to its tie up with the Shanghai bourse in November.

5 Mar 2015 - 5:59pm More on HKEx
EQUITIES

Exchange questions Hanergy as speculative bubble grows

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, after a frenzied round of speculation saw the stock surge as much as 42 per cent on record trading volume.

5 Mar 2015 - 9:33pm
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: Susan Jung's simple yet delicious Thai-style chicken wings

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

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.

5 Mar 2015 - 6:42pm

Venetian Macao hosts third wine-and-dine festival

5 Mar 2015

Art on a plate: hotels offer Art Basel-themed menus

4 Mar 2015
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'

Phone and tablet owners frustrated that their devices only stay charged for half a day may have found their salvation in new Chinese smartphones which contain the so-called wonder material graphene. 

5 Mar 2015 - 4:10pm 1 comment More on THE NEXT BIG THING

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

5 Mar 2015

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

5 Mar 2015

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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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