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Xi Jinping tells Macau to stick to 'one country, two systems' - in veiled swipe at Hong Kong

Chinese President Xi Jinping gives a speech today highlighting national unity. Photo: Reuters New

President Xi Jinping praised Macau for its implementation of the “one country, two systems” principle and warned against “external interference”, in what an analyst said were remarks aimed instead at protest-rattled Hong Kong.

Saturday, 20 December, 2014, 6:23pm 7 comments

China revises GDP figures, saying economy was 3.4pc bigger last year

The revisions lifted the service sector's contribution to economic output to 46.9pc. Photo: AFP

The mainland revised up the size of its economy for last year but sees that having little effect on economic growth this year, amid expectations that Beijing may roll out more stimulus.

20 Dec 2014 - 10:21am 4 comments More on Chinese Economy

North Korea insists it is not responsible for Sony cyberattack, proposes joint US probe

A woman takes a picture of a poster for the film 'The Interview' outside the Regal Theater in New York on Thursday. Photo: EPA New

North Korea on Saturday called for a joint investigation with the United States into a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures, claiming it had means to prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with it.

20 Dec 2014 - 9:33pm

China unveils US$482m in soft loans to Mekong countries

Premier Li Keqiang walks past national flags during the 5th Greater Mekong Subregion Summit in Bangkok on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

Premier Li Keqiang said on Saturday China is making available US$482 million for soft loans to Mekong countries next year.

20 Dec 2014 - 9:03pm

Russia says new US, Canada sanctions will fuel further unrest in Ukraine

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (left) and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu at the National Defence Control Centre of the Russian Federation in Moscow on Friday. Photo: AFP New

Conflict in Ukraine will be more difficult to resolve after the latest round of sanctions by the United States and Canada, Russia’s foreign ministry says.

20 Dec 2014 - 7:11pm 1 comment

China arrests US aid worker over NGO activities helping North Koreans

North Korean children play with a photojournalist's camera. Peter Hahn, the US man arrested by China, reportedly ran bakeries to help feed North Korean children. Photo: AP New

China has arrested an American aid worker based near its border with North Korea, his lawyer said today, in a sign that authorities are increasingly sensitive about activities by foreigners in the border region.

20 Dec 2014 - 12:39pm

Mother arrested over stabbings of eight children as Australia 'shocked' by second tragedy

Police comfort a distressed woman at the scene where eight children were found dead. Photo: AFP Update

Neighbours say they heard fighting inside the house on the morning of the killings but police deny it was a "problem home", according to local media reports.

20 Dec 2014 - 11:53am

Chinese military conducts full test of long-range missile 'which can hit any part of US'

PLA launches a Dongfeng-31 missile in field training.

The missile has an estimated range of 12,000km and can carry up to 10 warheads, which separate from the rocket body and target individual cities.

20 Dec 2014 - 3:03pm 6 comments

Alibaba wanted to team up with Sony on movie franchises, hacked e-mails show

Alibaba founder Jack Ma met Sony executives in person during his whirlwind Hollywood trip. Photo: AFP

Alibaba Group Holding showed interest in teaming up with Sony on movie franchises including Ghostbusters when founder and chairman Jack Ma Yun met Hollywood executives.

20 Dec 2014 - 1:12pm

Worker at Forbidden City in Beijing faces execution for stabbing two of his bosses to death

The Forbidden City is one of Beijing's biggest tourist attractions. Photo: Reuters

Zheng Zhibiao, who tried to kill himself after the stabbings, argued at his trial that he had been concerned about the lack of protection for historical artifacts.

20 Dec 2014 - 8:41am

Rafael Hui and Thomas Kwok found guilty of bribery in Hong Kong’s biggest graft trial

After a five-day deliberation, the High Court jury found Hui guilty of five out of eight counts of charges spanning bribery and misconduct in public office. The decision was seen as an unprecedented victory for the anti-corruption watchdog.

20 Dec 2014 - 3:43am More on Rafael Hui Si-yan

Macau shows signs it may not stay Hong Kong's quiet sibling forever

Earlier this month, Beijing official Li Gang described Macau as a place where if you don't like the Basic Law you will be "despised like a rat on the street".

20 Dec 2014 - 3:37am 3 comments More on Macau
Premier Li Keqiang (left) is greeted upon arrival in Bangkok yesterday on a trip to attend the Greater Mekong Subregion Summit. Leaders from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos will also attend. Photo: Xinhua

China inks deal to ramp up imports of Thai rice and rubber

20 Dec 2014 - 5:33am 2 comments
Opposition congressman Jair Bolsonaro (left) remained unapologetic despite hurling abuse at ex-human rights chief Maria do Rosario Nunes. Photos: AFP, Facebook

'You're too ugly to rape': Brazil lawmaker's rant at female colleague sparks calls for resignation

20 Dec 2014 - 1:09pm 1 comment
 Pictures posted online of the old man buying his wife a diamond ring have attracted hundreds of comments from Chinese microbloggers. Photo: iFeng.com

Photos of 'most romantic' Chinese man, 80, buying wife a diamond ring sparks online frenzy

19 Dec 2014 - 3:37pm
Maria Tam Wai-chu questions "the focus" of outside monitoring of the implementation of the Joint Declaration. Photo: Sam Tsang

Britain has ‘no moral duty’ to Hong Kong over Joint Declaration, says politician as lawmakers argue over treaty

20 Dec 2014 - 3:06am 37 comments
US President Barack Obama says the US would respond 'proportionately' to the hacking now blamed on North Korea. Photo: Bloomberg

US unveils evidence North Korea was behind Sony hacking; Obama warns of retaliation

20 Dec 2014 - 12:55pm 5 comments
President Xi Jinping has made curbing rampant graft and wasteful spending one of the government's priorities. Photo: Reuters

Thousands of government officials in China prevented from taking expensive MBA courses

20 Dec 2014 - 5:21am 5 comments
Pilot Qi Quanjun stands trial yesterday in a court in Yichun, Heilongjiang. Photo: Xinhua

Pilot jailed over China air crash disaster

20 Dec 2014 - 5:25am
Pu Zhiqiang's (above) wife voices concern over the "inhuman torture" he faced in prison.

Chinese rights lawyer tortured in detention centre, wife claims

20 Dec 2014 - 7:25am 1 comment
A group League of Social Democrats members protest at the ferry terminal before being sent back to Hong Kong. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Hong Kong activists on mission to reach Xi Jinping turned back at Macau ferry terminal

20 Dec 2014 - 3:36am 26 comments
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Chinese billionaire Guo raises offer for Club Med in France's longest takeover battle

20 Dec 2014 - 4:16pm

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Former Hong Kong Chief Secretary Rafael Hui was found guilty of bribery and misconduct.

Verdicts show no one immune

20 Dec 2014 - 6:25am 13 comments
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at a ceremony to mark China's first National Memorial Day of the 1937 Nanjing Massacre. Photo: Kyodo

We should never forget sacrifice

20 Dec 2014 - 6:25am 1 comment

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In seeking to feed itself, China can make sure others are well fed too

One must be cautious not to see Chinese acquisitions of overseas farms as a mere land grab. The issue is far more complex. Loro Horta

China is the world's second-largest economy, but, ironically, food security is now emerging as one of the main concerns for its communist leaders.

20 Dec 2014 - 7:18am

Focus

Macau shows signs it may not stay Hong Kong's quiet sibling forever

Illustration: Henry Wong Niall Fraser

Earlier this month, Beijing official Li Gang described Macau as a place where if you don't like the Basic Law you will be "despised like a rat on the street".

20 Dec 2014 - 3:37am 3 comments

Harry's View

Hong Kong

National People's Congress deputy Maria Tam Wai-chu. Photo: Sam Tsang GOVERNMENT

CY Leung appoints NPC deputy to key post on Hong Kong's corruption watchdog ICAC

Update

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has named a National People’s Congress deputy to a top post on the city’s anti-corruption body, sparking opposition from the pan-democratic camp.

20 Dec 2014 - 4:23pm 25 comments

China

North Korean children play with a photojournalist's camera. Peter Hahn, the US man arrested by China, reportedly ran bakeries to help feed North Korean children. Photo: AP HUMAN RIGHTS

China arrests US aid worker over NGO activities helping North Koreans

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China has arrested an American aid worker based near its border with North Korea, his lawyer said today, in a sign that authorities are increasingly sensitive about activities by foreigners in the border region.

20 Dec 2014 - 12:39pm

Asia

Tourists at Pyongyang airport before the Ebola restrictions. Photo: AP NORTH KOREA

Holiday in North Korea? Tourist Ebola restrictions 'to be lifted in January'

Uri Tours, based in New Jersey, recently announced on its website that it has received a strong indication North Korea tours will be allowed to resume next month, "just in time" for foreign skiers to hit the slopes of luxury resort Masik Pass.

20 Dec 2014 - 9:29pm

Property

The government aims to raise the new housing target to 480,000 from 470,000 over the next 10 years. Photo: Dickson Lee LAND SUPPLY

Land supply for private homes to exceed target by 10pc

Land supply for new homes in the private sector will not only beat estimates for the first time since Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying took office in 2012, but is also set to exceed the target by 10 per cent.

20 Dec 2014 - 6:58am 1 comment
German-born composer Robert Zollitsch with his wife, Chinese singer Gong Linna. The pair eschews lip-syncing. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Live performances a 'lonely road' for legendary Tan Te singer Gong Linna

A German-Chinese couple said they walked a "lonely road" in search of China's true musical soul amid a culture that condones lip-syncing in live shows.

20 Dec 2014 - 5:03am

Secret Walls has street artists battle it out

19 Dec 2014

Leading light in Hong Kong Film Archive's creation retires

19 Dec 2014 2 comments
Nathan Green.

How to spice up Christmas dinner: top chefs offer their tips

Christmas is no holiday for chefs. If they're not working in restaurant kitchens, they're probably cooking for friends and family at home.

18 Dec 2014 - 6:20pm 1 comment More on LIFE

Quest by Que in Wan Chai has new take on Vietnamese cuisine

17 Dec 2014

Special winter menus all around Hong Kong, and 7-star Michelin chef to come

17 Dec 2014
Smartphone app Waze is blamed by some LA residents for morning traffic jams in their once quiet neighbourhood. Photo: Screenshot

Smartphone app being used to beat LA traffic angers freeway's neighbours

When the people whose houses hug the narrow warren of streets paralleling the busiest urban freeway in America began to see bumper-to-bumper traffic crawling by their homes a year or so ago, they were baffled.

16 Dec 2014 - 10:35am

Android accessing personal data in phones, Hong Kong's privacy watchdog warns

16 Dec 2014 4 comments

The new shape-shifters: pluripotent stem cells

14 Dec 2014

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Sport

Michael Phelps speaks to the media after his hearing. Photo: AFP SWIMMING

Michael Phelps avoids jail over second drink-driving charge

Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps has avoided jail time after a judge placed him on probation for pleading guilty to a drink-driving charge for the second time in 10 years. The punishment came with a warning.

20 Dec 2014 - 8:37pm
RIGHT FIELD TIM NOONAN

Right Field: Don't like sportsmen protesting on race issues? You'd better get used to it

There is nothing more divisive in the United States than race. Sport is often a unifying force. When the home team does well everybody, regardless of race or creed, is on board with a beaming, boastful sense of civic pride.

20 Dec 2014 - 8:02pm
LEFT FIELD ALVIN SALLAY

Left Field: Splitting Hong Kong Marathon in two is not Solomonic wisdom

20 Dec 2014

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