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Alibaba faces firestorm as row with regulator escalates

Jack Ma speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Photo: EPA

Alibaba's chairman Jack Ma  is set to face a barrage of questions when the e-commerce giant reports quarterly earnings today, spurred by a government regulator's blistering accusation of widespread fraud.

Thursday, 29 January, 2015, 1:22am 2 comments

Apple’s quarterly profit hits record US$18 billion on ‘staggering’ iPhone sales

A newly opened Apple Store in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Photo: Xinhua New

Apple’s quarterly profit rocketed to a corporate record US$18 billion at the end of last year on booming sales of big-screen iPhone models, especially in China.

28 Jan 2015 - 11:19pm More on Apple

Taobao probe could leave Alibaba open to US action

Chinese regulators accused e-commerce giant Alibaba of permitting sales of fake goods and hurting consumers in a report that was withheld until now to avoid disrupting the company's US stock market debut. Photo: AP

A mainland regulator's criticism of online shopping site Taobao leaves its parent, Alibaba Group, potentially vulnerable to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), punitive action by US regulators and US lawsuits by shareholders, given Alibaba's US listing, analysts say.

29 Jan 2015 - 1:56am 1 comment

China's tourist turn-offs: visitor numbers down thanks to rising yuan, pollution and visa issues

Tourism experts on the mainland say the slowdown of inbound tourism was to be expected after years of rapid growth since the early 1980s. Photo: Reuters

While a record number of Chinese travelled overseas in 2014, spending hundreds of billions of US dollars, the country's inbound tourism suffered another year-on-year decline.

28 Jan 2015 - 5:34pm 24 comments More on Focus

Brash and impatient, perhaps, but that’s how Taipei residents prefer their new mayor

Ko Wen-je, centre, Taipei's outspoken new mayor, on the night of his election win on November 29. Photo: CNA

Some call him a loose cannon due to his frequent slips of the tongue, but to others he is a godsend who can finally revamp Taipei.

28 Jan 2015 - 11:25pm

Chinese rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang’s criticism of Communist Party used to indict him

Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang is likely to face a lengthy jail term. Photo: EPA New

But Pu’s lawyer argues that the commentaries fall into the domain of free speech and should not constitute crimes

28 Jan 2015 - 3:01pm 4 comments

Neighbours’ homes collapse after Chinese official digs huge illegal basement

The ground in the Hou Hai historical area in central Beijing caved in, leaving a 15x5 metre hole. Photo: News.sina.com.cn New

Construction of the 18-metre-deep structure within historical buildings was stopped by authorities in July, but workers resumed digging soon after

28 Jan 2015 - 4:29pm 7 comments

Hong Kong a ‘major concern’ for Beijing that must be ‘respected earnestly’, PLA officer tells US defence official

Sun Jianguo, Deputy Chief of General Staff of the PLA, right, greets Vincent Brooks, Commanding General of the US Army Pacific, in Beijing on January 15. Photo: Reuters

A high-ranking PLA officer has told a visiting senior US defence official that Hong Kong was among Beijing’s “core interests and key concerns,” the PLA Daily reported.

28 Jan 2015 - 7:16pm 1 comment

Regulator releases damning report on Alibaba over fake, substandard goods on Taobao

The government accused Taobao.com of a range of malpractices a day before the parent group Alibaba released a financial report. Photo: Bloomberg

The war of words between mainland’s largest online shopping site and the state commercial regulator escalated today after the authority released its full report on the failure of Taobao.com to ban substandard products.

28 Jan 2015 - 11:16pm 2 comments

Taiwan shuffles top military officials as defence minister makes way for new blood

Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou speaks to soldiers. The reshuffle, which takes effect on Friday, will see the miltary's next generation of leaders take on new roles. Photo: AFP New

The move sees promotions and new roles for the military’s next generation of leaders

28 Jan 2015 - 6:01pm

China blasted for taking ‘bullying approach’ towards Japan with military parade

The expert also suggested that Beijing would be aiming to get the message further afield than just Japan.

28 Jan 2015 - 5:19pm 18 comments

Thirteen judges sworn in as China launches country’s first circuit court in Shenzhen

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A new circuit court – the first of its kind in China – has been set up in Shenzhen as part of the country’s efforts to promote judicial independence and reduce interference by party officials.

28 Jan 2015 - 5:28pm 3 comments
The Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital of Tibet, pictured after a snowfall on January 9. Photo: Xinhua

Communist cadres in Tibet punished for helping Dalai Lama

28 Jan 2015 - 4:28pm 2 comments
Shanxi Governor Li Xiaopeng, son of former premier Li Peng, will deliver his annual report to the provincial legislature today. Photo: SCMP Photos

Military command in Shanxi comes under anti-corruption spotlight

28 Jan 2015 - 10:44am
McDonald's have applied to open a cafe in the former residence of Kuomintang leader Chiang Ching-kuo on Beishan Road, Hangzhou. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Huangzhou residents in two minds over McDonald’s outlet at historic Chiang Ching-kuo residence

28 Jan 2015 - 4:39pm 1 comment
President Xi Jinping meets members of the People's Liberation Army. Xi has urged top PLA officers to set an example for both the military and the public. Photo: Xinhua

China’s army must strictly obey Xi Jinping’s orders: PLA Daily

28 Jan 2015 - 2:32pm
Baidu and 361 Degrees have teamed up to launch a line of children's sneakers with built in GPS trackers.

Every step you take: Baidu teams up to sell kids’ shoes with built-in GPS trackers

28 Jan 2015 - 4:38pm
Beijing Centre for Disease Prevention and Control says the outbreak has been brought under control.

Measles outbreak hits Beijing office building, prompting emergency vaccinations

28 Jan 2015 - 6:24pm
Ryan Rosenberg questioned the sincerity of the scheme.

Chinese millionaires given just two weeks in scramble for Canada investor visas

29 Jan 2015 - 1:38am 6 comments
US President Barack Obama gives a speech at the Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi. Photo: Xinhua

US President Barack Obama's India trip is a 'message to China', say analysts

28 Jan 2015 - 7:07pm 12 comments
Exhausted student activists rest during the 1978 Golden Jubilee sit-in (left). In 2014, teenagers in school uniforms were again on the streets of Hong Kong during the Umbrella Movement protests. Photos: Yu Chung-yin/SCMP and AFP

How Hong Kong's history helps explain the Umbrella Movement and Vancouver’s activist evangelicals

28 Jan 2015 - 4:58pm
Apple CEO Tim Cook visits an iPhone production line at a Foxconn facility in China in 2012. Foxconn denied reports it is cutting its labour force. Photo: Bloomberg

Apple supplier Foxconn denies report it is cutting 1.3 million work force

28 Jan 2015 - 10:46am 1 comment

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Leader

US President Barack Obama speaks on US-India relations during a townhall event at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi. Photo: AFP

India must carefully balance ties with economic giants the US and China

29 Jan 2015 - 1:39am
A Hospital Authority official called on more patients with chronic illnesses to switch from overstretched public hospitals to visiting private doctors. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Private health care must play a bigger role in Hong Kong

29 Jan 2015 - 1:39am

Today's Poll

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28 Jan 2015
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Insight

Welcome focus on Hong Kong women's uphill struggles

The government at least recognises the importance of creating brighter prospects for women and girls from all walks of life. SU-MEI THOMPSON

The recent policy address touches on many issues that local women's groups have been working to address. These include turning a gender lens on policymaking, helping women carers stay in the workforce and empowering women in poverty to be more economically self-reliant.

28 Jan 2015 - 7:29pm

Focus

China's tourist turn-offs: visitor numbers down thanks to rising yuan, pollution and visa issues

Tourism experts on the mainland say the slowdown of inbound tourism was to be expected after years of rapid growth since the early 1980s. Photo: Reuters Amy Li

While a record number of Chinese travelled overseas in 2014, spending hundreds of billions of US dollars, the country's inbound tourism suffered another year-on-year decline.

28 Jan 2015 - 5:34pm 24 comments

Harry's View

World

A newly opened Apple Store in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Photo: Xinhua APPLE

Apple’s quarterly profit hits record US$18 billion on ‘staggering’ iPhone sales

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Apple’s quarterly profit rocketed to a corporate record US$18 billion at the end of last year on booming sales of big-screen iPhone models, especially in China.

28 Jan 2015 - 11:19pm More on Apple
ISLAMIC MILITANCY

Obama to boost Pentagon budget amid Middle East threat

US President Barack Obama will ask Congress for a hefty, almost 8 per cent boost for the Pentagon, including US$5.3 billion to equip and train Iraqi soldiers and moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants in the Middle East.

28 Jan 2015 - 10:48pm
SECURITY

Switzerland aiming to become the global dats vault

28 Jan 2015

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China Insider

More than 80,000 visitors went to Beijing's Palace Museum on 42 days last year. Photo: Xinhua CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Beijing’s Palace Museum to limit visitors to 80,000 a day over security fears

28 Jan 2015
Beijing Centre for Disease Prevention and Control says the outbreak has been brought under control. HEALTH

Measles outbreak hits Beijing office building, prompting emergency vaccinations

28 Jan 2015
Beijing police warned women in 2013 not to wear miniskirts, hot pants or skimpy clothing in the summer to avoid sexual harassment. Photo: Reuters CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Beijing advisers call for women-only carriages to fight sexual harassment

27 Jan 2015
The photo shows a policeman lifted a woman by the collar and threw her on the pavement as dozens of fellow officers watched. SOCIETY

Police in three Chinese provinces take heat after ‘brutality’ images surface online

28 Jan 2015
Chinese doctor, drunken patient plunge to death in elevator shaft in latest attack on medical staff HEALTH

Chinese doctor, drunken patient plunge to death in elevator shaft in latest attack on medical staff

27 Jan 2015
The diners are seen walking out of the seafood restaurant in this photo taken by Southern Metropolis Daily. MEDIA

Chinese police officials suspended after allegedly assaulting journalists at 'secretive' banquet

27 Jan 2015
Workmen tried twice - and failed both times - to fill a large hole that kept appearing in the street beside a building in Deshengmen Inner Street, Beijing early on Saturday. Photo: China News CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: residents' underground digging sparks Beijing night road collapse

27 Jan 2015
Hell bank notes, used as offerings to the dead, can sometimes resemble the real thing late at night. Photo: SCMP Pictures SOCIETY

Taxi passenger suffers heart attack after being given ‘hell bank note’ in change

26 Jan 2015 1 comment
Smoke billows from the chimney of a factory in Foshan, which recorded Guangdong province's worst air quality in last year's final quarter. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Foshan’s air quality worst in Guangdong during final quarter of last year

25 Jan 2015
A man bumped into his former girlfriend recently but but the reunion quickly turned sour when he demanded she return his SIM card, which she then swallowed. Photo: Bloomberg Around the nation

Around the nation: Woman swallows ex-boyfriend's SIM card during row

23 Jan 2015
A lesbian Chinese couple kiss for the cameras outside a marriage registry office after being turned away. Some lesbians are opting to marry gay 'beards' to ease social pressure and discrimination. Photo: EPA LGBT RIGHTS

Seeking a lesbian wife: pressured Chinese gays turn to online dating for ‘cooperative marriage’

23 Jan 2015 6 comments
The Chinese man who surprised commuters by riding on the Beijing subway with a "watermelon head mask" appeared to be drunk. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: 'Melon head' man spotted on metro in China - and taken away by police

23 Jan 2015
A man high on drugs thought he was proposing to popular Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (pictured), but it turned out to be his colleague. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Hallucinating Chinese man proposes to 'Fan Bingbing' - or so he thinks

22 Jan 2015
Zoo keeper expelled after abuse of tiger cub is exposed in online video Animal Care

Zoo keeper expelled after abuse of tiger cub is exposed in online video

22 Jan 2015

Business

Trading floor of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The market regulator Securities and Futures Commission expects to conduct more enforcement actions in 2015. Photo: Bloomberg HONG KONG

Hong Kong market regulator sees more enforcement actions in 2015

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The Securities and Futures Commission substantially increased its enforcement activity last year as a study showed it has issued 56 per cent more disciplinary and criminal actions against companies and individuals last year than in 2013.

28 Jan 2015 - 1:49pm 1 comment More on Hong Kong Stock Exchange
REGULATION

Alibaba faces firestorm as row with regulator escalates

Alibaba's chairman Jack Ma  is set to face a barrage of questions when the e-commerce giant reports quarterly earnings today, spurred by a government regulator's blistering accusation of widespread fraud.

29 Jan 2015 - 1:22am 2 comments

Property

Aloysius Lee, the chief executive of South Beach Consortium, is on a road show in the region to promote South Beach hotel. Photo: Nora Tam HOSPITALITY

CDL launches campaign to woo Hong Kong and mainland China tourists

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City Developments Ltd (CDL), a major developer in Singapore, is launching an aggressive push to market its joint-venture luxury hotel to lure travellers from Hong Kong.

28 Jan 2015 - 6:43pm
C-SUITE

CDL's Aloysius Lee gears up for next challenge after steering S$3 billion project in Singapore

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Five years ago, Aloysius Lee Tse-sang returned to Singapore from Hong Kong after serving as chief executive of South Beach Consortium, a joint venture formed by City Developments Ltd (CDL) and other parties to head a S$3 billion (HK$17.3 billion) hotel-office-residential-retail development projec

28 Jan 2015 - 6:46pm
STYLE

Style with David Roden, January 28, 2014

27 Jan 2015

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They started something: works from Birdy Chu Shun's exhibition (above and below).

Occupy Central changed the way Hongkongers think, says artist

Birdy Chu's multimedia show, It's just the beginning, at the Goethe-Institut Hongkong, documents the democracy protests from different angles.

28 Jan 2015 - 11:42pm More on Occupy Central

Swans frontman Michael Gira can't look back

29 Jan 2015

Artist Shio Kusaka and Jonas Wood share similar creative interests

28 Jan 2015
Lamb brisket casserole with bamboo shoots and black mushrooms at House of Tang.

Snake soup, braised oxtail and fondue - three winter warmers

HOUSE OF TANG Chinese restaurant at the Metropark Hotel Kowloon in Mong Kok is serving warming winter dishes until the end of February.

28 Jan 2015 - 11:42pm

The Principal's Jonay Armas shares his favourite Hong Kong restaurants

28 Jan 2015

Restaurant review: Chino - Mexican dishes of varying quality

28 Jan 2015
Apple CEO Tim Cook visits an iPhone production line at a Foxconn facility in China in 2012. Foxconn denied reports it is cutting its labour force. Photo: Bloomberg

Apple supplier Foxconn denies report it is cutting 1.3 million work force

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Taiwanese electronics manufacturer and Apple supplier Foxconn Technology Group has denied reports that it plans to shrink its 1.3 million work force, one of the largest in the world.

28 Jan 2015 - 10:46am 1 comment More on Apple

Motorola marks return to China with new smartphone models

28 Jan 2015 1 comment

Taobao cries foul over study's claim that it sells fake, substandard goods

28 Jan 2015 4 comments

Magazines

Sport

Bayer Leverkusen's Wendell (left) makes a move to get position on Fluminense's Dario Conca. Photo: AP Chinese Super League

Sven-Goran Eriksson lures Dario Conca back to China in 'US$11m deal'

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has lured Argentine star Dario Conca back to the Chinese Super League, his club Shanghai SIPG said on Wednesday, on a deal reported to be worth almost US$11 million a year

29 Jan 2015 - 1:22am

Magazines

Solo mission: Reese Witherspoon has garnered rave reviews for her turn in Wild.

14 must-see films and 10 top live acts from here to March

With the Oscars looming and a string of top live music acts descending on Hong Kong, the next two months promise a feast for the eyes and ears. Here’s our guide to the best movie openings and live shows.

28 Jan 2015 - 11:42pm

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