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China’s military budget to increase ‘about 10 per cent’, lowest rise in five years

Military delegates arrive at the Great Hall of the People for the annual session of the National People's Congress. Photo: Jason Lee Update

National People’s Congress spokeswoman Fu Ying tells his week’s annual plenum that China plans to increase its military budget by about 10 per cent this year.

Thursday, 5 March, 2015, 2:52am 15 comments More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

China’s anti-terrorism law ‘won’t affect US tech firms’

National People's Congress spokeswoman Fu Ying speaks at a news conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: AFP

China moves to calm fears over its anti-terrorism law today by saying it will not affect network operators after US President Barack Obama expressed fears it would affect American tech firms.

4 Mar 2015 - 11:13pm 1 comment More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Reporter’s notebook: Great Hall’s ‘hidden’ post office gains my stamp of approval

Reporter Mandy Zuo's two commemorative stamps and first-day covers from this year's plenums. Photo: Mandy Zuo

Several years ago, when I started to learn about the inner workings of Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, I discovered a “hidden place” in the hall. The post office.

4 Mar 2015 - 7:03pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Xiaomi smartphone chief predicts ‘Chinese companies will lead world in future’

Lei Jun, chairman and chief executive of technology company, Xiaomi, aims to surpass Apple as the world’s No 1 smartphone maker within 10 years. Photo: Reuters

Lei Jun, chairman and chief executive of the world's No 3 smartphone maker, adds his vote of confidence to the mainland’s “go-global” drive to invest abroad

5 Mar 2015 - 5:42am 4 comments More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Hong Kong ranked 70th in world for quality of living - way behind rival Singapore

Reliable transport helped lift the city's ranking. Photo: Edward Wong

Hong Kong offers the best quality of living among cities in China, but falls behind main competitor Singapore and major Japanese centres, according to a survey.

5 Mar 2015 - 7:39am 36 comments

Overzealous Chinese officials 'could ban all foreign books', scholar fears

Education Minister Yuan Guiren has called on universities to purge classrooms of foreign textbooks that "spread Western values". Photo: Xinhua

A literature scholar fears overzealous local education officials could ban all foreign textbooks after a call by the education minister for tougher ideological controls.

5 Mar 2015 - 5:38am More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Alibaba launches first data centre in Silicon Valley amid ramped-up US expansion

New York-traded Alibaba's foray into data centre services in the US represents its most direct expansion in the US. Photo: AP

Alibaba Group, the world's biggest e-commerce services provider, is ratcheting up its business expansion in the United States, with the launch on Wednesday of its first overseas-based data centre in California's Silicon Valley.

5 Mar 2015 - 7:53am More on Alibaba

Fears of an economic slowdown must not stop China tackling overcapacity

Workers load coal at a coal processing plant in Hebei. Photo: AP

Overcapacity, along with high local government debt and the property bubble, have been named as the three biggest risks in the Chinese economy today.

4 Mar 2015 - 12:44pm

Standard Chartered pre-tax profit falls 30 per cent, hit by ‘perfect storm’

Standard Chartered is looking to save US$1.8 billion through aggressive cuts in businesses and headcount in three years. Photo: Bloomberg Update

Standard Chartered pre-tax profit fell 30 per cent in 2014 to US$4.24 billion, far short of analysts’ expectations

4 Mar 2015 - 11:21pm 4 comments More on Standard Chartered Bank

Yang Huiyan, daughter of property tycoon, among world's richest under 40

A Country Garden project in Inner Mongolia. Country Garden's Yang Huiyan has been named one of the world's richest people under 40. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A woman Chinese billionaire has been named the world's sixth wealthiest person under the age of 40.

5 Mar 2015 - 1:43am

Chinese military intelligence chief Xing Yunming held in graft inquiry

The chief of a Chinese military intelligence agency is under investigation for alleged corruption, detained by graft-busters in the run-up to Lunar New Year, according to two independent sources.

5 Mar 2015 - 7:45am 2 comments More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

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

Federal agents have searched more than a dozen homes in a crackdown on so-called "maternity tourism" operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the US.

5 Mar 2015 - 3:12am 4 comments More on Chinese tourists
State leaders attend the opening meeting of the annual plenum in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

Fight cross-border tensions with ‘positive energy,’ Hong Kong delegates urged

5 Mar 2015 - 3:01am 8 comments
Environmental firms rise in value as programme focuses national attention on poor air quality

China's answer to An Inconvenient Truth sparks rush for shares in green-tech companies

5 Mar 2015 - 6:13am
The HSBC/Markit Services Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the mainland picked up to 52.0 last month. Photo: Reuters

China services sector picks up in February, new orders at three-month high

4 Mar 2015 - 5:27pm
Dr Zhong Nanshan (right) believed the risk of the Hong Kong outbreak developing into an epidemic was low. Photos: Edward Wong, Martin Chan

Deadly Hong Kong flu outbreak ‘won’t spread to mainland’, says disease expert

5 Mar 2015 - 5:27am 3 comments
Controlled explosions at the construction site did not immediately shift the old ordnance. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Wartime shell found in Hong Kong's Victoria Park

5 Mar 2015 - 3:26am
Will China's censors rob its anti-corruption chief of his favourite TV show, 'House Of Cards'?

Will China's censors rob its anti-corruption chief of his favourite TV show, 'House Of Cards'?

4 Mar 2015 - 10:34am 7 comments
Tesla CEO Elon Musk at a news conference in Beijing. Musk was the most searched luxury business last year. Photo: Reuters

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Prada boss among world's most-searched luxury business leaders

4 Mar 2015 - 11:08am
Xiaomi vice president of global operations Hugo Barra. Photo: AP

Xiaomi coming to US and Europe, but no smartphones yet due to 'patent gap'

4 Mar 2015 - 4:33pm
Thorbjoern Jagland (left) awards US President Barack Obama with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. Jagland has been demoted from the awards-giving committee. Photo: AFP

China insists Nobel chairman's demotion won't warm Norway ties

5 Mar 2015 - 7:50am
French law bans violence against children but does allow parents the right to discipline them.Photo: SCMP Pictures

European rights body set to scold France for not banning the smacking of children

4 Mar 2015 - 10:15pm

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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
Buildings amid heavy air pollution, in Wuhan, Hubei. Photo: Reuters

Chai Jing's documentary on pollution brings out the stark truth

5 Mar 2015 - 7:56am 4 comments

Today's Poll

  • Anti-corruption drive: 13%
  • Economy: 9%
  • Pollution: 48%
  • Party reshuffle: 2%
  • Mainland-HK relationship: 15%
  • Legal reforms: 13%
4 Mar 2015
  • Anti-corruption drive
  • Economy
  • Pollution
  • Party reshuffle
  • Mainland-HK relationship
  • Legal reforms
Total number of votes recorded: 372

Insight

Hong Kong must rouse its can-do spirit to get electoral reform passed

The key to securing the necessary votes from democrats may lie in what assurances are given for reform in the future. Cliff Buddle

The Lunar New Year is a good time to make a fresh start. The Year of the Goat has ushered in a slightly more positive environment in which to consider democratic development.

4 Mar 2015 - 5:59pm 3 comments

Focus

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 - 3:30am 1 comment

Harry's View

Property

Frenetic buying of small flats has driven prices to record highs, prompting the Hong Kong Monetary Authority to impose new mortgage tightening measures. Photo: Reuters LAND SALES

Hong Kong developers may shun sites for small flats amid mortgage curbs

The latest round of mortgage tightening to contain prices of small homes may weaken developers' appetite for land designated for mass housing but will intensify competition for luxury residential sites.

3 Mar 2015 - 8:04pm
Gao Weigang's Consume is in the Encounters section of Art Basel.

20 must-see contemporary art exhibits in Art Basel month

With the third edition of Art Basel Hong Kong and the launch of a new satellite fair, March is the busiest month on the city's contemporary art calendar. Here are 20 shows you shouldn't miss.

4 Mar 2015 - 11:47pm More on Art Basel 2015

Yoshitomo Nara: neo-pop artist who defies categorisation

4 Mar 2015

The Gate Theatre stages Pride and Prejudice in Hong Kong

4 Mar 2015
Uwe Opocensky's petit fours, part of the Mandarin Grill & Bar's Art Basel-themed menu.

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

In honour of Art Basel, from March 15 to 17, the event's official partner, the Mandarin Oriental, will have art-focused promotions throughout the hotel.

4 Mar 2015 - 11:10pm More on Art Basel 2015

Favourite Hong Kong restaurants of Mi-jeong Kim, gallery manager

4 Mar 2015

Restaurant review: Bungalow - tasty lamb, unimaginative desserts

4 Mar 2015
Apple is preparing a security patch that will be in place next week for its computers and mobile devices; while Google's Chrome browser is not vulnerable to the bug, but the browser that comes built into most Android devices is. Photos: Bloomberg, AFP

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

Technology companies are scrambling to fix a major security flaw that for more than a decade left users of Apple and Google devices vulnerable to hacking when they visited millions of supposedly secure websites.

5 Mar 2015 - 7:56am

Paralysed woman uses thoughts to control a fighter jet in a flight simulator

5 Mar 2015

Tech review: three portable Wi-fi scanners

4 Mar 2015

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Sport

Hong Kong boxer Rex Tso Sing-yu (right) in action against Espinos Sabu in November last year. Photo: Edward Wong BOXING

Rex Tso joins Top Rank stable in world title hunt

Rex Tso Sing-yu’s dream of becoming Hong Kong’s first world champion has received a massive boost after he signed with one of the world’s biggest promoters.

4 Mar 2015 - 11:45pm More on Rex Tso Sing-yu
Soccer: AFC Champions League

Ricardo Goulart hits hat-trick for Guangzhou Evergrande

Ricardo Goulart’s hat-trick earned Guangzhou Evergrande a 3-2 win over reigning AFC Champions League title-holders Western Sydney Wanderers in Sydney on Wednesday night, but the victory was overshadowed by a nasty injury to goalkeeper Zeng Cheng.

4 Mar 2015 - 11:21pm

Lopsided wins for Pakistan and Australia at Cricket World Cup

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Yoshitomo Nara: neo-pop artist who defies categorisation

Ahead of two important solo exhibitions in Hong Kong, the Japanese artist with a global cult following is dismissive of the way others interpret his work, saying: 'This is just what comes out.'

4 Mar 2015 - 11:43pm More on Art Basel 2015

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