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China narrows terrorism definition by deleting ‘thought’ from list of crimes

Armed Chinese police patrol near the exit of Urumqi's South Railway Station after last May's bomb and knife attack in Xinjiang, which left three people dead. Photo: Reuters

Beijing has narrowed the controversial definition of "terrorism" in the revised draft of its counterterrorism law by removing a reference to "thought" as a crime.

Friday, 27 February, 2015, 2:10am 3 comments

Mainlanders, Hongkongers lead way in Forbes powerful women in Asia list

Pansy Ho Chiu-king, the managing director of Shun Tak Holdings, made the Forbes list of the 50 most powerful businesswomen in Asia. Photo: Nora Tam

Women from the mainland and Hong Kong again dominated the annual Forbes list of the 50 most powerful businesswomen in Asia, with 14 top female decision-makers making the grade this year.

26 Feb 2015 - 11:33pm

Pilot scheme approved to reform rules on controversial rural land sales in China

Villagers display shields taken from police in violent clashes between residents and construction workers over the alleged illegal seizing of land near Kunming, in Yunnan province, which led to the deaths of eight people last October. Photo: Reuters

Disputes over the sale and seizure of farmland are one of the biggest causes of protests around the country

26 Feb 2015 - 3:44pm

Li Ka-shing’s Tom Group bares plans for ambitious internet finance venture in China

The Li Ka-shing controlled Tom Group runs an e-commerce joint venture on the mainland called Ule with China Post. Photos: Felix Wong, Reuters

Tom Group, the media conglomerate controlled by Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing, plans to step up the expansion of its e-commerce joint venture in mainland China.

26 Feb 2015 - 1:49pm More on THE NEXT BIG THING

Rise of China's middle class will not challenge Communist Party: state media

Xi Jinping's political theory is called the 'four comprehensives'. Photo: Xinhua

The rise of China's middle class posed no challenge to the authority of the Communist Party, state media said yesterday.

27 Feb 2015 - 3:32am

Chinese officials who lie on resumes and personal records targeted in new audit

Chinese officials who lie on resumes and personal records targeted in new audit

Civil servants who lie on their personal records and resumes are being targeted by a new audit ordered by the central government.

26 Feb 2015 - 5:01pm More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Queue stretches around building as Tencent boss hands out Lunar New Year bonuses personally

The line to receive red packets from Tencent CEO Pony Ma stretched around the company's HQ several times. Photo: Weibo

Tencent may have started a war for electronic red packets with other Chinese internet firms, but when it comes to handing out 'Lai See' to employe

26 Feb 2015 - 6:02pm 2 comments

Delay to planned launch of Fujian free-trade zone

Premier Li Keqing visits the Guangdong free trade area in Nansha in Guangdong in January. Photo: Xinhua

The launch of a free-trade zone in Guangdong could be delayed, sources close to the provincial government said, after a similar zone in Fujian was postponed abruptly yesterday.

27 Feb 2015 - 2:06am

Doctors alarmed over court intrusion

Doctors alarmed over court intrusion

A Fujian obstetrician whose patient died hours after giving birth will stand trial for criminal negligence, raising concern among doctors that they could face charges for failing to achieve ideal results despite their best efforts.

27 Feb 2015 - 3:32am

China encourages state scientists to profit from breakthroughs with proposed law change

The amendment is aimed at encouraging research institutes to develop theoretical breakthroughs into viable commercial projects. Photo: Xinhua

Scientists at state-owned research institutes on the mainland will be able to personally profit from their breakthroughs in science and technology under a proposed law amendment.

26 Feb 2015 - 11:04pm

China building ‘amazing submarines’ ... although not as good as ours, says US admiral

China now has more diesel- and nuclear-powered vessels than the US, although their quality is inferior, a top US Navy admiral tells American lawmakers

26 Feb 2015 - 4:27pm 7 comments

China gets approval to build Argentina satellite tracking station for moon missions

Argentina's Congress has approved the installation of a Chinese satellite tracking station in the South American country's Patagonia region.

27 Feb 2015 - 3:20am 1 comment
The tiger cub fell to its death from the roof of an 11-storey building  in China where it had been kept by a businessman. Photo SCMP Pictures

Rare tiger cub kept in cage plunges 11 floors to its death after being frightened by Lunar New Year fireworks

26 Feb 2015 - 3:50pm 1 comment
Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of Asian politics, has been in hospital since February 5. Photo: EPA

Former Singapore premier Lee Kuan Yew on ‘mechanical ventilation’ in intensive care

26 Feb 2015 - 7:25pm 1 comment
Police raid a cannabis factory in east London.Photo: SCMP Pictures

Vietnamese child slaves labour in UK's clandestine cannabis plantations

26 Feb 2015 - 10:43pm
Alexa Lam said there would be a total quota for the whole scheme and individual quotas for each fund. Photo: Jonathan Wong

SFC identifies 600 funds for cross-border scheme

26 Feb 2015 - 10:52pm
Cheung Kong vice chairman Victor Li Tzar-kuoi (left) and chairman Li Ka-shing at Thursday's results announcement. Photo: Edward Wong

Cheung Kong's net profit up 53pc on property revaluation gains

26 Feb 2015 - 10:48pm
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. Photo: Reuters

Beijing’s Hong Kong reform proposals ‘more restrictive than expected’: London

27 Feb 2015 - 3:12am 12 comments
Stock 'through train' could be extended to China's interbank bond market. Photo: Xinhua

China's ambitions to open bond market seen as tough sell

26 Feb 2015 - 7:50pm
Standard Chartered chief Peter Sands has been under pressure amid sliding profits at the Asia-focused lender. Photo: Bloomberg

StanChart stock rallies on news chief will step down

27 Feb 2015 - 2:05am
While attendance dropped at Ocean Park this Lunar New Year, per capita spending went up about 4 per cent, says the park's chairman. Photo: David Wong

Leung urged to rethink plan to curb mainland visitors to Hong Kong

27 Feb 2015 - 2:05am
Workers destroy illegal ivory in Dongguan, southern Guangdong province. Ivory imports have been banned on the mainland for a year. Photo: AP

China bans ivory imports for a year

27 Feb 2015 - 2:00am 1 comment

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Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing revealed that the government would go beyond the existing plan for a 25 per cent reduction in energy use by 2030. Photo: David Wong

Reducing consumption of energy is a task for all

27 Feb 2015 - 12:57am 1 comment
Philippine President Benigno Aquino arrives during the 29th anniversary celebration of the revolt known as People Power revolution at the People's Power Monument in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines. Photo: AP

Philippine President Benigno Aquino walking a tightrope

27 Feb 2015 - 12:57am

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China must stay the course of renminbi appreciation

Time and again, Chinese officials have successfully coped with unexpected developments, without losing sight of their long-term strategic objectives. Stephen Roach

Currency wars are raging worldwide, and China is bearing the brunt of them. The renminbi has appreciated sharply over the past several years, exports are sagging and the risk of deflation is growing.

26 Feb 2015 - 5:53pm

Focus

John Tsang's budget giveaways fuelled by government's huge surplus

The budget included handouts for welfare recipients as well as the middle class and small businesses. Photo: K.Y. Cheng Denise Tsang

The government's more generous than expected budget sweeteners have cheered the middle class, the poor, small businesses and even property developers.

27 Feb 2015 - 3:04am

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Asia

Pansy Ho Chiu-king, the managing director of Shun Tak Holdings, made the Forbes list of the 50 most powerful businesswomen in Asia. Photo: Nora Tam DIVERSITY

Mainlanders, Hongkongers lead way in Forbes powerful women in Asia list

Women from the mainland and Hong Kong again dominated the annual Forbes list of the 50 most powerful businesswomen in Asia, with 14 top female decision-makers making the grade this year.

26 Feb 2015 - 11:33pm

Business

Alexa Lam said there would be a total quota for the whole scheme and individual quotas for each fund. Photo: Jonathan Wong TRADING

SFC identifies 600 funds for cross-border scheme

The securities regulator has identified about 600 Hong Kong and mainland funds for participation in the soon-to-be launched mutual recognition scheme allowing cross-border fund sales, according to outgoing Securities and Futures Commission deputy chief executive Alexa Lam Cheung Cheuk-wah.

26 Feb 2015 - 10:52pm
BANKING

StanChart stock rallies on news chief will step down

Beleaguered Standard Chartered chief executive Peter Sands will step down in June, the bank revealed yesterday in a move that turned the spotlight away from his cross-town rival at HSBC, Stuart Gulliver.

27 Feb 2015 - 2:05am

Property

The volume of sales of luxury apartments in Shanghai worth more than 10 million yuan fell 34 per cent last year to 2,246 units from 2013. Photo: AFP RESIDENTIAL

Chinese developers to raise luxury home prices in prime cities

Some Chinese developers are planning to raise prices for new luxury projects in prime areas this year, in a rare sign of improving sentiment in a market that saw new home prices fall for the last eight months of 2014.

24 Feb 2015 - 6:22pm More on China Property
INTERNET

Greenland to diversify into internet finance

Greenland Hong Kong, the Hong Kong-listed unit of the mainland’s largest developer by sales, announced it would diversify into internet finance this year, hoping to capitalise on the cyber world to offer financial services to cash-strapped mainland developers.

11 Feb 2015 - 6:11am More on China Property
STRATEGY

Golden Wheel Tiandi on a roll with metro projects

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Former model Helena Rizzo of Mani restaurant in Sao Paulo, Brazil, was named top female chef in the world by Restaurant magazine.

Ex-models take on new careers in the kitchen

Food and models are not an obvious pairing. Rather than going together like crispy duck and plum sauce, the modelling industry is likelier to make you think of fad diets or eating disorders. Yet these rarefied sylphs are moving from the catwalk to the kitchen.

27 Feb 2015 - 6:08am

Hong Kong hawkers find finance chief’s food truck plan unappetising

26 Feb 2015 10 comments

Restaurant review: New-look Pawn wins with starters

26 Feb 2015
Phishing scams have become smarter and more frequent. Photo: AP

Fake phishing 'quizzes' help companies beat online intruders

High-profile hacks have put companies on the defensive as they try to prevent themselves becoming the next Sony Pictures or Anthem. And data shows phishing emails are increasingly being used as entry points for hackers.

27 Feb 2015 - 6:16am

Chinese tech giants Lenovo, Alibaba become hot targets of US class-action lawsuits

26 Feb 2015 2 comments

For your pets, a GPS tracker, a camera, and a machine to play fetch

26 Feb 2015

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Sport

Dongfeng Race Team (right) begin their 5,264 nautical mile trip from Sanya in Hainan, China, to Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: AFP SAILING

Dongfeng holds slim lead nearing finish of Volvo Ocean Race fourth leg

Chinese pace-setters Dongfeng Race Team clung to a slim lead yesterday as the Volvo Ocean Race's fourth leg looked set for a grandstand finish.

26 Feb 2015 - 11:13pm
RATIONAL REF WILLIAM LAI

Where do we draw the line on persistent fouling?

What's the best way to stop Eden from passing you by? Hazard a guess? Several kicks ought to do it. Hazard is the most fouled player in the English Premier League this season. The Chelsea star was on the receiving end of some "special" treatment in last week's Champions League encounter with Paris Saint-Germain, when he was fouled nine times in a match where the referee issued only two cautions.

26 Feb 2015 - 11:27pm More on English Premier League 2014/15
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