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Uphold morals, chairman tells CPPCC delegates

Yu Zhengsheng addresses the CPPCC's annual session with a call for delegates to uphold moral standards. Photo: Xinhua

The chief of China's political advisory body has vowed to restore its image after the downfall of a string of top leaders caught up in the anti-graft campaign.

Wednesday, 4 March, 2015, 3:25am More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Oil executives say smog documentary confuses facts about industry's role in pollution

Documentary maker Chai Jing's documentary suggests that the standards committee was dominated and heavily influenced by major oil companies.

Petrochemical industry insiders have disputed claims made in Under the Dome, Chai Jing's documentary on smog in China, that lax quality standards for petroleum were a key reason for worsening air pollution.

4 Mar 2015 - 4:50am

Baidu chief wants Chinese military to back artificial intelligence project

Baidu founder Robin Li Yanhong speaks to reporters at the Great Hall of the People about his plans to develop artificial intelligence. Photo: Simon Song

Robin Li Yanhong, the founder and chief executive of online search giant Baidu, is looking to the nation's military to support efforts which may make the mainland the world leader in developing artificial intelligence (AI) systems.

4 Mar 2015 - 4:43am 1 comment More on Baidu

Britain's Prince William's soccer diplomacy hits target in China

Britain's Prince William 'high fives' soccer student Li Ziyu, 11, during an English Premier League training session at Shanghai's Nanyang Secondary School. Photo: Xinhua

Britain's Prince William focused the second day of his China trip on promoting links between the nations in soccer and cinema - first watching students kick footballs and then attending a film premiere.

4 Mar 2015 - 5:47am

Major budget boost expected for Chinese military

A People's Liberation Army band rehearses before the opening of the CPPCC at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Bloomberg

A substantial increase in the military's budget is likely to be announced at the National People's Congress to support the "Chinese Dream Army" envisaged by President Xi Jinping, military analysts say.

4 Mar 2015 - 5:03am More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

British royals’ ivory stash may dent Prince William’s anti-poaching message in China

Carved tusks are exhibited along side a leopard skin

The Duke of Cambridge could run the risk being labelled a hypocrite on his trip to Yunnan on Wednesday where he will highlight the peril wreaked by poachers on Africa’s dwindling elephant population as part of his official trip to China.

3 Mar 2015 - 6:37pm 1 comment

Alibaba announces US$316m Taiwan start-up fund amid regulatory problems

Alibaba Group's headquarters in Hangzhou, China. Photo: Reuters

A newly announced investment fund will leave Alibaba with a foothold in Taiwan even if it is forced to withdraw from the island following a government ruling. 

4 Mar 2015 - 5:43am More on Alibaba

Tiananmen dissident quits church over extramarital sex; denies raping activist Chai Ling

Yuan Zhiming (right) and his accuser, Chai Ling. Photos: AFP, SCMP Exclusive

A Tiananmen Square dissident  has resigned from his US ministry and begged forgiveness for an extramarital affair after being accused of raping fellow 1989 activist Chai Ling.

3 Mar 2015 - 5:59pm

Twenty members of Chinese opera troupe killed in bus crash

Twenty members of a local Chinese opera troupe died and 13 other people were hurt after their bus plunged over a cliff in Linzhou, in Henan province late on Monday night. Photo: Xinhua

The bus appeared to have missed a turning as it was travelling at speed and the vehicle was badly damaged as it rolled down a steep incline, the report said.

3 Mar 2015 - 8:34pm 2 comments

Cutting through the jargon at China’s parliamentary sessions

A paramilitary policeman on guard near the Great Hall of the People ahead of this week's parliamentary meetings in Beijing. Photo: Bloomberg

People in mainland China are no stranger to political jargon. Since the Communist Party was formed on the mainland it has coined countless catchphrases and slogans.

3 Mar 2015 - 1:59pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

China’s failure to audit overseas state-owned assets ‘creates hotbed of corruption’

The overseas assets of China's state-owned companies provided a hotbed of corruption because the central government almost never audited their financial accounts, a former senior government auditor has claimed.

4 Mar 2015 - 5:50am More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Obama sharply criticises China's plans for new technology rules

US President Barack Obama has criticised China's plans for new rules on American tech firms. He had raised the issue with President Xi Jinping and urged Beijing to change its policy if it wants to do business with the US, he said.

4 Mar 2015 - 5:36am More on Barack Obama
Sam Chen steers a "brain-controlled" Puzzlebox Orbit helicopter outside the Chaihuo maker space, a Shenzhen workshop for technology enthusiasts. Photo: Dickson Lee

China looks to young entrepreneurs to drive its innovation economy

3 Mar 2015 - 12:26pm 1 comment
Attendants check the platform after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. Photo: AFP

Austerity on full display at China's annual plenum, but how much money is really saved?

4 Mar 2015 - 5:04am
The fact that Putin has so far succeeded in wielding influence in the former USSR states seems to have impressed and influenced the Chinese leadership.

Xi Jinping and the Putin effect

3 Mar 2015 - 6:03pm 2 comments
CPPCC chairman Yu Zhengsheng causes a stir. Photo: Xinhua

Missing phrases in CPPCC work report again cause controversy among Hongkongers

4 Mar 2015 - 5:07am
Tourists throng the front of Macau's iconic Casino Lisboa just before last month's Lunar New Year. Photo: Reuters

Macau February casino revenue halves on lacklustre Lunar New Year

4 Mar 2015 - 4:30am 2 comments
The Supreme People's Court amended the law on child sex attacks after public concerns that offenders were not receiving tough enough punishments. Photo: SCMP

Chinese men jailed for raping schoolgirl under tougher underage sex attack laws

4 Mar 2015 - 5:45am 1 comment
Former CMC vice-chairman Guo Boxiong. Photo: Reuters

Chinese state media suggests retired general Guo Boxiong may be next to fall, after son comes under graft probe

4 Mar 2015 - 5:48am
Abe faces questions over donations from firms that received subsidies

Abe faces questions over donations from firms that received subsidies

3 Mar 2015 - 10:45pm
A Philippine frigate anchored in Ulugan Bay. Photo: AFP

Philippines suspends natural gas project in the South China Sea

3 Mar 2015 - 11:08pm
Former president Bill Clinton (left) by his portrait after it was unveiled with Lawrence M Small of the Smithsonian Institution. Photo: AP

Bill Clinton portrait contains hidden reference to Lewinsky's blue dress

3 Mar 2015 - 11:28pm

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Protesters clash with police during the rally against parallel trading in Yuen Long. Photo: David Wong

Parallel trading, not mainland visitors, is the real problem

4 Mar 2015 - 1:44am 1 comment
People hold pictures of Boris Nemtsov during a memorial march on March 1 that replaced a protest rally he helped organising. Photo: Kyodo

Only a full investigation into assassination of Boris Nemtsov can calm concerns

4 Mar 2015 - 1:44am

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Xi Jinping and the Putin effect

The fact that Putin has so far succeeded in wielding influence in the former USSR states seems to have impressed and influenced the Chinese leadership. TIM COLLARD

China's policy in recent years has been to take an increasingly hard line in defence of the government's positions both domestically and regionally. However, there is no sign of a greater tendency to try to impose the leadership's policies at a greater distance from home.

3 Mar 2015 - 6:03pm 2 comments

Focus

Made in Hong Kong, the second act

In a special series on ideas for the city’s future, we talk to director Fredric Mao Chun-fai Vivienne Chow

Fredric Mao Chun-fai is standing in the foyer of the Lyric Theatre, a soft smile on his face as he greets members of the audience heading in to see his latest theatrical sensation Tonnochy.

4 Mar 2015 - 4:58am

Harry's View

China

President Xi meets President Obama last year. Obama has criticised China's new tech rules. Photo: Reuters DIPLOMACY

Obama sharply criticises China's plans for new technology rules

US President Barack Obama has criticised China's plans for new rules on American tech firms. He had raised the issue with President Xi Jinping and urged Beijing to change its policy if it wants to do business with the US, he said.

4 Mar 2015 - 5:36am More on Barack Obama

Asia

British filmmaker Leslee Udwin addresses a press conference on her documentary film India's Daughter. Photo: AP INDIA

Indian rapist blames victim for ‘roaming around at night’

One of the men convicted of the gang-rape and murder of an Indian student that shocked the world blames the victim for "roaming around at night".

3 Mar 2015 - 10:57pm
A dietitian friend of Cafe Sausalito owner Michael Tam cooks up home-style dishes for guests. Photo: Bruce Yan

Four hangouts with a creative vibe for Art Basel crowd

For coffee and snacks in a creative environment, try some of these cafes in Kowloon and Wan Chai. 

4 Mar 2015 - 6:14am

Sshhh! Dos and don'ts for concert-goers in Hong Kong (and everywhere)

3 Mar 2015 1 comment

Ed Sheeran talks about his love for touring ahead of Hong Kong gig

3 Mar 2015
Lobster wrapped in lotus root and deep fried, at Ore-no Kappou by Ginza Okamoto.

New restaurant: Ore-no Kappou by Ginza Okamoto

Ore-no Kappou by Ginza Okamoto, newly opened in the rebuilt California Tower in Hong Kong Island's Lan Kwai Fong entertainment district, bills its food as gourmet with a modern twist. Some of the dishes are delicious.

4 Mar 2015 - 6:23am

Four hangouts with a creative vibe for Art Basel crowd

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Susan Jung's recipe for braised veal shanks with porcini and gremolata

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Baidu founder Robin Li Yanhong speaks to reporters at the Great Hall of the People about his plans to develop artificial intelligence. Photo: Simon Song

Baidu chief wants Chinese military to back artificial intelligence project

Robin Li Yanhong, the founder and chief executive of online search giant Baidu, is looking to the nation's military to support efforts which may make the mainland the world leader in developing artificial intelligence (AI) systems.

4 Mar 2015 - 4:43am 1 comment More on Baidu

Ikea launches furniture that can charge phones

3 Mar 2015

Shenzhen named as top 5 start-up hub, Hong Kong nowhere in sight

2 Mar 2015 7 comments

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Sport

Shek Wai-hung is one of 10 leading Hong Kong athletes who will receive grants of HK$150,000 each to help them qualify for the Rio Olympics. Photo: Xinhua FUNDING

Financial boost for 10 leading Hong Kong athletes trying to make Rio Olympics

Teenager Eric Wong Hui-wai may have given his embattled sport - triathlon - a shot in the arm after being picked as one of 10 leading athletes who will receive grants of HK$150,000 each to help them qualify for the Rio Olympics.

4 Mar 2015 - 1:00am More on Hong Kong Sports Institute
SOCCER

Difficult Asian Champions League night for Chinese clubs

Guangzhou R&F lost 2-1 to Thailand’s Buriram United due to a last minute Gilberto Macena goal in the AFC Champions League on Tuesday night as Chinese clubs were brought back to earth in the continental championship.

4 Mar 2015 - 12:07am

Amber Sky back on the radar for tilt at Dubai double

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Richard Leakey. Photos: May Tse; Corbis; The Leakey Foundation; AFP Wildlife conservation

Richard Leakey on a conservation crusade (just don't mention God)

A scion of the Leakey family – whose fossil discoveries helped reveal how humans evolved – Richard has also been hailed as a saviour of the African elephant. Sarah Lazarus wonders whether Brad Pitt will do justice to this charismatic Kenyan in a forthcoming biopic …

1 Mar 2015 - 6:05pm

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