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Passive investor to partner in crime: How China lost the plot in Sri Lanka

China continued to court Mahinda Rajapaksa even as protests against him began to snowball in Sri Lanka. Photo: Xinhua

Bandara Chaminda's enthusiasm is almost infectious. The sprightly 30-something engineer at Hambantota port reels off the benefits of this port-industrial complex on the southeastern tip of Sri Lanka about 240km from the capital Colombo.

Monday, 30 March, 2015, 5:29pm 1 comment

Xi Jinping 'among 31 world leaders to have personal details leaked in G20 security breach'

G20 leaders and partner groups wave during a group photo at the annual G20 summit in Brisbane last November. Photo: Reuters

Chinese president Xi Jinping was among 31 world leaders whose personal information was accidentally leaked ahead of the G20 summit last year by Australian authorities, the Guardian newspaper has revealed.

30 Mar 2015 - 5:12pm

Tesla boss Elon Musk 'misled' by local speculators but won't give up China market

A Tesla Model S seen next to a charging station in Hong Kong. Photo: Edward Wong

Elon Musk, prominent US tech industry leader, has learned a hard lesson from market speculators in China, though the founder of electric car maker Tesla says he won't give up there.

30 Mar 2015 - 4:23pm 1 comment More on Tesla

Singapore says final farewell to its founding father Lee Kuan Yew

The body of Lee Kuan Yew is transferred atop a gun carriage as they leave Parliament House during a funeral procession. Photo: AFP Update

When Lee Kuan Yew was Singapore prime minister in 1988, he declared: 'Even from my sickbed, even if you are going to lower me into the grave and I feel something is going wrong, I will get up.'

30 Mar 2015 - 10:36am 37 comments More on Lee Kuan Yew

Cherry blossom wars: China growers claim symbol of Japan as their own

Joggers run past cherry blossom in Tokyo on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Old literary references prove flower synonymous with Japan originated on Chinese soil, argues association, after South Korea has also laid claim to the species

30 Mar 2015 - 5:18pm 3 comments

Mainland China officials says innovation can fail in talk on Hong Kong's Basic Law

Zhang Rongshun says Beijing strongly believes the Basic Law's innovative system could succeed. Photo: Chinese Association of Hong Kong & Macao Studies

Any innovative system can fail, a top Beijing official said in reference to Hong Kong's Basic Law - before stressing that he strongly believed the "one country, two systems" principle would prove a success.

30 Mar 2015 - 8:47am 10 comments More on Universal Suffrage

Chinese navy evacuates Chinese nationals from war-torn Yemen

An armed man stands guard in front of a tank in Aden, Yemen. Air raids began in the country late last week. Photo: AFP

China had started evacuating its 590 citizens from war-torn Yemen, Foreign Minister Wang Yi confirmed, as Arab leaders vowed to continue Saudi-led air strikes against Shiite rebels.

30 Mar 2015 - 3:32am 1 comment

Russian dual-screen smartphone given by Putin to Xi to go on sale in China

The YotaPhone 2's electronic-ink screen can display updates even on low-battery. Photo: Yota Devices

Russian dual-screen smartphone Yota, which President Vladimir Putin gave to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping late last year, will go on sale in China from April.

30 Mar 2015 - 11:06am 1 comment More on The Next Big Thing

Boy, 4, survives five-storey fall from Hong Kong bathroom window

The boy fell from a bathroom window in Yau Ma Tei: File photo New

A four-year-old boy survived a five-storey plunge after crawling through a window at a flat in Battery Street, Yau Ma Tei, shortly after 4pm yesterday.

30 Mar 2015 - 9:55am

China's central bank on alert for deflation

Governor of People's Bank of China Zhou Xiaochuan speaks at a sub-forum during the 2015 Boao Forum for Asia. Photo: Xinhua

PBOC chief Zhou Xiaochuan warns of need for vigilance as some prices take a hit from weaker demand in the domestic economy.

30 Mar 2015 - 11:40am 1 comment More on Chinese Economy

Singapore police arrest teenage activist behind anti-Lee Kuan Yew video

A 17-year-old Singapore amateur actor who appeared in a video clip celebrating the death of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew has been detained by police, local media reported.

30 Mar 2015 - 4:58pm 11 comments More on Lee Kuan Yew

Bill Gates tells China to learn from Japan's mistakes when it comes to innovation

China should learn from the US and Japan's mistakes and successes when it comes to the country's state-led artificial intelligence research project, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said on Sunday.

30 Mar 2015 - 12:31pm 1 comment More on The Next Big Thing
Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey says in a joint statement that good progress has been made on the AIIB's design but some key matters are still to be resolved. Photo: Xinhua

AIIB welcomes Australia and Denmark, as more US allies apply to join Beijing-led bank

30 Mar 2015 - 8:39am 1 comment
Zhang Rongshun says there is no need for Beijing to promise the election model can be changed after the package is passed.

No need for promises of more political reform, says top Beijing official

30 Mar 2015 - 9:07am 12 comments
Ou Shaokun documents abuse of government cars. Photo: Joe Tan

Anti-graft activist Ou Shaokun 'caught with prostitute' in Hunan raid

30 Mar 2015 - 5:27am 2 comments
Pro-Taiwan independence activists in Taipei display banners opposing the M503 flight route on Thursday. Photo: AFP

China's controversial flight route M503 takes off despite protests in Taiwan

30 Mar 2015 - 1:32pm 2 comments
Lee Kuan Yew's casket sits covered by Singapore's flag behind a portrait of the founding prime minister at yesterday's state funeral. Photo: Reuters

Focus on Lee Kuan Yew's achievements may give boost to Singapore's People's Action Party

30 Mar 2015 - 4:25pm
A display for the proposed Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on the Olympic Green in Beijing. Photo: AP

Beijing's Winter Olympics bid praised by IOC inspectors

30 Mar 2015 - 5:27am 1 comment
Tourists dive in the aquarium at Haichang Polar Ocean World in Chengdu, Sichuan. Haichang plans to open a polar theme park in Shanghai. Photo: Xinhua

Polar Ocean Park to join Disneyland at centre of Shanghai's effort to become global tourism hub

30 Mar 2015 - 1:41pm
The bubbly flows as the outstanding Fiji squad celebrate their victory over New Zealand in the Cup final at the Hong Kong Sevens. Photo: Sam Tsang/SCMP

Another stunner from fabulous Fiji at Hong Kong Sevens

30 Mar 2015 - 11:46am 1 comment
About 38 per cent of the city's background radiation comes from the air in the form of radon, a gas which enters the lungs as particles and cannot come out. Photo: Bloomberg

Hong Kong's background radiation levels 'astounding', says former top official

30 Mar 2015 - 4:24pm 15 comments
Ratna Lestari Harjana says if Indonesia manages to have good governance, the foreign investors will be confident.

Indonesia woos Hong Kong investors with infrastructure development plan

30 Mar 2015 - 8:40am 2 comments

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Top rural policy officials say that instead of exhausting resources and stressing the environment, pursuit of yield must be balanced with equal focus on quality and efficiency and environmental protection. Photo: Xinhua

China should speed up shift in improving food quality

30 Mar 2015 - 8:43am
The Home Ownership Scheme is highly sought after, with an over-subscription rate of more than 60 times. Photo: Felix Wong

Affordable housing must have the support of all Hong Kong people

30 Mar 2015 - 7:00am 5 comments

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Ukraine must do its best to woo Chinese capital

A vendor selling fruit and home-made food in Kiev. The economy in Ukraine is in deep crisis, and things are getting worse. Photo: Reuters SERHIY ARBUZOV

The Ukrainian economy is in deep crisis. At the end of 2014, gross domestic product had dropped by 7.5 per cent, and inflation had reached over 20 per cent. The average salary is now around US$150 per month; the average pension less than US$100.

30 Mar 2015 - 2:18pm

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Focus on Lee Kuan Yew's achievements may give boost to Singapore's People's Action Party

Lee Kuan Yew's casket sits covered by Singapore's flag behind a portrait of the founding prime minister at yesterday's state funeral. Photo: Reuters ZURAIDAH IBRAHIM

Support for the party founded by Lee has waned in recent years, with its share of the vote falling to a historic low of 60 per cent in May 2011. But all that could be set to change. 

30 Mar 2015 - 4:25pm

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Just 1.8 per cent of Hongkongers have used an e-cigarette. Photo: Reuters HEALTH

Hong Kong anti-smoking watchdog urges ban on e-cigarettes

Hong Kong’s anti-smoking watchdog is calling for a ban on electronic cigarettes due to both proven and unknown health risks from using the devices.

30 Mar 2015 - 5:25pm

China

US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (L) shakes hands with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang before their meeting in Beijing on Monday. Photo: Reuters TRADE

US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew presses China to open markets in Beijing talks

United States Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has pressed China to open its markets further by removing restrictions on technology transfers in talks with Chinese vice-premier Wang Yang.

30 Mar 2015 - 5:28pm
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Rapper Kanye West here to make waves

With a new album and a fashion line, pop culture's most polarising figure Kanye West is here to make waves.

28 Mar 2015 - 10:52pm

New action drama in Troubles-beset Belfast thrills

30 Mar 2015

Why French couple chose Hong Kong for art gallery

28 Mar 2015 1 comment
Hung Au Kam-hung, of Man Kee Chopping Board, has been in the trade more than 40 years. Photo: Nora Tam

Six Hong Kong insider's tips for cooks and party hosts

Writers for the SCMP's 48 Hours magazine regularly offer advice for food lovers - we've rounded up some of their tips.

30 Mar 2015 - 2:15pm More on Explore Hong Kong

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Susan Jung's recipes for chicken satay, and papaya salad

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Illustration: Brian Wang

DNA studies shed light on genetic mixing across four continents

The internet and modern genetics have been a pair of high-wattage searchlights slicing through one of the darkest periods of modern human history: more than three centuries of conquest, slave trade and population displacement in the Americas.

29 Mar 2015 - 8:58am

Nitrogen emissions in smog threatens to 'massacre' world's forests: Chinese scientists

29 Mar 2015 3 comments

Destroying the soil is going to be the death of us if we're not careful

29 Mar 2015

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The bubbly flows as the outstanding Fiji squad celebrate their victory over New Zealand in the Cup final at the Hong Kong Sevens. Photo: Sam Tsang/SCMP

Another stunner from fabulous Fiji at Hong Kong Sevens

Fiji were untouchable as they swept to a popular 33-19 victory over New Zealand in the Cup final at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens on Sunday night.

30 Mar 2015 - 11:46am 1 comment More on Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015

Aussies show signs of sevens rugby resurgence after winning Plate

The glory days of Australian rugby sevens might be a distant memory for some and laughed off as pure myth by others but there were signs of life in the Green and Gold at the Hong Kong Sevens as they lifted the Plate with a 21-17 victory over the United States.

30 Mar 2015 - 2:20am More on Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015

Scots finally celebrate as they dismantle France in Bowl

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Vivienne Tam's tale of two cities: from Hong Kong girl to New York success story

Vivienne Tam's tale of two cities: from Hong Kong girl to New York success story

Hong Kong's most iconic design export, Vivienne Tam tells Jing Zhang about bridging the East-West fashion divide, and why she had to move to New York to make it in her hometown.

28 Mar 2015 - 11:27pm 5 comments

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