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Ten missing as speedboat carrying illegal immigrants capsizes off Macau

The speedboat capsized before dawn. Photo: SCMP Pictures Update

At least ten people are believed to be missing after a speedboat allegedly used to transport illegal immigrants from mainland China capsized off Macau on Friday.

Friday, 27 February, 2015, 10:47pm

China in ‘aggressive’ effort to expand its South China Sea outposts, says US

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photo: AP

China is expanding its outposts in the South China Sea to include stationing for ships and potential airfields as part of its “aggressive” effort to exert sovereignty, the US intelligence chief said on Thursday.

27 Feb 2015 - 7:55pm 2 comments

Rogue trader Nick Leeson: There will be more financial scandals while people go unpunished

'The reality is if they can get away with it then some people will still do whatever they think will make them money', says Nick Leeson. Photo: Handout

But, unlike the UK and USA, Leeson believes both Hong Kong and Singapore are better placed than other markets to avoid such wrongdoing.

27 Feb 2015 - 2:52pm 2 comments

Taiwan says it may fly military planes in civil airspace set by China

Taipei is concerned that four new mainland Chinese air routes beside Taiwanese airspace could pose a danger to the island's aircraft operating from its airports. Photo: AFP

A ranking Taiwan transport official on Thursday reiterated opposition to China’s planned corridors for commercial flights above the Taiwan Strait, suggesting the use of military planes for interception after the new airspace is implemented. 

27 Feb 2015 - 6:16pm

Beijing commits to maritime cooperation with Sri Lanka amid fears over port deal

The development deal with Sri Lanka in the port of Colombo is part of Beijing’s efforts to create a 'Maritime Silk Road', an initiative to expand sea trade routes, but which could also serve strategic purposes. Photo: AFP

Beijing is committed to launching maritime cooperation with Sri Lanka amid concerns over the cancellation of a port development project in Colombo led by a Chinese company.

27 Feb 2015 - 6:17pm

Apple Watch to debut on March 9, with China in the company's sights

In September, Apple unveiled three watch collections - the basic model, the Sport model and the Edition model. Photo: Bloomberg

Apple is due to enter China's hugely lucrative luxury watch market with the launch of the Apple Watch, which will debut at an event on March 9, the company announced this week. 

27 Feb 2015 - 1:59pm More on Apple

Chinese Tesla owner turns power line into illegal personal charging station

Green lights on the Tesla's display show that the vehicle is charging. Photo: Weibo

The owner of a Tesla electric car in China's Sichuan province came up with an innovative way of charging his vehicle: plug it directly into a power line.

27 Feb 2015 - 6:39pm 3 comments More on Tesla

Half-naked ‘mentally ill’ young woman rescued after family locks her up for five years

Zhang Qi, 24, lies inside the room where she had been locked for five years by her Chinese family in Xiaochang county, Hubei province. Photo: cnhubei.com
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A half-naked "mentally ill" young woman was rescued by internet activists after being locked in a room for five years by her Chinese family after a dispute with her mother.

27 Feb 2015 - 6:21pm 3 comments

China’s toilet ‘revo-loo-tion’ scraps luxury public conveniences in tourist spots

Plans to build luxury toilets in China's tourist areas are to be scrapped in favour of cleaner, more practical facilities, says Li Jinzao, director of China National Tourism Administration. Photo: AP

China is to scrap its controversial plan to build luxury public conveniences in tourist spots and instead will replace them with cleaner, more practical facilities as part of its “toilet revo-loo-tion”, the Beijing News reports.

27 Feb 2015 - 6:20pm

Hong Kong industries urged to embrace China’s New Silk Road

Hong Kong manufacturers have been urged to consider relocating to cheaper bases, such as Cambodia. Photo: Denise Tsang

The national “one-belt-one-road” export policy will offer opportunities for Hong Kong manufacturers in the Pearl River Delta and the city’s financial services sector, industry insiders said.

27 Feb 2015 - 2:01pm 2 comments More on Hong Kong Budget 2015

China’s top climate negotiator removed from leadership list

The move, which appears to confirm Xie Zhenhua has retired, means it is unclear who will lead the Chinese team at crucial climate talks in Paris at the end of the year

27 Feb 2015 - 6:30pm

Taiwan prison warden ‘lied about heroic offer to be hostage’ in deadly siege

Update

Chen Shih-chih became a hostage by accident – bumping into armed inmates at Kaohsiung Prison on February 11 as he belatedly ran to the scene 30 minutes after siege began

27 Feb 2015 - 7:48pm
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

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

27 Feb 2015 - 8:15am 5 comments
Members of the China People's Liberation Army march beside a navy submarine during a ceremony. Photo: Robert Ng

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

26 Feb 2015 - 4:27pm 11 comments
Argentina successfully launched a geostationary communications satellite that was built at home with local technology, a first for Latin America. The ARSAT-1, the product of seven years of work by a team of 400 specialists, launched from the launch pad at the ESA base in Kourou, French Guiana in October, 2014. Photo: ARSAT

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

27 Feb 2015 - 3:20am 1 comment
Erwiana meets her supporters outside Wan Chai District Court following the sentencing of her former employer Law Wan-tung. Photo: Dickson Lee

Erwiana’s former boss jailed for six years as judge calls her behaviour ‘contemptible’

27 Feb 2015 - 6:58pm 55 comments
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

Mainland Chinese, Hongkongers lead way in Forbes powerful women in Asia list

27 Feb 2015 - 9:42am 1 comment
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

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

26 Feb 2015 - 1:49pm
Xi Jinping's political theory is called the 'four comprehensives'. Photo: Xinhua

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

27 Feb 2015 - 3:32am 5 comments
Fears case against obstetrician whose patient died after delivery will set China precedent

Fears case against obstetrician whose patient died after delivery will set China precedent

27 Feb 2015 - 9:49am 1 comment
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 ahead of Prince William's visit

27 Feb 2015 - 11:35am 4 comments
US Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler gestures near the end of a hearing for the vote on net neutrality on Thursday. Photo: AP

Landmark US rules enforce ‘net neutrality', banning preferential treatment for websites

27 Feb 2015 - 10:45am

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Leader

Currently, buildings account for 90 per cent of total electricity consumption in Hong Kong and contribute more than 60 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Reducing consumption of energy is a task for all Hongkongers

27 Feb 2015 - 10:31am 4 comments
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 - 9:07am 3 comments

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Insight

With war commemoration, China and Russia seek a historical narrative distinct from the West's

By 1945, both nations had suffered to an extent many even in occupied Western Europe - let alone more remote America - could only struggle to comprehend. Paul Letters

Last week, China and Russia announced their intention to plan joint commemorations for the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war. Such cuddling up on the world stage may appear merely a modern political convenience against Western antipathy.

27 Feb 2015 - 4:22pm 2 comments

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 - 9:55am

Harry's View

Asia

Social activists, bloggers and writers attend a protest demanding the arrest of the killer at Dhaka University. Photo: Xinhua BANGLADESH

Protests in Dhaka after US-Bangladeshi blogger killed in machete attack

Machete-wielding assailants hacked to death a blogger in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, in the latest of a series of attacks on writers who support freethinking values in the Muslim-majority nation.

27 Feb 2015 - 8:50pm

World

Ozcan Mutlu, Parliamentary Group member of the German Green party Buendnis 90 Die Gruenen holds a poster reading "Yes to Europe" at the lower house of Parliament Bundestag in Berlin before Germany's parliament vote on Greek bailout extension. Photo: AFP
GREECE

German parliament backs four-month extension of Greek bailout programme

The parliament in Germany, Europe’s largest economy and effective paymaster, on Friday overwhelmingly backed a four-month extension of Greece’s bailout programme by international creditors.

27 Feb 2015 - 9:39pm
ISLAMIC MILITANCY: ANALYSIS

MI5 faces deadly dilemma over terror suspects it has under surveillance

Britain's security services are in a no-win situation. Monitor a suspected terrorist and, as in the case of Mohammed Emwazi, MI5 ends up accused of harassment. Fail to monitor him, also in the case of Emwazi, and MI5 is blamed for letting him escape abroad to commit murder.

27 Feb 2015 - 10:43pm

Gaza yet to rebuild, 6 months after Israeli bombing offensive

27 Feb 2015

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Business

Chinese investment in US real estate included the US$1.95 billion sale of the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York to Anbang Insurance Group in October 2014. Photo: AP ECONOMY

China's US M&A surge won't fix economic imbalance, says USCC

A surge in foreign investment from China into the US is insufficient to rebalance the economic relationship between the two countries, with Beijing still unwilling to offer reciprocal market access to American investors, a Congressional commission says in a new report.

27 Feb 2015 - 10:28pm
EARNINGS

SHKP annual sales reach 90pc of target as first-half profit dips

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Sun Hung Kai Properties, the city's second-largest developer in terms of market capitalisation, says it has locked in HK$28 billion, or nearly 90 per cent of its sales target for the year to June, after it reported a decline in first-half earnings.

27 Feb 2015 - 10:38pm

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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The moment before the two characters' lips meet.

First lesbian kiss on Korean TV drama sparks debate

An unprecedented lesbian kiss between two high school students on a popular South Korean TV drama has fuelled a debate about portrayals of sexuality in a rapidly modernising society with deeply conservative roots.

27 Feb 2015 - 2:50pm

Benedict Cumberbatch on Alan Turing's legacy and the challenge it presented for The Imitation Game crew

25 Feb 2015

Exhibition: street photographer Sarah Choi's first solo show opens

27 Feb 2015
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. Yet increasingly they are moving from catwalk to kitchen - among them Hong Kong's Amanda Strang, supermodels Jourdan Dunn and Karlie Kloss, and Helena Rizzo, named world's best woman chef.

27 Feb 2015 - 10:13am

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

26 Feb 2015 15 comments

Restaurant review: New-look Pawn wins with starters

26 Feb 2015
Green lights on the Tesla's display show that the vehicle is charging. Photo: Weibo

Chinese Tesla owner turns power line into illegal personal charging station

The owner of a Tesla electric car in China's Sichuan province came up with an innovative way of charging his vehicle: plug it directly into a power line.

27 Feb 2015 - 6:39pm 3 comments More on Tesla

Apple Watch to debut on March 9, with China in the company's sights

27 Feb 2015

WTO rules make it difficult for Cisco and Apple to challenge Chinese government 'black list'

27 Feb 2015 1 comment

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Sport

Afghanistan captain Samiullah Shenwari lofts the ball away to the boundary as Scotland wicketkeeper Matthew Cross (L) looks on. Photos: AFP CRICKET

HKCA urges ICC to stage 16-team World Cup with associate nations

Hong Kong has called for a 16-team World Cup in 2019 after the International Cricket Council indicated yesterday the proposal to cut the showpiece to 10 might not be a good idea after all.

27 Feb 2015 - 11:12pm More on Cricket World Cup 2015

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