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US asks China to stop building Spratlys island which could host airfield

The United States has urged Beijing to stop its reclamation projects in the South China Sea, as a report provided more details on a massive island being built in the disputed waters.

Sunday, 23 November, 2014, 4:49am 31 comments

Veteran Chinese dissident journalist Gao Yu goes on trial in Beijing

Gao Yu, one of the mainland’s most respected and outspoken journalists, has defended herself in court against allegations she revealed state secrets.

22 Nov 2014 - 3:20am 12 comments

US Congress report warns American interests at risk in China's military rise

Basic American interests are at stake in the Asia-Pacific as the regional military balance tilts in China's favour, a US Congress report has warned.

22 Nov 2014 - 3:11am 12 comments

Easing visa rules helps build trust between China and US, says Blackstone chief

Stephen Schwarzman, one of the most powerful dealmakers on Wall Street, says one thing that could help to improve Sino-US relations, in particular among the general public, is to make it easier for more people to travel to each country.

22 Nov 2014 - 3:22am 3 comments More on Barack Obama

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes remote region of Sichuan province

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An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 hit a remote part of China’s southwestern Sichuan province on Saturday, with one death reported so far, the official Xinhua news agency said.

22 Nov 2014 - 8:22pm

German duo charged with vandalism in Singapore face caning

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Two German men were charged Saturday with breaking into a Singapore metro depot and spray-painting graffiti on a train, offences punishable by jail time and flogging with a cane.

22 Nov 2014 - 11:49am 15 comments

Xi Jinping's Pacific tour to deepen China's regional clout

President Xi Jinping arrived in Fiji yesterday as he seeks to broaden China's economic and strategic clout in the South Pacific, building on trade ties that flourished after then-army chief Frank Bainimarama staged a coup almost eight years ago.

22 Nov 2014 - 4:32am 2 comments

Obama presses on with immigration plan as clash looms

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US President Barack Obama staunchly defended his unilateral move to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation Friday, pledging to implement his controversial plan despite furious criticism from congressional opponents.

22 Nov 2014 - 10:56am

Obesity epidemic costs world as much as wars and terrorism, report says

The obesity epidemic is now so widespread it is hurting economies as much as war and terrorism, new research reveals.

22 Nov 2014 - 4:27am

China's central bank surprises markets with lending rate cut to 5.6 per cent

The People's Bank of China yesterday lowered its benchmark lending rate by 40 basis points - its first change in rates since 2012 - in an unexpected concession to pressures from a slowing economy and increasingly high borrowing costs.

22 Nov 2014 - 5:21am 11 comments

High smog alert likely as pollution goes off the charts in Beijing, Hebei

Only one thing will be clear in Beijing this weekend - and it won't be the skies. More smog is on the way after pollution exceeded the maximum reading on the Air Quality Index in parts of the capital and 10 Hebei cities on Thursday and yesterday.

22 Nov 2014 - 4:27am 5 comments More on Beijing air pollution

China rejects Uygur scholar’s appeal against life sentence

22 Nov 2014 - 6:07pm 1 comment

Xi Jinping's green pledge will require an economic revolution

22 Nov 2014 - 4:27am

Government to encourage private investment in farming, but executives have reservations

22 Nov 2014 - 5:43pm

China could cripple US in cyber offensive, NSA chief tells lawmakers

22 Nov 2014 - 6:46am 2 comments

Beijing's reform framework for Hong Kong contradicts Basic Law: US report

22 Nov 2014 - 4:36am 6 comments

Hong Kong journalists blacklisted by Philippines after questioning Aquino at Apec summit

22 Nov 2014 - 3:18am 23 comments

Japanese military hit by a fall in recruitment of more than 10 per cent

22 Nov 2014 - 6:39am 1 comment

Showdown looms as Barack Obama forces through immigration changes

22 Nov 2014 - 3:50am

Tapeworm in Chinese man’s brain four years removed by British scientists

22 Nov 2014 - 3:24am

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Reciprocal deal on visas a win-win for China and US

22 Nov 2014 - 5:15am 2 comments

Legislation on sex crimes must be updated

22 Nov 2014 - 6:14am 1 comment

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Insight

Where should universities draw the line on rights and freedoms?

Surya Deva

The ongoing umbrella movement has triggered a volcano of creative imagination in Hong Kong, with new ideas, governance paradigms and legal principles being tested almost every day.

22 Nov 2014 - 5:16am 25 comments

Focus

Xi Jinping's green pledge will require an economic revolution

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China, which does nothing in small doses, is planning an environmental makeover in keeping with the political, cultural and market revolutions it has pursued over the past six decades.

22 Nov 2014 - 4:27am

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US asks China to stop building Spratlys island which could host airfield

The United States has urged Beijing to stop its reclamation projects in the South China Sea, as a report provided more details on a massive island being built in the disputed waters.

23 Nov 2014 - 4:49am 31 comments

Asia

CRIME

German duo charged with vandalism in Singapore face caning

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Two German men were charged Saturday with breaking into a Singapore metro depot and spray-painting graffiti on a train, offences punishable by jail time and flogging with a cane.

22 Nov 2014 - 11:49am 15 comments

China Insider

CHINA DIGEST

Woman student leader powers on to wing strength contest; Boyfriend survives girlfriend's murder plot

22 Nov 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Poor couple on trial for selling children; Teen leaps to death after cheating accusation

21 Nov 2014
POLITICS

Pro-Beijing scholar wants to set up platform to counter West's 'bad-mouthing' of China

21 Nov 2014 8 comments
CELEBRITIES

Taiwan actor Ko Chen-tung cut from blockbuster after drug arrest with Jaycee Chan

20 Nov 2014 2 comments
CHINA DIGEST

Newlywed found dead in fishpond; Selfie poser stops trains in tracks

20 Nov 2014
Anti-corruption

Communist Party should try imperial China's impeachment system to fight graft, says novelist

19 Nov 2014 2 comments
DRUGS

100,000 users ‘investigated’, 12 tonnes narcotics seized in China's war on drugs

19 Nov 2014 1 comment
CHINA DIGEST

Egg-size kidney stones; 'Miracle' baby born; Panda recovering after attack in reserve

19 Nov 2014
COMMUNIST PARTY

Keep calling each other ‘comrade’, Chinese Communist Party tells members after rule review

18 Nov 2014 5 comments
INTERNET

China blocks thousands more websites as ‘Great Firewall’ targets cloud services

18 Nov 2014 7 comments

Accused social media scandal monger Yang Xiuyu jailed for four years by Beijing court

18 Nov 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Mystery over Guangzhou University student's death; BMW owner flies into rage over 5 yuan parking charge

18 Nov 2014
Visa relaxation

US relaxation of visa scheme triggers fears over ‘brain drain’ from China

18 Nov 2014
CYCLING

Photos of ‘brave’ Beijing expat standing up to car in bike lane go viral

18 Nov 2014 18 comments

Property

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Weaker luxury sales to force down shop rents in prime districts

Owners of street-level shops in prime shopping districts will feel the pain of slower luxury sales next year, with rents expected to decrease by up to double-digit percentages, according to international ratings agencies and property experts.

21 Nov 2014 - 5:23am 4 comments

Grace Kelly biopic fails to come to life

A new Grace Kelly biopic starring Nicole Kidman has drawn derision from critics and disdain from Monaco's royal family, writes James Mottram.

22 Nov 2014 - 11:16pm More on LIFE

Gilles Dyan's Opera galleries succeed by combining his art expertise and his marketing savvy

22 Nov 2014

Social media is giving Oscar film promoters a hard time

22 Nov 2014

English wines' time to shine

Back in the early 1970s when Australian wines were regarded by many English wine lovers as too vulgar an idea to contemplate, the comedy team Monty Python produced a sketch in which Eric Idle portrayed an Australian wine expert.

21 Nov 2014 - 10:39am

Spirits more prominent at trade fair

21 Nov 2014

Top of the pots: where to get your fill of Hong Kong's best claypot rice

21 Nov 2014

US technology breakthrough brings Spider-Man a step closer to reality

Aspiring superheroes may soon be able to climb like Spider-Man. Scientists working with the US military have developed a material that enables a human to scale a vertical glass wall.

21 Nov 2014 - 4:16am 1 comment

Video game review: Football Manager 2015, by Sports Interactive

22 Nov 2014

Wi-fi Direct has no need for the internet

20 Nov 2014

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Sport

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Diego Costa strikes again in Chelsea romp against West Brom

Diego Costa scored again as Chelsea established a seven-point lead at the Premier League summit on Saturday by comfortably beating 10-man West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

23 Nov 2014 - 1:48am
RACING

Respect my 'Dad's Army in dress rehearsals for internationals: Fownes

As the major local horses for the Longines Hong Kong Internationals throw down their credentials at today's dress rehearsals, the Dad's Army aspect has top trainer Caspar Fownes full of respect for the new kid on the block.

23 Nov 2014 - 2:00am
BOXING

Chris Algieri struggles to make weight for Manny Pacquiao fight

22 Nov 2014

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Massif attack

The Gangga, in Sichuan province, is one of the world's final frontiers - an uncharted mountain range. Paul Niel and his team of intrepid adventurers attempt to fill in the blanks.

22 Nov 2014 - 9:59pm

For the love of dog

In Vietnam, an estimated five million canines - many of them stolen pets - are slaughtered and served in restaurants each year. Simon Parry meets some of the dealers who profit from the trade and those trying to stop it.

22 Nov 2014 - 9:59pm

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