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Jailing of Chinese journalist Gao Yu for leaking secrets ‘part of push to silence critics’

Chinese journalist and critic Gao Yu pictured in Hong Kong in 2012. Photo: Reuters Update

The seven-year jail sentence handed down on Friday to Gao Yu was widely condemned as another move to muzzle dissent in the ongoing crackdown on government critics.

Saturday, 18 April, 2015, 12:16pm 18 comments

Government to lower the nomination threshold for potential CE candidates, says top official

Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam Chi-yuen speaks  at the Legco building in Tamar in this file image. Photo: Dickson Lee

With the government’s draft proposal on the 2017 chief executive electoral reform to be unveiled on Wednesday, Hong Kong’s secretary for constitutional and mainland affairs Raymond Tam Chi-yuen said on Saturday morning the proposal would lower the recommendation threshold required in order for an

18 Apr 2015 - 4:52pm 8 comments

Xi Jinping urges resolution to Yemen conflict in call to Saudi king

China's President Xi Jinping called Saudi Arabia's king Salman on Friday. Photo: Reuters

Efforts should be stepped up to seek a political solution to the crisis in Yemen, China’s President Xi Jinping told Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in a telephone call, the Foreign Ministry in Beijing said on Saturday.

18 Apr 2015 - 6:42pm 3 comments

President Putin says Russia is ready to work with the United States

The Russian leader told a television interviewer Russia and the US share a common agenda. Photo: Reuters

Russia has key interests in common with the United States and needs to work with it on a common agenda, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday in a television interview.

18 Apr 2015 - 8:42pm

Airstrip on Spratly Islands is for 'supply and maintenance only': Chinese ambassador

(Click here to zoom in) Two satellite image, from February 6 and March 23, showing China's rapid progress in building an airstrip on the disputed Spratly Islands. Photo: CNES 2015, Distributed by IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

Cui Tiankai, the Chinese ambassador to the United States, said on Thursday that China was building its first airstrip on the Spratly Islands only to provide supply and maintenance for passing ships.

18 Apr 2015 - 3:39am 23 comments

US$46 billion Pakistan-China Corridor will not use Asian bank funds

China and Pakistan are expected to discuss projects linking the Gwadar Port (above) with Xinjiang when President Xi Jinping visits next week. Photo: AFP

Beijing does not plan to use either the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank or its Silk Road Fund to finance the US$46 billion Pakistan-China economic corridor, with money to come from both countries instead.

18 Apr 2015 - 3:29am

China’s incredible shrinking factories: forced to downsize just to survive

A man works at Pascal Lighting, which employed about 2,000 staff eight years ago, but today has only about 200 employees. Photo: Reuters

Rising labour costs, higher real estate prices, less favourable government policies and smaller order volumes are forcing Chinese plants to downsize - just to survive

18 Apr 2015 - 12:46pm 3 comments

The day the Bloomberg screens went blank

A user at the New York Stock Exchange accesses the Bloomberg terminal, which is used to place trades and monitor real-time financial data. Photo: EPA

Britain postponed a sale of treasury bills yesterday as traders around the world were hit by a "global network problem" that affected terminals supplied by news and market price provider Bloomberg.

18 Apr 2015 - 10:00am 3 comments

UN, neighbour countries sound alarm over South Africa xenophobic attacks that killed six

A man raises a baton to intimidate members of the media, as the mob threatens to burn down foreign shops and drive out their owners. Photo: AFP

The UN has raised the alarm over deadly xenophobic attacks in South Africa which have displaced thousands, as neighbouring countries geared up to evacuate their citizens to avoid violence.

18 Apr 2015 - 1:13pm

China ‘suspends until further notice’ bank technology restrictions opposed by the US

A commuter walks past the People's Bank of China headquarters in Beijing. Foreign business were also concerned the new rules would unfairly force state-run banks to buy technology from domestic firms. Photo: Bloomberg

China has put on hold bank-technology rules that Washington and others complained amount to unfair regulatory pressure on foreign firms, according to a government notice.

17 Apr 2015 - 4:46pm

Shinzo Abe to seek contact with Xi Jinping at forthcoming Asian-African Summit in Jakarta

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will seek contact with China’s President Xi Jinping next week when they join an international conference in Indonesia, a Japanese government source said Saturday.

18 Apr 2015 - 9:10pm 2 comments

Revealed: the team behind China's Operation Fox Hunt against graft suspects hiding abroad

The leader of Operation Fox Hunt, the mainland's campaign to pursue corrupt officials and economic criminals hiding overseas, has revealed his team consists of 20 "hunters" with an average age of 30.

18 Apr 2015 - 9:42am 2 comments More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign
China's Lieutenant General Qi welcomes US Admiral Locklear to a meeting on the sidelines of IISS Asia Security Summit in Singapore in 2013. Photo: Reuters

US Admiral Samuel Locklear warns Bejing could use South China Sea outposts militarily

17 Apr 2015 - 10:44pm 5 comments
Executive councillor Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee said she should not apologise for the anecdotes as she was 'only stating the facts'. Photo: Edward Wong

Regina Ip accused of racism over tales of Filipino maids bedding expat bosses

18 Apr 2015 - 1:30pm 101 comments
Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot. Photo: Reuters

Cambodian survivors scarred by ‘killing fields’ under Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge

17 Apr 2015 - 10:58pm 3 comments
The V Store app connects suppliers and "microshop" owners. More than 100,000 people signed up in the first 10 days. Photo: Simon Song

In age of e-commerce behemoths, microshops find their niche

18 Apr 2015 - 3:19pm
Liu Yang wants young entrepreneurs to feel at home. Photo: Simon Song

Xiaomi-backed community living offers home from home for China’s would-be entrepreneurs

17 Apr 2015 - 1:33pm 1 comment
A woman stretches latex made by the Chinese company Guangzhou Daming United Rubber Products. Photo: AFP

Who makes world’s thinnest condoms? Size matters as China firm sues Japanese rival over title

17 Apr 2015 - 4:01pm 9 comments
Russian President Vladimir Putin

Putin open to talks with Japan about islands off Hokkaido

18 Apr 2015 - 3:49am
Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical is seeking to raise 5.8 billion yuan in a private placement to eight investors. Photo: Imagine China

China firms raise 8.3b yuan in swift strategic share placements

17 Apr 2015 - 11:46pm
Some of the money that was destroyed in the armoured truck blaze. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Armoured truck blaze destroys 600,000 yuan saved minutes earlier by Chinese security staff

17 Apr 2015 - 5:19pm 1 comment
The Hong Kong market ended the morning session on a solid footing on Friday, with energy stocks attracting attention as crude oil prices climb. Photo: Dickson Lee

Mainland China market turnover hits record 1.5 trillion yuan but Hong Kong market down

17 Apr 2015 - 5:59pm

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In a State Council meeting this week, Premier Li Keqiang reportedly launched into a tirade when he learned that some central government decisions were held up by paperwork at lower levels. Photo: AFP

Cutting through the red tape

18 Apr 2015 - 1:02am 1 comment
Portraits of Chinese journalist Gao Yu are seen in front of the national emblem of China during a demonstration calling for the release of Gao, outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters

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18 Apr 2015 - 1:02am 2 comments

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Hong Kong must free its district councils to spearhead local improvements

Several measures can enhance the relevance of district councils to enhance the delivery of more liveable districts. Paul Zimmerman

In his 2013 policy address, the chief executive put forward the concept of "addressing district issues at the local level and capitalising on local opportunities".

17 Apr 2015 - 5:33pm 3 comments


The DAB treads a new path in electing Starry Lee as leader

Starry Lee at Tam Yiu-chung's shoulder after the party emerged the biggest winner in the 2012 Legco elections. Photo: David Wong Gary Cheung

In electing Starry Lee as leader, the pro-Beijing political party is keen to show its middle-class credentials and appeal to a younger generation.

18 Apr 2015 - 9:47am

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Shigeaki Koga, former Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry bureaucrat, warned of growing self-censorship among Japan's already-tame media. Photo: AFP JAPAN

Japanese journalists are being muzzled under Abe, warns media commentator

Fears of a crisis in press freedom are growing in Japan with accusations the government is ramping up pressure on journalists to "toe the line" and claims that news outlets are no longer "putting up a fight".

19 Apr 2015 - 1:37am


Investigators at a Chinese cafeteria in Rio.Photo: Heriberto Araújo BRAZIL

Brazil discovers the dark side of Chinese migration

As soon as Li Yan saw the inspectors from the Labour and Health ministries enter her cafeteria in Rio de Janeiro, she knew there would be trouble.

19 Apr 2015 - 1:02am

China Insider

A competitor has her hair measured during the competition in Xinjiang province. Photo: China News Service CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Chinese woman celebrates victory thanks to her 1.8-metre-long locks

5 Apr 2015
An unlicensed hearse collects a body from outside a Beijing hospital. Photo: The Beijing News CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: fury as Beijing hospitals help unlicensed hearses overcharge grieving families

3 Apr 2015
The Palace Museum, in Beijing's Forbidden City, has banned tour guides from using loudhailers since the start of the month to help cut down on excessive noise. Photo: Xinhua CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: tour guides find their loudhailers forbidden in Beijing's Forbidden City

2 Apr 2015 2 comments
A couple drew attention when they wore only their bathing suits while they took a shower in  Wuhan's landmark Guanggu Square. Photo: Sina Weibo CHINADIGEST

Around the nation: couple bath in famed fountain

1 Apr 2015 2 comments
A resident suffered only a slight injury after biting into this Chinese steamed bun containing a 3cm-long needle. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Supermarket’s steamed meat bun offers less-than-tasty treat

31 Mar 2015
Hundreds of butterflies were trampled to death by Chinese children as they rushed to watch the insects being released during a shop's promotional event in Chengdu. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: stampede by excited Chinese children kills hundreds of butterflies

30 Mar 2015
The ancient Chinese coins dated back to 1,000 years ago. Photo: CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Chinese farmer finds 60kg of ancient coins buried deep in family land

29 Mar 2015
A Henan woman who was abducted when she was five is looking for her original family, but can't remember any details of her true identity. Photo: Sina Weibo CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: woman searches for family 30 years after her abduction

27 Mar 2015
Chinese villager Zheng Hongkang, a keen amateur painter, adds a dash of colour to his life-sized clay model of President Xi Jinping. Photo: CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: President Xi Jinping’s ‘China dream’ fires model maker’s imagination

27 Mar 2015
A huge crowd of Chinese women running in a marathon delayed the race after surrounding a handsome Chongqing policeman they thought looks like Hong Kong actor Wallace Chung (right). Photos: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Chinese policeman's looks bring female marathon runners to standstill

25 Mar 2015
Couples stage 'naked weddings - covered in body paint and wearing only their underwear - at Hangzhou Paradise amusement park in Zhejiang province as a rejection of modern Chinese values, which places greater focus on money than love. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Chinese 'naked' wedding celebrations focus on love - not money

24 Mar 2015 3 comments
Du Xiutang, 53, with his 300,000 yuan home-made submarine, which he says needs new investment if it is to set sail... and submerge ... as intended. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Chinese DIY inventor searches for investors to help finish submarine

23 Mar 2015
Traffic backs up on a Kunming highway. Photo: CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation, March 23, 2015

22 Mar 2015
A finless porpoise is treated to a physical exam at Poyang Lake, Jiangxi province. Photo: Xinhua CHINA DIGEST

Around the Nation: Chinese teacher shot in head was mistaken as wild boar; free physicals for porpoises

20 Mar 2015


Chinese SUV sales have passed foreign brands on the mainland. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China's carmakers are winning home SUV market with low-price strategy

After years of losing out to foreign brands, China's carmakers are winning in the world's hottest SUV market by employing a tried and tested strategy: offering them cheap.

18 Apr 2015 - 6:00am 1 comment

Trafigura chief Jeremy Weir set to make 'history' with speech

When Trafigura Beheer chief executive Jeremy Weir takes the stage at a conference in the Swiss city of Lausanne next week, he will do something no CEO of his company has ever done before. He will speak in public.

18 Apr 2015 - 4:00am


A construction project at a property in Shanghai. Photo: Reuters CHINA

Glorious Property Holdings posts 2.99bn yuan in losses, from 292.1 million yuan profit in 2013


Hit by sinking profit margins and lower property sales, the highly-geared mainland China developer Glorious Property Holdings said on Thursday it recorded a loss of 2.99 billion yuan last year, in a sharp reversal from the 292.1 million yuan profit it rang up in 2013.

16 Apr 2015 - 10:38am

Kaisa Group’s public float at 20.81pc, below regulation 25pc


Embattled mainland China developer Kaisa Group Holdings said on Thursday its public float fell to 20.81 per cent, below the minimum regulatory requirement of 25 per cent.

Trading in Kaisa shares has been suspended since March 31, 2015.

16 Apr 2015 - 9:11am

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Director Alex Garland with Alicia Vikander, who plays Ava the robot.

Alex Garland's Ex Machina is a man-vs-machine tale that sides with the machines

In his directorial debut, Alex Garland has crafted a sci-fi drama that is powered by human emotion.

18 Apr 2015 - 10:39pm

EDM pioneer Kaskade looks to re-invention to appeal to young fans

18 Apr 2015

Italian pianist Stefano Bollani to play Hong Kong

18 Apr 2015
Shrimp and saffron risotto with prawns

Susan Jung's shrimp and saffron risotto with prawns

Seafood stock is an easy-to-make, inexpensive and delicious building block for dishes that celebrate the fruits of the ocean.

18 Apr 2015 - 10:07pm More on Susan Jung's recipes

Spice up your weekly brunch with Hushup's secret shenanigans

18 Apr 2015

Food book: Dining with the Maharajas - a Thousand Years of Culinary Tradition

18 Apr 2015
Xerox is trying to introduce a smartphone app to use on transport systems round the globe.

The smartphone app you can use on transport systems round the globe

Imagine travelling anywhere in the world and being able to use your smartphone to pay for the train or bus just as easily as you would your Octopus card at home.

19 Apr 2015 - 2:42am

A look inside the world of Japanese video game master Hidetaka Miyazaki

18 Apr 2015

Bloodborne for PS4 - not for the faint-hearted

18 Apr 2015



Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton secures pole position for a fourth straight race in Bahrain. Photo: Reuters MOTOR RACING

Hamilton takes fourth straight pole this season

Formula One series leader and defending world champion Lewis Hamilton secured his fourth straight pole position of the season yesterday when he outpaced his rivals in qualifying for today's Bahrain Grand Prix.

19 Apr 2015 - 1:25am More on Formula One 2015


The funeral of Sergeant Thomas Glendinning, in Happy Valley, in 1918. Photos: SCMP; Bruce Yan; Dickson Lee; Sandra Trimble

Murder in Tai O - a police officer gunned down in cold blood by one of his own men (in 1918)

In 1918, at a remote police station on Lantau, a cold-blooded killing by a Sikh constable left a baby without a father and a young mother a widow. With a new boutique hotel still bearing scars from the crime, Kate Whitehead delves into the death of Sergeant Thomas Glendinning.

18 Apr 2015 - 10:07pm More on Old Hong Kong

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