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Xi Jinping's first grand military parade 'meant to deter Japan and corrupt officials'

Missiles displayed at the last big military parade in Beijing in 2009. The event is usually held every 10 years on National Day on October 1. Photo: Xinhua

A huge military parade to be held in Beijing later this year to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war will also show off the nation's growing international influence and military might.

Wednesday, 28 January, 2015, 5:10am 37 comments

US President Barack Obama's India trip is a 'message to China', say analysts

US President Barack Obama gives a speech at the Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi. Photo: Xinhua

US President Barack Obama's trip to India, in which he displayed a close personal rapport with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has highlighted New Delhi's deep mistrust towards Beijing, analysts say.

28 Jan 2015 - 5:15am 2 comments More on Barack Obama

Ageing Shanghai urges couples to have a second child

Children in uniform sing after raising the national flag at the Beichuan Red Army elementary school in Beichuan, Sichuan province. Photo: AFP

China is caught in a population policy dilemma, as the world's most populous nation struggles to strike a balance between its strict domestic migration controls that limit the influx of rural residents to cities and its need to deal with a rapidly ageing population.

28 Jan 2015 - 12:07am

China's regulators mull plan to let Shanghai, Shenzhen review IPOs by middle of 2015

CSRC is likely to allow the Shenzhen and Shanghai exchanges to review some of the back-logged IPO applications. Photo: Bloomberg

The mainland's securities regulator is considering handing over the power of approving initial public offering applications to the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges this year.

27 Jan 2015 - 9:59pm

In its zeal to eradicate the terrorist threat, China must still protect civil liberties

Chinese anti-terrorism efforts have triggered international criticism.

On January 18, police from Pingxiang, a city in Guangxi bordering Vietnam, shot dead two Uygurs who had tried, with several others, to cross the border illegally and had attacked the officers.

27 Jan 2015 - 7:30pm 5 comments

Taobao cries foul over study's claim that it sells fake, substandard goods

Chinese workers sort out packages meant for online shoppers at a delivery firm. Photo: AFP

China’s largest online shopping platform Taobao.com has hit back at the results of an official quality survey that accused it of selling fake and substandard goods, saying that the poll’s sampling methods were questionable.

28 Jan 2015 - 5:17am More on Taobao

Woman flying from Hong Kong to Vancouver becomes first human bird flu case in North America

Workers wearing protective gowns and masks prepare to cull poultry in Cheung Sha Wan Temporary Wholesale Poultry Market on December 31, amid concerns about a H7N9 bird flu outbreak. Photo: EPA

North America's first case of bird flu in humans has been identified in a Vancouver-area woman, who returned to the city on a flight from Hong Kong this month.

28 Jan 2015 - 2:39am More on H7N9 avian flu

North Korean defector with cancer avoids jail after Hong Kong court told she stole to pay medical bills

Until the court case, Lau Shaun's true identity was hidden from all except her foster family in Hong Kong. Photo: SCMP

For the first time, a North Korean defector living in obscurity among Hongkongers revealed publicly how 16 of her family were possibly sacrificed after she and her sister fled the totalitarian regime nearly four decades ago.

28 Jan 2015 - 2:37am

Hong Kong memorial service for victims of the Holocaust

Former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa attends the International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Jewish Community Centre in Mid-Levels. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Dignitaries from Hong Kong and beyond gathered to light candles and hear from survivors of the horrors of Nazism as the city marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

28 Jan 2015 - 3:12am 7 comments

China casts spotlight on its street-lamp officials’ corrupt practices

Workers assemble street lights in China. The street lighting industry involves enormous amounts of bribes, insiders say. Photo: EPA

Bureaucrats inflate the costs of public lighting – paid for using taxpayers’ money – while raking in big bucks from advertisements displayed on them

28 Jan 2015 - 6:53am

New Guangzhou duty free shop to stop over-the-counter sales as staff struggle with huge crowds

Guangzhou's first duty-free store is to stop selling goods over the counter because it does not have the staff to cope with the huge numbers of shoppers it has attracted.

28 Jan 2015 - 5:12am

China's tourist turn-offs: visitor numbers down thanks to rising yuan, pollution and visa issues

While a record number of Chinese travelled overseas in 2014, spending hundreds of billions of US dollars, the country's inbound tourism suffered another year-on-year decline.

28 Jan 2015 - 8:55am 3 comments More on Focus
The head of one of the mainland's most prestigious universities is tipped to take over the country's top environmental job with Minister of Environmental Protection Zhou Shengxian (above), reaching retirement age. Photo: Edward Wong

Chief of prestigious Chinese university ‘to be appointed country’s environment minister’

27 Jan 2015 - 4:31pm 1 comment
Chinese people place their bids for cars that used to belong to the central government during an auction this week. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Auction of China’s ex-government cars fetches 14.5 million yuan as bidders drawn to their ‘status’

27 Jan 2015 - 5:11pm 1 comment
A train runs on the Shanghai-Kunming high-speed railway line in China. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese cities in race for high-speed railway stations

27 Jan 2015 - 6:24pm
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (right) receives a gift of a watch from British transport minister Baroness Susan Kramer. Photo: AFP

Taipei mayor gets a ticking off after calling watch gift from British MP 'a piece of junk'

27 Jan 2015 - 4:50pm 14 comments
Takashi Uemura will pursue a defamation suit. Photo: AP

How threats and intimidation change the life of key former journalist in Asahi "comfort women" scandal

28 Jan 2015 - 6:10am 2 comments
The three alleged spies sought information on the effect of US economic sanctions on Russia and also tried to get information on the New York Stock Exchange's Exchange Traded Funds. Photo: AFP

Three Russians charged with spying in US allegedly sought economic secrets

28 Jan 2015 - 6:17am
A protester holds a placard reading "I am Kenji" during a rally in front of the prime minister's residence in Tokyo. Photo: EPA

Alleged new militant message demands Iraqi's release to save Kenji Goto

28 Jan 2015 - 5:34am
Indonesian rescue personnel unload a coffin bearing a body recovered from the underwater wreckage of the ill-fated AirAsia flight QZ8501. Photo: AFP

Navy ends AirAsia jet recovery efforts with 92 bodies still missing

28 Jan 2015 - 5:34am
Holocaust survivor Kazimierz Albin receives a standing ovation after delivering a speech in front of the entrance to the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. Photo: AFP

Holocaust survivors return for the 70th anniversary of Soviet army's liberation of the Auschwitz camp

28 Jan 2015 - 7:33am 1 comment
A person stands in the middle of a snow-covered street in New York City. Photo: AP

Travel bans lifted after blizzards shut down New York, US northeast

28 Jan 2015 - 7:04am

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Pay rises alone cannot end public-sector graft in China

Pay rises alone cannot end public-sector graft in China

28 Jan 2015 - 8:08am 1 comment
Marathon race deserves city's support as it puts Hong Kong on world map

Marathon race deserves city's support as it puts Hong Kong on world map

28 Jan 2015 - 8:22am

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Insight

In its zeal to eradicate the terrorist threat, China must still protect civil liberties

Chinese anti-terrorism efforts have triggered international criticism. ZHOU ZUNYOU

On January 18, police from Pingxiang, a city in Guangxi bordering Vietnam, shot dead two Uygurs who had tried, with several others, to cross the border illegally and had attacked the officers.

27 Jan 2015 - 7:30pm 5 comments

Focus

China's tourist turn-offs: visitor numbers down thanks to rising yuan, pollution and visa issues

Tourism experts on the mainland say the slowdown of inbound tourism was to be expected after years of rapid growth since the early 1980s. Photo: Simon Song Amy Li

While a record number of Chinese travelled overseas in 2014, spending hundreds of billions of US dollars, the country's inbound tourism suffered another year-on-year decline.

28 Jan 2015 - 8:55am 3 comments

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World

The three alleged spies sought information on the effect of US economic sanctions on Russia and also tried to get information on the New York Stock Exchange's Exchange Traded Funds. Photo: AFP ESPIONAGE

Three Russians charged with spying in US allegedly sought economic secrets

Three Russians charged by the US with espionage allegedly sought secrets tied to the New York Stock Exchange and US economic sanctions on Russia, even while one bemoaned his tedious job's lack of a James Bond flair.

28 Jan 2015 - 6:17am

China Insider

Beijing police warned women in 2013 not to wear miniskirts, hot pants or skimpy clothing in the summer to avoid sexual harassment. Photo: Reuters CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Beijing advisers call for women-only carriages to fight sexual harassment

27 Jan 2015
The photo shows a policeman lifted a woman by the collar and threw her on the pavement as dozens of fellow officers watched. SOCIETY

Police in three Chinese provinces take heat after ‘brutality’ images surface online

27 Jan 2015
Chinese doctor, drunken patient plunge to death in elevator shaft in latest attack on medical staff HEALTH

Chinese doctor, drunken patient plunge to death in elevator shaft in latest attack on medical staff

27 Jan 2015
The diners are seen walking out of the seafood restaurant in this photo taken by Southern Metropolis Daily. MEDIA

Chinese police officials suspended after allegedly assaulting journalists at 'secretive' banquet

27 Jan 2015
Workmen tried twice - and failed both times - to fill a large hole that kept appearing in the street beside a building in Deshengmen Inner Street, Beijing early on Saturday. Photo: China News CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: residents' underground digging sparks Beijing night road collapse

27 Jan 2015
Hell bank notes, used as offerings to the dead, can sometimes resemble the real thing late at night. Photo: SCMP Pictures SOCIETY

Taxi passenger suffers heart attack after being given ‘hell bank note’ in change

26 Jan 2015 1 comment
Smoke billows from the chimney of a factory in Foshan, which recorded Guangdong province's worst air quality in last year's final quarter. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Foshan’s air quality worst in Guangdong during final quarter of last year

25 Jan 2015
A man bumped into his former girlfriend recently but but the reunion quickly turned sour when he demanded she return his SIM card, which she then swallowed. Photo: Bloomberg Around the nation

Around the nation: Woman swallows ex-boyfriend's SIM card during row

23 Jan 2015
A lesbian Chinese couple kiss for the cameras outside a marriage registry office after being turned away. Some lesbians are opting to marry gay 'beards' to ease social pressure and discrimination. Photo: EPA LGBT RIGHTS

Seeking a lesbian wife: pressured Chinese gays turn to online dating for ‘cooperative marriage’

23 Jan 2015 6 comments
The Chinese man who surprised commuters by riding on the Beijing subway with a "watermelon head mask" appeared to be drunk. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: 'Melon head' man spotted on metro in China - and taken away by police

23 Jan 2015
A man high on drugs thought he was proposing to popular Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (pictured), but it turned out to be his colleague. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Hallucinating Chinese man proposes to 'Fan Bingbing' - or so he thinks

22 Jan 2015
Zoo keeper expelled after abuse of tiger cub is exposed in online video Animal Care

Zoo keeper expelled after abuse of tiger cub is exposed in online video

22 Jan 2015
Diners visiting a new restaurant in Shenyang, Liaoning, have a winter-only option of being serving in an igloo. The interior is heated enough to prevent diners from freezing, but not so warm to melt the surroundings. Photo: SCMP Pictures Around the nation

Around the nation: Shenyang restaurant offers winter dining in an igloo

21 Jan 2015
Disgraced former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun (right) showed off his calligraphy work in 2010. Anti-corruption

'Leave the arts to artists,' China's top graft-buster warns officials of corruption under disguise of art groups

20 Jan 2015 3 comments

Business

Tencent is among the top of the list of the 100 most valuable Chinese brands for this year in a BrandZ survey. Photo: Bloomberg SURVEYS

Chinese brands close value gap with foreign peers

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The gap between home-grown and multinational brands in China is narrowing as its enterprises improve marketing strategies and local consumers become more mature, the latest BrandZ study by research agency Millward Brown finds.

28 Jan 2015 - 8:47am
SMARTPHONES

Motorola marks return to China with new smartphone models

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Motorola unveiled three smartphone models on its return to China following a two-year absence from the most populous mobile phone market.

Motorola was a mobile phone pioneer in China but pulled out in 2013 after its acquisition by Google.

28 Jan 2015 - 1:00am More on Lenovo

Property

Aloysius Lee, the chief executive of South Beach Consortium, is on a road show in the region to promote South Beach hotel. Photo: Nora Tam HOSPITALITY

CDL launches campaign to woo Hong Kong and mainland China tourists

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City Developments Ltd (CDL), a major developer in Singapore, is launching an aggressive push to market its joint-venture luxury hotel to lure travellers from Hong Kong.

28 Jan 2015 - 6:00am
C-SUITE

CDL's Aloysius Lee gears up for next challenge after steering S$3 billion project in Singapore

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Five years ago, Aloysius Lee Tse-sang returned to Singapore from Hong Kong after serving as chief executive of South Beach Consortium, a joint venture formed by City Developments Ltd (CDL) and other parties to head a S$3 billion (HK$17.3 billion) hotel-office-residential-retail development projec

28 Jan 2015 - 6:00am
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ANTI-HERO: Jake Gyllenhaal plays thief-turned-reporter Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler.

Nightcrawler - the American dream at its most warped

Rene Russo smiles. "The odds are against this movie, and we still can't believe that it happened at all," she says.

27 Jan 2015 - 4:12pm

How Taiwanese pianist Chen Ruei-bin has struck a chord with Hong Kong

27 Jan 2015

Wang Jianwei's artwork Time Temple is inspired by quantum physics

27 Jan 2015
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Head chef of Chez Patrick is back, opening La Table de Patrick in Central

After closing Chez Patrick in Wan Chai, chef Patrick Goubier has returned to the fine-dining scene with La Table de Patrick (tel: 2541 1401) on the sixth floor of a nondescript building on Cochrane Street in Central.

27 Jan 2015 - 4:41pm

Vicky Lau, Asia's Best Female Chef 2015, not afraid to experiment

24 Jan 2015

Wine lovers, do your homework before an auction

24 Jan 2015
People walk past a booth of Huawei, which plans to increase smartphone shipments to 100 million units in 2015. Photo: Bloomberg

Huawei aims to up smartphone shipments to 100 million in 2015, boost international sales

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Huawei Technologies aims to increase smartphone shipments to 100 million units in 2015, compared with 75 million last year, and will boost smartphone sales from international markets to more than 60 per cent this year from 52 per cent in 2014, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

27 Jan 2015 - 1:50pm More on Huawei

Xiaomi’s new Mi Note ticks just about all the boxes in styling, performance and price

27 Jan 2015 2 comments

Google accused of secretly handing WikiLeaks staff data to US authorities

27 Jan 2015

Magazines

Sport

An accident? Diego Costa lands on Martin Skrtel, one of two stamping incidents for which he might be retrospectively punished. Photo: Reuters ENGLISH LEAGUE CUP

Chelsea reach League Cup final as Diego Costa stamps his authority on Liverpool

Chelsea’s Diego Costa has quickly become a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge but his fiery temper could have earned him a red card after two stamping incidents in their League Cup semi-final with Liverpool on Tuesday.

28 Jan 2015 - 9:04am

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