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Hong Kong's Occupy protest 'was an attempt at colour revolution': PLA general

General Sun Jianguo said the central government had shown firm support for the Hong Kong government in dealing with the protests. Photo: Reuters

The Occupy protests were "an orchestrated Hong Kong version of a colour revolution" and Beijing's response should serve as a warning to advocates for Taiwan's independence, according to a senior PLA general.

Tuesday, 3 March, 2015, 10:35am 60 comments More on Occupy Central

Pacman has a plan for Floyd Mayweather, says trainer Freddie Roach

Philippines hero Manny Pacquiao is already well into his training camp for the Floyd Mayweather fight. Photo: AFP Exclusive

Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, believes he has a plan to defeat Floyd Mayweather Jnr in their “Fight of the Century” in May, but he’s keeping his cards close to his chest.

3 Mar 2015 - 11:52am 4 comments More on Manny Pacquiao

Xi Jinping tells Prince William his dream is for China to be a footballing nation

Prince William (left) is welcomed today by President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

Passionate football fan President Xi Jinping met Prince William this morning, and told him of his wish for closer efforts to improve Sino-British football development.

3 Mar 2015 - 1:23am 11 comments

Tiananmen dissident quits church over extramarital sex; denies raping activist Chai Ling

Yuan Zhiming and his accuser, Chai Ling. Photos: SCMP Picture and AFP Exclusive

A Tiananmen Square dissident  has resigned from his US ministry and begged forgiveness for an extramarital affair after being accused of raping fellow 1989 activist Chai Ling.

3 Mar 2015 - 11:43am

China looks to young entrepreneurs to drive its innovation economy

Sam Chen steers a "brain-controlled" Puzzlebox Orbit helicopter outside the Chaihuo maker space, a Shenzhen workshop for technology enthusiasts. Photo: Dickson Lee

As economic growth slows and the property sector cools, the mainland is relying on more entrepreneurs, especially younger ones, to be creative and brave enough to turn their ideas into profitable businesses.

3 Mar 2015 - 12:26pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Fund that hasn’t picked a stock in 80 years beats 98pc of peers

Some of the fund's holdings stem from John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil. Photo: AP

Equity investors pursuing a buy-and-hold strategy might want to check out a fund that hasn’t made an original stock market bet in 80 years.

3 Mar 2015 - 8:17am 2 comments

People's Liberation Army confirms graft investigations into 14 officials

Speculation is mounting that former CMC vice-chairman Guo Boxiong (left) will be targeted in graft investigations. Photo: AFP

The People's Liberation Army has announced official investigations into 14 senior military officials, including the son of Guo Boxiong, a former vice-chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission.

3 Mar 2015 - 8:57am

Guessing game on who’s next to fall in China’s anti-graft drive is ‘meaningless’

Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference spokesman Lu  Xinhua speaks to the media at a press conference on Monday afternoon. Photo:  Simon Song

A senior Chinese official whose remarks last year about disgraced former security tsar Zhou Yongkang propelled him to fame, said yesterday there was "no point" in speculating which "big tiger" would fall next.

3 Mar 2015 - 1:46am 1 comment More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Mainland Chinese passengers kicked off Dragonair flight after refusing to leave toilet

The Dragonair flight was delayed for more than two hours. Photo: SCMP

Two mainland Chinese passengers and an infant were removed from a Dragonair flight at Chek Lap Kok airport after refusing to leave the toilet and return to their seats, an airline spokesman said.

3 Mar 2015 - 7:50am 27 comments More on Chinese tourists

China’s top officials ‘hog’ medical resources as others battle for what’s left: CPPCC member

Outpatient rooms and wards reserved for officials are quiet and luxurious, but those for the public are liked 'packed noisy fairs', says CPPCC member Huang Zemin. Photo: Reuters

Mainland reform to improve capabilities of 1,000 county-level hospitals is too slow and failing to meet needs of rural residents, says Huang Zemin, of China's political advisory body

3 Mar 2015 - 11:29am 1 comment More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Twenty members of Chinese opera troupe killed in bus crash

Twenty members of a Chinese opera troupe were killed when their bus plunged down a cliff in northern China.

The bus was driving along a mountain road at about 11pm on Monday night in Henan province when the accident happened, Xinhua reported.

Thirteen people were injured.

3 Mar 2015 - 1:07pm

Cutting through the jargon at China’s parliamentary sessions

People in mainland China are no stranger to political jargon. Since the Communist Party was formed on the mainland it has coined countless catchphrases and slogans.

3 Mar 2015 - 1:59pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015
A scene featuring Mao Zedong in the historical epic The Founding of a Republic, co-written by Wang Xingdong. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China censors ban films at personal whim; delegation urges overhaul

3 Mar 2015 - 11:18am
The Supreme People's Court amended the law on child sex attacks after public concerns that offenders were not receiving tough enough punishments. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Chinese men jailed for raping schoolgirl under tougher underage sex attack laws

3 Mar 2015 - 11:28am
Shenzhen residents take part in morning exercises. The city has been named an 'emerging startup hub' by Inc magazine. Photo: Reuters

Shenzhen named as top 5 start-up hub, Hong Kong nowhere in sight

2 Mar 2015 - 7:12pm 6 comments
Communist official Zhao Hongzhu has hit out at critics of the  crackdown on graft by President Xi Jinping (above). Photo: AFP

Communist Party official accuses crackdown critics of 'ulterior motives'

3 Mar 2015 - 1:14am 2 comments
Filthy shades of grey: daily shots during the 2013 NPC.Photo: Reuters

China's pollution high on agenda for country's top political consultation body

3 Mar 2015 - 11:09am
Shanghai is doing away with official economic growth targets. Photo: AFP

Will the rest of China follow Shanghai's lead to ditch GDP targets?

3 Mar 2015 - 10:12am
The Yi Action Camera retails for around US$64. It is currently only available in China. Photo: Xiaomi

Xiaomi goes after GoPro with new action camera half the price of US rival's

2 Mar 2015 - 4:29pm
A video capture showing Chai Jing in front of a photo of Beijing, where is shrouded in haze.

Chinese celebrity’s air pollution video stirs online dust-up

2 Mar 2015 - 6:09pm 14 comments
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Technologies Consumer Business Group, introduces the firm's smartwatch. Photo: EPA

Huawei puts Apple on watch over wearable tech

3 Mar 2015 - 1:51am
Alibaba's Jack Ma is due to address university students in Taipei on Tuesday. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Taiwan sets compliance deadline for Alibaba's Singapore offshoot

3 Mar 2015 - 1:20am

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The People's Bank of China has just cut interest rates. Photo: Nick Edwards

Tax cut a boost to small firms as economic growth slows in China

3 Mar 2015 - 7:55am
Students cover their faces to avoid breathing in fumes in Causeway Bay as the city struggles with its pollution problem. Photo: Nora Tam

Hong Kong must redouble efforts to rein in air pollution

3 Mar 2015 - 12:11am 1 comment

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Lack of clear land rights holding back development of Chinese agriculture

Food production is an attractive theme for the huge sums of private investment seeking profitable avenues in China. Photo: Reuters Mark Godfrey

There has been much coverage lately on the diverging fates of two banks focused on China's rural population. China Postal Savings Bank announced it will seek to raise up to US$25 billion in an initial public offering next year.

3 Mar 2015 - 12:18pm

Focus

Hong Kong is a driving force, if we keep our eyes open, Victor Chu says

Victor Chu Lap-lik is a lawyer and a veteran venture capitalist. Photo: Jonathan Wong Enoch Yiu

On day 2 of a special series on ideas to take the city forward, we talk to banker Victor Chu Lap-lik.

3 Mar 2015 - 1:29am 2 comments

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The wreckage of the bus in Henan province. Its roof was ripped off as it plunged down a steep incline. Photo: Dahe Daily ACCIDENT

Twenty members of Chinese opera troupe killed in bus crash

Twenty members of a Chinese opera troupe were killed when their bus plunged down a cliff in northern China.

The bus was driving along a mountain road at about 11pm on Monday night in Henan province when the accident happened, Xinhua reported.

Thirteen people were injured.

3 Mar 2015 - 1:07pm

Asia

North Korean children throw stones into the Yalu River from Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong. The missing Canadian reverend helped run a nursing home, a nursery and an orphanage in the Rajin region. Photo: Reuters

Canadian pastor goes 'missing' after aid mission to North Korea

A head pastor of a large Canadian church has failed to return from a humanitarian mission to North Korea, and the Canadian government has reached out to try to locate him, his Toronto-based church said on Monday.

3 Mar 2015 - 2:59pm

Property

Some major development sites have recently been acquired by small players with help from “big brothers” in China, says one expert. Photo: Nora Tam PROPERTY

Smaller Hong Kong developers go head to head with the major players

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Most of Hong Kong's small and medium-sized developers were stuck on the sidelines of the city's property market four years ago.

2 Mar 2015 - 9:29am 2 comments
Sheeran on stage in Milan in January. Photo: Corbis

Ed Sheeran talks about his love for touring ahead of Hong Kong gig

With the passion that Ed Sheeran has for his music and the fervour he inspires in his fans, it's little wonder tickets for his world tour are difficult to come by.

3 Mar 2015 - 8:00am More on Hong Kong gigs

Beijing expats' favourite literary hangout The Bookworm goes into publishing

3 Mar 2015

Sara is a step forward for Charlene Choi's acting career

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Ikea lamp with a charging pad embedded inside.Photo: SCMP Pictures

Ikea launches furniture that can charge phones

Global furniture giant Ikea has announced the launch of desks, tables and lamps that will wirelessly charge phones and other devices.

The new collection will use Qi wireless technology to charge devices that are placed on or near the furniture.

3 Mar 2015 - 10:16am

Shenzhen named as top 5 start-up hub, Hong Kong nowhere in sight

2 Mar 2015 6 comments

Huawei puts Apple on watch over wearable tech

3 Mar 2015

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Philippines hero Manny Pacquiao is already well into his training camp for the Floyd Mayweather fight. Photo: AFP BOXING

Pacman has a plan for Floyd Mayweather, says trainer Freddie Roach

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Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, believes he has a plan to defeat Floyd Mayweather Jnr in their “Fight of the Century” in May, but he’s keeping his cards close to his chest.

3 Mar 2015 - 11:52am 4 comments More on Manny Pacquiao

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Richard Leakey. Photos: May Tse; Corbis; The Leakey Foundation; AFP Wildlife conservation

Richard Leakey on a conservation crusade (just don't mention God)

A scion of the Leakey family – whose fossil discoveries helped reveal how humans evolved – Richard has also been hailed as a saviour of the African elephant. Sarah Lazarus wonders whether Brad Pitt will do justice to this charismatic Kenyan in a forthcoming biopic …

1 Mar 2015 - 6:05pm

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