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Officials told to uphold moral standards as graft campaign overshadows CPPCC opening

Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, at today's meeting when he called on delegates to 'strictly abide by political rules'. Photo: Xinhua

A leading Chinese politician called on officials to uphold standards of moral behaviour at the start of the annual meeting of China’s political body, which was overshadowed by corruption probes involving some senior members.

Tuesday, 3 March, 2015, 9:28pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

China’s failure to audit overseas state-owned assets ‘creates hotbed of corruption’

China's anti-corruption watchdog has launched a series of inspections into state-owned enterprises including Sinopec Group, parent company of the oil and gas business, Sinopec. Photo: Reuters

Dong Dasheng, ex-deputy director of National Audit Office, says theft of state-owned assets and arrests of senior executives for corruption largely due to weaknesses in auditing system

3 Mar 2015 - 6:52pm More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

British royals’ ivory stash may dent Prince William’s anti-poaching message in China

Carved tusks are exhibited along side a leopard skin

The Duke of Cambridge could run the risk being labelled a hypocrite on his trip to Yunnan on Wednesday where he will highlight the peril wreaked by poachers on Africa’s dwindling elephant population as part of his official trip to China.

3 Mar 2015 - 6:37pm 1 comment

Head of 'China's Google' wants country to take the lead in developing artificial intelligence

In Spike Jonze's 'Her' a man develops a romantic relationship with an intelligent computer operating system. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Robin Li Yanhong, founder and chief executive of Chinese internet search powerhouse Baidu, wants the mainland to take the lead in developing artificial intelligence and boosting private-sector participation in the nation's online health care infrastructure.

3 Mar 2015 - 3:34pm 1 comment More on Baidu

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

Yuan Zhiming (right) and his accuser, Chai Ling. Photos: AFP, SCMP 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 - 5:59pm

Macau February casino revenue halves on lacklustre Lunar New Year

Tourists throng the front of Macau's iconic Casino Lisboa just before last month's Lunar New Year. Photo: Reuters New

February casino revenue in Macau halved from a year ago, the biggest drop on record and the ninth straight month of decline, despite the Lunar New Year holiday.

4 Mar 2015 - 4:30am 2 comments More on Macau

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

China's hospitals are failing the public by reserving limited medical facilities for senior officials and forcing others to struggle to compete for remaining services, says a member of China’s political advisory body.

3 Mar 2015 - 9:11pm 3 comments More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Alibaba announces US$316m Taiwan start-up fund amid regulatory problems

Alibaba Group's headquarters in Hangzhou, China. Photo: Reuters

A newly announced investment fund will leave Alibaba with a foothold in Taiwan even if it is forced to withdraw from the island following a government ruling. 

3 Mar 2015 - 6:08pm More on Alibaba

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.

3 Mar 2015 - 7:30pm 88 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

Twenty members of Chinese opera troupe killed in bus crash

The bus appeared to have missed a turning as it was travelling at speed and the vehicle was badly damaged as it rolled down a steep incline, the report said.

3 Mar 2015 - 8:34pm 2 comments

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

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

3 Mar 2015 - 1:23am 12 comments
Sam Chen steers a "brain-controlled" Puzzlebox Orbit helicopter outside the Chaihuo maker space, a Shenzhen workshop for technology enthusiasts. Photo: Dickson Lee

China looks to young entrepreneurs to drive its innovation economy

3 Mar 2015 - 12:26pm 1 comment
Some of the fund's holdings stem from John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil. Photo: AP

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

3 Mar 2015 - 8:17am 2 comments
Speculation is mounting that former CMC vice-chairman Guo Boxiong (left) will be targeted in graft investigations. Photo: AFP

People's Liberation Army confirms graft investigations into 14 officials

3 Mar 2015 - 8:57am
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

3 Mar 2015 - 4:35pm
Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference spokesman Lu  Xinhua speaks to the media at a press conference on Monday afternoon. Photo:  Simon Song

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

3 Mar 2015 - 1:46am 1 comment
The Dragonair flight was delayed for more than two hours. Photo: SCMP

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

3 Mar 2015 - 11:00pm 37 comments
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; delegate urges overhaul

3 Mar 2015 - 6:47pm
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 1 comment
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 7 comments

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Protesters clash with police during the rally against parallel trading in Yuen Long. Photo: David Wong

Parallel trading, not mainland visitors, is the real problem

4 Mar 2015 - 1:44am
People hold pictures of Boris Nemtsov during a memorial march on March 1 that replaced a protest rally he helped organising. Photo: Kyodo

Only a full investigation into assassination of Boris Nemtsov can calm concerns

4 Mar 2015 - 1:44am

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Insight

Xi Jinping and the Putin effect

The fact that Putin has so far succeeded in wielding influence in the former USSR states seems to have impressed and influenced the Chinese leadership. TIM COLLARD

China's policy in recent years has been to take an increasingly hard line in defence of the government's positions both domestically and regionally. However, there is no sign of a greater tendency to try to impose the leadership's policies at a greater distance from home.

3 Mar 2015 - 6:03pm 1 comment

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 - 7:48pm 2 comments

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Hong Kong film director threatens to sue chief executive's daughter if she doesn't show up for work

Hong Kong film director threatens to sue chief executive's daughter if she doesn't show up for work

The drama over the acting debut of Leung Chai-yan, the controversial daughter of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, intensified yesterday when the film director said he was "fed up" with her failure to show up for work, and threatened to sue her.

4 Mar 2015 - 1:29am

China

A People's Liberation Army band rehearses before the opening of the CPPCC at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Bloomberg

Major budget boost expected for Chinese military

A substantial increase in the military's budget is likely to be announced at the National People's Congress to support the "Chinese Dream Army" envisaged by President Xi Jinping, military analysts say.

4 Mar 2015 - 12:46am More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Asia

British filmmaker Leslee Udwin addresses a press conference on her documentary film India's Daughter. Photo: AP INDIA

Indian rapist blames victim for ‘roaming around at night’

One of the men convicted of the gang-rape and murder of an Indian student that shocked the world blames the victim for "roaming around at night".

3 Mar 2015 - 10:57pm

Property

Frenetic buying of small flats has driven prices to record highs, prompting the Hong Kong Monetary Authority to impose new mortgage tightening measures. Photo: Reuters LAND SALES

Hong Kong developers may shun sites for small flats amid mortgage curbs

The latest round of mortgage tightening to contain prices of small homes may weaken developers' appetite for land designated for mass housing but will intensify competition for luxury residential sites.

3 Mar 2015 - 8:04pm
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Sshhh! Dos and don'ts for concert-goers in Hong Kong (and everywhere)

Concert etiquette has evolved over the centuries - something that was previously deemed acceptable is now a sign of a barbarian in the house. Such was the case this past weekend during the opening concert of the 43rd Hong Kong Arts Festival, when renowned German orchestra the Staatskapelle Dresde

3 Mar 2015 - 5:46pm 1 comment

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

3 Mar 2015

Beijing expats' favourite literary hangout The Bookworm goes into publishing

3 Mar 2015
In Spike Jonze's 'Her' a man develops a romantic relationship with an intelligent computer operating system. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Head of 'China's Google' wants country to take the lead in developing artificial intelligence

Robin Li Yanhong, founder and chief executive of Chinese internet search powerhouse Baidu, wants the mainland to take the lead in developing artificial intelligence and boosting private-sector participation in the nation's online health care infrastructure.

3 Mar 2015 - 3:34pm 1 comment More on Baidu

Ikea launches furniture that can charge phones

3 Mar 2015

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

2 Mar 2015 7 comments

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Sport

Shek Wai-hung is one of 10 leading Hong Kong athletes who will receive grants of HK$150,000 each to help them qualify for the Rio Olympics. Photo: Xinhua FUNDING

Financial boost for 10 leading Hong Kong athletes trying to make Rio Olympics

Teenager Eric Wong Hui-wai may have given his embattled sport - triathlon - a shot in the arm after being picked as one of 10 leading athletes who will receive grants of HK$150,000 each to help them qualify for the Rio Olympics.

4 Mar 2015 - 1:00am More on Hong Kong Sports Institute
SOCCER

Difficult Asian Champions League night for Chinese clubs

Guangzhou R&F lost 2-1 to Thailand’s Buriram United due to a last minute Gilberto Macena goal in the AFC Champions League on Tuesday night as Chinese clubs were brought back to earth in the continental championship.

4 Mar 2015 - 12:07am

Amber Sky back on the radar for tilt at Dubai double

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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 …

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