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Chinese leader Xi Jinping spells out ambitious Asia vision at Boao Forum

A screenshot from live TV footage of of Chinese president Xi Jinping delivering a keynote address at the Boao Forum on March 28, 2015. Photo: SCMP Pictures New

Chinese President Xi Jinping argued Saturday for strong China-led efforts to promote Asian economic and political cooperation while opening a major regional economic conference.

Saturday, 28 March, 2015, 11:55am 5 comments

China’s Vice-President Li Yuanchao to attend Lee Kuan Yew's funeral

Vice-President Li Yuanchao will attend the state funeral of Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore. Photo: Reuters

Vice-President Li Yuanchao will be the most senior Chinese official to attend the state funeral of Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore, while President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang will not attend, Beijing has confirmed.

28 Mar 2015 - 3:04am 1 comment More on Lee Kuan Yew

Terrorists ‘recruited Uygur students at Guangzhou university’

South China Normal University in Guangzhou, where it is believed that extremists were recruiting Uygur students to fight in the MIddle East. Photo: SCMP Pictures Exclusive

Uygur students in Guangzhou have been warned to stay away from "outsiders" after several were recruited by a suspected religious extremist and had been missing since last year, various sources told the South China Morning Post.

28 Mar 2015 - 5:38am 2 comments

Crash co-pilot was a psychiatric patient and planned a big gesture, girlfriend tells reporter

Germanwings airplanes on the ground at Dusseldorf airport on Friday. Photo: Reuters

The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps told his girlfriend he was in psychiatric treatment, and that he was planning a spectacular gesture that everyone would remember, the German daily Bild reported on Saturday.

28 Mar 2015 - 6:33pm

Malaysia arrests opposition figures to thwart protest demanding release of their leader

Supporters of Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim hold placards during a protest demanding his release in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday after three of their leading members were arrested. Photo: AFP

Malaysian police arrested three leading opposition politicians in a bid to thwart a protest march on Saturday demanding the release of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, his party said.

28 Mar 2015 - 8:17pm

Sense of loss over Lee Kuan Yew bridges Singapore's generations

A tearful Singaporean mother and her daughters tell the media what Lee Kuan Yew, the nation's first premier, meant to them. Photo: Reuters

Lee Kuan Yew bonded with older Singaporeans because they went through the same trials and trauma of war, and merger with and then separation from Malaysia. But those aged below 25 never knew him as their prime minister.

28 Mar 2015 - 9:41pm 1 comment More on Lee Kuan Yew

Japan ruling party lawmaker meets Chinese president Xi Jinping

File photo of Toshihiro Nikai, Executive Council Chairman of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Photo: Reuters Update

A lawmaker from Japan’s ruling party on Saturday spoke with China’s President Xi Jinping amid a slight easing of tensions between the two countries.

28 Mar 2015 - 6:17pm More on Sino-Japanese relations

Hong Kong Sevens 2015 live blog - Day 2

The obligatory streaker. At least have the balls, pardon the pun, to get the whole lot out. Photo: Felix Wong

Follow all the action live from Hong Kong Stadium on day two of the city's biggest sporting event

28 Mar 2015 - 7:39pm 1 comment More on Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015

The Philippines dismisses China’s concerns over South China Sea military repairs

The Philippine's President Benigno Aquino (right) and China's ambassador in Manila Zhao Jianhua (left) shake hands at a Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce conference on Friday. Photo: EPA

The Philippines dismisses China’s concerns over South China Sea military repairs PHILIPPINES Reuters in Manila The Philippines has dismissed concerns by China over its plan to repair military facilities in the South China Sea, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Saturday, insisting Manila has so

28 Mar 2015 - 4:35pm

Thousands of foreign fishermen, many enslaved, are stranded on Indonesian islands

In this Nov. 27, 2014 image from video, Tun Lin Maung sits with a group of slave fishermen from Myanmar behind a fishing company building in Benjina, Indonesia. Photo: AP New

The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved.

28 Mar 2015 - 9:26am

Rugby Sevens celebrations marred by inconvenient toilet malfunction

Conditions at Hong Kong Stadium took a turn for the worse yesterday after the toilets broke down during the Rugby Sevens revelry.

For almost five hours from 10.30am, the stadium – catering to 40,000 boisterous rugby fans – was devoid of flushing water due to a burst pipe.

28 Mar 2015 - 10:05pm 3 comments More on Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015

South China now favoured way out of country for IS recruits: terrorism expert

China's southern seaboard has replaced the mountainous and tightly guarded western frontier as the preferred route for Islamic extremists to slip recruits out of the country, according to a leading expert on terrorism.

28 Mar 2015 - 7:55am 1 comment
Thai general-turned-prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Photo: Reuters

Mercurial Thai junta ruler becoming well-known for his poorly-chosen words

28 Mar 2015 - 4:01pm
The cockpit door locking system of an Airbus A320. Photo: Reuters

Airlines race to require two crew in cockpit after Germanwings crash

28 Mar 2015 - 11:59am 4 comments
Sri Lanka's finance minister Ravi Karunanayake. Photo: AFP

Sri Lanka fires fresh salvo at Chinese firm over Port City project

28 Mar 2015 - 12:25am 1 comment
Mao Chaofeng, deputy governor of Hainan, says he is confident of debt repayments at all government levels. Photo: CNS

Hainan province downplays debt problems as its capital city asks for help

28 Mar 2015 - 5:28am
Filings by eight of Hanergy's nine solar-panel factories to the State Administration for Industry and Commerce showed combined sales of only 315 million yuan and a loss of 38 million yuan in 2012. Photo: ImagineChina

The financials of tycoon Li Hejun's Hanergy remains a mystery

28 Mar 2015 - 4:03am
Even if Russia does not join the AIIB as a founding member, it can join later. Photo: AP

Russia in no hurry to join new China-led Asian infrastructure bank

28 Mar 2015 - 5:35am 1 comment
Our energy solutions should drive progress towards a rise in global living standards, strong economies, and a clean environment.

Cleaning up China's coal power

27 Mar 2015 - 5:25pm 2 comments
Taiwan's leader Ma Ying-jeou says it should actively take part in the formation of the AIIB. Photo: CNA

Taiwan seeks involvement in Beijing-led Asian infrastructure bank

27 Mar 2015 - 7:16pm 1 comment
Police remove pro-independence activists staging a sit-in at the entrance of the parliament building in Taipei on Friday. Photo: AFP

Taiwanese protesters scuffle with police over mainland's controversial M503 air route

28 Mar 2015 - 5:30am 1 comment
Finance chief John Tsang signals Hong Kong's participation in the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hong Kong actively seeking to join Asian infrastructure bank, says financial secretary

28 Mar 2015 - 4:07am 12 comments

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang contends the approach for Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will be open and inclusive. Photo: EPA

Working together for a common goal

28 Mar 2015 - 6:55am
The low interest and non-means-tested nature of the student loan means the schemes are prone to abuse and fraud.

Action needed on loan defaults

28 Mar 2015 - 6:55am

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Cleaning up China's coal power

Our energy solutions should drive progress towards a rise in global living standards, strong economies, and a clean environment. GREG BOYCE

China's long march towards economic expansion has gone hand in hand with urbanisation, which is a powerful engine for sustained growth. In 1950, about 13 per cent of China's citizens lived in cities. By 2011, that share had grown to 50 per cent.

27 Mar 2015 - 5:25pm 2 comments

Focus

The woman declared the world's best teacher cares nothing about test scores

Nancie Atwell, with former US president Bill Clinton and United Arab Emirates Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, at her award ceremony. Photo: AP GDN

Nancie Atwell's school in the rural town of Edgecomb, in the US state of Maine, is no ordinary place of learning. Then again, Atwell is no ordinary teacher.

27 Mar 2015 - 3:10am

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The Leisure and Cultural Services Department, which manages the stadium, apologised for the lack of flushing water. Photo: Nora Tam RUGBY SEVENS

Rugby Sevens celebrations marred by inconvenient toilet malfunction

Conditions at Hong Kong Stadium took a turn for the worse yesterday after the toilets broke down during the Rugby Sevens revelry.

For almost five hours from 10.30am, the stadium – catering to 40,000 boisterous rugby fans – was devoid of flushing water due to a burst pipe.

28 Mar 2015 - 10:05pm 3 comments More on Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015

China

Mao Chaofeng, deputy governor of Hainan, says he is confident of debt repayments at all government levels. Photo: CNS FINANCE

Hainan province downplays debt problems as its capital city asks for help

Officials in Hainan province have downplayed concerns over local government debt despite a plea for help by its capital city Haikou, which said it might be unable to meet its repayments.

28 Mar 2015 - 5:28am

Asia

Nita Ambani was appointed to the board of Reliance Industries by Mukesh Ambani, the second-richest Indian. Photo: AP INDIA

Indian businessmen promoting their wives as deadline looms for every board to have one female director

As Indian companies scramble to meet a deadline to appoint women to their boards, some wealthy business owners have a solution that meets the letter if not the intention of the law: appointing their wives.

28 Mar 2015 - 9:39pm

World

Germanwings airplanes on the ground at Dusseldorf airport on Friday. Photo: Reuters Aviation accidents

Crash co-pilot was a psychiatric patient and planned a big gesture, girlfriend tells reporter

The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps told his girlfriend he was in psychiatric treatment, and that he was planning a spectacular gesture that everyone would remember, the German daily Bild reported on Saturday.

28 Mar 2015 - 6:33pm
Kanye West. Photo: Corbis

Rapper Kanye West here to make waves

With a new album and a fashion line, pop culture's most polarising figure Kanye West is here to make waves.

28 Mar 2015 - 10:52pm

New action drama in Troubles-beset Belfast thrills

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Why French couple chose Hong Kong for art gallery

28 Mar 2015

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Associate nations, like Afghanistan, performed with distinction at this year's World Cup. Photo: Reuters LEFT FIELD ALVIN SALLAY

Left field: Cricket needs to take rugby's lead

In the finest traditions of a contest, it will be a David v Goliath clash today when New Zealand stand up to Australia in cricket's World Cup final. After more than a month of jockeying, the two best teams from the 14 who started the tournament will meet at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to determine bragging rights as the best one-day team for the next four years. I'm rooting for David.

28 Mar 2015 - 10:22pm
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Right field: Murky waters in Park doping case

You there - world class, elite athlete. You might want to think twice about prescribing to a sophisticated new doping regimen that is currently one step ahead of detection. That urine sample you just gave could very well come back to haunt you in six or seven years. It will be frozen in time and so could your fate because retro-testing is all the rage now.

28 Mar 2015 - 10:09pm

Hong Kong Sevens 2015 live blog - Day 2

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Vivienne Tam's tale of two cities: from Hong Kong girl to New York success story

Vivienne Tam's tale of two cities: from Hong Kong girl to New York success story

Hong Kong's most iconic design export, Vivienne Tam tells Jing Zhang about bridging the East-West fashion divide, and why she had to move to New York to make it in her hometown.

28 Mar 2015 - 11:27pm

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