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Chinese economy faces tough year ahead, Li Keqiang tells assembly

President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang at the NPC and CPPCC joint session in Beijing yesterday. Photo: AP

China's economy will face "even more formidable" difficulties this year than in 2014 as Beijing sets its lowest growth target in over 15 years to accommodate reforms.

Friday, 6 March, 2015, 2:44am More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Smaller increase in PLA budget won't affect nuclear arms plans, Chinese general says

The PLA's budget will increase by 10.1 per cent this year. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The smallest increase in defence spending in five years won't affect the PLA's development of nuclear weapons or its ongoing modernisation plan, a former top leader of the army's strategic missile troops has said.

6 Mar 2015 - 3:07am More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang warns 'slack' officials

Premier Li Keqiang warned officials against slackness in his annual work report. Photo: Bloomberg

Premier Li Keqiang pledged to curb graft as he accused some officials of being "slack" in their actions and "self-willed" in exercising their power, saying that "shocking cases of corruption still exist".

6 Mar 2015 - 3:04am More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

‘One country, two systems’ for Hong Kong must comply with China constitution, says Li Keqiang

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (centre) in Beijing. Photo: AFP

Beijing will strictly comply with the Chinese constitution and the city's Basic Law in Hong Kong affairs, Premier Li Keqiang said at the start of annual meetings of the national legislature in Beijing yesterday.

6 Mar 2015 - 1:53am 41 comments More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Exchange questions Hanergy as speculative bubble grows

Hong Kong's stock exchange has ordered Hanergy Thin Film Power Group to explain the unusual movement of its share price and trading volume. Photo: Bloomberg

Hong Kong's stock exchange has ordered mainland solar energy firm Hanergy Thin Film Power Group to explain the unusual movement of its share price and trading volume.

6 Mar 2015 - 4:37am

Knife-wielding attacker slashes face of US ambassador in South Korea

Mark Lippert is helped away from the scene of the attack in downtown Seoul. Photo: AP

US Ambassador Mark Lippert was slashed on the face and wrist today by a man wielding a knife with a 25cm blade and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police said.

6 Mar 2015 - 3:26am 7 comments

Premier Li says Hong Kong and Shenzhen exchanges to link at "appropriate time"

The exchange's daily average turnover for all of last year was HK$69.46 billion. Photo: EPA

Beijing will link up the Hong Kong and Shenzhen bourses at an “appropriate time”, Premier Li Keqiang announced in his annual work report yesterday.

6 Mar 2015 - 4:36am More on HKEx

Graphene-based Chinese smartphone technology could 'boost battery life by 50 per cent'

The Galapad Settler utilises graphene in its design to increase battery life and touchscreen sensitivity. Photo: Galapad

Phone and tablet owners frustrated that their devices only stay charged for half a day may have found their salvation in new Chinese smartphones which contain the so-called wonder material graphene. 

5 Mar 2015 - 4:10pm 2 comments More on THE NEXT BIG THING

Mainland government defends controversial air routes close to Taiwan

The head of the Taiwan Affairs Office, Zhang Zhijun, says the air routes have been approved by the international civil aviation authorities. Photo: Simon Song

A senior government official overseeing relations with Taiwan has defended the mainland’s need to launch a controversial new flight path close to the island’s airspace, saying it will ease air congestion over the country’s skies.

6 Mar 2015 - 3:16am More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Reporter’s notebook: early start vital if I want to be out in front and beat rivals to global headlines

Journalists line up this morning outside the Great Hall of the People awaiting copies of Premier Li Kekiang's working report and the start of the annual National People's Congress meeting. Photo: Simon Song

A Bloomberg reporter arrived at the hall in the chilly capital at 3am today, only to find that three Reuters reporters were already waiting at the head of a queue.

5 Mar 2015 - 6:24pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

China closing in on third place in country rich list

China is on track to overtake Germany and Britain as the country with the third-largest number of people with assets of more than US$30 million within 10 years, a report estimates.

5 Mar 2015 - 11:05pm

Obama sought as guest for China's war parade, but China unsure about Abe

US President Barack Obama is to be invited to attend a military parade in Beijing later this year to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war, the Foreign Ministry said.

6 Mar 2015 - 2:52am 3 comments More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015
Andreas Von Knorre and Elton Hinz arrive at the State Court in Singapore. Photo: Reuters

German duo to be caned, jailed for spraying graffiti on Singapore train

5 Mar 2015 - 6:50pm 2 comments
Alibaba, the world’s largest e-commerce company, is led by its founder, Jack Ma. Photo: AFP

China endorses Alibaba as it backs e-commerce expansion of Chinese internet firms

6 Mar 2015 - 2:55am
President Xi Jin[ing's remarks are seen as the strongest verbal support by a top state leader for Shanghai's bid to become an international financial centre. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Xi Jinping calls on Shanghai to go global

6 Mar 2015 - 3:06am
A building on the Beijing skyline as seen on a smoggy day. Photo: Reuters

China makes no new promises in battle to clear the day as it fine-tunes pollution targets

6 Mar 2015 - 3:12am
Lu Xinhua's translator was taken off-guard by Lu's use of the term "self-willed". Photo: Simon Song

Online slang that found its way into leader's speech

6 Mar 2015 - 3:05am
Silence fills the air as former athletes and top sporting officials meet for a CPPCC panel 'discussion' on Thursday. Photo: Mandy Zuo

Sports panel drops the ball with long silent break in play

6 Mar 2015 - 3:13am
Countdown to start of deposit insurance scheme

Countdown to start of deposit insurance scheme

6 Mar 2015 - 3:00am
Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr hopes to see the venture with Air China up and running by the end of this year. Photo: May Tse

Lufthansa counts on China venture to ward off Gulf rivals

5 Mar 2015 - 11:49pm
Real rates on the mainland have drifted higher, due in large part to low and falling inflation. Photo: Bloomberg

Capital flight in mainland China could spark currency collateral damage

4 Mar 2015 - 11:07pm
Standard Chartered is looking to save US$1.8 billion through aggressive cuts in businesses and headcount in three years. Photo: Bloomberg

Standard Chartered pre-tax profit falls 30 per cent, hit by ‘perfect storm’

4 Mar 2015 - 11:21pm 4 comments

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Leader

Premier Li Keqiang lowered the inflation target from 3.5 per cent to 3 per cent and pledged the creation of 10 million new jobs. Photo: Xinhua

Slowing GDP growth in China opens the door for much-needed reforms

6 Mar 2015 - 12:51am
Ryan Choi of Hong Kong TransLingual Services, a social enterprise which makes HK$500,000 a year. Photo: May Tse

Social enterprises deserve support

6 Mar 2015 - 12:51am

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Insight

Beware the line between promoting Hong Kong's uniqueness, and championing independence

Living in Hong Kong, I find many locals tend to call "the mainland" China. JIANG XUN

Twenty years ago, I arrived in Hong Kong from Shanghai. At the Lo Wu immigration checkpoint, I needed to fill out an entry form, which asked where I came from. I wrote "Shanghai". The immigration officer glanced at it and said "Shanghai" should be amended to "China".

5 Mar 2015 - 6:03pm 4 comments

Focus

Hong Kong: fast, furious and headed for a crash

Hong Kong: fast, furious and headed for a crash ELIZABETH CHEUNG

In a special series on how to take the city into the future, we talk to cancer expert Dr Janice Tsang.

6 Mar 2015 - 1:02am

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Hong Kong

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (centre) in Beijing. Photo: AFP POLITICAL REFORM

‘One country, two systems’ for Hong Kong must comply with China constitution, says Li Keqiang

Beijing will strictly comply with the Chinese constitution and the city's Basic Law in Hong Kong affairs, Premier Li Keqiang said at the start of annual meetings of the national legislature in Beijing yesterday.

6 Mar 2015 - 1:53am 41 comments More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

World

Hillary Clinton delivers an after-dinner speech at an awards event in Washington. Photo: AFP UNITED STATES

Embattled Hillary Clinton urges US State Department to release emails

Hillary Clinton broke her silence over a controversy involving her use of personal email for work when she was secretary of state, saying she wanted the US State Department to release them.

5 Mar 2015 - 7:09pm 1 comment

China Insider

Indigenous villagers perform beneath the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang, Yunnan province. Photo: EPA CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Lijiang, Xishuangbanna among Chinese tourists' top cities to escape pollution

5 Mar 2015
The drunk driver's ploy failed to fool the alert traffic police officers. Photo: ifeng.com CRIME

‘Quick-thinking’ drunk Chinese driver poses as chef to evade arrest

5 Mar 2015
Chinese supermarket customers in Lanzhou, Gansu, lug cartons of bottled water to the cashier after getting wind of rumours that the city's water supply had been contaminated again. Photo: 163.com SOCIETY

‘Smelly tap water’ sparks rush for bottled water in Chinese city plagued by contamination woes

5 Mar 2015
Liang Zhentao, 45, died in an accident involving a Hong Kong-registered boat at a Shenzhen beach on January 1. Photo: SCMP Pictures. ACCIDENT

Owner of Hong Kong-registered boat in Shenzhen tragedy is refused request for new autopsy of victim

4 Mar 2015
The super-frugal migrant worker from Hebei province keeps only a radio, a quilt and some clothes in his cave in Jinan. Photos: China News Service SOCIETY

Chinese worker lives in a cave so he can send rent money home to his family

5 Mar 2015 8 comments
PLA confirms graft investigations into 14 officials – the second wave of officers facing a corruption investigation this year. Photo: EPA Anti-corruption

Western ideology, market economy to blame for military corruption, says PLA official

3 Mar 2015 5 comments
The man was detained for feigning disability to beg in the Beijing subway. Photo: 163.com CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Chinese beggar's income buys him two flats in Beijing

2 Mar 2015
Warrior Monks of Shaolin Temple present martial arts on the sidelines of the Spring Festival celebration in Santiago, capital of Chile. Photo: Xinhua

Shaolin Temple under fire for plans to build luxury hotel, golf course in Australia

2 Mar 2015
The 10-year-old girl was slashed more than 20 times in the face, head and hands. Photo: Sina.cn CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Man slashes neighbour's daughter, 10, in fury over fung shui

1 Mar 2015
A student is seeking medical treatment for his eyes and wrist after chasing online red packets during the Lunar New Year holiday. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINADIGEST

Around the nation: Habitual mobile-phone using student seeks medical treatment for eye disorder and trembling hand

27 Feb 2015
Workers at Wuhan's Guiyuan Temple in Wuhan don helmets as worshippers showered coins on the God of Wealth. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINADIGEST

Around the nation: Temple staff don helmets as it rains pennies to the God of Wealth

26 Feb 2015
Worshippers at a Buddhist temple near Wenzhou were surprised when a pig turned up during a New Year ceremony and refused to move until a monk read it scriptures, according to witnesses. PHOTO: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Pig 'prays' at temple

25 Feb 2015
Chinese 'dough master' Liu Gang crafts historical Chinese characters from dough. Photo: e23.cn CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Lunar New Year has Chinese figurine-maker rolling in dough

23 Feb 2015
A worker at the petrol station in Henan, China, found the crying boy wandering alone after his mother and uncle accidentally left without him. Photo: Dahe.cn CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Chinese boy left behind after toilet stop at gas station

22 Feb 2015

Business

Garuda is expanding with plans to buy 250 planes over 10 years. Photo: SCMP Pictures AVIATION

Garuda Indonesia's new chief unveils global ambition

Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta airport, among the world's 10 busiest by passenger traffic, handles twice the volume it was designed for. Arif Wibowo plans to push that limit further.

6 Mar 2015 - 6:00am
TRADING

Machines take over Tokyo bourse

Yuji Honkawa knew the humans were losing by April 2010, when no matter how fast he sent orders to be filled at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, a machine beat him.

6 Mar 2015 - 6:00am
Oscar winners Francis Ford Coppola and Susan Sarandon. Both feature in a short film about the intersection of art and technology, which will have its world premiere in Hong Kong next week. Sarandon will join a celebration of art and creativity as part of Art Basel Hong Kong. Photos: EPA

Susan Sarandon to be honoured at Hong Kong dinner

Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon will receive an award next week at a Hong Kong gala dinner for her outstanding contribution to cinema.

Sarandon will be taking part in a three-day celebration of the power of art and creativity as part of Art Basel Hong Kong. 

5 Mar 2015 - 6:45pm More on Art Basel 2015

20 must-see contemporary art exhibits in Art Basel month

5 Mar 2015

Yoshitomo Nara: neo-pop artist who defies categorisation

4 Mar 2015
Food Space organic grocery, private kitchen and cooking studio in Tai Po.

Food Space: cooking studio and organic grocery in Tai Po has put down roots fast

Food Space is an interloper in the line of stalls selling daily necessities at Tai Po's Tai Yuen market. With a focus on healthy eating, the shop, private kitchen and cooking demonstration venture is the brainchild of two long-time F&B professionals, Frenchman Thierry Lanoe and Argentinian Francisco Barria.

6 Mar 2015 - 6:09am

Recipe: Susan Jung's simple yet delicious Thai-style chicken wings

5 Mar 2015

Venetian Macao hosts third wine-and-dine festival

5 Mar 2015
The Galapad Settler utilises graphene in its design to increase battery life and touchscreen sensitivity. Photo: Galapad

Graphene-based Chinese smartphone technology could 'boost battery life by 50 per cent'

Phone and tablet owners frustrated that their devices only stay charged for half a day may have found their salvation in new Chinese smartphones which contain the so-called wonder material graphene. 

5 Mar 2015 - 4:10pm 2 comments More on THE NEXT BIG THING

The Netflix of China? Alibaba buys US$382 million stake in film and TV production company

5 Mar 2015

Apple, Google device users vulnerable to hacking over 'zombie' security bug

5 Mar 2015

Magazines

Sport

Glory Sunshine can break through for a win soon. Photo: Kenneth Chan BLACK BOOK

Sun about to rise for Glory in Class Four

Glory Sunshine won his only run in Melbourne before coming to Hong Kong and his last two outings highlight his prospects of adding another win locally now that he is down to Class Four and settled in his surroundings.

6 Mar 2015 - 1:05am

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