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Senior Chinese military strategist ‘leaked state secrets, helped rebels in Myanmar’

Major General Huang Xing, the former head of the research guidance department at the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences, was detained on graft charges earlier this year. Photo: SCMP Pictures Exclusive

A senior PLA strategist will face a military court on fraud charges that sources say are a cover for the officer's alleged leak of state secrets to armed rebels in Myanmar.

Saturday, 7 March, 2015, 10:57am 4 comments

Mistrust remains despite China-Japan security talks: envoy

Ties between the nations improved slightly after President Xi Jinping (right) met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the APEC meeting in Beijing last November. Photo: Reuters

A lack of trust remained despite a thaw in relations between China and Japan ahead of security talks this month, Beijing's envoy to Japan said on Friday.

7 Mar 2015 - 2:45am 1 comment More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Inquiry into disgraced Ling Jihua ‘linked more to his own problems than son’s fatal Ferrari crash’

The corruption investigation into Ling Jihua, a former vice-chairman of the CPPCC and one-time top aide of former president Hu Jintao, is still going on. Photo: Reuters

A senior mainland official yesterday became the first to publicly link a deadly Ferrari crash in the capital three years ago to a one-time aide to former president Hu Jintao.

7 Mar 2015 - 1:56am 2 comments More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

US envoy's knife attacker charged with attempted murder, probed for links to North Korea

US envoy's knife attacker charged with attempted murder, probed for links to North Korea Update

South Korean police has charged the man behind a shocking knife attack on the US ambassador with attempted murder,  while investigating his possible links with North Korea.

7 Mar 2015 - 10:14am 1 comment

'China likely to end up as former would-be superpower', says Goldman partner who foresaw Japan's demise

A child poses for photos with a Chinese national flag near the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Goldman partner Roy Smith sees problems for China such as the burden of an ageing population, with mounting pension and health-care costs. Photo: AP

Forecasts for China to surpass the US as the world's main economic power are misplaced. So says an observer who foresaw Japan's eventual demise a year before its land-price bubble began to burst.

7 Mar 2015 - 10:49am

Shanxi boss Wang Rulin meets the hard graft questions head-on

Shanxi party boss Wang Rulin says corruption cases in the province were linked "like clusters". Photo: idigest.com.cn

The new Shanxi Communist Party boss appears eager to demonstrate his hands-on approach to graft-busting in a province that has been at the centre of the crackdown on corruption.

7 Mar 2015 - 1:43am

Aviation safety debate rages in wake of Flight MH370 mystery

Aviation safety debate rages in wake of Flight MH370 mystery

Flight MH370's unexplained loss over the South China Sea a year ago has spurred a major safety initiative that will have a profound impact on the aviation industry.

7 Mar 2015 - 12:01pm More on Malaysia Airlines flight 370

Beijing's top man for Hong Kong affairs says suffrage an 'opportunity not to be missed'

Zhang Dejiang said young people lacked understanding. Photo: Xinhua

Zhang Dejiang also warned that "a missed opportunity would not come again", sparking fears that there would be little chance that the city could elect its leader by "one man, one vote".

7 Mar 2015 - 9:52am 2 comments

Zou Shiming will launch a boxing revolution in China, says Freddie Roach

China's Zou Shiming in action against Colombian boxer Luis De La Rosa during the WBO international flyweight title match in Macao. Zou is aiming for a world title on Saturday night. Photo: AP

Hall of Fame trainer believes a Zou Shiming victory in Saturday nights 'Showdown at Sands' in Macao could be the start of a Chinese revolution of world champions emerging

6 Mar 2015 - 11:33pm More on Zou Shiming

Mind the gap... Meet the woman behind those MTR announcements

Despite the widespread recognition of her work, Cheri Chan tends to keep her identity a mystery. Photo: May Tse

Cheri Chan Yu-yan is probably one of the most well-known personalities in Hong Kong – and yet in a city of more than seven million people, the chances are that you’ve never set eyes on her.

7 Mar 2015 - 11:11am More on Focus

Third knifeman still at large after Guangzhou railway attack that left 13 injured

Guangzhou police shot dead a knife attacker and arrested another at the busiest train station in the mainland's south yesterday morning, with witnesses saying that a third is still at large.

7 Mar 2015 - 10:41am 5 comments

UK lawmakers push London to get tough with China over Hong Kong autonomy

London should step up pressure on Beijing and take a tougher stance in defence of Hong Kong autonomy, a group of British lawmakers studying the city’s affairs concluded in a report published on Friday.

7 Mar 2015 - 3:39am 38 comments More on Occupy Central
Tsai Ing-wen said the cross-strait relationship must be handled according to public opinion and should be transparent and communicated. Photo: AFP

Ties with mainland China will be transparent, Taiwan's DPP party vows ahead of election campaign

7 Mar 2015 - 9:40am
A candle burns as the families of Chinese passengers from the missing Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 attend prayers at the Thean Hou temple in Kuala Lumpur last month. Photo: EPA

One year on, hopes fade for Chinese MH370 families

7 Mar 2015 - 11:59am
Lou Jiwei, China's Finance Minister, answers questions during a press conference today at the National People's Congress. Photo: Xinhua

China still assessing debt situation of local governments, says finance minister

6 Mar 2015 - 4:53pm
Residential apartment and commercial buildings are seen in Beijing as relaxation measures are seen boosting the property market. Photo: Bloomberg

China’s property sales seen to rise on policy relaxation as developers destock

7 Mar 2015 - 9:30am 1 comment
Labourers work at a construction site in Shanghai. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang warned this week of the need for China to diversify its economy away from traditional industry. Photo: Reuters

Could start-ups revitalise the Chinese economy? The government thinks so

6 Mar 2015 - 7:54pm
Lei Jun, founder and chief executive officer of China's mobile company Xiaomi, at a news conference in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

Xiaomi's Lei Jun looking beyond smartphones to take control of your entire home

6 Mar 2015 - 10:19pm 2 comments
Hanergy has previously sponsored Aston Martin racing, but soon hopes to enter the automobile sector itself with its solar-powered vehicles. Photo: China.org.cn

Hanergy chairman tight-lipped on share price swings - but vows to launch solar-powered cars

6 Mar 2015 - 10:44pm
The beheading of Islamic State hostage Kenji Goto, seen here on a television screen in Tokyo, shocked Japan and may have shifted attitudes to military action overseas. Photo: Reuters

Japan wants an MI6-style spy agency to keep watch on other countries

7 Mar 2015 - 3:02am
Harrison Ford's battered plane sits after crash landing at Penmar Golf Course in Venice, Los Angeles. Photo: AP

Harrison Ford injured after crashing his vintage plane on LA golf course

7 Mar 2015 - 12:04pm 4 comments
Steel workers in Anhui province as China's steel industry struggles with slowing economic growth and excess capacity. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese steelmakers face headwinds of slowing growth, glut in capacity

6 Mar 2015 - 3:04pm

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Leader

Beijing's crackdown on corruption made a drop in sales of expensive items inevitable. Photo: Bloomberg

Hong Kong's retail sector needs to adapt

7 Mar 2015 - 12:56am
Xi Jinping shows his skills on a trip to Dublin. Photo: AFP

Xi Jinping is right to score with soccer

7 Mar 2015 - 1:17am

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The stigma of chronic illness in Hong Kong

Stigma can have a devastating impact on a patient's willingness to seek, as well as their ability to access, treatment. YORK CHOW

The last day of February is designated by the World Health Organisation as Rare Disease Day, aimed at raising public awareness on a wide range of rare diseases and the impact on the lives of those living with them. Meanwhile, here in Hong Kong, we observe March as Epilepsy Awareness Month.

6 Mar 2015 - 5:30pm

Focus

Mind the gap... Meet the woman behind those MTR announcements

Despite the widespread recognition of her work, Cheri Chan tends to keep her identity a mystery. Photo: May Tse ALAN YU

Cheri Chan Yu-yan is probably one of the most well-known personalities in Hong Kong – and yet in a city of more than seven million people, the chances are that you’ve never set eyes on her.

But if you’ve been out and about in the city for any length of time, you’ve almost certainly heard her distinctive voice.

7 Mar 2015 - 11:11am

Harry's View

Asia

The beheading of Islamic State hostage Kenji Goto, seen here on a television screen in Tokyo, shocked Japan and may have shifted attitudes to military action overseas. Photo: Reuters JAPAN

Japan wants an MI6-style spy agency to keep watch on other countries

Japan is looking into creating an overseas intelligence agency modelled on Britain's MI6 spy service, ruling party lawmakers say, 70 years after Allied victors dismantled Japan's fearsome military intelligence apparatus following the second world war.

7 Mar 2015 - 3:02am

World

A visitor at Iraq's National Museum in Baghdad walks past two ancient Assyrian winged bull statues. Photo: AP ISLAMIC MILITANCY

Outrage as Islamic State bulldozers lay waste to ancient city of Nimrud

Islamic State militants have “bulldozed” the renowned archaeological site of the ancient city of Nimrud in northern Iraq using heavy military vehicles.

6 Mar 2015 - 10:07pm 1 comment

China Insider

Shanghai police are cracking down on people who use electric skate scooters on its busy roads. Photo: Eastday.com CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Skate scooters banned on Shanghai roads after man killed in accident

6 Mar 2015
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 2 comments
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
Tailor Raymond Lun at his shop in Haven Street, Causeway Bay - one of the small entrepreneurs featured in a new book and exhibition. Photo: Leo Kwok

Celebrating the entrepreneurs - small businesses making a difference

Look beyond the world's tycoons and there are millions of small entrepreneurs building enterprises that create jobs and provide incomes to grease the global economy. That's the theme of a new book of photojournalism produced in Hong Kong by an independent think tank.  

6 Mar 2015 - 1:20pm

Susan Sarandon to be honoured at Hong Kong dinner

5 Mar 2015

20 must-see contemporary art exhibits in Art Basel month

5 Mar 2015
Honorary guest Nuntawan Sakuntanaga, the director general of Thailand's Department of International Trade Promotion, presented the Thai Select awards. Photos: Vanessa Assarasakorn.

9 Hong Kong and Macau restaurants win Thai seal of authenticity

The food scene in Hong Kong isn’t all about the hipster cafes, exotic eateries and burger wars that set tongues wagging. There are some constants too - restaurants serving popular cuisines that never fail to draw a crowd. Thai restaurants are among them.

6 Mar 2015 - 5:56pm 1 comment

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

6 Mar 2015 1 comment

Table-side service adds element of theatre to Hong Kong dining

6 Mar 2015 1 comment
Game review - Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

Game review - Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered

Amid the flood of remakes coming out, sometimes you'll discover a surprisingly effective game that you missed the first time round. Fahrenheit is one such game.

7 Mar 2015 - 7:28am

Xiaomi's Lei Jun looking beyond smartphones to take control of your entire home

6 Mar 2015 2 comments

Sick of cables? 2015 set to be 'the year of the wireless charger'

6 Mar 2015 1 comment

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China's Zou Shiming in action against Colombian boxer Luis De La Rosa during the WBO international flyweight title match in Macao. Zou is aiming for a world title on Saturday night. Photo: AP BOXING

Zou Shiming will launch a boxing revolution in China, says Freddie Roach

Hall of Fame trainer believes a Zou Shiming victory in Saturday nights 'Showdown at Sands' in Macao could be the start of a Chinese revolution of world champions emerging

6 Mar 2015 - 11:33pm More on Zou Shiming

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