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Xi Jinping calls on Macau to resolve 'deep-rooted conflicts'

President Xi Jinping (right) greets Macau leader Fernando Chui Sai-on. Photo: AP

Macau should resolve its deep-rooted social conflicts and put more effort into its youth policy, President Xi Jinping said as he attended celebrations for the 15th anniversary of the city's handover to China.

Saturday, 20 December, 2014, 8:52am More on Macau

Macau shows signs it may not stay Hong Kong's quiet sibling forever

Illustration: Henry Wong

Earlier this month, Beijing official Li Gang described Macau as a place where if you don't like the Basic Law you will be "despised like a rat on the street".

20 Dec 2014 - 3:37am More on Macau

Hong Kong activists on mission to reach Xi Jinping turned back at Macau ferry terminal

A group League of Social Democrats members protest at the ferry terminal before being sent back to Hong Kong. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Rally organisers planning pro-democracy protests during President Xi Jinping's two-day visit have been told by Macau police to amend their routes to quieter streets and locations farther away from Xi's hotel.

20 Dec 2014 - 3:36am 25 comments More on Macau

Britain has ‘no moral duty’ to Hong Kong over Joint Declaration, says politician as lawmakers argue over treaty

Maria Tam Wai-chu questions "the focus" of outside monitoring of the implementation of the Joint Declaration. Photo: Sam Tsang

Veteran politicians argued over whether Beijing’s promise to keep the city’s way of life intact for 50 years was only a pledge by the Chinese over which Britain has no right to monitor.

20 Dec 2014 - 3:06am 26 comments

Xinjiang terrorist cases must be dealt with ‘harshly and quickly’, says China’s top judge

Paramilitary police on patrol in Urumqi in Xinjiang. Hundreds have died over the past two years in attacks the government has blamed on Muslim separatists. Photo: Reuters

Authorities must crack down "harshly and quickly" on cases involving terrorist attacks, national security and social stability in Xinjiang, the mainland's top judge has said.

20 Dec 2014 - 5:27am

China inks deal to ramp up imports of Thai rice and rubber

Premier Li Keqiang (left) is greeted upon arrival in Bangkok yesterday on a trip to attend the Greater Mekong Subregion Summit. Leaders from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos will also attend. Photo: Xinhua

China will double the volume of its imports of agricultural produce from Thailand next year, expanding its purchases of rice and rubber.

20 Dec 2014 - 5:33am 1 comment

PLA conducts full test of long-range DF-41 missile, report says

PLA launches a Dongfeng-31 missile in field training.

China last week launched its most comprehensive test of its latest-generation intercontinental ballistic missile, the DF-41, which can hit anywhere in the US, according to an American media website.

20 Dec 2014 - 3:22am 1 comment

Worker at Forbidden City in Beijing faces execution for stabbing two of his bosses to death

The Forbidden City is one of Beijing's biggest tourist attractions. Photo: Reuters

Zheng Zhibiao, who tried to kill himself after the stabbings, argued at his trial that he had been concerned about the lack of protection for historical artifacts.

20 Dec 2014 - 8:41am

Pilot jailed over China air crash disaster

Pilot Qi Quanjun stands trial yesterday in a court in Yichun, Heilongjiang. Photo: Xinhua Update

The captain of a plane that crashed in Heilongjiang province four years ago, killing 44 people, has been jailed for three years.

20 Dec 2014 - 5:25am

Chinese rights lawyer tortured in detention centre, wife claims

Pu Zhiqiang's (above) wife voices concern over the "inhuman torture" he faced in prison.

The wife of a prominent human rights lawyer arrested in June has written an open letter to President Xi Jinping pleading for his release and voicing concern over the "inhuman torture" he faced in prison.

20 Dec 2014 - 7:25am 1 comment

China says economy was 3.4pc bigger last year

The mainland revised up the size of its economy for last year but sees that having little effect on economic growth this year, amid expectations that Beijing may roll out more stimulus to support the slowing economy.

20 Dec 2014 - 9:43am More on Chinese Economy

Rafael Hui and Thomas Kwok found guilty of bribery in Hong Kong’s biggest graft trial

After a five-day deliberation, the High Court jury found Hui guilty of five out of eight counts of charges spanning bribery and misconduct in public office. The decision was seen as an unprecedented victory for the anti-corruption watchdog.

20 Dec 2014 - 3:43am More on Rafael Hui Si-yan
President Xi Jinping has made curbing rampant graft and wasteful spending one of the government's priorities. Photo: Reuters

Thousands of government officials in China prevented from taking expensive MBA courses

20 Dec 2014 - 5:21am 5 comments
 Pictures posted online of the old man buying his wife a diamond ring have attracted hundreds of comments from Chinese microbloggers. Photo: iFeng.com

Photos of 'most romantic' Chinese man, 80, buying wife a diamond ring sparks online frenzy

19 Dec 2014 - 3:37pm
The would-be Chinese 'Romeo' flies a drone carrying a luxury bag up to the window of his 'Juliet', as his friends hold up a sign declaring his love.  Photo: cri.cn

Defiant Juliet shoots down love-struck Chinese Romeo's efforts to woo her with a drone

19 Dec 2014 - 5:38pm
Security checks have been tightened on Beijing's public transport, including the entrances to subway stations, since last month's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in the capital. File Photo: AFP

Chinese woman comes to blows with Beijing subway inspector after refusing bag security check

19 Dec 2014 - 4:30pm 1 comment
Xiao Shaoxiang was jailed for life today after being found guilty of corruption, including taking bribes and “possessing huge assets of unknown origin”. Photo: Xinhua

Beijing Zoo boss who put 8 million yuan fortune down to part-time taxi driving is jailed for life for corruption

19 Dec 2014 - 7:02pm
Police carry equipment outside a house where the bodies of eight children were found in the Cairns suburb of Manoora. Photo: AP

Eight children found ‘stabbed to death’ in Australian home

20 Dec 2014 - 2:37am
Kim Jong-un attends his father's death anniversary. Photo: EPA

Three years after becoming North Korean leader, all eyes on Kim Jong-un

19 Dec 2014 - 11:14pm
Three of the "Cuban Five" spies released as part of a prisoner swap talk with Cuban President Raul Castro (right). Photo: EPA

Cuban cryptographer Rolando Sarraff Trujillo: most highly valued intelligence asset

20 Dec 2014 - 5:36am

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A Christmas tree heralds the start of the festive season at home. Photo: Thinkstock

Experts bring Christmas warmth and cheer indoors

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International cooperation helps fuel energy boom

International cooperation helps fuel energy boom

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Leader

Former Hong Kong Chief Secretary Rafael Hui was found guilty of bribery and misconduct.

Verdicts show no one immune

20 Dec 2014 - 6:25am 6 comments
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at a ceremony to mark China's first National Memorial Day of the 1937 Nanjing Massacre. Photo: Kyodo

We should never forget sacrifice

20 Dec 2014 - 6:25am 1 comment

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In seeking to feed itself, China can make sure others are well fed too

One must be cautious not to see Chinese acquisitions of overseas farms as a mere land grab. The issue is far more complex. Loro Horta

China is the world's second-largest economy, but, ironically, food security is now emerging as one of the main concerns for its communist leaders.

20 Dec 2014 - 7:18am

Focus

Macau shows signs it may not stay Hong Kong's quiet sibling forever

Illustration: Henry Wong Niall Fraser

Earlier this month, Beijing official Li Gang described Macau as a place where if you don't like the Basic Law you will be "despised like a rat on the street".

20 Dec 2014 - 3:37am

Harry's View

Hong Kong

Maria Tam Wai-chu questions "the focus" of outside monitoring of the implementation of the Joint Declaration. Photo: Sam Tsang POLITICS

Britain has ‘no moral duty’ to Hong Kong over Joint Declaration, says politician as lawmakers argue over treaty

Veteran politicians argued over whether Beijing’s promise to keep the city’s way of life intact for 50 years was only a pledge by the Chinese over which Britain has no right to monitor.

20 Dec 2014 - 3:06am 26 comments

Asia

Police carry equipment outside a house where the bodies of eight children were found in the Cairns suburb of Manoora. Photo: AP AUSTRALIA

Eight children found ‘stabbed to death’ in Australian home

Update

Eight children have been killed and a woman injured, police said on Friday, during what several media outlets reported was a mass stabbing in Australia’s tropical northern city of Cairns.

20 Dec 2014 - 2:37am

World

Three of the "Cuban Five" spies released as part of a prisoner swap talk with Cuban President Raul Castro (right). Photo: EPA CUBA

Cuban cryptographer Rolando Sarraff Trujillo: most highly valued intelligence asset

The CIA's Latin America Division has run many spies in Cuba, but Rolando Sarraff Trujillo was in a class all his own.

20 Dec 2014 - 5:36am

Business

The revisions lifted the service sector's contribution to economic output to 46.9pc. Photo: AFP CHINA

China says economy was 3.4pc bigger last year

The mainland revised up the size of its economy for last year but sees that having little effect on economic growth this year, amid expectations that Beijing may roll out more stimulus to support the slowing economy.

20 Dec 2014 - 9:43am 1 comment More on Chinese Economy
REGULATION

HKMA probe of foreign banks finds no proof of forex rigging

An investigation by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority failed to show evidence that traders at 10 foreign banks successfully rigged foreign exchange markets, the de facto central bank said in a statement.

20 Dec 2014 - 8:10am More on HKMA

Property

The government aims to raise the new housing target to 480,000 from 470,000 over the next 10 years. Photo: Dickson Lee LAND SUPPLY

Land supply for private homes to exceed target by 10pc

Land supply for new homes in the private sector will not only beat estimates for the first time since Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying took office in 2012, but is also set to exceed the target by 10 per cent.

20 Dec 2014 - 6:58am
German-born composer Robert Zollitsch with his wife, Chinese singer Gong Linna. The pair eschews lip-syncing. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Live performances a 'lonely road' for legendary Tan Te singer Gong Linna

A German-Chinese couple said they walked a "lonely road" in search of China's true musical soul amid a culture that condones lip-syncing in live shows.

20 Dec 2014 - 5:03am

Secret Walls has street artists battle it out

19 Dec 2014

Leading light in Hong Kong Film Archive's creation retires

19 Dec 2014 2 comments
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How to spice up Christmas dinner: top chefs offer their tips

Christmas is no holiday for chefs. If they're not working in restaurant kitchens, they're probably cooking for friends and family at home.

18 Dec 2014 - 6:20pm 1 comment More on LIFE

Quest by Que in Wan Chai has new take on Vietnamese cuisine

17 Dec 2014

Special winter menus all around Hong Kong, and 7-star Michelin chef to come

17 Dec 2014
Smartphone app Waze is blamed by some LA residents for morning traffic jams in their once quiet neighbourhood. Photo: Screenshot

Smartphone app being used to beat LA traffic angers freeway's neighbours

When the people whose houses hug the narrow warren of streets paralleling the busiest urban freeway in America began to see bumper-to-bumper traffic crawling by their homes a year or so ago, they were baffled.

16 Dec 2014 - 10:35am

Android accessing personal data in phones, Hong Kong's privacy watchdog warns

16 Dec 2014 4 comments

The new shape-shifters: pluripotent stem cells

14 Dec 2014

Magazines

Sport

Fifa president Sepp Blatter tells media on Friday that the executive committee faced a crisis but "the crisis has stopped". Photo: EPA

Blatter still defiant in row over bidding

Only an "earthquake" can change Fifa's decision to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, says Sepp Blatter, the president of soccer's governing body.

20 Dec 2014 - 12:50am
HOME AND AWAY PETER SIMPSON

Home and Away: Fifa members can haggle with the best

If ever a Haggling World Cup was to be staged, Morocco would be the competition's spiritual home as well as the inaugural venue of choice.

The country's notorious souk salesmen have more than made haggling and the hard sell an art form - they've made it an official tourist hazard.

20 Dec 2014 - 12:09am
SOCCER

Protest more lively than South China's dour draw in League Cup

20 Dec 2014

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