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

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

Passionate football fan President Xi Jinping met Prince William this morning, and told him of his wish for closer efforts to improve Sino-British football development.

Monday, 2 March, 2015, 6:41pm 9 comments

North Korea fires missiles into the sea in angry response to US military drills

A commuter in Seoul watches a news report about North Korea firing two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea. Photo: AP

North Korea fired two missiles into the sea and vowed “merciless” retaliation today as the US and South Korea kicked off joint military drills denounced by Pyongyang as recklessly confrontational.

2 Mar 2015 - 9:51pm 1 comment

Driver who killed nine people at Shenzhen airport 'panicked after hearing car horns'

Armed police guard the scene of the accident yesterday in which nine people died and 23 others were injured when a car crashed into a group of people standing on an overpass to watch aircraft at Shenzhen Baoan International Airport. Photo: Reuters

Children and their grandparents are among the victims who were struck by a car on five-lane overpass as they watched aircraft at Shenzhen Baoan International Airport,  police say.

2 Mar 2015 - 4:30pm 1 comment

Xiaomi goes after GoPro with new action camera half the price of US rival's

The Yi Action Camera retails for around US$64. It is currently only available in China. Photo: Xiaomi

Xiaomi, China’s largest smartphone maker, today unveiled its line of action cameras which will retail for around half the price of market-leader GoPro's products

2 Mar 2015 - 4:29pm More on THE NEXT BIG THING

Limit media entertainment to avoid ‘ruining’ tone of Nanking massacre memorial day

President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders took part in last year's ceremony, which marked the 77th anniversary of the Nanking massacre. Photo: AP

China’s television and radio stations should limit the number of entertainment programmes on December 13 to avoid “ruining” the serious tone of China’s state memorial day for victims of the Nanking massacre.

2 Mar 2015 - 8:06pm

Comedian Zhou Benshan ‘putting the final touches’ on his delegate’s proposal

Comedian Zhao Benshan, who has denied being the subject of graft probe, will attend the year's CPPCC sessions as a delegate. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Comedian Zhao Benshan seems undeterred by the controversy around him. According to mainland media, he has been burning the midnight oil putting together his delegate’s proposal for the national political advisory body’s annual meeting.

2 Mar 2015 - 7:06pm

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

Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference spokesman Lu  Xinhua speaks to the media at a press conference on Monday afternoon. Photo:  Simon Song New

A central government official who became famous from his remarks on disgraced former security tsar Zhou Yongkang a year ago, said on Monday it was “meaningless” to speculate if there were any more “big tigers” about to be brought down.

2 Mar 2015 - 8:04pm More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Major Beijing universities still using foreign textbooks despite minister’s call for ban

Education Minister Yuan Guiren (left) told senior Beijing university officials that foreign textbooks that 'spread Western values' should be banned.

An investigation by mainland media shows that major universities in Beijing are continuing to use foreign textbooks in the spring semester, which started today – despite a government minister’s call last month for them to be banned.

2 Mar 2015 - 7:13pm 6 comments

Samsung unveils sleek Galaxy S6 smartphones to take on Apple

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (left) and Galaxy 6 are presented during the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Photo: AP

Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones as it seeks to claw back market share following Apple's launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last year.

2 Mar 2015 - 7:59pm More on Samsung

Chinese mother covered up that hero died saving her two children from drowning

Meng Ruipeng, 24, who died saving the children. Photo: Hnr.cn

A woman from northern China has admitted she did not report to police that a young man died saving her two children from drowning, according to a newspaper report.

2 Mar 2015 - 4:57pm 3 comments

Chinese celebrity’s air pollution video stirs online dust-up

A former TV celebrity has unleashed a storm of criticism and a wave of support with a self-funded, An Inconvenient Truth-style documentary on the nation's air pollution scourge.

2 Mar 2015 - 6:09pm 9 comments More on Beijing air pollution

Chinese tech firms more confident in facing US national security review

Mainland Chinese companies have again set the pace for the most deals placed under national security review by the United States government as many of them, especially technology firms, are now more confident to submit voluntarily amid growing confidence in the US legal process.

2 Mar 2015 - 4:13pm More on Lenovo
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
A photo taken last March shows the shadow of a Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion search aircraft on low-level clouds as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean looking for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Photo: Reuters

MH370 search cannot last forever, may be called off within weeks, says Australia’s deputy PM

2 Mar 2015 - 4:20pm
Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps, speaks at a conference in San Francisco in June 2014. Photo: Reuters

Google executive: 'It would be a privilege to serve Chinese users'

2 Mar 2015 - 12:49pm
Police react after the homeless man, known as "Africa", swung his fists at them. Photo: Screengrab

Homeless man shot dead by LA police in violent street brawl captured on film

2 Mar 2015 - 10:00pm
In the first of a special series on ideas to take Hong Kong forward, we speak to industrialist Roy Chung Chi-ping. Photo: Nora Tam

Hong Kong businessmen lack the hunger to conquer the world, blasts leading entrepreneur

2 Mar 2015 - 5:48pm 5 comments
Henry Chau denies murder. Photo: David Wong

Man who slaughtered his parents was scared at seeing so much blood, court hears

2 Mar 2015 - 5:06pm
Some security products used by Jiangsu's public security arms have been controlled by devices with foreign internet protocol addresses. Photo: Reuters

Chinese surveillance camera supplier confirms hacking loophole

2 Mar 2015 - 12:07pm 1 comment
Can't afford a place in Hong Kong? Here's what HK$7 million will buy you abroad

Can't afford a place in Hong Kong? Here's what HK$7 million will buy you abroad

2 Mar 2015 - 5:07pm 10 comments
A 61-year-old man has become the first person in Hong Kong to die of H7N9 bird flu this season. Photo: Sam Tsang

Man, 61, dies of bird flu in Hong Kong after contracting virus in mainland China

2 Mar 2015 - 5:14pm
Police pepper spray protesters during yesterday's rally in Yuen Long, the latest in a series of protests aimed at traders from the mainland. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong protest sees violence, pepper spray and arrests, but triads stay away

2 Mar 2015 - 4:54pm 86 comments

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Hong Kong must reconsider a broader tax base for fiscal stability

Hong Kong must reconsider a broader tax base for fiscal stability

2 Mar 2015 - 3:43am 5 comments
Indonesian students rally against Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott following his statement over the tsunami aid from Australian government outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta. Photo: AFP

Australia needs to show respect for Indonesia's laws and sovereignty

2 Mar 2015 - 8:32am 4 comments

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Insight

China needs real growth that only a shift away from investments can deliver

In the long run, China must reform to remove the bias for maximising investment. ANDY XIE

The People's Bank of China has just cut interest rates again. It may support the stock market for a few days, but it won't reverse the deflationary trend in the economy. It won't even have much of an impact on lending rates. Political power, not market force, drives China's credit system.

2 Mar 2015 - 6:13pm 1 comment

Focus

Hong Kong businessmen lack the hunger to conquer the world, blasts leading entrepreneur

In the first of a special series on ideas to take Hong Kong forward, we speak to industrialist Roy Chung Chi-ping. Photo: Nora Tam Tony Cheung

Hong Kong companies lack the hunger that it takes to conquer the world, says a leading entrepreneur.

2 Mar 2015 - 5:48pm 5 comments

Harry's View

Property

Some major development sites have recently been acquired by small players with help from “big brothers” in China, says one expert. Photo: Nora Tam PROPERTY

Smaller Hong Kong developers go head to head with the major players

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Most of Hong Kong's small and medium-sized developers were stuck on the sidelines of the city's property market four years ago.

2 Mar 2015 - 9:29am 1 comment
The Yi Action Camera retails for around US$64. It is currently only available in China. Photo: Xiaomi

Xiaomi goes after GoPro with new action camera half the price of US rival's

Xiaomi, China’s largest smartphone maker, today unveiled its line of action cameras which will retail for around half the price of market-leader GoPro's products

2 Mar 2015 - 4:29pm More on THE NEXT BIG THING

Beware the smartphone zombies blindly wandering around Hong Kong

2 Mar 2015 7 comments

Chinese tech firms more confident in facing US national security review

2 Mar 2015

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Sport

Philippines hero Manny Pacquiao (left) is already well into his training camp for the Floyd Mayweather fight. Photo: AFP BOXING

Pacman has a plan for Floyd Mayweather, says trainer Freddie Roach

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.

2 Mar 2015 - 9:40pm 2 comments More on Manny Pacquiao

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Richard Leakey. Photos: May Tse; Corbis; The Leakey Foundation; AFP Wildlife conservation

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 …

1 Mar 2015 - 6:05pm

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