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Green card schemers 'out to dupe Chinese investors', says US congress advisory group

Chinese investors could fall prey to fraud under a US immigration scheme. Photo: Bloomberg

America's immigrant investor visa, hugely popular with wealthy Chinese, could be used to defraud applicants, a group that advises US Congress has warned.

Saturday, 28 February, 2015, 10:27am 3 comments

Negative online comments against Hongkongers surge since Lunar New Year holiday

Negative online comments against Hongkongers surge since Lunar New Year holiday

Widespread criticism of Hongkongers, including calls for travel boycotts to the territory, have emerged in mainland online forums in the wake of angry protests against tourist shoppers in Sha Tin and Tuen Mun.

28 Feb 2015 - 9:44am 16 comments

Xi Jinping captains top officials in planning how to give Chinese soccer a boost

Xi Jinping shows his skills on a trip to Dublin. Photo: AFP

China's top leaders met yesterday to discuss and approve a plan to revive the country's ailing soccer fortunes.

28 Feb 2015 - 9:22am 2 comments

Putin critic Boris Nemtsov killed in drive-by shooting near Kremlin ahead of planned protest

Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov had developed a reputation for writing critical reports about corruption and other misspending under Putin. Photo: Reuters

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down while walking in sight of the Kremlin late on Friday, prompting an international chorus of condemnation.

28 Feb 2015 - 12:09pm

Chinese herb blocks deadly Ebola virus, study shows

Health workers prepare for work at an ebola clinic in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo: AP

A compound in traditional Chinese medicine for lowering blood pressure has been found to be effective in blocking the Ebola virus, according to new research.

28 Feb 2015 - 1:18am

It's official: Bruce Lee's daughter kick-starts plans for Hong Kong legend's biopic

Bruce Lee's incredible martial arts moves are what most of his fans remember. His daughter Shannon Lee says his official biopic will explore other aspects of his life, such as his art and philosophies. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Legendary Hong Kong martial arts star Bruce Lee is getting the official biopic treatment, daughter Shannon Lee has announced.

28 Feb 2015 - 1:22pm

Taiwan prison warden ‘lied about heroic offer to be hostage’ in deadly siege

Armed police stand guard outside Kaohsiung Prison, in southern Taiwan, during the siege on February 11. Photo: Reuters Update

Chen Shih-chih became a hostage by accident – bumping into armed inmates at Kaohsiung Prison on February 11 as he belatedly ran to the scene 30 minutes after siege began

27 Feb 2015 - 7:48pm

Hong Kong minister says pro-democracy camp is softening on Beijing's electoral proposal

(From left) Basic Law Institute chief Alan Hoo with Liberal Party lawmakers Frankie Yick and Vincent Fang at Legco.Photo: Dickson Lee

In an unprecedented move, the constitutional affairs minister on Friday said he was "cautiously optimistic" that the Legislative Council would eventually pass the government's political reform proposal.

28 Feb 2015 - 1:17am

Half-naked ‘mentally ill’ young woman rescued after family locks her up for five years

Zhang Qi, 24, lies inside the room where she had been locked for five years by her Chinese family in Xiaochang county, Hubei province. Photo:

A half-naked "mentally ill" young woman was rescued by internet activists after being locked in a room for five years by her Chinese family after a dispute with her mother.

28 Feb 2015 - 4:30am 4 comments

Leonard Nimoy, iconic actor who played Star Trek's Mr Spock, dies at 83

Leonard Nimoy attends a screening of "Star Trek Into Darkness" in May 2013. Photo: Reuters

Veteran actor Leonard Nimoy, known for playing the pointy-eared Mr Spock in the Star Trek television series and films, passed away aged 83.

28 Feb 2015 - 11:05am

China's first Silk Road deals to be signed next month, report reveals

China will sign a series of agreements with countries including Kazakhstan and Pakistan next month as part of Beijing's plan to stimulate economic development along the ancient Silk Road.

28 Feb 2015 - 11:18am

China's graft buster resurrects story of corrupt Qing dynasty prince - but who is it aimed at?

It caused barely a ripple when it was first printed two years ago but the republication of an article this week about a corrupt Qing dynasty prince set off a wave of speculation about just which former leader it was alluding to.

28 Feb 2015 - 9:31am
Xie Zhenhua had previously led China’s negotiating team during talks aimed at securing a new global treaty to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Photo: AFP

China’s top climate negotiator removed from leadership list

27 Feb 2015 - 6:30pm
Yuyuan Garden attracts millions every year. Photo: ImagineChina

After Bund tragedy, Shanghai starts erring on safe side

28 Feb 2015 - 3:10am
Premier Li Keqiang, right, holds talks with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera in Beijing yesterday. Photo: AP

Port deal fears hang over Sri Lankan FM's trip to China

28 Feb 2015 - 3:23am
Uygur farmers prepare potato beds in Xinjiang province. Photo: Reuters

China to spend 26 billion yuan to register rights ahead of rural reforms

27 Feb 2015 - 7:13pm
Plans to build luxury toilets in China's tourist areas are to be scrapped in favour of cleaner, more practical facilities, says Li Jinzao, director of China National Tourism Administration. Photo: AP

China’s toilet ‘revo-loo-tion’ scraps luxury public conveniences in tourist spots

27 Feb 2015 - 6:20pm 1 comment
Taipei is concerned that four new mainland Chinese air routes beside Taiwanese airspace could pose a danger to the island's aircraft operating from its airports. Photo: AFP

Taiwan says it may fly military planes in civil airspace set by China

27 Feb 2015 - 6:16pm
Property sales agents chat during the roadshow of a residential property development in Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters

New property cooling measures will see higher down payments for Hong Kong buyers

28 Feb 2015 - 10:04am 26 comments
Protesters clash with police officers during a rally against parallel trading at New Town Plaza in Sha Tin earlier this month. Photo: Felix Wong

Security stepped up for fresh Hong Kong anti-parallel trading protest as 500 police drafted in

27 Feb 2015 - 3:41pm 12 comments
The speedboat capsized before dawn. Photo: SCMP Pictures

10 missing as boatload of illegal 'gamblers' from mainland China capsizes

28 Feb 2015 - 1:32am
Erwiana meets her supporters outside Wan Chai District Court following the sentencing of her former employer Law Wan-tung. Photo: Dickson Lee

Erwiana’s former boss jailed for six years as judge calls her behaviour ‘contemptible’

27 Feb 2015 - 6:58pm 65 comments

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The Monetary Authority yesterday moved to rein in the red-hot property market by tightening the rules for mortgage loans for medium sized flats. Photo: Bloomberg

The fundamental problems of the property market remain

28 Feb 2015 - 12:51am 3 comments
The Urban Renewal Authority has announced a HK$1.2 billion plan to redevelop the connected low-rises on Chun Tin Street. Photo: Felix Wong

Finding the right balance between heritage and viability

28 Feb 2015 - 1:00am 2 comments

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With war commemoration, China and Russia seek a historical narrative distinct from the West's

By 1945, both nations had suffered to an extent many even in occupied Western Europe - let alone more remote America - could only struggle to comprehend. Paul Letters

Last week, China and Russia announced their intention to plan joint commemorations for the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war. Such cuddling up on the world stage may appear merely a modern political convenience against Western antipathy.

27 Feb 2015 - 4:22pm 10 comments


The people's verdict on Hong Kong's budget

Lau Kin-wai, a food critic, owns Kin's Kitchen restaurant. His business benefits from a waiver on licence fees. ALAN YU

As the ink dries on Hong Kong's giveaway budget chock-a-block with sweeteners aimed at defusing political strife, people are weighing up what they are getting - or not getting.

28 Feb 2015 - 9:45am

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Social activists, bloggers and writers attend a protest demanding the arrest of the killer at Dhaka University. Photo: Xinhua BANGLADESH

Protests in Dhaka after US-Bangladeshi blogger killed in machete attack

Machete-wielding assailants hacked to death a blogger in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, in the latest of a series of attacks on writers who support freethinking values in the Muslim-majority nation.

27 Feb 2015 - 8:50pm


Chinese investment in US real estate included the US$1.95 billion sale of the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York to Anbang Insurance Group in October 2014. Photo: AP ECONOMY

China's US M&A surge won't fix economic imbalance, says USCC

A surge in foreign investment from China into the US is insufficient to rebalance the economic relationship between the two countries, with Beijing still unwilling to offer reciprocal market access to American investors, a Congressional commission says in a new report.

27 Feb 2015 - 10:28pm

SHKP annual sales reach 90pc of target as first-half profit dips

Sun Hung Kai Properties, the city's second-largest developer in terms of market capitalisation, says it has locked in HK$28 billion, or nearly 90 per cent of its sales target for the year to June, after it reported a decline in first-half earnings.

28 Feb 2015 - 12:45pm


The volume of sales of luxury apartments in Shanghai worth more than 10 million yuan fell 34 per cent last year to 2,246 units from 2013. Photo: AFP RESIDENTIAL

Chinese developers to raise luxury home prices in prime cities

Some Chinese developers are planning to raise prices for new luxury projects in prime areas this year, in a rare sign of improving sentiment in a market that saw new home prices fall for the last eight months of 2014.

24 Feb 2015 - 6:22pm More on China Property

Greenland to diversify into internet finance

Greenland Hong Kong, the Hong Kong-listed unit of the mainland’s largest developer by sales, announced it would diversify into internet finance this year, hoping to capitalise on the cyber world to offer financial services to cash-strapped mainland developers.

11 Feb 2015 - 6:11am More on China Property

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Former model Helena Rizzo of Mani restaurant in Sao Paulo, Brazil, was named top female chef in the world by Restaurant magazine.

Ex-models take on new careers in the kitchen

Food and models are not an obvious pairing. Yet increasingly they are moving from catwalk to kitchen - among them Hong Kong's Amanda Strang, supermodels Jourdan Dunn and Karlie Kloss, and Helena Rizzo, named world's best woman chef.

27 Feb 2015 - 10:13am

Hong Kong hawkers find finance chief’s food truck plan unappetising

26 Feb 2015 15 comments

Restaurant review: New-look Pawn wins with starters

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Green lights on the Tesla's display show that the vehicle is charging. Photo: Weibo

Chinese Tesla owner turns power line into illegal personal charging station

The owner of a Tesla electric car in China's Sichuan province came up with an innovative way of charging his vehicle: plug it directly into a power line.

27 Feb 2015 - 6:39pm 5 comments More on Tesla

Apple Watch to debut on March 9, with China in the company's sights

27 Feb 2015

WTO rules make it difficult for Cisco and Apple to challenge Chinese government 'black list'

27 Feb 2015 1 comment



Afghanistan captain Samiullah Shenwari lofts the ball away to the boundary as Scotland wicketkeeper Matthew Cross (L) looks on. Photos: AFP CRICKET

HKCA urges ICC to stage 16-team World Cup with associate nations

Hong Kong has called for a 16-team World Cup in 2019 after the International Cricket Council indicated yesterday the proposal to cut the showpiece to 10 might not be a good idea after all.

27 Feb 2015 - 11:12pm More on Cricket World Cup 2015

Trainer Tony Cruz seeks Hong Kong Gold Cup hurrah for ageing California Memory

Four years after California Memory announced himself as a star with an upset win in the Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup, the now nine-year-old's career comes full circle and the popular galloper heads into the same race tomorrow as an outsider with his retirement rapidly approaching.

27 Feb 2015 - 11:00pm More on Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup 2015
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