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Alibaba stock tanks as war of words escalates with top Chinese regulators

Alibaba's corporate headquarters in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Photo: Bloomberg

The stock price of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group tumbled 8.8 per cent on Thursday, closing at a three-month low of US$89.81.

Friday, 30 January, 2015, 7:57am 4 comments More on Alibaba

China's history of feudalism feeds corruption and undermines law, report says

Chinese delegates attend a party plenum last year. Photo: AFP

An article penned by a deputy editor of Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily blames a "feudal tradition" for breeding corruption and undermining the implementation of "rule of law".

30 Jan 2015 - 3:50am 11 comments

Other cities to enjoy certain practices of Shanghai free-trade zone, cabinet says

The entrance to the Shanghai free-trade zone. Similar zones are earmarked for Guangdong, Fujian and Tianjin. Photo: Reuters

The State Council yesterday published a list of Shanghai free-trade zone policies that could be replicated in other parts of the mainland in an attempt to accelerate liberalising the capital account of the yuan.

30 Jan 2015 - 2:12am More on Shanghai free-trade zone

High hopes for Tsinghua University chief appointed China’s environment minister

Tsinghua University president Chen Jining (pictured) will succeed Zhou Shengxian as environment minister in March. Photo: SCMP Pictures New

Environment minister-in-waiting Chen Jining was warned that he will face great pressure after news of his new job was released on Wednesday.

30 Jan 2015 - 4:04am

Crowd control a priority for Shanghai's Disney park

Shanghai Disney's groundbreaking ceremony in April 2011.Photo: AFP

Shanghai has begun planning crowd control measures for its much-anticipated Disney park, due to open in the second half of this year.

30 Jan 2015 - 1:03am 1 comment

No joke: Chinese comedian Zhao Benshan may evade graft crackdown

Zhao Benshan appears in the movie Getting Home. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Comedian Zhao Benshan is to attend the national political advisory body's annual meeting in March, in a sign he may be safe from a rumoured corruption investigation.

30 Jan 2015 - 2:49am

Dongguan titans clam up at annual 'rich club' meeting

Dongguan is one of the most important industrial centres in southern China. Photo: Reuters

They're the richest captains of industry in one of the most important industrial centres in southern China but they had few words to offer when they gathered for the annual session of Dongguan's political advisory body on Tuesday.

30 Jan 2015 - 1:15am

China to increase military exchanges, says President Xi, but US rethinks plans for further ties

Minister of Defence Chang Wanquan meets his US counterpart Chuck Hagel in Beijing in April last year. Photo: Reuters

President Xi Jinping vowed to step up military exchanges with other nations yesterday, but there were reports that the Pentagon had decided against increasing interaction with the People's Liberation Army.

30 Jan 2015 - 2:57am

PLA auditor refers more corruption cases to graft busters

An unfinished residence that belonged to former Lieutenant General Gu Junshan in Puyang, Henan province. Photo: Reuters

The People’s Liberation Army auditor handed more corruption leads to graft busters in 2014 than in the previous 30 years, according to the military’s official newspaper.

The PLA audited 4,024 senior officials in the past two years, the PLA Daily reported on Thursday.

29 Jan 2015 - 6:44pm

State media side with regulator in widening row against Alibaba Group

Alibaba's corporate headquarters in Hangzhou. Photo: Reuters

Chinese state media today voiced support for the commerce regulator in a signed commentary amid the escalating row between the authority and Alibaba Group, calling on the e-commerce giant and other big companies to bear their corporate social responsibilities and stop “bullying others by flexing their financial muscle”.

29 Jan 2015 - 6:38pm 6 comments

Malaysia formally declares MH370 crash an accident, passengers presumed dead

Update

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was formally declared an accident, the Malaysian government announced on Thursday, paving the way for victims’ relatives to be compensated.

30 Jan 2015 - 1:54am 6 comments More on Malaysia Airlines flight 370

Wife of Japanese Islamic State hostage urges his release as deadline expires

Update

The wife of a Japanese journalist thought to be held by Islamic State insurgents in Syria urged the Japanese and Jordanian governments to work for his release shortly before a deadline set by his captors expired.

30 Jan 2015 - 3:25am 1 comment
Disgraced senior Chinese official Ling Jihua's wife Gu Liping. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Diverse work of disgraced top Chinese official Ling Jihua’s wife ‘all linked to his power base’

29 Jan 2015 - 6:46pm 2 comments
China’s giant Cosco group is among the bidders for Piraeus port (pictured) in Greece, which is one of Europe’s busiest ports. Photo: Reuters

Chinese media warns new Greek government over plan to halt sale of Piraeus port

29 Jan 2015 - 4:22pm 4 comments
The Phantom drone, manufactured by leading company DJI, crashed on the White House grounds on Monday, causing a security scare. Photo: EPA

Chinese drone firm puts GPS block on flying over Washington after White House scare

29 Jan 2015 - 5:35pm 2 comments
Chinese regulators are renewing their investigations into margin trading as more investors pile into the market rally. Photo: Reuters

Chinese stock regulator launches fresh probe into margin trading

30 Jan 2015 - 12:59am
Lisa Hunt, executive vice president at Charles Schwab's International Services & Special Business Development, and James Sun, managing director at Charles Schwab Hong Kong, pose for a picture in the firm's Hong Kong office. Photo: Jonathan Wong

US brokerage Charles Schwab eyes expansion in China

29 Jan 2015 - 12:26pm
A waterfall awaits shoppers at a resort operated by Sands China in Macau. The firm announced the launch of The Parisian in the territory has been delayed to 2016. Photo: Bloomberg

Launch of Sands Parisian in Macau delayed to 2016 – Sheldon Adelson

29 Jan 2015 - 6:03pm
China strictly limits public expressions of support for the Dalai Lama (pictured), the exiled spiritual leader who is still revered by many Tibetans.

Chinese state media calls for dissenting Tibetan officials to be punished

29 Jan 2015 - 4:56pm 1 comment
Japan held hostage by its world view

Japan held hostage by its world view

30 Jan 2015 - 3:19am 1 comment
Activists burn a Japanese flag during a protest in front of the Japan Interchange Association, the de facto Japanese embassy, in Taipei. Photo: Reuters

Taiwan urges Japan to reflect on second world war aggression

30 Jan 2015 - 2:57am 1 comment
Japanese Muslims pray at the Tokyo Mosque. Photo: AP

Japanese Muslims call Islamic State hostage takers 'an embarrassment'

30 Jan 2015 - 3:19am 1 comment

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Leader

Many residents can only afford beehive dwellings in high-rise buildings in densely populated areas. Photo: Bloomberg

Hong Kong needs more flats, but we must be sensible about how they are built

30 Jan 2015 - 7:53am 3 comments
In a damning report paving the way for long overdue reform, the State Administration of Sport hit out at the mania for medals. Photo: Reuters

There's more to sporting success than just medals

30 Jan 2015 - 7:49am

Today's Poll

  • Yes: 79%
  • No: 21%
29 Jan 2015
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Total number of votes recorded: 386

Insight

Hong Kong's Article 23 obligations are already in our legal armoury

Is there a way of complying with Article 23 without infringing on our freedoms? Cliff Buddle

When Hong Kong's leader Tung Chee-hwa announced the withdrawal of plans to introduce controversial new national security laws 12 years ago, he said the community needed some breathing space.

29 Jan 2015 - 8:39pm 1 comment

Focus

Japan held hostage by its world view

Japan held hostage by its world view KRISTINE KWOK

Word began spreading among a small circle of Japanese journalists late last month: freelance reporter Kenji Goto might have been kidnapped in the Middle East.

The sketchy information prompted Tsuyoshi Nojima to contact his friend from their years of covering conflicts a continent away from Japan. Goto never replied to the three emails he sent. Nojima knew this was an ominous sign.

30 Jan 2015 - 3:19am 1 comment

Harry's View

Hong Kong

(Left to right) Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam Chi-yuen attend a press conference to promote the government's controversial second round of public consultation on the method for selecting the Chief Executive of Hong Kong by universal suffrage. Photo: David Wong POLITICS

Move by Hong Kong government to entice pan-democrats over 2017 poll set for failure

A government attempt to entice pan-democrats to back the 2017 universal suffrage plan looks all but certain to fail after top officials set stringent limits to possible changes for the 2022 chief executive election.

30 Jan 2015 - 7:54am 1 comment

China

Chinese delegates attend a party plenum last year. Photo: AFP POLITICS

China's history of feudalism feeds corruption and undermines law, report says

An article penned by a deputy editor of Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily blames a "feudal tradition" for breeding corruption and undermining the implementation of "rule of law".

30 Jan 2015 - 3:50am 11 comments

Asia

The wife of a missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 passenger shows her husband's picture to reporters at a media conference room in Putrajaya, Malaysia. Photo: EPA MALAYSIA

Malaysia formally declares MH370 crash an accident, passengers presumed dead

Update

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was formally declared an accident, the Malaysian government announced on Thursday, paving the way for victims’ relatives to be compensated.

30 Jan 2015 - 1:54am 6 comments More on Malaysia Airlines flight 370

World

People walk past television screens displaying a news program, about an Islamic State video showing Japanese captive Kenji Goto, in Tokyo on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters JAPAN

Wife of Japanese Islamic State hostage urges his release as deadline expires

Update

The wife of a Japanese journalist thought to be held by Islamic State insurgents in Syria urged the Japanese and Jordanian governments to work for his release shortly before a deadline set by his captors expired.

30 Jan 2015 - 3:25am 1 comment
SECURITY

Europe pushes for new surveillance regime in wake of terror attacks

The European executive has called for the prompt passage of new legislation to collect and retain information on anyone flying into or out of the EU as part of a package of counter-terror policies following the jihadi attacks in Paris and alleged foiled terrorist murders in Belgium.

29 Jan 2015 - 11:00pm
UNITED STATES

US nuclear scientist jailed for espionage

30 Jan 2015

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China Insider

The endangered South China tiger cub, which is now feeding normally at a zoo in Jiangxi province after a breeder was found to have repeatedly hit the cub. Photo: Chinanews.com CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: endangered South China tiger cub nursed back to health after abuse at zoo

30 Jan 2015
The bullhead shark suddenly appeared among the colourful balloons as a PLA Navy gunner was about to pull trigger. Photo: PLA Navy MILITARY

Don’t shoot! Curious bullhead shark halts China military exercise

29 Jan 2015 6 comments
President Xi Jinping is targeting corruption in state enterprises. Photo: Reuters Anti-corruption

China launches massive suicide survey after party officials’ deaths during graft crackdown

29 Jan 2015 1 comment
More than 80,000 visitors went to Beijing's Palace Museum on 42 days last year. Photo: Xinhua CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Beijing’s Palace Museum to limit visitors to 80,000 a day over security fears

28 Jan 2015
Beijing Centre for Disease Prevention and Control says the outbreak has been brought under control. HEALTH

Measles outbreak hits Beijing office building, prompting emergency vaccinations

28 Jan 2015
Beijing police warned women in 2013 not to wear miniskirts, hot pants or skimpy clothing in the summer to avoid sexual harassment. Photo: Reuters CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Beijing advisers call for women-only carriages to fight sexual harassment

27 Jan 2015
The photo shows a policeman lifted a woman by the collar and threw her on the pavement as dozens of fellow officers watched. SOCIETY

Police in three Chinese provinces take heat after ‘brutality’ images surface online

28 Jan 2015
Chinese doctor, drunken patient plunge to death in elevator shaft in latest attack on medical staff HEALTH

Chinese doctor, drunken patient plunge to death in elevator shaft in latest attack on medical staff

27 Jan 2015
The diners are seen walking out of the seafood restaurant in this photo taken by Southern Metropolis Daily. MEDIA

Chinese police officials suspended after allegedly assaulting journalists at 'secretive' banquet

27 Jan 2015
Workmen tried twice - and failed both times - to fill a large hole that kept appearing in the street beside a building in Deshengmen Inner Street, Beijing early on Saturday. Photo: China News CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: residents' underground digging sparks Beijing night road collapse

27 Jan 2015
Hell bank notes, used as offerings to the dead, can sometimes resemble the real thing late at night. Photo: SCMP Pictures SOCIETY

Taxi passenger suffers heart attack after being given ‘hell bank note’ in change

26 Jan 2015 1 comment
Smoke billows from the chimney of a factory in Foshan, which recorded Guangdong province's worst air quality in last year's final quarter. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Foshan’s air quality worst in Guangdong during final quarter of last year

25 Jan 2015
A man bumped into his former girlfriend recently but but the reunion quickly turned sour when he demanded she return his SIM card, which she then swallowed. Photo: Bloomberg Around the nation

Around the nation: Woman swallows ex-boyfriend's SIM card during row

23 Jan 2015
A lesbian Chinese couple kiss for the cameras outside a marriage registry office after being turned away. Some lesbians are opting to marry gay 'beards' to ease social pressure and discrimination. Photo: EPA LGBT RIGHTS

Seeking a lesbian wife: pressured Chinese gays turn to online dating for ‘cooperative marriage’

23 Jan 2015 6 comments

Business

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping hold a briefing at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation 2014 summit in Beijing. Photo: EPA APEC

Apec to turn focus to income inequality, inclusive trade

New

Emerging market economies will be driving the global trade talk agenda in Apec through 2020 and the group must tackle a widening gap in incomes and try to restore the faith of people that trade will bolster prosperity in the region, Apec secretariat executive director Alan Bollard said in an inte

30 Jan 2015 - 1:27am
MACAU

Launch of Sands Parisian in Macau delayed to 2016 – Sheldon Adelson

New

Macau casino operator Sands China’s new resort The Parisian will not be launched until next year, gambling tycoon Sheldon Adelson said as the company announced its fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA slid 14.9 per cent from a year ago to of US$711.2 million.

29 Jan 2015 - 6:03pm More on Macau

Property

Aloysius Lee, the chief executive of South Beach Consortium, is on a road show in the region to promote South Beach hotel. Photo: Nora Tam HOSPITALITY

CDL launches campaign to woo Hong Kong and mainland China tourists

New

City Developments Ltd (CDL), a major developer in Singapore, is launching an aggressive push to market its joint-venture luxury hotel to lure travellers from Hong Kong.

28 Jan 2015 - 6:43pm 1 comment
C-SUITE

CDL's Aloysius Lee gears up for next challenge after steering S$3 billion project in Singapore

New

Five years ago, Aloysius Lee Tse-sang returned to Singapore from Hong Kong after serving as chief executive of South Beach Consortium, a joint venture formed by City Developments Ltd (CDL) and other parties to head a S$3 billion (HK$17.3 billion) hotel-office-residential-retail development projec

28 Jan 2015 - 6:46pm
STYLE

Style with David Roden, January 28, 2014

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More Property news

Architect and campaign organiser Corrin Chan. Photo: Nora Tam

Poll of favourite buildings drives campaign on Hong Kong heritage

Despite the dazzling skyline around Victoria Harbour and soaring towers everywhere, Hong Kong doesn't celebrate its architecture the way cities such as Barcelona, Chicago, Istanbul, London, Rome and Tel Aviv do.

30 Jan 2015 - 6:30am More on LIFE

Occupy Central changed the way Hongkongers think, says artist

28 Jan 2015

Swans frontman Michael Gira can't look back

29 Jan 2015
Travancore fish curry from Golden Peacock at The Venetian Macao.

Bombay Dreams and Golden Peacock earned Michelin nods while sticking to their roots

Indian restaurants in the Pearl River Delta are trying to convince customers there can be a refined and elegant side to a cuisine often sold as cheap and cheerful.

30 Jan 2015 - 6:34am

Boutique spirits come to Hong Kong, like craft beers before them

30 Jan 2015

Eat like the Tsangs once did at ex-Government House chef's restaurant

30 Jan 2015
Vlad Martynov, CEO of Yota Devices, with the YotaPhone 2. Russian President Vladimir Putin gave two of the devices to President Xi Jinping as a gift. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The phone with two faces: Russian YotaPhone2 takes on Samsung and Apple

Since South Korean and US brands dominate the market for high-end smartphones, Vlad Martynov, CEO of Moscow-based Yota Devices, has his work cut out for him.

30 Jan 2015 - 6:05am More on LIFE

Megabytes: supercomputer writes first cookbook

29 Jan 2015

Apple iOS 8 still plagued by bugs despite update

29 Jan 2015

Magazines

Sport

Balu Chainrai, former owner of English soccer club Portsmouth. Photo: Oliver Tsang COURTS

Ex-Portsmouth FC owner Balram Chainrai the target of HK$47m theft by assistant

Balram Chainrai's former personal assistant on Thursday admitted using his credit cards to run up bills of HK$47 million for beauty treatments and other expensive brand-name goods.

30 Jan 2015 - 2:23am

Magazines

Solo mission: Reese Witherspoon has garnered rave reviews for her turn in Wild.

Your guide to the best films and live acts from here to March

With the Oscars looming and a string of top live music acts descending on Hong Kong, the next two months promise a feast for the eyes and ears. Here’s our guide to the best movie openings and live shows.

29 Jan 2015 - 11:06am

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