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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

China revises GDP figures, saying economy was 3.4pc bigger last year

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

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.

20 Dec 2014 - 10:21am 1 comment More on Chinese Economy

US unveils evidence North Korea was behind Sony hacking; Obama warns of retaliation

US President Barack Obama says the US would respond 'proportionately' to the hacking now blamed on North Korea. Photo: Bloomberg New

The United States has formally accused North Korea of being behind the dramatic hacking attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment, but offered few hints about how it would retaliate.

20 Dec 2014 - 12:16pm 1 comment

Mother arrested over stabbings of eight children as Australia 'shocked' by second tragedy

Police comfort a distressed woman at the scene where eight children were found dead. Photo: AFP Update

Neighbours say they heard fighting inside the house on the morning of the killings but police deny it was a "problem home", according to local media reports.

20 Dec 2014 - 11:53am

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

Chinese military conducts full test of long-range missile 'which can hit any part of US'

PLA launches a Dongfeng-31 missile in field training.

The missile has an estimated range of 12,000km and can carry up to 10 warheads, which separate from the rocket body and target individual cities.

20 Dec 2014 - 12:00pm 2 comments

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 28 comments

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

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

President Xi Jinping has made curbing rampant graft and wasteful spending one of the government's priorities. Photo: Reuters

More than 3,000 officials have been stopped from studying for MBAs and other expensive courses as part of the authorities' crackdown on corruption and wasteful government spending.

20 Dec 2014 - 5:21am 5 comments More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

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

 Pictures posted online of the old man buying his wife a diamond ring have attracted hundreds of comments from Chinese microbloggers. Photo: iFeng.com

Photographs posted online of an 80-year-old Chinese man buying a diamond ring for his wife have been hailed as “the most romantic thing” by hundreds of mainland microbloggers.

19 Dec 2014 - 3:37pm

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

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

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

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

20 Dec 2014 - 3:36am 25 comments
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

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

20 Dec 2014 - 5:27am
Pu Zhiqiang's (above) wife voices concern over the "inhuman torture" he faced in prison.

Chinese rights lawyer tortured in detention centre, wife claims

20 Dec 2014 - 7:25am 1 comment
Pilot Qi Quanjun stands trial yesterday in a court in Yichun, Heilongjiang. Photo: Xinhua

Pilot jailed over China air crash disaster

20 Dec 2014 - 5:25am
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
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
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
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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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 12 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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Insight

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 28 comments

Asia

Police comfort a distressed woman at the scene where eight children were found dead. Photo: AFP CRIME

Mother arrested over stabbings of eight children as Australia 'shocked' by second tragedy

Update

Neighbours say they heard fighting inside the house on the morning of the killings but police deny it was a "problem home", according to local media reports.

20 Dec 2014 - 11:53am

Business

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

China revises GDP figures, saying 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.

20 Dec 2014 - 10:21am 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

England captain Alastair Cook walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal during the seventh and final one-dayer against Sri Lanka in Colombo. Photos: AFP CRICKET

Alastair Cook 'axed as England's World Cup captain'

Alastair Cook is set to be dismissed as captain of England’s one-day team ahead of the World Cup after the opener’s miserable run of form, according to reports.

20 Dec 2014 - 10:58am

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