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Premier Li Keqiang offers reassurance for world's biggest internet firms

Premier Li Keqiang sought yesterday to reassure some of the world's biggest internet companies that the mainland would embrace market competition and a level playing field to foster its internet sector.

Friday, 21 November, 2014, 3:53am 2 comments

Half of Occupy Central protesters ready to pack it in if asked by organisers

Half of Occupy protesters said they would retreat if asked to do so by campaign leaders, according to a poll of more than 2,100 people taking part in the sit-in.

21 Nov 2014 - 2:14am 49 comments More on Occupy Central

Number of elderly dying in Hong Kong while awaiting care home places soars

The number of elderly people who die while waiting for places in care homes has shot up in the past four years, the Audit Commission has revealed in a damning report.

21 Nov 2014 - 8:27am 24 comments

China signs its biggest overseas contract with US$12b Nigeria railway deal

China has secured its biggest overseas engineering contract with a deal worth almost US$12 billion to build a railway in Nigeria.

21 Nov 2014 - 8:46am 4 comments

China reveals size of strategic oil reserve for first time

The National Bureau of Statistics revealed the official estimate of its strategic petroleum reserves for the first time yesterday, taking steps to improve transparency in its energy development after calls from the global community.

21 Nov 2014 - 8:33am 2 comments

Pearls of wisdom from Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell was in Hong Kong at an interesting time. Here to address a crowd at the Barclays Asia Forum, he had been fascinated by the view from his hotel room of umbrella movement tents.

21 Nov 2014 - 10:33am

Alibaba dollar bond draws US$55b in orders, pricing tight

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Alibaba wowed the markets Thursday with its ground-breaking US$8 billion debut dollar bond, pricing it at levels in line with and even tighter than some of the world’s best-known companies.

21 Nov 2014 - 9:23am

Rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang faces more charges as police hand case to prosecutors

Beijing police had handed over the case of human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang to prosecutors after pressing a total of four charges against him, his lawyer said yesterday, confirming fears that he may face a lengthy jail sentence.

21 Nov 2014 - 9:34am 1 comment

Ex-army leader Xu Caihou had 'a tonne of cash' in basement

One of the country's most senior former military officers hoarded more than a tonne of cash and also precious jade in his basement, a magazine reported yesterday, the latest details to emerge from the high-profile case amid Beijing's war on graft.

21 Nov 2014 - 3:08am 5 comments More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Veteran Chinese dissident journalist Gao Yu goes on trial in Beijing

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Gao Yu, one of the mainland’s most respected and outspoken journalists, goes on trial in the Beijing No 3 Intermediate People’s Court this morning accused of revealing state secrets.

21 Nov 2014 - 11:59am 1 comment

Chris Patten urges US to act firmly with Beijing over 'bad behaviour' on Hong Kong

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Countries such as the United States should develop a relationship with China “based on principle and national interests” because mere emphasis on economic relationship might encourage China to “behave badly”, former Hong Kong governor Chris Patten told a US commission 

21 Nov 2014 - 8:47am 56 comments More on Occupy Central

China creates new megacity label for biggest urban centres

21 Nov 2014 - 4:46am 1 comment

Open spaces in private developments criticised for 'poor access and being badly maintained'

21 Nov 2014 - 8:37am

Police in Japan arrest Chinese nationals in cybercrime crackdown

21 Nov 2014 - 4:14am

Chinese guest worker says he's a slave in Japan under exploitive scheme

21 Nov 2014 - 3:50am

South Korean head of Sewol operator jailed for 10 years for manslaughter

21 Nov 2014 - 4:15am

CIA chief John Brennan considers sweeping reorganisation

21 Nov 2014 - 8:59am 2 comments

Almost 1,000 killed in Ukraine since September truce, says UN

21 Nov 2014 - 4:38am

Nicola Sturgeon takes over from Alex Salmond as Scottish First Minister

21 Nov 2014 - 4:56am

Obituary: Duchess of Alba, Spain

21 Nov 2014 - 4:15am

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Leader

China's global outlook on foreign affairs pays dividends

21 Nov 2014 - 9:14am 3 comments

Protest stunts at graduation ceremonies tarnish solemn events

21 Nov 2014 - 9:18am 7 comments

Today's Poll

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Insight

Cool heads and warm hearts needed for regional peace and prosperity

LEX ZHAO

It seems ironic that while President Xi Jinping proposed an "Asia-Pacific dream" at the Apec summit, he also showed an unwilling and defiant face when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was going to shake his hand.

21 Nov 2014 - 5:08am 14 comments

Focus

Global economy at risk from Asian slowdown and European stagnation

THE WASHINGTON POST

A sharp slowdown in Asia and stagnation in Europe are putting the global economy at risk of a prolonged slump, marked by some of the worst economic conditions in decades.

19 Nov 2014 - 6:26pm

Harry's View

Asia

JAPAN

Police in Japan arrest Chinese nationals in cybercrime crackdown

Japanese police have carried out a series of coordinated raids across the country, arresting at least two Chinese nationals on suspicion of illegally providing internet proxy services to cybercriminals based in China.

21 Nov 2014 - 4:14am

World

ESPIONAGE

CIA chief John Brennan considers sweeping reorganisation

CIA director John Brennan is considering sweeping changes that could include breaking up the separate spying and analysis divisions that have been in place for decades, to create hybrid units focused on individual regions and threats to US security

21 Nov 2014 - 8:59am 2 comments

China Insider

CHINA DIGEST

Poor couple on trial for selling children; Teen leaps to death after cheating accusation

21 Nov 2014
POLITICS

Pro-Beijing scholar wants to set up platform to counter West's 'bad-mouthing' of China

21 Nov 2014 7 comments
CELEBRITIES

Taiwan actor Ko Chen-tung cut from blockbuster after drug arrest with Jaycee Chan

20 Nov 2014 2 comments
CHINA DIGEST

Newlywed found dead in fishpond; Selfie poser stops trains in tracks

20 Nov 2014
Anti-corruption

Communist Party should try imperial China's impeachment system to fight graft, says novelist

19 Nov 2014 1 comment
DRUGS

100,000 users ‘investigated’, 12 tonnes narcotics seized in China's war on drugs

19 Nov 2014 1 comment
CHINA DIGEST

Egg-size kidney stones; 'Miracle' baby born; Panda recovering after attack in reserve

19 Nov 2014
COMMUNIST PARTY

Keep calling each other ‘comrade’, Chinese Communist Party tells members after rule review

18 Nov 2014 5 comments
INTERNET

China blocks thousands more websites as ‘Great Firewall’ targets cloud services

18 Nov 2014 7 comments

Accused social media scandal monger Yang Xiuyu jailed for four years by Beijing court

18 Nov 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Mystery over Guangzhou University student's death; BMW owner flies into rage over 5 yuan parking charge

18 Nov 2014
Visa relaxation

US relaxation of visa scheme triggers fears over ‘brain drain’ from China

18 Nov 2014
CYCLING

Photos of ‘brave’ Beijing expat standing up to car in bike lane go viral

18 Nov 2014 18 comments
CRIME

Chinese police destroy 400 tonnes of crystal meth precursors

17 Nov 2014 3 comments

Business

Alibaba

Alibaba dollar bond draws US$55b in orders, pricing tight

New

Alibaba wowed the markets Thursday with its ground-breaking US$8 billion debut dollar bond, pricing it at levels in line with and even tighter than some of the world’s best-known companies.

21 Nov 2014 - 9:23am
REGULATION

Market forces to determine IPO values in new mainland reform

The mainland's securities regulator is set to unveil a framework for initial public offering reform soon that would allow market forces, rather than its review committee, decide the worth of the new shares.

21 Nov 2014 - 9:25am

Property

RENTS

Weaker luxury sales to force down shop rents in prime districts

Owners of street-level shops in prime shopping districts will feel the pain of slower luxury sales next year, with rents expected to decrease by up to double-digit percentages, according to international ratings agencies and property experts.

21 Nov 2014 - 5:23am 2 comments

Pearls of wisdom from Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell was in Hong Kong at an interesting time. Here to address a crowd at the Barclays Asia Forum, he had been fascinated by the view from his hotel room of umbrella movement tents.

21 Nov 2014 - 10:33am

Li Xiaodong's prize-winning library brings tourism to Jiaojiehe village

20 Nov 2014

Horrible Bosses 2's Jason Bateman keeps a low profile

19 Nov 2014

English wines' time to shine

Back in the early 1970s when Australian wines were regarded by many English wine lovers as too vulgar an idea to contemplate, the comedy team Monty Python produced a sketch in which Eric Idle portrayed an Australian wine expert.

21 Nov 2014 - 10:39am

Spirits more prominent at trade fair

21 Nov 2014

Top of the pots: where to get your fill of Hong Kong's best claypot rice

20 Nov 2014

US technology breakthrough brings Spider-Man a step closer to reality

Aspiring superheroes may soon be able to climb like Spider-Man. Scientists working with the US military have developed a material that enables a human to scale a vertical glass wall.

21 Nov 2014 - 4:16am

Wi-fi Direct has no need for the internet

20 Nov 2014

WhatsApp and Open Whispers team up to encrypt messages

20 Nov 2014

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Sport

BOXING

Manny Pacquiao set for his biggest ever payday in Macau bout

Eight-time world weight division champion Manny Pacquiao is on course to earn his biggest payday against unbeaten American Chris Algieri, according to promoter Bob Arum.

21 Nov 2014 - 10:03am More on Manny Pacquiao

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