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China's central bank surprises markets with lending rate cut to 5.6 per cent

The People's Bank of China yesterday lowered its benchmark lending rate by 40 basis points - its first change in rates since 2012 - in an unexpected concession to pressures from a slowing economy and increasingly high borrowing costs.

Saturday, 22 November, 2014, 5:21am 6 comments

Easing visa rules helps build trust between China and US, says Blackstone chief

Stephen Schwarzman, one of the most powerful dealmakers on Wall Street, says one thing that could help to improve Sino-US relations, in particular among the general public, is to make it easier for more people to travel to each country.

22 Nov 2014 - 3:22am More on Barack Obama

Obesity epidemic costs world as much as wars and terrorism, report says

The obesity epidemic is now so widespread it is hurting economies as much as war and terrorism, new research reveals.

22 Nov 2014 - 4:27am

Xi Jinping's green pledge will require an economic revolution

China, which does nothing in small doses, is planning an environmental makeover in keeping with the political, cultural and market revolutions it has pursued over the past six decades.

22 Nov 2014 - 4:27am More on Focus

US Congress report warns American interests at risk in China's military rise

Basic American interests are at stake in the Asia-Pacific as the regional military balance tilts in China's favour, a US Congress report has warned.

22 Nov 2014 - 3:11am 1 comment

Xi Jinping's Pacific tour to deepen China's regional clout

President Xi Jinping arrived in Fiji yesterday as he seeks to broaden China's economic and strategic clout in the South Pacific, building on trade ties that flourished after then-army chief Frank Bainimarama staged a coup almost eight years ago.

22 Nov 2014 - 4:32am

Party leaders to encourage private investment in farming, but executives have reservations

Senior Communist Party leaders have called for more commercial investment in farming to modernise production and ensure food security, but agribusiness bosses have reacted cautiously to the news.

22 Nov 2014 - 3:14am

China could cripple US in cyber offensive, NSA chief tells lawmakers

China and "one or two" other countries are capable of mounting cyber attacks that would shut down the electrical grid and other critical systems in parts of the United States, according to Admiral Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency.

22 Nov 2014 - 6:46am More on US National Security Agency

Beijing's reform framework for Hong Kong contradicts Basic Law: US report

Beijing's restrictive framework on Hong Kong's political reform conflicts with standards in the city's mini-constitution and runs counter to international commitments it made, a US Congress official body says.

22 Nov 2014 - 4:36am 1 comment

High smog alert likely as pollution goes off the charts in Beijing, Hebei

Only one thing will be clear in Beijing this weekend - and it won't be the skies. More smog is on the way after pollution exceeded the maximum reading on the Air Quality Index in parts of the capital and 10 Hebei cities on Thursday and yesterday.

22 Nov 2014 - 4:27am More on Beijing air pollution

Veteran Chinese dissident journalist Gao Yu goes on trial in Beijing

Gao Yu, one of the mainland’s most respected and outspoken journalists, has defended herself in court against allegations she revealed state secrets.

22 Nov 2014 - 3:20am 6 comments

Hong Kong journalists blacklisted by Philippines after questioning Aquino at Apec summit

22 Nov 2014 - 3:18am 16 comments

Japanese military hit by a fall in recruitment of more than 10 per cent

22 Nov 2014 - 6:39am 1 comment

Showdown looms as Barack Obama forces through immigration changes

22 Nov 2014 - 3:50am

Tapeworm in Chinese man’s brain four years removed by British scientists

22 Nov 2014 - 3:24am

Anti-Europe party UKIP wins its second seat in Rochester and Strood

22 Nov 2014 - 3:26am

Japanese navy takes command of its most complex major war games yet

22 Nov 2014 - 2:59am 1 comment

Shinzo Abe dissolves Japan’s parliament to make way for snap election

21 Nov 2014 - 10:30pm

Portugal set to continue to offer ‘golden visas’ to property investors

22 Nov 2014 - 3:49am

Mexicans turn on President Enrique Pena Nieto over students’ killing

22 Nov 2014 - 6:49am

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Leader

Reciprocal deal on visas a win-win for China and US

22 Nov 2014 - 5:15am

Legislation on sex crimes must be updated

22 Nov 2014 - 6:14am

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Insight

Where should universities draw the line on rights and freedoms?

Surya Deva

The ongoing umbrella movement has triggered a volcano of creative imagination in Hong Kong, with new ideas, governance paradigms and legal principles being tested almost every day.

22 Nov 2014 - 5:16am 15 comments

Focus

Xi Jinping's green pledge will require an economic revolution

Bloomberg

China, which does nothing in small doses, is planning an environmental makeover in keeping with the political, cultural and market revolutions it has pursued over the past six decades.

22 Nov 2014 - 4:27am

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Asia

Japanese military hit by a fall in recruitment of more than 10 per cent

The number of people applying to join the Japanese military has declined more than 10 per cent at a time when they are more likely to end up fighting a conflict after the government's revision of its pacifist constitution.

22 Nov 2014 - 6:39am 1 comment

China Insider

CHINA DIGEST

Woman student leader powers on to wing strength contest; Boyfriend survives girlfriend's murder plot

22 Nov 2014
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 2 comments
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

Property

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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 4 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

21 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 1 comment

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

Pacquiao will go for the kill, says Roach

Trainer Freddie Roach believes his protégé Manny Pacquiao will show less compassion and go for a knockout against unbeaten American Chris Algieri in this weekend's Clash in Cotai II - and silence critics who say he has lost his hammer blow.

21 Nov 2014 - 10:48pm More on Manny Pacquiao

'World's best' headlines International Jockeys' Championship in Hong Kong

Certain to be crowned the inaugural World's Best Jockey in Hong Kong next month, English rider Ryan Moore will cap a stellar season by headlining next month's Longines International Jockeys' Championship (IJC) at Happy Valley.

21 Nov 2014 - 11:38pm
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Japan's Okuhara puts pain of the past behind her

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