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  • September 3, 2014
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Britain has ‘moral obligation’ to speak up on Hong Kong, says former governor Chris Patten


Former colonial governor compares system imposed by Beijing to pick the city's chief executive as 'more or less' what happens in Iran, as he urges London to put worries about damaging trade ties with China to one side and 'speak up'.

Wednesday, 3 September, 2014, 10:35am 19 comments More on Universal Suffrage

Taiwanese playboy Justin Lee handed 80-year prison term for rape

Taiwan’s High Court sentenced socialite Justin Lee, heir to one of the island’s richest men, to 79 years and seven months in prison for raping and illegally making sex tapes of 20 women.

3 Sep 2014 - 11:59am 7 comments

Hong Kong airlines to allow use of smartphones, tablets during take-off and landing

Passengers travelling with local airlines Cathay Pacific and Dragonair can now look forward to using their smartphones and tablet computers during take-offs and landings.

3 Sep 2014 - 10:05am 3 comments

Eleven dead, 27 missing in China rainstorms

Eleven people died and 27 others are missing after torrential rains battered southwest China’s Chongqing municipality, causing thousands of houses to collapse, state media said on late Tuesday.

3 Sep 2014 - 10:39am

Uygur-Han Chinese couples offered 10,000 yuan a year to marry in Xinjiang county

A county in the restive Xinjiang region has introduced a package of perks and cash rewards to encourage people from ethnic minorities to marry members of the Han majority.

3 Sep 2014 - 9:53am 7 comments

Month of commemorations of China's 1945 victory over Japan begins

Top leaders will attend a ceremony in Beijing today to commemorate the 69th anniversary of China's victory in the second Sino-Japanese war, which ended in 1945.

3 Sep 2014 - 12:14pm 5 comments

Chinese airline 'failed to stop smoking on flight'; passengers threaten to sue

A Chinese budget airline endangered lives when it failed to stop passengers from smoking on a flight, according to a group of disgruntled travellers who are now threatening to sue the carrier.

3 Sep 2014 - 10:41am 9 comments

China deploys new oil rig to drill in East China Sea

China has sent a new oil rig to explore the East China Sea, an area that includes waters disputed with Japan. Cosco Shipyard did not disclose the exact location of the Kaixuan-1.

3 Sep 2014 - 4:49am

Prison break by trio who killed guard triggers manhunt in Heilongjiang

Three prisoners, including a death row inmate, made a rare jailbreak, fleeing in police uniforms from the Yanshou county jail after killing a guard early yesterday.

3 Sep 2014 - 9:08am

China warns Britain that ties are at risk if UK parliamentary inquiry continues

The National People's Congress has written to British lawmakers telling them ties between the two nations are at risk unless they stay out of Hong Kong's affairs.

3 Sep 2014 - 11:43am 117 comments More on Universal Suffrage

Is this goodbye to Occupy Central? Co-founder Benny Tai admits, 'We failed'


Occupy Central co-founder Benny Tai Yiu-ting surprised Hongkongers by suggesting the civil-disobedience campaign had been a failure "up to this point" and that public support for its planned mass sit-in was waning.

3 Sep 2014 - 10:28am 106 comments More on Occupy Central

Canada, China quietly hold top-level meeting on strained ties

3 Sep 2014 - 11:32am

AmCham in China echoes EU gripes over opaque laws unfairly applied

3 Sep 2014 - 7:49am 4 comments

Philippines thwarts attack on Chinese embassy, arresting three plotters

3 Sep 2014 - 11:56am

Party chief of scandal-plagued China Red Cross steps down

3 Sep 2014 - 4:49am 1 comment

Meet Zhuang Zhuang: Not your typical immigrant success story

3 Sep 2014 - 8:59am

Campaign against Japan’s left-wing daily an effort to rewrite history

2 Sep 2014 - 10:52pm 5 comments

Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen won't return crown unless pageant organisers apologise

2 Sep 2014 - 3:53pm

US media interviews with Americans held in North Korea may signal opening

2 Sep 2014 - 10:55pm

Fukushima workers in clean-up of crippled plant sue for danger money

2 Sep 2014 - 10:57pm 1 comment

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After easy re-election, Macau leader now faces many challenges

3 Sep 2014 - 8:56am

Good governance key to maintaining democracy in Pakistan

3 Sep 2014 - 9:05am 1 comment

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Framework for political reform is best we could expect at this point in time


The National People's Congress Standing Committee decision on political reform completed step two of the five-step process required to amend the method for the selection of Hong Kong's chief executive. It is a significant step forward in the city's democratic development.

3 Sep 2014 - 4:57am


Hong Kong


Trains delayed in morning rush hour as MTR finds crack in tracks


Train services on the MTR Kwun Tong line were delayed during the morning rush hour on Wednesday after a crack was detected on the tracks in Kowloon.

Commuters were delayed by up to 20 minutes after trains were slowed between Tiu Keng Leng and Yau Ma Tei.

3 Sep 2014 - 11:31am

China Insider


Chinese airline 'failed to stop smoking on flight'; passengers threaten to sue

3 Sep 2014 9 comments

Beijing cracks down on its 'naked officials'

29 Aug 2014

'Americans love their guns': Chinese microbloggers mock US firearms culture

29 Aug 2014 36 comments

'Closest thing China has to a presidential debate': face-off between two geeks over a mobile phone

29 Aug 2014 5 comments

Despite the iPhone's popularity, Android remains king in China

28 Aug 2014 2 comments

US spy plane may have triggered Chinese jet interception by dropping sonar buoy: state media

28 Aug 2014 46 comments

Chinese kung fu masters battle over inheritance of Yip Man's Wing Chun legacy

28 Aug 2014

An end to men selling sanitary pads? China’s celebrities may soon have to try products they endorse

27 Aug 2014 3 comments

New political news website scolded by party propaganda officials for 'incorrect practices'

26 Aug 2014

China police say 'giant marijuana plantation' spotted by satellite may be legal hemp farm

26 Aug 2014

Will the Chinese Communist Party become social media’s ‘most followed’?

26 Aug 2014 2 comments

Xiaomi announces partnership with Ouya to distribute video games in China

22 Aug 2014

Hawker Nian Bin in hiding after Chinese court overturns death sentence

25 Aug 2014 1 comment

Strike by container truck drivers brings Ningbo road to a standstill

21 Aug 2014



China services PMI edges up to 54.4


Activity in China’s services sector recovered slightly in August, a government survey showed on Wednesday, suggesting the sector remains relatively resilient compared to the manufacturing sector.

3 Sep 2014 - 11:24am

China Mobile shares hit HK$100 on iPhone hopes


Shares in China Mobile hit HK$100 for the first time in six years during early trading on Wednesday.

Demand for the stock was heavy ahead of Apple’s launch of the latest version of its iPhone, expected later this month, driving positive sentiment about use of 4G services in China.

3 Sep 2014 - 12:00pm More on China Mobile

Cheung Chau stars in documentary festival

For his first film Insects (2013), fledgling director Chui Chi-yin closely examined the lives of bugs on Cheung Chau. "I'm a city boy, so it was interesting observing insects," he says.

2 Sep 2014 - 2:21pm More on LIFE

Review: The Legend of the Condor Heroes

2 Sep 2014

Review: Tong King-sum

2 Sep 2014

More restaurants offer alfresco dining

Alfresco dining is gaining popularity among busy Hongkongers who want to unwind, writes Vicki Williams.

2 Sep 2014 - 10:41pm

Michelin-starred chef Akrame Benallal treats his cuisine like fashion

2 Sep 2014

Just what exactly is Yunnan cuisine?

28 Aug 2014

Weibo: Smartisan hammered, Qihoo hints of shakeup

It's rare that one issue dominates the blogosphere among the many tech executives who like to tweet about their companies on their microblog accounts. But the past week saw one such debate occur around a spat between 2 old friends in the smartphone space.

1 Sep 2014 - 2:44pm

World Wide Web dream are being lost in a maze of apps

31 Aug 2014 1 comment

Monster plants and our father's fears in new DNA research on epigenetics

31 Aug 2014



US Open

Peng Shuai storms into semi-finals of US Open

Peng Shuai got so frustrated with her inability to make a serious run at a major title that she nearly quit the sport in 2006, a thought that crossed her mind only once before when she had surgery to repair a heart defect at the age of 12.

3 Sep 2014 - 11:51am

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