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Ling Jihua, former aide to China's ex-president Hu Jintao, placed under graft probe

Ling Jihua is under investigation by party graft-busters. Photo: Reuters

Ling Jihua, the one-time top aide to former president Hu Jintao , is being investigated by the nation's anti-graft watchdog.

Tuesday, 23 December, 2014, 7:23am 7 comments More on Ling Jihua

Big names make pleas for leniency as Hui and Thomas Kwok face sentencing for graft

(From left) Thomas Chan and Thomas Kwok, formerly of Sun Hung Kai Properties, and ex-chief secretary Rafael Hui are taken to the High Court yesterday. Photo: Felix Wong

In a last-ditch effort to save Rafael Hui from a harsh sentence, former chief executive Donald Tsang extolled the 'humongous contributions' of his one-time chief secretary.

23 Dec 2014 - 8:26am More on Rafael Hui Si-yan

The challenge of helping Chinese farmers prosper on collectively owned land

The central government aims to give farmers more rights over their properties through the rural land reform policy. Photo: AFP

China is set to implement comprehensive reforms to its rural land use system to boost growth following an annual national conference that wraps up today in Beijing.

23 Dec 2014 - 11:20am

China's anti-graft officials could monitor assets of officials using new centralised real estate database

All owners must register their real estate assets - houses, land, forests and the like - under new rules next year. Photo: Imaginechina

The central government yesterday issued new rules that stipulate full disclosure of real estate ownership, in a move to regulate opaque property investments and fight corruption.

23 Dec 2014 - 7:05am 1 comment

Two more senior Chinese officials from the ‘Shanxi Gang’ expelled after graft probe

Shen Weichen (left) and Jin Daoming allegedly received large amounts of bribes and committed adultery. Photos: SCMP

Two former Shanxi officials were expelled from the Communist Party, months after they were placed under internal investigation for graft, the mainland's top graft-buster said.

23 Dec 2014 - 5:05am More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Foreign NGOs, state security focus of draft Chinese laws

Foreign NGOs, state security focus of draft Chinese laws

The newly expanded State Security Law - branded as "comprehensive" and "fundamental" in ensuring the nation's safety in this new era - was submitted to the national legislature for vetting, Xinhua reported.

23 Dec 2014 - 10:38am

Chinese Dallas Buyers Club: Cancer sufferers rally round patient on trial for selling cheap drug

Cancer patient Lu Yong is facing trial after helping more than 1,000 fellow sufferers to buy a generic cancer drug not registered for use in China. Photo: Jinhau.com

More than 300 Chinese cancer patients have signed an online petition supporting a fellow sufferer who is being prosecuted for helping more than 1,000 buy a cheaper generic cancer drug.

23 Dec 2014 - 11:21am 1 comment

Chinese surgeons punished for taking group snaps beside patient during operation

Say cheese: one of the photos of Chinese doctors and nurses taken during an operation at a Xian hospital, which sparked public anger. Photo: www.qianzhan.com

Several surgeons at a Chinese hospital have been punished by health officials after taking group photos in an operating theatre - while a patient was still undergoing surgery.

22 Dec 2014 - 3:33pm 13 comments

Chinese officials vow state support for HIV boy, 8, who faced banishment from village

Kunkun – whose parents are said to be both HIV-carriers – was diagnosed as being HIV-positive by doctors in 2011, when he went to hospital for treatment to an eye injury. Photo: Screenshot

Grandparents of Kunkun – whose case attracted global headlines after residents in Sichuan province petitioned for him to be banished – hope a guardian can be found despite officials offering help.

22 Dec 2014 - 4:07pm 2 comments

Luxury French villa of jailed Chinese politician Bo Xilai 'up for sale at HK$66 million'

Bo Xilai’s luxurious villa in the south of France – which a mainland court has promised to confiscate – has been put up for sale for €6.95 million (about HK$66 million). Photo: Fine & Country

For sale: French villa with views of the Mediterranean, five bedrooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and featured in the high-profile trial of jailed former Politburo member Bo Xilai.

23 Dec 2014 - 3:11am 5 comments More on Bo Xilai

LIVE: Thomas Kwok jailed for five years, Thomas Chan gets six years

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Property tycoon Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong was today locked up for five years and fined HK$500,000 for his part in Hong Kong's biggest ever graft trial.

23 Dec 2014 - 11:26am 3 comments

Jackie Chan's son Jaycee facing jail after being charged with drug crime

Jaycee Chan Jo-ming, the son of kung fu action superstar Jackie Chan, faces up to three years in jail after prosecutors in Beijing charged him with sheltering others to use drugs.

23 Dec 2014 - 8:29am 12 comments
Hu Deping (above) is unable to take over Du Daozheng's role for now.

Liberal magazine Yanhuang Chunqiu's successor plan stalled amid red tape and intense political pressure

23 Dec 2014 - 10:43am
Mike Myers appearing as Dr Evil.

Comedians tread carefully when joking about Sony's The Interview and N Korea

23 Dec 2014 - 6:08am 1 comment
Pope Francis' speech yesterday was stonily received. Photo: EPA

Pope Francis hits out at Vatican's 'spiritual Alzheimer's' in controversial speech

23 Dec 2014 - 6:08am 1 comment
Pakistan plans to execute about 500 militants in wake of Taliban school massacre

Pakistan plans to execute about 500 militants in wake of Taliban school massacre

23 Dec 2014 - 10:32am 1 comment
Tsunami refugees receive supplies near Banda Aceh, Indonesia in January 2005. Photo: Reuters

10 years after the tsunami hit Indonesia, flaws persist in warning system

23 Dec 2014 - 11:30am
US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa. Photo: EPA

Suggestions Toyko might withhold funds for Okinawa over US military base irks locals

23 Dec 2014 - 5:37am 2 comments
Afrischa Setyani was sentenced to 7 years in prison. Photo: EPA

Five cleaners jailed in sex abuse case involving prestigious Indonesian school

23 Dec 2014 - 5:37am
An New York City police officer stands near a growing memorial near the spot where two New York Police Department officers were shot by an armed man. Photo: AP

US civil rights leaders fear backlash over police officers' deaths could derail protest movement

23 Dec 2014 - 11:07am 1 comment
Rescue workers tend victims after who were deliberately run over in Dijon, central France. Photo: AP

Disturbed driver who injured 13 pedestrians in France had ‘no jihadi links’

23 Dec 2014 - 1:20am 1 comment
Victory signs from Moncef Marzouki (left) proved premature amid indications he lost the Tunisian presidential run-off to 88-year-old Beji Caid Essebsi. Photos: AP

Anti-Islamist Essebsi wins won Tunisia's presidential race in landmark election

23 Dec 2014 - 6:08am

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A Christmas tree heralds the start of the festive season at home. Photo: Thinkstock

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China's FDI slowdown just a blip, as the landscape is reshaped

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Rafael Hui graft case shows need for vigilance

Rafael Hui graft case shows need for vigilance

23 Dec 2014 - 6:56am 3 comments
Pakistani people attend a memorial ceremony outside the army-run school in Peshawar. Photo: EPA

Pakistan unity is key to defeating murderous Taliban

23 Dec 2014 - 6:56am

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Insight

Guangdong looks inland for next growth spurt

The traditional 'front-end shop and back-end factory' cooperation model between Guangdong and Hong Kong is expected to reverse. Peter Wong

Guangdong today, like many of China's manufacturing centres, finds itself squeezed between its underperforming rural hinterland and an industrial heartland struggling to cope with rising wages at home and increased competition from abroad.

23 Dec 2014 - 8:11am

Focus

Rafael Hui graft scandal highlights need for more government accountability in its dealings

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen Enoch Yiu

The sensational corruption trial of former chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan may be wrapping up, but it leaves in its wake the troubling question of uncomfortably close ties between government and business.

23 Dec 2014 - 3:27am 3 comments

Harry's View

Lang Lang took liberties with Mozart. Photo: SCMP

Lang Lang plays Mozart, but not as we know it

Performing mimicry and tai chi while hitting all the right notes on the keyboard - that was showman Lang Lang at his best.

23 Dec 2014 - 8:59am

Diverse works reflect humanity's impact on the environment

22 Dec 2014

Spinal Tap find real life as a spoof

21 Dec 2014
Stop talking Turkey: Susan Jung's Christmas recipe for deep-fried Cornish hens

Stop talking Turkey: Susan Jung's Christmas recipe for deep-fried Cornish hens

For an extra special holiday meal, stop talking turkey and treat your guests to a beautiful bird of their own..

21 Dec 2014 - 9:24am

How to spice up Christmas dinner: top chefs offer their tips

23 Dec 2014 1 comment

Seiji Yamamoto: 'Hong Kong chicken is best in the world'

20 Dec 2014
TrailWatch app for Hong Kong hikers doubles as conservation tool

TrailWatch app for Hong Kong hikers doubles as conservation tool

In the autumn of 2012, a group of keen hikers got to thinking how they could use their smartphones not only to capture images of the stunning scenery but to report on environmental problems sighted along the trail.

23 Dec 2014 - 10:22am More on LIFE

Seven breakthroughs that will transform global health

21 Dec 2014

Sceptical of climate change or just sceptical of the solution?

21 Dec 2014 2 comments

Magazines

Sport

Cesc Fabregas celebrates his goal. Photo: EPA ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Chelsea top at Christmas after gritty win at Stoke

John Terry’s early header and Cesc Fabregas’s second-half strike restored Chelsea’s three-point Premier League lead heading into a busy Christmas programme after a 2-0 win at Stoke City.

23 Dec 2014 - 10:00am More on English Premier League 2014/15

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22 Dec 2014 - 10:14am

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