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Hong Kong election rules could be here to stay, says top mainland official Li Fei

Beijing's conservative framework for Hong Kong's universal suffrage in 2017 could apply to elections beyond that year even if it is vetoed by local lawmakers, Li Fei said in a warning that deepened pan-democrats' desperation.

Tuesday, 2 September, 2014, 4:34am 4 comments More on Universal Suffrage

Policy, protests dominate media coverage of 2017 election decision

The tough restrictions imposed by Beijing on the 2017 chief executive election garnered worldwide media attention, with many publications noting Beijing's high-handed approach and the pan-democrats' discontent.

2 Sep 2014 - 4:45am 1 comment More on Universal Suffrage

Pepper spray, angry chants and naked fury greet Li Fei's visit

Hecklers at a speech by Li Fei were hauled away by security guards yesterday, while police used pepper spray to stop protesters from entering the venue of a forum to discuss the 2017 electoral framework set by Beijing.

2 Sep 2014 - 3:22am More on Universal Suffrage

Students plan class boycott and rally to push for democracy

Students from at least 11 tertiary education institutions are planning to boycott classes for a week and rally outside the government headquarters later this month, student leaders said yesterday.

2 Sep 2014 - 3:36am 2 comments More on Universal Suffrage

Take it or leave it, NPC tells city as it endorses framework for 2017 poll

The nation's top legislature endorsed a tougher-than-expected framework for Hong Kong's first "one man, one vote" chief executive election in 2017 - sparking condemnation from pan-democrats.

1 Sep 2014 - 7:55pm 82 comments More on Universal Suffrage

Bitter divide over Beijing's blueprint for Hong Kong's electoral reform

Some observers see little room to make the nominating committee that will choose two or three candidates for chief executive in 2017 more democratic than the election committee it replaces.

1 Sep 2014 - 9:08am 2 comments More on Universal Suffrage

Three China universities vow to strengthen ideological control over students, teachers

Three prestigious mainland universities have vowed to strengthen ideological control over students and teachers, according to statements in the latest issue of Qiushi, the Communist Party journal.

1 Sep 2014 - 11:15pm 6 comments

'Disgruntled dad' stabs three pupils to death, injures five others and a teacher before taking own life

A knifeman stabbed three children to death and wounded five more plus a teacher before killing himself in a rampage at a primary school in Hubei province yesterday.

2 Sep 2014 - 4:23am 1 comment

China factory PMI slips for first time in 6 months

Growth in Chinese manufacturing activity slowed in August, an official survey showed yesterday, losing momentum for the first time in six months after having hit its highest level in more than two years.

2 Sep 2014 - 4:46am 1 comment

Zero-risk chief executive election model will increase political division in Hong Kong

By hammering out a zero-risk model for the 2017 chief executive election, Beijing ensured that the city's leader would be someone it deemed acceptable, which it sees as vital to national security.

2 Sep 2014 - 3:38am More on Universal Suffrage

‘This is a sad day for Hong Kong and democracy’: Scholar slams Beijing’s reform plan


One of the world’s most prominent democracy scholars decried Beijing’s new restrictions on Hong Kong’s upcoming elections, saying they would fail to meet international standards for universal suffrage and could invite a public boycott. 

2 Sep 2014 - 3:26am 39 comments More on Focus

LIVE: Beijing officials explain controversial NPC decision on 2017 reform

1 Sep 2014 - 7:45pm 33 comments

Police pepper spray Hong Kong activists at electoral reform talk as students plan rally

1 Sep 2014 - 7:52pm 27 comments

Hong Kong's 'era of disobedience' has begun, says Occupy leader as protesters join forces

1 Sep 2014 - 5:25pm 22 comments

Ex-civil servant found guilty of scalding maid with boiling water

2 Sep 2014 - 3:40am

Pregnant women wanting C-sections fill wards to beat school enrolment deadline

1 Sep 2014 - 3:27pm 2 comments

Ebola virus drug approved on mainland for emergency use only

1 Sep 2014 - 1:42pm

Macau's Fernando Chui re-elected chief executive in unopposed poll

1 Sep 2014 - 8:53am 12 comments

Next-generation Rainbow drone ready for PLA delivery

1 Sep 2014 - 5:14am 13 comments

Suspected 'snakeheads' face prosecution in Guangdong

1 Sep 2014 - 1:55pm

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Faced with Beijing's political reform decision, pragmatism must guide legislators

Simon Young

One cannot but be left feeling shocked, disappointed and cheated by the National People's Congress Standing Committee's decision on universal suffrage.

2 Sep 2014 - 4:19am 2 comments


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‘This is a sad day for Hong Kong and democracy’: Scholar slams Beijing’s reform plan


One of the world’s most prominent democracy scholars decried Beijing’s new restrictions on Hong Kong’s upcoming elections, saying they would fail to meet international standards for universal suffrage and could invite a public boycott. 

2 Sep 2014 - 3:26am 39 comments More on Focus



Reshuffle to clean up Shanxi politics: top official

A top Communist Party leader said yesterday that severe corruption and a "problematic" political scene had prompted a reshuffle in coal-rich Shanxi province.

2 Sep 2014 - 4:06am



CCB says pay cuts for executives in line with global standard

China Construction Bank executives acknowledged yesterday that senior executives at mainland state banks could face pay cuts in line with recent government reforms but pushed back against reports that general staff salaries would be slashed.

1 Sep 2014 - 11:45pm

Hedge funds cut gold bullish bets as bullion recovery stalls

After gold's rally in the first half of the year beat gains for commodities, equities and Treasuries, bullion is back to being out of favour with investors.

2 Sep 2014 - 4:45am


Home price declines ease in major cities but smaller cities suffer

The mainland's property downturn deepened last month in small cities while the suffering seemed to ease in bigger cities after they relaxed home-buying restrictions, according to two private surveys published yesterday.

1 Sep 2014 - 11:41pm

Action thriller's pumped up in third coming

The muscle factor is even more pumped up in The Expendables third edition, writes Kavita Daswani.

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First-time director makes a spirited debut with ghost film

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Indian film singer Yesudas to perform in Hong Kong

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Just what exactly is Yunnan cuisine?

Three years ago, on British television's University Challenge, contestants were asked to name a province in China beginning with "Y". They were unable to answer the question.

28 Aug 2014 - 4:49pm

Vintner plays classical music to his grapevines to improve wine quality

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Meat-free in Hong Kong: City's best vegetarian and raw-food restaurants revealed

1 Sep 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

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

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Manchester United swoop on Radamel Falcao as Europe splash the cash

Manchester United swooped from nowhere yesterday to make striker Radamel Falcao the surprise big signing on the last day of Europe's record-breaking summer transfer window.

2 Sep 2014 - 12:02am

'Big Bash' team Hobart Hurricanes to provide Hong Kong with litmus test

The Hong Kong men's and women's teams for the Asian Games will leave on a nine-day training trip to Sri Lanka on Thursday where they will encounter top-class opposition, including Australian "Big Bash" Twenty20 outfit Hobart Hurricanes.

1 Sep 2014 - 10:35pm

Christy Yiu quits nursing job to pursue Olympic dream in Rio

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Coming home: John Rocha plans to spend time in Hong Kong after retiring from fashion circuit

In the four decades since he left Hong Kong, John Rocha has seen his share of ups and downs. Having announced his retirement from the fashion circuit, the Dublin-based designer is going out on a high note, writes Francesca Fearon.

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