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Senior PLA military strategist ‘leaked state secrets, helped rebels in Myanmar’

Major General Huang Xing, the former head of the research guidance department at the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences, was detained on graft charges earlier this year. Photo: SCMP Pictures Exclusive

A senior Chinese military strategist has been investigated for allegedly leaking state secrets, helping armed rebels in Myanmar in their fight against government forces, plus fraud, according to three independent sources familiar with the case.

Friday, 6 March, 2015, 7:43pm 2 comments

China still assessing debt situation of local governments, says finance minister

Lou Jiwei, China's Finance Minister, answers questions during a press conference today at the National People's Congress. Photo: Xinhua

China’s finance ministry said today that it is still assessing the debt situation reported by the nation’s local governments and paying close attention to regions where debt levels are too high.

6 Mar 2015 - 4:53pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Five steps the government says will kick start China’s economy

Passengers on a subway Premier Premier Li Keqiang delivering his work report at the National People's Congress on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

Premier Li Keqiang’s annual work report won dutiful applause from more than 3,000 delegates at the National People’s Congress yesterday.

6 Mar 2015 - 8:02pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Inquiry into disgraced Ling Jihua ‘linked more to his own problems than son’s fatal Ferrari crash’

The corruption investigation into Ling Jihua, a former vice-chairman of the CPPCC and one-time top aide of former president Hu Jintao, is still going on. Photo: Reuters

China's corruption investigation into Ling Jihua linked more to his own problems rather than fallout from scandal of Ferrari car crash in which son died, says CPPCC spokesman Lu Xinhua

6 Mar 2015 - 7:44pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Could start-ups revitalise the Chinese economy? The government thinks so

Labourers work at a construction site in Shanghai. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang warned this week of the need for China to diversify its economy away from traditional industry. Photo: Reuters
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From Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to mainland internet industry tycoon Pony Ma Huateng or any college student in a coffee shop, start-ups are one of the most popular topics on people's lips in the worlds largest economy today.

6 Mar 2015 - 7:54pm More on THE NEXT BIG THING

Hanergy chairman tightlipped on shares swings - but vows to launch solar-powered cars

Hanergy has previously sponsored Aston Martin racing, but soon hopes to enter the automobile sector itself with its solar-powered vehicles. Photo: China.org.cn Update

Li Hejun, the mainland tycoon behind mysterious renewable energy firm Hanergy Holding Group whose Hong Kong listed unit’s shares sharp swings aroused regulatory attention, refused on Friday to comment on the firm’s shares and said his company plans to launch a few prototypes of solar-powered elec

6 Mar 2015 - 4:44pm

Xiaomi's Lei Jun looking beyond smartphones to take control of your entire home

Lei Jun, founder and chief executive officer of China's mobile company Xiaomi, at a news conference in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

For Lei Jun, founder and chief executive of Xiaomi, one of China’s most influential technology start-ups valued at around US$50 billion and often called the “Apple of China

6 Mar 2015 - 6:10pm More on THE NEXT BIG THING

Harrison Ford injured after crashing his vintage plane on LA golf course

Harrison Ford's battered plane sits after crash landing at Penmar Golf Course in Venice, Los Angeles. Photo: AP

“Star Wars” star Harrison Ford has been injured after crashing his vintage plane on a Los Angeles golf course shortly after taking off from a local airport.

6 Mar 2015 - 7:35pm 4 comments

Line launches mobile payment service to rival those of Alibaba, Apple and Tencent

A promotional image for Line Pay featuring the company's mascots Brown and Cony. Photo: Line Corp

Popular real-time messaging app Line, a direct competitor to Tencent’s WeChat and already popular with Hong Kong youth, is to expand its mobile payment system to global users, making it the latest Asian tech firm to enter that competitive market alongside Alibaba and Tencent. 

6 Mar 2015 - 6:14pm

See Kim Jong-il in HD: rare reels of North Korean leader in his youth released online

Kim Jong-il the director? A screengrab from the archive footage in high definition shows Kim inspecting new equipment in a broadcasting studio.

North Korean state television has apparently released a rare trove of footage showing Kim Jong-il as a much younger man – this time in high definition.

6 Mar 2015 - 2:29pm More on North Korea

Knifeman at large after attack at Guangzhou railway station leaves nine injured

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Police shot dead a knife attacker at Guangzhou railway station on Friday morning, arrested another suspect and a third is still at large, according to witnesses.

6 Mar 2015 - 7:44pm 3 comments

China to hold talks with Japan on security later this month ‘after thaw in relations’

China and Japan will meet to discuss security issues later this month, after relations between the two nations have thawed, Beijing’s envoy to Japan said.

6 Mar 2015 - 7:42pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015
President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang at the NPC and CPPCC joint session in Beijing yesterday. Photo: AFP

Chinese economy faces tough year ahead, Li Keqiang tells assembly

6 Mar 2015 - 7:50pm 1 comment
The photos were posted to Ada Ng's Weibo account. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Video of Cathay Pacific flight landing in Hong Kong filmed by passenger from cockpit

6 Mar 2015 - 8:59pm 32 comments
Pacquiao hits mobile punching bag Buboy Fernandez in training last month. Photo: AP

More mature Pacquiao ‘learned a big lesson’ from Marquez defeat, says assistant trainer

6 Mar 2015 - 5:36pm
Paul Phua and son Darren Phua are accused of running an illegal betting operation. Photo: AP

Son of accused gambling mogul Paul Phua set to plead guilty in high-profile US trial

6 Mar 2015 - 5:33pm
Journalists line up this morning outside the Great Hall of the People awaiting copies of Premier Li Kekiang's working report and the start of the annual National People's Congress meeting. Photo: Simon Song

Reporter’s notebook: early start vital if I want to be out in front and beat rivals to global headlines

5 Mar 2015 - 6:24pm
In terms of billionaires, Beijing, Shenzhen and Shanghai were the three mainland cities that made it into the world's top 20 cities for wealth. Photo: Reuters

China closing in on third place in country rich list

6 Mar 2015 - 11:51am 5 comments
Premier Li Keqiang warned officials against slackness in his annual work report. Photo: Bloomberg

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang warns 'slack' officials they'll be exposed

6 Mar 2015 - 10:05am
Li yesterday ended his speech by restating two pledges to the city - "the people of Hong Kong governing Hong Kong" and "a high degree of autonomy".

‘One country, two systems’ for Hong Kong must comply with China constitution, says Premier Li Keqiang

6 Mar 2015 - 11:22am 60 comments
US President Barack Obama smiles as a group of children wave flags and flowers during a welcome ceremony held by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: AP

Obama sought as guest for China's war parade, but China unsure about Abe

6 Mar 2015 - 2:52am 16 comments
Passengers walk away from Delta Flight 1086 on Thursday. Photo: The Washington Post

Airliner skids off tarmac in New York, as huge snowstorm causes travel chaos

6 Mar 2015 - 8:00pm

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Leader

Premier Li Keqiang lowered the inflation target from 3.5 per cent to 3 per cent and pledged the creation of 10 million new jobs. Photo: Xinhua

Slowing GDP growth in China opens the door for much-needed reforms

6 Mar 2015 - 7:54am 2 comments
A student makes a cup of coffee at a cafe that employs mentally handicapped people. Photo: Nora Tam

Social enterprises deserve support

6 Mar 2015 - 8:07am 1 comment

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Insight

The stigma of chronic illness in Hong Kong

Stigma can have a devastating impact on a patient's willingness to seek, as well as their ability to access, treatment. YORK CHOW

The last day of February is designated by the World Health Organisation as Rare Disease Day, aimed at raising public awareness on a wide range of rare diseases and the impact on the lives of those living with them. Meanwhile, here in Hong Kong, we observe March as Epilepsy Awareness Month.

6 Mar 2015 - 5:30pm

Focus

Hong Kong: fast, furious and headed for a crash, says cancer expert

Dr Janice Tsang laments one other aspect of Hong Kong - an unrelenting focus on efficiency, which leaves no room for those blind alleyways that may indeed prove to be a necessary diversion in research in order to find the right answers. Photo: May Tse ELIZABETH CHEUNG

In a special series on how to take the city into the future, we talk to cancer expert Dr Janice Tsang.

6 Mar 2015 - 6:53pm 3 comments

Harry's View

Asia

The beheading of Islamic State hostage Kenji Goto, seen here on a television screen in Tokyo, shocked Japan and may have shifted attitudes to military action overseas. Photo: Reuters JAPAN

Japan wants an MI6-style spy agency to keep watch on other countries

Japan is looking into creating an overseas intelligence agency modelled on Britain's MI6 spy service, ruling party lawmakers say, 70 years after Allied victors dismantled Japan's fearsome military intelligence apparatus following the second world war.

6 Mar 2015 - 9:54pm

China Insider

Shanghai police are cracking down on people who use electric skate scooters on its busy roads. Photo: Eastday.com CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Skate scooters banned on Shanghai roads after man killed in accident

6 Mar 2015
Indigenous villagers perform beneath the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang, Yunnan province. Photo: EPA CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Lijiang, Xishuangbanna among Chinese tourists' top cities to escape pollution

5 Mar 2015
The drunk driver's ploy failed to fool the alert traffic police officers. Photo: ifeng.com CRIME

‘Quick-thinking’ drunk Chinese driver poses as chef to evade arrest

5 Mar 2015 2 comments
Chinese supermarket customers in Lanzhou, Gansu, lug cartons of bottled water to the cashier after getting wind of rumours that the city's water supply had been contaminated again. Photo: 163.com SOCIETY

‘Smelly tap water’ sparks rush for bottled water in Chinese city plagued by contamination woes

5 Mar 2015
Liang Zhentao, 45, died in an accident involving a Hong Kong-registered boat at a Shenzhen beach on January 1. Photo: SCMP Pictures. ACCIDENT

Owner of Hong Kong-registered boat in Shenzhen tragedy is refused request for new autopsy of victim

4 Mar 2015
The super-frugal migrant worker from Hebei province keeps only a radio, a quilt and some clothes in his cave in Jinan. Photos: China News Service SOCIETY

Chinese worker lives in a cave so he can send rent money home to his family

5 Mar 2015 8 comments
PLA confirms graft investigations into 14 officials – the second wave of officers facing a corruption investigation this year. Photo: EPA Anti-corruption

Western ideology, market economy to blame for military corruption, says PLA official

3 Mar 2015 5 comments
The man was detained for feigning disability to beg in the Beijing subway. Photo: 163.com CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Chinese beggar's income buys him two flats in Beijing

2 Mar 2015
Warrior Monks of Shaolin Temple present martial arts on the sidelines of the Spring Festival celebration in Santiago, capital of Chile. Photo: Xinhua

Shaolin Temple under fire for plans to build luxury hotel, golf course in Australia

2 Mar 2015
The 10-year-old girl was slashed more than 20 times in the face, head and hands. Photo: Sina.cn CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Man slashes neighbour's daughter, 10, in fury over fung shui

1 Mar 2015
A student is seeking medical treatment for his eyes and wrist after chasing online red packets during the Lunar New Year holiday. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINADIGEST

Around the nation: Habitual mobile-phone using student seeks medical treatment for eye disorder and trembling hand

27 Feb 2015
Workers at Wuhan's Guiyuan Temple in Wuhan don helmets as worshippers showered coins on the God of Wealth. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINADIGEST

Around the nation: Temple staff don helmets as it rains pennies to the God of Wealth

26 Feb 2015
Worshippers at a Buddhist temple near Wenzhou were surprised when a pig turned up during a New Year ceremony and refused to move until a monk read it scriptures, according to witnesses. PHOTO: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Pig 'prays' at temple

25 Feb 2015
Chinese 'dough master' Liu Gang crafts historical Chinese characters from dough. Photo: e23.cn CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Lunar New Year has Chinese figurine-maker rolling in dough

23 Feb 2015

Business

Jim Thompson says frequent policy changes on the mainland is one reason for the slow expansion in the country. Photo: Paul Yeung SATURDAY FACE

Crown Worldwide boss cautious on expansion in China

New

Having spent 50 years in the relocation business, Jim Thompson, the founder and chairman of logistics firm Crown Worldwide Group, has witnessed the evolution of the international expatriate community - from one dominated by people from Europe and North America to a more globalised version.

6 Mar 2015 - 9:56pm
ACQUISITIONS

Fosun buys into Thomas Cook Group as conglomerate boosts overseas investments

New

Fosun International, which has been snapping up tourism assets as part of a buying spree abroad, has gained a foothold in the British holiday market with a 5 per cent stake in Thomas Cook Group.

6 Mar 2015 - 6:11pm

Property

Residential apartment and commercial buildings are seen in Beijing as relaxation measures are seen boosting the property market. Photo: Bloomberg CHINA

China’s property sales seen to rise on policy relaxation as developers destock

New

Mainland China’s property sales are expected to pick up this month after a weak February as policy relaxation warms up buyers’ sentiment and encourages developers to redouble destocking efforts, analysts said.

6 Mar 2015 - 5:42pm
Tailor Raymond Lun at his shop in Haven Street, Causeway Bay - one of the small entrepreneurs featured in a new book and exhibition. Photo: Leo Kwok

Celebrating the entrepreneurs - small businesses making a difference

Look beyond the world's tycoons and there are millions of small entrepreneurs building enterprises that create jobs and provide incomes to grease the global economy. That's the theme of a new book of photojournalism produced in Hong Kong by an independent think tank.  

6 Mar 2015 - 1:20pm

Susan Sarandon to be honoured at Hong Kong dinner

5 Mar 2015

20 must-see contemporary art exhibits in Art Basel month

5 Mar 2015
Honorary guest Nuntawan Sakuntanaga, the director general of Thailand's Department of International Trade Promotion, presented the Thai Select awards. Photos: Vanessa Assarasakorn.

9 Hong Kong and Macau restaurants win Thai seal of authenticity

The food scene in Hong Kong isn’t all about the hipster cafes, exotic eateries and burger wars that set tongues wagging. There are some constants too - restaurants serving popular cuisines that never fail to draw a crowd. Thai restaurants are among them.

6 Mar 2015 - 5:56pm

Recipe video: Susan Jung's Thai-style chicken wings - simple yet delicious

6 Mar 2015 1 comment

Table-side service adds element of theatre to Hong Kong dining

6 Mar 2015 1 comment
Lei Jun, founder and chief executive officer of China's mobile company Xiaomi, at a news conference in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

Xiaomi's Lei Jun looking beyond smartphones to take control of your entire home

For Lei Jun, founder and chief executive of Xiaomi, one of China’s most influential technology start-ups valued at around US$50 billion and often called the “Apple of China

6 Mar 2015 - 6:10pm More on THE NEXT BIG THING

Sick of cables? 2015 set to be 'the year of the wireless charger'

6 Mar 2015

3D mobile revolution ahead with Google plan to put sensors in phones and tablets

6 Mar 2015

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