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In silencing his critics, President Xi makes his Marx

Xi Jinping meets with senior officers of the Nanjing Military Area Command during an inspection tour in Jiangsu province. Photo: Xinhua

President Xi Jinping sought to silence critics at both ends of the political spectrum on Friday by using a Politburo study session to underscore his commitment to Marxism and socialism, analysts said.

Monday, 26 January, 2015, 11:43pm More on Xi Jinping

Chinese logging firms seek intervention over seized staff and equipment in Myanmar

Yunnan logging firms say staff and millions of yuan worth of equipment were seized in raids on what they claim were legal operations in Kachin State. Photos: SCMP Pictures

Dozens of Chinese logging operators have petitioned local authorities in Yunnan to intervene over the arrests of more than 150 logging workers in Myanmar’s Kachin State and the seizure of equipment worth hundreds of million yuan.

26 Jan 2015 - 8:02pm 4 comments

Killing of Japanese hostage gives Tokyo excuse to ‘join overseas military operations’

Islamic State militants had demanded US$200 million for the release of Haruna Yukawa, right, and Kenji Goto. Photo: AFP

The execution of a Japanese hostage by Islamic State militants in the Middle East will give Japan’s government an “excuse” to change its defence policy and allow its troops to take part in military operations overseas, according to an editorial in a state-run newspaper in China.

26 Jan 2015 - 6:15pm

Two dead in horror bus crash

The roof of the bus was nearly sliced off by the height-restriction bar. Photos: CCTV news

Two people died and more than a dozen were hurt when a bus carrying more than fifty passengers from Henan province to Tianjin in crashed into a motorway height-limit bar on Monday.

26 Jan 2015 - 7:37pm 1 comment

Henan hospital staff mourn death of colleague after fatal attack

Henan hospital staff mourn death of colleague after fatal attack

Staff at a local hospital in central China took to the streets on Sunday to mourn the death of their colleague, an orthopaedic surgeon who was killed during a row with a drunken patient at the weekend.

26 Jan 2015 - 7:37pm

Xiaomi’s new Mi Note ticks just about all the boxes in styling, performance and price

Lei Jun, founder and Chief Executive Officer of China's mobile company Xiaomi, speaks at the launch ceremony of the Mi Note in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

Xiaomi released its latest flagship smartphone Mi Note this month to global fanfare, but it also attracted criticism over its similarities to Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, leading some critics to question the Chinese company’s originality.

26 Jan 2015 - 9:38pm

Greek leftists Syriza ally with right-wing against bailout after huge election win

Alexis Tsipras signs is sworn in as Greek Prime Minister at the Presidential Palace in Athens. Photo: AFP Update

Tsipras was sworn in as prime minister on Monday, a day after his sweeping election victory, in a brief and sober ceremony at the office of President Karolos Papoulias.

26 Jan 2015 - 10:55pm

One third of sample goods bought from Chinese websites ‘fake’, study finds

Workers sort parcels for delivery at a distribution centre in Shanghai. Photo: Xinhua

A survey of products bought on e-commerce websites in China showed that seven of the nine big online trading platforms were selling fake or substandard goods, state television reported.

26 Jan 2015 - 8:40pm 10 comments

Diaoyu military-themed café in Beijing told to take down sign to avoid offending Japanese tenants

The owners said they spent more than 1 million yuan on the decorations. Photo: SCMP Pictures

26 Jan 2015 - 9:35pm 1 comment

'404 - plane not found': Malaysia Airlines targeted by hackers proclaiming IS support

Malaysia Airlines' website was hacked to display a 'plane not found' message

The website of struggling carrier Malaysia Airlines, still reeling from twin disasters last year, has been hacked by a group proclaiming support for the Islamic State group.

26 Jan 2015 - 1:24pm 1 comment More on Malaysia Airlines flight 370

Obsession with gold medals, trophies has led to corruption, admits China’s top sports body

The government body that administers sport in China has admitted that a win-at-all-costs mentality has led to corruption and it is changing its criteria for what constitutes sporting success.

26 Jan 2015 - 3:33pm

Tycoon Zeng Xianbo denies he tried to help Ling Jihua’s wife flee to Japan

Chinese businessman Zeng Xianbo, reportedly being held in connection to a widening corruption probe centred on the chief aide to former president Hu Jintao, dismissed the rumours at a recent public event, mainland media reported.

26 Jan 2015 - 12:14pm
The extremist group claimed the remaining Japanese hostage was pleading with Japanese premier Shinzo Abe's (above) government to do a prisoner exchange. Photo: EPA

New IS video demands prisoner swap for second Japanese hostage after businessman executed

26 Jan 2015 - 3:52pm 3 comments
MILF negotiator Mohagher Iqbal (left) at a ceremony with Philippine President Benigno Aquino. The MILF group signed a peace deal with the Philippine government last year. Photo: AP

30 police are killed in Philippines during raid to capture top terrorist

26 Jan 2015 - 6:35am 2 comments
Several couples took their wedding photographs next to the images before they were destroyed by the authorities. Photo: Metro Express

Shanghai authorities blasted for destroying street art on derelict housing estate

26 Jan 2015 - 1:51pm 1 comment
More than a quarter of mainlanders are on track to be aged over 65 by the middle of the century. Photo: Bloomberg

Ageing China braces for onslaught of dementia with 30m cases predicted by 2050

26 Jan 2015 - 10:44am 1 comment
US President Barack Obama (left) hugs Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after a joint press conference. Photo: AFP

Obama and Modi share a man-hug to show China and the world their bond is strong

26 Jan 2015 - 7:16pm 17 comments
The wreckage of the Chinese student's car seen on Miles Platting Road in Queensland, Australia, in this screengrab from 9News Australia.

Chinese student killed in high-speed crash 'while drag racing' in Australia

26 Jan 2015 - 8:58pm 1 comment
Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong bows to Shanghai people's congress delegates on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Shanghai out of fresh ideas for free-trade zone

26 Jan 2015 - 12:31am 3 comments
Prominent Toronto lawyer Tim Leahy has a long history of antagonism with Canada's immigration authorities and various judges. Photo: AFP

Lawyer to Chinese migrant millionaires hoping for life in Canada is disbarred

26 Jan 2015 - 1:26pm 3 comments
The Shanghai stampede on New Year's Eve left 36 people dead. Photo: AFP

Shanghai stampede officials 'held accountable' for accident that killed 36, says mayor

26 Jan 2015 - 9:02pm 2 comments
In the past two years, Shanghai has lowered its growth target from 8 per cent to 7.5 per cent. Photo: Reuters

Shanghai takes China lead as annual report ignores GDP growth target

26 Jan 2015 - 6:25pm

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Criminals and suspects are transported to a mass sentencing rally in Xinjiang. Photo: Reuters

World must work together to defeat Islamic State and other terrorists

26 Jan 2015 - 7:00am 2 comments
Convenor Chan Ching-sum (front) and members of I Care Action march to support legislation Article 23 on March 23, 2014. The issue remains a hot potato 12 years after it was shelved following a huge public outcry speaks volumes about just how sensitive this matter is. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong must find a way to settle the Article 23 debate on national security law

26 Jan 2015 - 8:32am 6 comments

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Macau's casino crackdown a worthy attempt to evolve under 'one country, two systems' framework

To heed Xi's call for clean government, there is still much work to do. Anthony Lawrance

Macau has taken a battering of late. Share prices of casino stocks listed in Hong Kong have halved in the past year as gaming revenues continue to plunge.

26 Jan 2015 - 7:53pm


Amid rising anti-Muslim sentiment, Germany must walk a fine line

Illustration: Lau Ka Kuen AP

Ali began noticing them in early autumn, the men on street corners of his heavily Muslim neighbourhood who hoped to "talk about Islam" with him.

26 Jan 2015 - 3:53am 1 comment

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Michael Wood.Photo: AFP POLITICS

British MPs' checks into Hong Kong 'legally aboveboard'

London parliamentarians are not in breach of international law by inquiring into Hong Kong's post-handover affairs, so long as they do not try to visit the former British colony if China does not welcome them, a leading British lawyer appointed by a local legal think tank says.

26 Jan 2015 - 11:46pm

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Henan hospital staff mourn death of colleague after fatal attack HEALTH

Henan hospital staff mourn death of colleague after fatal attack

26 Jan 2015
The diners are seen walking out of the seafood restaurant in this photo taken by Southern Metropolis Daily. MEDIA

Chinese police officials under probe after allegedly assaulting journalists at 'secretive' banquet

26 Jan 2015
Hell bank notes, used as offerings to the dead, can sometimes resemble the real thing late at night. Photo: SCMP Pictures SOCIETY

Taxi passenger suffers heart attack after being given ‘hell bank note’ in change

26 Jan 2015 1 comment
Smoke billows from the chimney of a factory in Foshan, which recorded Guangdong province's worst air quality in last year's final quarter. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Foshan’s air quality worst in Guangdong during final quarter of last year

25 Jan 2015
A man bumped into his former girlfriend recently but but the reunion quickly turned sour when he demanded she return his SIM card, which she then swallowed. Photo: Bloomberg Around the nation

Around the nation: Woman swallows ex-boyfriend's SIM card during row

23 Jan 2015
A lesbian Chinese couple kiss for the cameras outside a marriage registry office after being turned away. Some lesbians are opting to marry gay 'beards' to ease social pressure and discrimination. Photo: EPA LGBT RIGHTS

Seeking a lesbian wife: pressured Chinese gays turn to online dating for ‘cooperative marriage’

23 Jan 2015 6 comments
The Chinese man who surprised commuters by riding on the Beijing subway with a "watermelon head mask" appeared to be drunk. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: 'Melon head' man spotted on metro in China - and taken away by police

23 Jan 2015
A man high on drugs thought he was proposing to popular Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (pictured), but it turned out to be his colleague. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Hallucinating Chinese man proposes to 'Fan Bingbing' - or so he thinks

22 Jan 2015
Zoo keeper expelled after abuse of tiger cub is exposed in online video Animal Care

Zoo keeper expelled after abuse of tiger cub is exposed in online video

22 Jan 2015
Diners visiting a new restaurant in Shenyang, Liaoning, have a winter-only option of being serving in an igloo. The interior is heated enough to prevent diners from freezing, but not so warm to melt the surroundings. Photo: SCMP Pictures Around the nation

Around the nation: Shenyang restaurant offers winter dining in an igloo

21 Jan 2015
Disgraced former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun (right) showed off his calligraphy work in 2010. Anti-corruption

'Leave the arts to artists,' China's top graft-buster warns officials of corruption under disguise of art groups

20 Jan 2015 3 comments
Rescue workers climb a 30-metre transmission tower in Zhengzhou to rescue a chef upset over a colleague's criticism of his cooking. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Chef threatens to jump off tower after colleague says his cooking is too salty

19 Jan 2015
WeChat angers China officials for flying virtual American flags on Martin Luther King Day

WeChat angers China officials for flying virtual American flags on Martin Luther King Day

20 Jan 2015 8 comments
The Fuyan police department insisted the officers were pictured in their real training sites. Photo: Weibo SECURITY

Police unit in China's restive Xinjiang mocked for cinematic recruitment posters

16 Jan 2015 7 comments


Ho Tung Gardens on The Peak, without its landmark main building that was demolished two years ago, sold for a record HK$5.1 billion. Photo: Sam Tsang HOUSING

Sales on The Peak breathe life into Hong Kong luxury property market


Big-ticket sales on The Peak are seen as breathing life back into a luxury property sector that has languished in the doldrums even as prices in the mass market deepen their push into record territory.

23 Jan 2015 - 4:25pm 2 comments
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Jiang Wen's Gone with the Bullets shot down by Chinese film-goers

Of late, Jiang Wen's life seems to be imitating his art. It's a tragicomic turn for the acclaimed Chinese actor-director, not unlike the fate that befalls the protagonist in his new film, Gone with the Bullets.

26 Jan 2015 - 11:58am More on LIFE

Principals of Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra call on chiefs to quit

26 Jan 2015

Forerunners of YouTube - Art Institute of Chicago's video collection is unofficially collated online by a grad student

24 Jan 2015
Vicky Lau started out in advertising before learning her trade at Le Cordon Bleu in Bangkok and working at Michelin-starred Cépage in Hong Kong.

Vicky Lau, Asia's Best Female Chef 2015, not afraid to experiment

The owner of Michelin-starred Tate Dining Room & Bar, in Central, who has been named Best Female Chef 2015 by the organisers of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants, talks to Kylie Knott about Hong Kong's evolving food scene.

24 Jan 2015 - 10:28pm

Wine lovers, do your homework before an auction

24 Jan 2015

Chefs, get out of the kitchen! It's the way to earn respect

24 Jan 2015
Video game review: Funk of Titans  - musical adventure hits all the wrong notes

Video game review: Funk of Titans - musical adventure hits all the wrong notes

If you're basing an entire game around the world of funk, the least you could do is infuse it with some music. But that's the least of Funk of Titans' problems, because while it may look like a fun and frivolous download-only game for the Xbox One, it's such an incredible disappointment we wouldn't even bother with it on a smartphone.

26 Jan 2015 - 11:36am More on LIFE

3D face scanner delivers form-fitting eyewear accurate to within 0.1mm

26 Jan 2015

Genetically recoded organisms could be safe enough to use to clean up oil spills or break down toxic chemicals

25 Jan 2015



South Korea's Kwak Tae-hwi leaps high above Iraq's Younis Mahmoud to head the ball in their Asian Cup semi-final in Sydney. South Korea won 2-0. Photo: Reuters

Clinical South Korea reach Asian Cup final

South Korea stormed into the Asian Cup final with a clinical 2-0 victory over Iraq on Monday, avenging a painful defeat at the same stage eight years ago.

26 Jan 2015 - 10:49pm

Vintage Venus on a roll in booking last-eight berth at Australian Open

Seven-time grand slam champion Venus Williams rolled back the years to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals for the first time in five years on Monday, setting up an intriguing matchup with Madison Keys, the teenager touted as the future of American tennis.

26 Jan 2015 - 11:19pm More on Australian Open 2015
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ATP Challenger tennis event 'may inspire youngsters in Hong Kong'

26 Jan 2015

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