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  • April 24, 2014
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Beijing angered by Obama's stance on disputed Diaoyu Islands


US President Barack Obama has angered Beijing by saying the uninhabited Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, which are claimed by China and Japan, would be covered by the US-Japan security treaty.

Thursday, 24 April, 2014, 2:04pm 46 comments More on Diaoyu Islands

The next Canada? Rich mainland Chinese push New Zealand migration to 11-year high

An influx of deep-pocketed mainland Chinese has helped New Zealand reach its highest intake of immigrants in more than 10 years, official data shows.

24 Apr 2014 - 1:40pm 2 comments

China releases Japanese ship after US$28 million payment over 80-year-old contract claims


China on Thursday released a seized Japanese ship after owner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines paid 2.9 billion yen ($28 million) to the Chinese side in a contract dispute dating back to the 1930s, a Chinese court said on Thursday.

24 Apr 2014 - 10:52am 2 comments

Eight cool facts about the new 100-million-people Beijing megacity


A couple weeks ago, one of China’s top economic planners discussed plans to integrate Beijing, Tianjin and parts of Hebei into a new mega-city. This new Beijing mega-city would contain approximately 100 million people and is already being referred to as “Jing-Jin-Ji”. 

24 Apr 2014 - 3:35pm

Hong Kong man caught with cash taped to his body in US$580,000 Shenzhen smuggling attempt

A Hong Kong man was arrested with stacks of cash strapped to his body on Wednesday as he was suspected of attempting to smuggle over half a million US dollars across the border into Shenzhen.

24 Apr 2014 - 4:07pm

Beijing bans petitioners seeking redress from appealing directly to higher authorities

Desperate to avoid protests in the capital, the central government has banned citizens from bypassing local authorities to file petitions in Beijing.

24 Apr 2014 - 1:50pm

Body of boy who raised alarm on sinking South Korean ferry believed found

Tests underway to confirm identity of body parents believe is their son who first made a distress call from the sinking South Korean passenger ferry Sewol

24 Apr 2014 - 11:49am 1 comment More on South Korea ferry disaster

Hong Kong ‘milkshake murderer’ Nancy Kissel loses final bid to appeal

American housewife Nancy Kissel, dubbed the “milkshake murderer”, on Thursday lost her final bid to appeal against her conviction in Hong Kong for the 2003 murder of her banker husband.

24 Apr 2014 - 4:15pm

Anti-graft chief under pressure after Guangzhou Daily boss retracts confession

24 Apr 2014 - 2:27pm

Biggest sandstorm in 10 years hits northern Chinese city Dunhuang

24 Apr 2014 - 4:15pm

China’s former leader Jiang Zemin makes rare public appearance in Shanghai

24 Apr 2014 - 11:30am 2 comments

Beijing officials defend plans to source drinking water from polluted Bohai Gulf

24 Apr 2014 - 3:29am

‘I am extremely sorry’: Justin Bieber apologises after visit to Japan’s Yasukuni war shrine

24 Apr 2014 - 2:16pm 36 comments

UN Security Council members mull South Sudan sanctions as attacks continue

24 Apr 2014 - 12:14pm

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Barack Obama must find the right balance on tour of Asia

24 Apr 2014 - 4:00am 1 comment

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World is watching the outcome of Hong Kong's democracy fight


When Martin Lee and I decided to undertake our recent trip to the United States and Canada in response to invitations from the Asia Society and the Asia Pacific Foundation, we knew to expect a barrage of criticism from the central government authorities and pro-Beijing forces in Hong Kong.

24 Apr 2014 - 2:41pm 5 comments




Classes begin at South Korean school in mourning after ferry disaster

Students in the city hit hardest by the South Korean ferry disaster returned to classes on Thursday, their school campus a tragic landscape of yellow ribbons, chrysanthemums and photos of classmates and teachers who make up the vast majority of the more than 300 people feared dead.

24 Apr 2014 - 3:30pm More on South Korea ferry disaster

China Insider


Hong Kong man caught with cash taped to his body in US$580,000 Shenzhen smuggling attempt

24 Apr 2014

Senior banking regulator who helped restructure China's trust sector dies

24 Apr 2014 1 comment

Invaded by the PLA: New strategy game offers an alternate reality history of Hong Kong

22 Apr 2014 1 comment

Hongkongers clash with mainland parents after toddler urinates in Mong Kok street

23 Apr 2014 51 comments

Chinese company denies links to suspected North Korean drones that crashed in South

22 Apr 2014

Chinese director takes on Oliver Stone over his criticism of China’s film industry

22 Apr 2014 26 comments

India mulls cancelling delegation to China over Arunachal Pradesh dispute

21 Apr 2014

Chengguan officials seriously injured after assault by large crowd

20 Apr 2014 1 comment

64,000 chopsticks, one portrait of Jackie Chan

17 Apr 2014 6 comments

Lawmaker accused of rape by TV anchor sentenced to 11 years for corruption and fraud

17 Apr 2014
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Online censorship rolled back on 25th anniversary of death of reformist leader

16 Apr 2014 3 comments

Photos of ‘official’ involved in parking dispute go viral on Chinese social media

16 Apr 2014 3 comments

Suicide, drinking top causes of 'unnatural deaths' among Chinese officials, says report

11 Apr 2014 1 comment

Husband of iPhone electrocution victim searches for answers ten months later

11 Apr 2014 3 comments



Beijing names outsider Fu Yuning chairman of China Resources after sacking of Song Lin

Fu Yuning, a 15-year veteran of state-owned ports-to-financial services conglomerate China Merchants Group, has been appointed chairman of China Resources Holdings (CRH), five days after former head Song Lin was put under a corruption probe.

24 Apr 2014 - 1:29am More on China Resources (Holdings)

Qianhai eyes Asean investors to boost trade zone numbers

Qianhai, the new economic zone in Shenzhen that is seeking to turn itself into a mini-Manhattan on the Pearl River Delta by 2020, plans to ask for central government permission to lower entry barriers to attract enterprises from Southeast Asia to invest in the zone.

24 Apr 2014 - 2:27am



Langham Hospitality to spend US$1.5b on hotel buying spree

Langham Hospitality Group will earmark US$1.5 billion to acquire 10 hotels, largely in the United States and Europe, where asset prices remain attractive, as part of its expansion drive to build up a portfolio of 500 hotels in 10 years.

23 Apr 2014 - 6:27am

Q&A: Richard Sandoval

The Mexican-American chef of Elements steakhouse Toro is helping push the trend for pan-Latin American cuisine, writes Andrew Sun.

20 Apr 2014 - 12:50am

Brazil's drought has resulted in an increase in the price of coffee

18 Apr 2014

Restaurants jump through regulatory hoops to provide charcoal grills

18 Apr 2014

‘Wonder material’ graphene made in kitchen blender with detergent

Kids, do not try this at home: scientists have found that they can create high-quality sheets of super-strong graphene using a kitchen blender and ordinary dishwasher detergent.

24 Apr 2014 - 4:21am 1 comment

Fighting jet lag? Smartphone app takes mathematical approach to getting you back on your feet

21 Apr 2014

Warning: Heartbleed bug is back and it's in reverse

21 Apr 2014 1 comment


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    True grit: from Hollywood to the horrors of a Phnom Penh rubbish dump

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    Jason Wu shows us who's boss of the runway

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    A young Pakistani is being mourned not only by his family but also by the close-knit Kwai Chung community whose hopes he carried on his shoulders

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    Tech-savvy brands stay one step ahead of the e-tail trend

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Fifa president Sepp Blatter faces protests as he opens Hong Kong Football Association's new HQ

Protestors waving red cards at Fifa president Sepp Blatter overshadowed the opening of the new offices of the Hong Kong Football Association at Ho Man Tin this morning.

24 Apr 2014 - 2:59pm



My 48 hours in Bangkok

Linda Charoenlab walks us around her home city and picks out the places where the bright young things spend their time and money.

23 Apr 2014 - 11:35pm

Pilots reveal death-defying ordeal as engines failed on approach to Chek Lap Kok

When both of Flight CX780’s engines failed on approach to Chek Lap Kok, tragedy looked certain to its pilots, who hadn’t trained for such an emergency. However, outstanding airmanship led to a safe – if not smooth – landing for the 322 people on board. Now, for the first time, the unsung fliers talk publicly about their death-defying ordeal, Simon Parry reports.

21 Apr 2014 - 10:28am 12 comments

The final frontier: Ha Giang, Vietnam

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