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Japan ‘cautious’ about joining China-led development bank as deadline to sign up looms

President Xi Jinping, centre, at the launch ceremony for the development bank in Beijing last year. Photo: Reuters

The Japanese government remained cautious about joining a planned Chinese-led Asian development bank on Tuesday, hours before the deadline China has set for accepting founding members.

Tuesday, 31 March, 2015, 4:48pm 1 comment

ADB sees potential for cooperation with China on ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative

Stephen Groff, vice-president of the ADB. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) sees potential for cooperating with China in its “One Belt, One Road” initiative to bolster regional infrastructure links, and welcomed new institutions that wanted to support development projects.

31 Mar 2015 - 7:03pm

Apple launches iPad and iPhone trade-in scheme across Greater China

A couple look at an Apple iPhone 6 at an Apple store in the China Central Mall in Beijing, China. Photo: Bloomberg

Apple customers in China will be able to trade-in their old iPhones and iPads in order to upgrade to the latest models, a spokeswoman told the South China Morning Post.

31 Mar 2015 - 7:58pm More on Apple

Solar-powered plane arrives in China ahead of toughest leg in round-the-world flight

Swiss pilots Andre Boschberg (left) and Bertrand Piccard receive a warm welcome in Chongqing. Photo: AP New

A trailblazing solar-powered plane, seeking to complete the world's first round-the-world journey using just the power of the sun, touched down in central China early today.

31 Mar 2015 - 7:33pm 1 comment

Xiaomi continues 'internet of things' push with new smart scale and power strip

Xiaomi's new smart scale pairs with its fitness and health smartphone tracking app. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China's largest smartphone manufacturer has expanded its drive into customers' homes with five new products, including a smart scale and a smart power strip.

31 Mar 2015 - 8:01pm More on Xiaomi

Singapore teen charged with 'wounding religious feelings' over video attacking Lee Kuan Yew

Still all smiles: the 16-year-old blogger leaves court today, where he faces charges over an expletive-laced video. Photo: AFP

A Singaporean teen blogger who posted an expletive-laden YouTube video soon after former leader Lee Kuan Yew’s death has been charged in court today with “wounding” religious feelings, harassment and circulating obscene content.

31 Mar 2015 - 5:22pm 30 comments More on Lee Kuan Yew

WhatsApp rolls out voice calls for Android, iOS coming soon

WhatsApp users on Android can now send voice messages as well as text. Photo: Bloomberg

Users of WhatsApp, the hugely popular mobile messaging service bought last year by Facebook for US$22 billion, will soon be able to make phone calls through the app.

31 Mar 2015 - 7:31pm

Chinese officials forced to take driving lessons after chauffer-driven cars taken off them

A fleet of government cars and drivers wait to take delegates to the National People's Congress in Beijing four years ago, before the curbs on wasteful spending were introduced. Photo: AFP

Curbs on wasteful spending lead to rise in learner drivers among cadres, but some make poor students as they are so domineering, according to state media report

31 Mar 2015 - 1:40pm

Global tech events expand to China amid fast rise of both local buyers and manufacturers

An attendee tries out a pair of headphones at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show will come to Shanghai for the first time this year. Photo: AFP New

Some of the tech industry's most influential events and forums are coming to the world's largest economy for the first time.

31 Mar 2015 - 8:07am More on The Next Big Thing

Why Cantonese keyboard is one of the most popular tools in Apple's Hong Kong app store

Many Hongkongers find it troublesome to type in Cantonese on smartphones. Photo: EPA

For the approximately 60 million Cantonese speakers around the world, typing in their native tongue can be a troublesome process, particularly on mobile devices.

31 Mar 2015 - 1:26pm 3 comments More on The Next Big Thing

Top tech leaders and innovators to converge on Shanghai for Consumer Electronics CEO Summit

Top technology leaders and thinkers will meet in China's largest city later this year for a major trade show and summit, showcasing the importance of the world's largest economy to the global tech industry.

31 Mar 2015 - 3:07pm

Hundreds more Chinese citizens evacuated by the navy from war-torn Yemen

China said on Tuesday that it had evacuated more than 500 of its citizens from Yemen amid the growing violence in the Middle Eastern country.

31 Mar 2015 - 8:16pm 1 comment
The unfinished residence of disgraced PLA general Gu Junshan pictured in Puyang, Henan province in January, 2014. Photo: Reuters

China orders military to keep barracks simple, guard against excess

31 Mar 2015 - 8:15pm
US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, left, meets Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday. Photo: AFP

China suspends bank technology restrictions opposed by US

31 Mar 2015 - 1:17pm
The Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Taipei. Taiwan's decision on the eve of Tuesday's deadline for submissions. Photo: EPA

Taiwan in last-minute bid to join AIIB as founding member

31 Mar 2015 - 6:36pm 9 comments
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'I made out with 40 girls': Meet the Kim Jong-un impersonator who scored big at the Sevens

31 Mar 2015 - 4:51pm
G20 leaders and partner groups wave during a group photo at the annual G20 summit in Brisbane last November. Photo: Reuters

Xi Jinping ‘among 31 world leaders’ to have personal details leaked in G20 security breach

31 Mar 2015 - 1:21am 2 comments
Pedestrians walk past cranes and residential buildings standing under construction in Beijing. Photo: Bloomberg

China eases property curbs as stimulus hopes spark bull run in equities

31 Mar 2015 - 7:34am 1 comment
US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (L) shakes hands with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang before their meeting in Beijing on Monday. Photo: Reuters

US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew presses China to open markets in Beijing talks

30 Mar 2015 - 5:28pm
ICBC undershot expectations to notch 5 per cent profit growth for last year after logging a more than 10 per cent gain in 2013. Photo: AFP

China's biggest banks learn to cope with sluggish growth

31 Mar 2015 - 4:57am
An undated photo posted on a microblog on Monday shows Beijing Zenith’s Guo Wengui (left) and Founder Group’s Li You on a private jet. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Chinese tycoon denies colluding with disgraced senior spy Ma Jian

31 Mar 2015 - 11:28am 3 comments
Li Keqiang (right) with US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. Photo: AFP

China lobbies US to include yuan in IMF's reserve assets

31 Mar 2015 - 7:46pm 8 comments

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Fugitive Repatriation and Asset Recovery Office of the Central Anti-graft Coordination Group meet to launch Operation Skynet. Photo: SCMP Pictures

It's in the West's interest to cooperate in efforts to send home corrupt Chinese officials

31 Mar 2015 - 12:44am 1 comment
Nancie Atwell, with former US president Bill Clinton and United Arab Emirates Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, at her award ceremony. Photo: AP

Hong Kong can learn from world's top teacher Nancie Atwell

31 Mar 2015 - 6:56pm 1 comment

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Hong Kong must move now on third runway or risk falling far behind

Without the third runway, the growth of the Hong Kong hub will be stifled. IVAN CHU

We are facing a stark reality as the current two-runway system at Hong Kong International Airport gets perilously close to reaching full capacity.

31 Mar 2015 - 5:50pm 2 comments


Germwanwings crash has brought renewed focus on mental health of pilots and difficulties facing airlines

A French rescue worker inspects the remains of the Germanwings Airbus A320 at the site of the crash. Photo: Reuters AGENCIES

Germanwings crash has raised disturbing questions about the difficulties airlines face to monitor the mental health of their employees.

31 Mar 2015 - 4:22am 3 comments

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Zulkipli Abdullah (left) is escorted to the high court in Sarawak. He was found guilty of stabbing two foreigners dead. Photo: Reuters CRIME

Malaysian fishmonger sentenced to death for killing two British students 'to test his strength'

A Malaysian court convicted and sentenced today a local fishmonger to death by hanging for the murder of two British medical students last year on Borneo Island.

31 Mar 2015 - 8:19pm


A bank teller counting yuan notes beside stacks of the currency in China. Photo: AFP YUAN

China’s CIPS payment system to boost yuan use, hand foreign banks a share


China’s launch of its international payment system (CIPS) this the year should end the monopoly that China’s yuan clearing banks enjoy, giving foreign banks a share of the mushrooming yuan clearing business.

31 Mar 2015 - 8:01pm

China's Wanda eyes fast domestic expansion but to slow overseas hotel investment


China’s Wanda opening 1-2 hotels a year abroad

31 Mar 2015 - 8:00pm


Vanke's residential property in Fuyang district, Hangzhou. Vanke sold 1.05 billion square metres of property last year. china property

Vanke profits up 4.2pc to 15.75 billion yuan

Profits at the mainland’s largest listed real estate firm, China Vanke, rose 4.2 per cent to 15.75 billion yuan (HK$19.61 billion) last year as the property market continued to slow.

31 Mar 2015 - 5:05pm
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Kaisa misses earnings report deadline

Kaisa, the troubled Shenzhen-based property firm, said in a regulatory filing that it would miss the deadline to file its 2014 annual results.

It said it would need more time to “ascertain the cash flow position of the company”. Trading of the company’s shares was suspended.

31 Mar 2015 - 5:07pm

Mainland China developer Evergrande in Hainan beauty hospital deal

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Apocalypse Kowloon: artist creates dystopian world based on a Hong Kong he's never seen

Apocalypse Kowloon: artist creates dystopian world based on a Hong Kong he's never seen

A French graphic artist has reimagined Hong Kong as a dystopian, post-apocalyptic metropolis inhabited by giant robots and cyberpunk characters - without ever visiting the city. The artworks could spawn a comic book, he hopes.

31 Mar 2015 - 7:47pm

'I made out with 40 girls': Meet the Kim Jong-un impersonator who scored big at the Sevens

31 Mar 2015

Three insider's tips for Hong Kong music lovers

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Bombarding onions with irradiating ions drastically reduces content of its tear-inducing enzyme. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Onions won't make you cry any more, thanks to Japanese scientists

The sobbing of a chef as she chops onions in the kitchen could be a thing of the past thanks to one Japanese company, which says it has produced a tear-free vegetable.

31 Mar 2015 - 7:21pm

Hong Kong hosts California burger chain In-N-Out's second pop-up

31 Mar 2015 3 comments

How to grow your own herbs in humid Hong Kong

31 Mar 2015 1 comment
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DNA studies shed light on genetic mixing across four continents

The internet and modern genetics have been a pair of high-wattage searchlights slicing through one of the darkest periods of modern human history: more than three centuries of conquest, slave trade and population displacement in the Americas.

29 Mar 2015 - 8:58am

Nitrogen emissions in smog threatens to 'massacre' world's forests: Chinese scientists

29 Mar 2015 3 comments

Destroying the soil is going to be the death of us if we're not careful

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Dongfeng Race Team arrive into Sanya as winners of Leg 3 after 23 days of sailing. Photo: SCMP Pictures SAILING

Stricken Dongfeng Race Team forced to withdraw in fifth leg of Volvo Ocean Race

Joint leaders of the Volvo Ocean Race, Dongfeng Race Team, were dramatically forced to quit the fifth leg early on Monday when their mast broke in the Southern Ocean.

30 Mar 2015 - 8:48pm

Hong Kong to face Namibia 'without key players' in Intercontinental Cup clash

Hong Kong will be sorely lacking a left-hand batsman in their lineup to play their first ICC Intercontinental Cup match against Namibia, missing three key players – Mark Chapman, Anshuman Rath and Kinchit Shah – who are all studying overseas.

30 Mar 2015 - 7:53pm

Hugo Stiles to earn first senior Hong Kong cap at Japan Sevens

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Vivienne Tam's tale of two cities: from Hong Kong girl to New York success story

Vivienne Tam's tale of two cities: from Hong Kong girl to New York success story

Hong Kong's most iconic design export, Vivienne Tam tells Jing Zhang about bridging the East-West fashion divide, and why she had to move to New York to make it in her hometown.

28 Mar 2015 - 11:27pm 5 comments

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