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

A man walking past the hoarding at a construction site in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

The People's Bank of China yesterday slashed the down payment needed to buy second homes in the country to 40 per cent after expectations of further stimulus measures had earlier powered mainland stocks to a seven-year peak.

Monday, 30 March, 2015, 11:38pm

Passive investor to partner in crime: How China lost the plot in Sri Lanka

China continued to court Mahinda Rajapaksa even as protests against him began to snowball in Sri Lanka. Photo: Xinhua

Bandara Chaminda's enthusiasm is almost infectious. The sprightly 30-something engineer at Hambantota port reels off the benefits of this port-industrial complex on the southeastern tip of Sri Lanka about 240km from the capital Colombo.

30 Mar 2015 - 9:24pm 7 comments

Cherry blossom wars: China growers claim symbol of Japan as their own

Joggers run past cherry blossom in Tokyo on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Old literary references prove flower synonymous with Japan originated on Chinese soil, argues association, after South Korea has also laid claim to the species

30 Mar 2015 - 5:18pm 6 comments

Bill Gates tells China to learn from Japan's mistakes when it comes to innovation

Microsoft founder Bill Gates speaks at the 2015 Boao Forum in Hainan, China. Photo: Xinhua

China should learn from the US and Japan's mistakes and successes when it comes to the country's state-led artificial intelligence research project, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said on Sunday.

30 Mar 2015 - 12:31pm 2 comments More on The Next Big Thing

Singapore police arrest teenage activist behind anti-Lee Kuan Yew video

17-year-old Singapore amateur actor Amos Yee made insensitive comments on Lee Kuan Yew and Christianity. Photo: YouTube

A 17-year-old Singapore amateur actor who appeared in a video clip celebrating the death of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew has been detained by police, local media reported.

30 Mar 2015 - 9:54pm 24 comments More on Lee Kuan Yew

Tesla boss Elon Musk 'misled' by local speculators but won't give up China market

A Tesla Model S seen next to a charging station in Hong Kong. Photo: Edward Wong

Elon Musk, prominent US tech industry leader, has learned a hard lesson from market speculators in China, though the founder of electric car maker Tesla says he won't give up there.

30 Mar 2015 - 5:38pm 2 comments More on Tesla

Singapore says final farewell to its founding father Lee Kuan Yew

The body of Lee Kuan Yew is transferred atop a gun carriage as they leave Parliament House during a funeral procession. Photo: AFP Update

When Lee Kuan Yew was Singapore prime minister in 1988, he declared: 'Even from my sickbed, even if you are going to lower me into the grave and I feel something is going wrong, I will get up.'

30 Mar 2015 - 6:48pm 47 comments More on Lee Kuan Yew

Mainland China officials says innovation can fail in talk on Hong Kong's Basic Law

Zhang Rongshun says Beijing strongly believes the Basic Law's innovative system could succeed. Photo: Chinese Association of Hong Kong & Macao Studies

Any innovative system can fail, a top Beijing official said in reference to Hong Kong's Basic Law - before stressing that he strongly believed the "one country, two systems" principle would prove a success.

30 Mar 2015 - 8:47am 10 comments More on Universal Suffrage

Chinese navy evacuates Chinese nationals from war-torn Yemen

An armed man stands guard in front of a tank in Aden, Yemen. Air raids began in the country late last week. Photo: AFP

China had started evacuating its 590 citizens from war-torn Yemen, Foreign Minister Wang Yi confirmed, as Arab leaders vowed to continue Saudi-led air strikes against Shiite rebels.

30 Mar 2015 - 3:32am 1 comment

Russian dual-screen smartphone given by Putin to Xi to go on sale in China

Vladislav Martynov, Chief Executive Officer of Yota Devices. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Russian dual-screen smartphone Yota, which President Vladimir Putin gave to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping late last year, will go on sale in China from April.

30 Mar 2015 - 7:34pm 1 comment More on The Next Big Thing

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

United States Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has pressed China to open its markets further by removing restrictions on technology transfers in talks with Chinese vice-premier Wang Yang.

30 Mar 2015 - 5:28pm

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

Chinese president Xi Jinping was among 31 world leaders whose personal information was accidentally leaked ahead of the G20 summit last year by Australian authorities, the Guardian newspaper has revealed.

30 Mar 2015 - 5:47pm 1 comment
The boy fell from a bathroom window in Yau Ma Tei Photo: Commercial Broadcasting

Boy, 4, survives five-storey fall from Hong Kong bathroom window

30 Mar 2015 - 7:08pm
Governor of People's Bank of China Zhou Xiaochuan speaks at a sub-forum during the 2015 Boao Forum for Asia. Photo: Xinhua

China’s central bank on alert for deflation

30 Mar 2015 - 8:14pm 1 comment
Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey says in a joint statement that good progress has been made on the AIIB's design but some key matters are still to be resolved. Photo: Xinhua

AIIB welcomes Australia and Denmark, as more US allies apply to join Beijing-led bank

30 Mar 2015 - 7:27pm 2 comments
Zhang Rongshun says there is no need for Beijing to promise the election model can be changed after the package is passed.

No need for promises of more political reform, says top Beijing official

30 Mar 2015 - 7:53pm 13 comments
Ou Shaokun documents abuse of government cars. Photo: Joe Tan

Anti-graft activist Ou Shaokun 'caught with prostitute' in Hunan raid

30 Mar 2015 - 8:16pm 2 comments
Pro-Taiwan independence activists in Taipei display banners opposing the M503 flight route on Thursday. Photo: AFP

China's controversial flight route M503 takes off despite protests in Taiwan

30 Mar 2015 - 8:18pm 2 comments
Lee Kuan Yew's casket sits covered by Singapore's flag behind a portrait of the founding prime minister at yesterday's state funeral. Photo: Reuters

Focus on Lee Kuan Yew's achievements may give boost to Singapore's People's Action Party

30 Mar 2015 - 4:25pm
A display for the proposed Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on the Olympic Green in Beijing. Photo: AP

Beijing's Winter Olympics bid praised by IOC inspectors

30 Mar 2015 - 8:52pm 1 comment
Tourists dive in the aquarium at Haichang Polar Ocean World in Chengdu, Sichuan. Haichang plans to open a polar theme park in Shanghai. Photo: Xinhua

Polar Ocean Park to join Disneyland at centre of Shanghai's effort to become global tourism hub

30 Mar 2015 - 1:41pm
The bubbly flows as the outstanding Fiji squad celebrate their victory over New Zealand in the Cup final at the Hong Kong Sevens. Photo: Sam Tsang/SCMP

Another stunner from fabulous Fiji at Hong Kong Sevens

30 Mar 2015 - 11:46am 2 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
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 - 12:44am

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Don't blame visitors for lack of vision in Hong Kong's public transport policy

Tightly packed environments pose a serious health risk. Franklin Koo

I once wrote that Hong Kong must have the ability to identify and solve its practical problems. Since the end of Occupy Central, many now believe the 47 million mainland visitors are to blame for the city's troubles.

30 Mar 2015 - 5:57pm

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Focus on Lee Kuan Yew's achievements may give boost to Singapore's People's Action Party

Lee Kuan Yew's casket sits covered by Singapore's flag behind a portrait of the founding prime minister at yesterday's state funeral. Photo: Reuters ZURAIDAH IBRAHIM

Support for the party founded by Lee has waned in recent years, with its share of the vote falling to a historic low of 60 per cent in May 2011. But all that could be set to change. 

30 Mar 2015 - 4:25pm

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Hong Kong

Where the city gets its power from is under debate.Photo: Felix Wong ENERGY

Hong Kong businesses and resident come out against power imports from mainland China

Most residents and businesses in the city oppose buying more electricity from the mainland - one of two options floated by the government last year on how power should be generated.

31 Mar 2015 - 12:46am

China

Only golf courses in Hainan are exempt from a 2004 ban to conserve water and land, but three on the island are on the list of 66. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China closes 66 golf courses to save on water and land

Mainland authorities closed 66 golf courses in a renewed crackdown on courses built in contravention of rules designed to protect arable land and save water, the top economic planning body said on Monday.

31 Mar 2015 - 12:51am

Asia

Japan's Shinzo Abe (left) had had a rare conversation with South Korean President Park Geun-hye. Photos: AFP, EPA DIPLOMACY

Abe tells South Korea’s Park of hopes for three-nation summit with China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he had had a rare conversation with South Korean President Park Geun-hye after the funeral for Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore, at which Abe requested a trilateral leaders' summit with China and South Korea.

30 Mar 2015 - 11:23pm

World

Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the nation from his office at No10 Downing Street. Photo: EPA BRITAIN

Cameron visits Queen to kick off formal campaigning for UK election

British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday visited Queen Elizabeth II to dissolve parliament, kicking off formal campaigning for one of the most unpredictable elections in decades.

30 Mar 2015 - 10:52pm
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Arts festival seeks funds for 'world-class' event next year

Organisers of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, which ended last weekend, are already planning next year's event - and hope for continued government support to produce "a world-class festival".

30 Mar 2015 - 5:54pm More on Hong Kong Arts Festival 2015

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Hung Au Kam-hung, of Man Kee Chopping Board, has been in the trade more than 40 years. Photo: Nora Tam

Six Hong Kong insider's tips for cooks and party hosts

Writers for the SCMP's 48 Hours magazine regularly offer advice for food lovers - we've rounded up some of their tips.

30 Mar 2015 - 2:15pm More on Explore Hong Kong

Would you pay HK$3,500 for ONE strawberry? In Japan they do

30 Mar 2015 2 comments

Susan Jung's recipes for chicken satay, and papaya salad

28 Mar 2015
Illustration: Brian Wang

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

29 Mar 2015

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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

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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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