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China makes surprise interest rate cut to spur flagging growth

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China cut interest rates unexpectedly on Friday, stepping up a campaign to prop up growth as the nation heads towards its slowest growth in nearly a quarter of a century.

Friday, 21 November, 2014, 7:34pm

Hazardous smog coats Beijing, as plan emerges for ‘wind tunnels’ to combat the problem

Six “urban wind passages” are to be created in Beijing to help cool the capital and disperse its notorious smog – which remains at hazardous levels this morning following a code yellow warning on Thursday.

21 Nov 2014 - 2:12pm 1 comment More on Beijing air pollution

Premier Li Keqiang offers reassurance for world's biggest internet firms

Premier Li Keqiang sought yesterday to reassure some of the world's biggest internet companies that the mainland would embrace market competition and a level playing field to foster its internet sector.

21 Nov 2014 - 4:38pm 5 comments

Veteran Chinese dissident journalist Gao Yu goes on trial in Beijing

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Gao Yu, one of the mainland’s most respected and outspoken journalists, has defended herself in court against allegations she revealed state secrets.

21 Nov 2014 - 6:13pm 4 comments

Hong Kong journalists blacklisted by Philippines after questioning Aquino at Apec summit

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Nine Hong Kong journalists have been banned from entering the Philippines to cover next year's Apec summit after they asked the country’s president questions at last year's meeting about the Manila bus tragedy.

21 Nov 2014 - 6:21pm 11 comments

Obama unveils sweeping immigration reforms, sets up fight with Republicans

President Obama unveiled sweeping immigration reforms on Thursday, easing the threat of deportation for some 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash with Republicans.

21 Nov 2014 - 6:42pm

Chris Patten urges US to act firmly with Beijing over 'bad behaviour' on Hong Kong

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Countries such as the United States should develop a relationship with China “based on principle and national interests” because mere emphasis on economic relationship might encourage China to “behave badly”, former Hong Kong governor Chris Patten told a US commission 

21 Nov 2014 - 8:47am 118 comments More on Occupy Central

Half of Occupy Central protesters ready to pack it in if asked by organisers

Half of Occupy protesters said they would retreat if asked to do so by campaign leaders, according to a poll of more than 2,100 people taking part in the sit-in.

21 Nov 2014 - 2:14am 73 comments More on Occupy Central

Number of elderly dying in Hong Kong while awaiting care home places soars

The number of elderly people who die while waiting for places in care homes has shot up in the past four years, the Audit Commission has revealed in a damning report.

21 Nov 2014 - 2:14pm 29 comments

Easing visa rules helps build trust between China and US, says Blackstone chief

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Stephen Schwarzman, one of the most powerful dealmakers on Wall Street, says one thing that could help to improve Sino-US relations, in particular among the general public, is to make it easier for more people to travel to each country.

21 Nov 2014 - 5:53pm

Shinzo Abe dissolves Japan’s parliament to make way for snap election

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved parliament’s lower house on Friday for a snap election on December 14, seeking a fresh mandate for his struggling “Abenomics” revival strategy.

21 Nov 2014 - 6:42pm More on Shinzo Abe

China signs its biggest overseas contract with US$12b Nigeria railway deal

21 Nov 2014 - 8:46am 12 comments

China reveals size of strategic oil reserve for first time

21 Nov 2014 - 7:28pm 4 comments

Pearls of wisdom from Malcolm Gladwell

21 Nov 2014 - 10:33am

Alibaba dollar bond draws US$55b in orders, pricing tight

21 Nov 2014 - 9:23am

Rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang faces more charges as police hand case to prosecutors

21 Nov 2014 - 9:34am 1 comment

Ex-army leader Xu Caihou had 'a tonne of cash' in basement

21 Nov 2014 - 7:30pm 5 comments

China creates new megacity label for biggest urban centres

21 Nov 2014 - 4:46am 1 comment

Open spaces in private developments criticised for 'poor access and being badly maintained'

21 Nov 2014 - 8:37am 2 comments

Police in Japan arrest Chinese nationals in cybercrime crackdown

21 Nov 2014 - 4:14am 1 comment

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Leader

China's global outlook on foreign affairs pays dividends

21 Nov 2014 - 9:14am 3 comments

Protest stunts at graduation ceremonies tarnish solemn events

21 Nov 2014 - 9:18am 17 comments

Today's Poll

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21 Nov 2014
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Insight

Where should universities draw the line on rights and freedoms?

Surya Deva

The ongoing umbrella movement has triggered a volcano of creative imagination in Hong Kong, with new ideas, governance paradigms and legal principles being tested almost every day.

21 Nov 2014 - 7:25pm 8 comments

Focus

Global economy at risk from Asian slowdown and European stagnation

THE WASHINGTON POST

A sharp slowdown in Asia and stagnation in Europe are putting the global economy at risk of a prolonged slump, marked by some of the worst economic conditions in decades.

19 Nov 2014 - 6:26pm

Harry's View

World

UNITED STATES

Obama unveils sweeping immigration reforms, sets up fight with Republicans

President Obama unveiled sweeping immigration reforms on Thursday, easing the threat of deportation for some 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash with Republicans.

21 Nov 2014 - 6:42pm

China Insider

CHINA DIGEST

Poor couple on trial for selling children; Teen leaps to death after cheating accusation

21 Nov 2014
POLITICS

Pro-Beijing scholar wants to set up platform to counter West's 'bad-mouthing' of China

21 Nov 2014 7 comments
CELEBRITIES

Taiwan actor Ko Chen-tung cut from blockbuster after drug arrest with Jaycee Chan

20 Nov 2014 2 comments
CHINA DIGEST

Newlywed found dead in fishpond; Selfie poser stops trains in tracks

20 Nov 2014
Anti-corruption

Communist Party should try imperial China's impeachment system to fight graft, says novelist

19 Nov 2014 2 comments
DRUGS

100,000 users ‘investigated’, 12 tonnes narcotics seized in China's war on drugs

19 Nov 2014 1 comment
CHINA DIGEST

Egg-size kidney stones; 'Miracle' baby born; Panda recovering after attack in reserve

19 Nov 2014
COMMUNIST PARTY

Keep calling each other ‘comrade’, Chinese Communist Party tells members after rule review

18 Nov 2014 5 comments
INTERNET

China blocks thousands more websites as ‘Great Firewall’ targets cloud services

18 Nov 2014 7 comments

Accused social media scandal monger Yang Xiuyu jailed for four years by Beijing court

18 Nov 2014
CHINA DIGEST

Mystery over Guangzhou University student's death; BMW owner flies into rage over 5 yuan parking charge

18 Nov 2014
Visa relaxation

US relaxation of visa scheme triggers fears over ‘brain drain’ from China

18 Nov 2014
CYCLING

Photos of ‘brave’ Beijing expat standing up to car in bike lane go viral

18 Nov 2014 18 comments
CRIME

Chinese police destroy 400 tonnes of crystal meth precursors

17 Nov 2014 3 comments

Business

INTEREST RATES

China makes surprise interest rate cut to spur flagging growth

Update

China cut interest rates unexpectedly on Friday, stepping up a campaign to prop up growth as the nation heads towards its slowest growth in nearly a quarter of a century.

21 Nov 2014 - 7:34pm
Alibaba

Alibaba dollar bond draws US$55b in orders, pricing tight

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Alibaba wowed the markets Thursday with its ground-breaking US$8 billion debut dollar bond, pricing it at levels in line with and even tighter than some of the world’s best-known companies.

21 Nov 2014 - 9:23am

Property

RENTS

Weaker luxury sales to force down shop rents in prime districts

Owners of street-level shops in prime shopping districts will feel the pain of slower luxury sales next year, with rents expected to decrease by up to double-digit percentages, according to international ratings agencies and property experts.

21 Nov 2014 - 5:23am 4 comments

Pearls of wisdom from Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell was in Hong Kong at an interesting time. Here to address a crowd at the Barclays Asia Forum, he had been fascinated by the view from his hotel room of umbrella movement tents.

21 Nov 2014 - 10:33am

Li Xiaodong's prize-winning library brings tourism to Jiaojiehe village

20 Nov 2014

Horrible Bosses 2's Jason Bateman keeps a low profile

19 Nov 2014

English wines' time to shine

Back in the early 1970s when Australian wines were regarded by many English wine lovers as too vulgar an idea to contemplate, the comedy team Monty Python produced a sketch in which Eric Idle portrayed an Australian wine expert.

21 Nov 2014 - 10:39am

Spirits more prominent at trade fair

21 Nov 2014

Top of the pots: where to get your fill of Hong Kong's best claypot rice

21 Nov 2014

US technology breakthrough brings Spider-Man a step closer to reality

Aspiring superheroes may soon be able to climb like Spider-Man. Scientists working with the US military have developed a material that enables a human to scale a vertical glass wall.

21 Nov 2014 - 4:16am 1 comment

Wi-fi Direct has no need for the internet

20 Nov 2014

WhatsApp and Open Whispers team up to encrypt messages

20 Nov 2014

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Sport

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Saina Nehwal dumped out of Hong Kong Open by Tai Tzu-ying

Saina Nehwal’s hopes of winning her third Superseries title of the year were ended after an upset by sixth seed Tai Tzu-ying in the quarter-finals at the Coliseum in Hung Hom on Friday.

21 Nov 2014 - 5:34pm More on Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open Badminton 2014

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