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Chinese universities ordered to ban textbooks that promote Western values

Educators turn the tassels for graduates at Zhejiang University. Chinese universities have been told to stop using books that inculcate Western ideology. Photo: Xinhua

Mainland education authorities have pledged to redouble efforts to limit the use of foreign textbooks in universities to stem infiltration of "Western values".

Saturday, 31 January, 2015, 12:48am 103 comments

Regulator, Alibaba tone down their spat

Alibaba has been ranked China's second-most valuable brand with a value of US$59.7 billion. Photo: Xinhua

The spat between Alibaba Group Holding and mainland regulators took on a more conciliatory tone with chairman Jack Ma promising to combat fake products on its platform and the regulator saying the white paper which sparked the row had no legal force.

31 Jan 2015 - 1:25am More on Alibaba

Chen Shui-bian still in poor health and needs care at home, prison medics

Taiwanese former president Chen Shui-bian reads news about his prison release in a local newspaper at his home in Kaohsiung earlier this month. Photo: EPA

Taichung Prison yesterday sent officials to Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan to check the condition of disgraced former president Chen Shui-bian, whose one-month medical parole was due to expire on February 4.

31 Jan 2015 - 6:03am

China to step up anti-graft drive in media and broadcasting sector

People gather to watch a sports event on television. China's graft-busters are intensifying their crackdown on corruption in the media industry. Photo: Xinhua New

Focus will be on hotbeds for corruption, including advertisement deals and news reporting

30 Jan 2015 - 12:42pm 1 comment

Alibaba stock tanks amid war of words with Chinese regulators and disappointing results

Alibaba's corporate headquarters in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. Photo: Bloomberg Update

The stock price of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group tumbled 8.8 per cent on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, closing at a three-month low of US$89.81.

30 Jan 2015 - 9:04am 18 comments More on Alibaba

China should welcome Catholic Church, and other faith traditions, for the moral good of society

China should allow its people freedom of religious belief.

Last week, as Pope Francis passed through Chinese airspace after his visit to the Philippines, he sent a telegram to Chinese President Xi Jinping , it was reported, to again express his willingness to visit China.

30 Jan 2015 - 8:07pm 1 comment

Online travel firm's expansion into e-commerce could harm Hong Kong store sales

The new e-commerce venture will be launched as part of the existing Ctrip.com site next week

Launch of e-commerce venture by internet agency, delivering to hotels and airports, could damage local sales, an analyst fears

31 Jan 2015 - 4:25am 1 comment

AirAsia pilots cut computers before crash

The recovery process of the flight data recorder is shown during the press conference of preliminary accident report of AirAsia QZ8501. Photo: Xinhua

The pilots of AirAsia flight QZ8501 cut power to a critical computer system that normally prevents planes from going out of control shortly before it plunged into the Java Sea, two people with knowledge of the investigation said.

31 Jan 2015 - 5:15am More on AirAsia flight QZ8501

South Africa’s ‘Prime Evil’ apartheid killer Eugene de Kock freed on parole

Eugene De Kock in Pretoria, 1998. Photo: AFP

Apartheid death-squad leader Eugene de Kock, dubbed ‘Prime Evil’ for his role in the torture and murder of scores of black South African activists in the 1980s and early 1990s, was granted parole on Friday after more than 20 years in prison.

30 Jan 2015 - 9:37pm

Playing the blame game over fake goods sold on China's Taobao

Less than 40pc of Taobao goods meet retail standards, SAIC says

As a diehard fan of English indie bands, Hong Kong-based shopper "Lin" was upset to find that her favourite customised smartphone-case shop on Etsy closed last year over complaints of selling unauthorised merchandise.

31 Jan 2015 - 3:38am More on Taobao

Sichuan province officials vow to erase the legacy of former strongman Zhou Yongkang

Sichuan has vowed to erase the legacy of disgraced former security tsar Zhou Yongkang, who was the provincial party secretary more than a decade ago, Xinhua reports.

31 Jan 2015 - 5:00am More on Zhou Yongkang

France seeks better access for its goods to China through ‘rebalanced’ trade

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Thursday called for a “rebalance” of trade with China during his first official visit, as he sought to attract investment in France’s stalling economy.

30 Jan 2015 - 6:21pm
Bai Yunjiang was sentenced to death last June for rape, murder and robbery. Photo: Sina.com

Man executed over rape and murder of girl his pregnant wife lured into their home

30 Jan 2015 - 6:19pm
A CCTV grab of the Chinese snatch thief running out of the train after snatching the passenger's iPhone 6 Plus. Photo: Sina.cn

Subway snatch thief caught after he drops own phone while making off with iPhone

30 Jan 2015 - 6:19pm
 Illustration: Sarene Chan

Alibaba's battle with regulators threatens to damage brand China

31 Jan 2015 - 6:33am
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (left) meets President Xi Jinping in Beijing yesterday. Valls is on a three-day trip to China to boost business links. Photo: Xinhua

France tries to ease China's fears over waning euro

31 Jan 2015 - 4:53am
Suzhou's replica London Tower Bridge is seen from a river bank strewn with rubbish and building rubble. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Scenic area with London Tower Bridge knockoff is choking with rubbish

30 Jan 2015 - 4:27pm 1 comment
Police inspect the demolished film set after a construction worker was killed when scaffolding around a building being demolished suddenly collapsed. Photo: AP

Worker dies on Taiwanese film lot to be used for Martin Scorsese movie

30 Jan 2015 - 1:11pm
Ivy League pitches for Chinese students

Ivy League pitches for Chinese students

31 Jan 2015 - 5:46am
European Parliament President Martin Schulz (left) with new Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens. Photo: Reuters

EU fears Athens courting Kremlin, days after shaking European markets

31 Jan 2015 - 5:28am 1 comment
Patients reporting fevers wait to be seen at a Hong Kong hospital.

No flu vaccine available until after winter peak as Hong Kong death toll jumps to 74

31 Jan 2015 - 1:37am 3 comments
The amount of salt in 99pc of the lunchbox samples exceeds the recommended intake per meal.

Too much salt in 99 per cent of Hong Kong school lunches

31 Jan 2015 - 2:14am

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Samsung joins the hands-free washing brigade with Wi-fi-enabled appliances.

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Residents of Tai Hang enjoy great views of the neighbourhood.

Hanging out in Tai Hang: Hong Kong’s charming little neighbourhood with a big heart

Flourishing luxury car market edging out China’s cheaper domestic brands

Flourishing luxury car market edging out China’s cheaper domestic brands

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Leader

Many residents can only afford beehive dwellings in high-rise buildings in densely populated areas. Photo: Bloomberg

Hong Kong needs more flats, but we must be sensible about how they are built

30 Jan 2015 - 7:53am 7 comments
In a damning report paving the way for long overdue reform, the State Administration of Sport hit out at the mania for medals. Photo: Reuters

There's more to sporting success than just medals

30 Jan 2015 - 7:49am 1 comment

Today's Poll

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30 Jan 2015
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Insight

China should welcome Catholic Church, and other faith traditions, for the moral good of society

China should allow its people freedom of religious belief. G. BIN ZHAO

Last week, as Pope Francis passed through Chinese airspace after his visit to the Philippines, he sent a telegram to Chinese President Xi Jinping , it was reported, to again express his willingness to visit China.

30 Jan 2015 - 8:07pm 1 comment

Focus

Alibaba's battle with regulators threatens to damage brand China

 Illustration: Sarene Chan Toh Han Shih

"Open sesame" was the codeword used in the Ali Baba children's folktale to reveal the treasure cave. But "open season" seems to be the more apt phrase as regulators and executives of the e-commerce giant Alibaba sniped away this week in a war of words.

31 Jan 2015 - 6:33am

Harry's View

Hong Kong

Patients reporting fevers wait to be seen at a Hong Kong hospital. HEALTH

No flu vaccine available until after winter peak as Hong Kong death toll jumps to 74

Update

A vaccine to protect against a deadly influenza strain which has now claimed 81 lives in Hong Kong will not be available until April - after the winter flu peak is expected to have died down.

31 Jan 2015 - 1:37am 3 comments

China

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (left) meets President Xi Jinping in Beijing yesterday. Valls is on a three-day trip to China to boost business links. Photo: Xinhua DIPLOMACY

France tries to ease China's fears over waning euro

President Xi Jinping called on France and China to "preserve the peaceful post-war world order", as Beijing plans to stage a massive military parade later this year to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war.

31 Jan 2015 - 4:53am

Asia

Armed volunteers prepare for patrol on their boat in Phang Nga province. Photo: Reuters HUMAN SMUGGLING

Volunteers take on human trafficking gangs in Thai south

Bullet-proof vest, shotgun, sunglasses: Kompat Sompaorat could be mistaken for a member of a SWAT team.

31 Jan 2015 - 5:07am

World

European Parliament President Martin Schulz (left) with new Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens. Photo: Reuters DIPLOMACY: ANALYSIS

EU fears Athens courting Kremlin, days after shaking European markets

Just days after shaking European economic policy to its core by winning Greek elections, the radical leftist party Syriza is challenging a fundamental tenet of the continent's foreign policy by seeking a softer stance on Russia.

31 Jan 2015 - 5:28am 1 comment

China Insider

Three people died when a bus crashed on the way from Guangzhou to Leizhou. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: three dead, 10 injured in Guangzhou bus crash

31 Jan 2015
The endangered South China tiger cub, which is now feeding normally at a zoo in Jiangxi province after a breeder was found to have repeatedly hit the cub. Photo: Chinanews.com CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: endangered South China tiger cub nursed back to health after abuse at zoo

30 Jan 2015
The bullhead shark suddenly appeared among the colourful balloons as a PLA Navy gunner was about to pull trigger. Photo: PLA Navy MILITARY

Don’t shoot! Curious bullhead shark halts China military exercise

29 Jan 2015 7 comments
President Xi Jinping is targeting corruption in state enterprises. Photo: Reuters Anti-corruption

China launches massive suicide survey after party officials’ deaths during graft crackdown

29 Jan 2015 2 comments
More than 80,000 visitors went to Beijing's Palace Museum on 42 days last year. Photo: Xinhua CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Beijing’s Palace Museum to limit visitors to 80,000 a day over security fears

28 Jan 2015
Beijing Centre for Disease Prevention and Control says the outbreak has been brought under control. HEALTH

Measles outbreak hits Beijing office building, prompting emergency vaccinations

28 Jan 2015
Beijing police warned women in 2013 not to wear miniskirts, hot pants or skimpy clothing in the summer to avoid sexual harassment. Photo: Reuters CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Beijing advisers call for women-only carriages to fight sexual harassment

27 Jan 2015
The photo shows a policeman lifted a woman by the collar and threw her on the pavement as dozens of fellow officers watched. SOCIETY

Police in three Chinese provinces take heat after ‘brutality’ images surface online

28 Jan 2015
Chinese doctor, drunken patient plunge to death in elevator shaft in latest attack on medical staff HEALTH

Chinese doctor, drunken patient plunge to death in elevator shaft in latest attack on medical staff

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

Chinese police officials suspended after allegedly assaulting journalists at 'secretive' banquet

27 Jan 2015
Workmen tried twice - and failed both times - to fill a large hole that kept appearing in the street beside a building in Deshengmen Inner Street, Beijing early on Saturday. Photo: China News CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: residents' underground digging sparks Beijing night road collapse

27 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

Business

A strong rally in the share market has prompted the CSRC to step in to cool irrational enthusiasm. Photo: Xinhua REGULATION

Chinese mutual fund houses punished over insider dealing cases

New

China's securities regulator has imposed a temporary ban on new product launches by five mutual fund firms after their employees were found to have committed insider trading.

30 Jan 2015 - 11:39pm
STOCKS

Shanghai-HK share price gap for Chinese developers set to continue

The share price gap between mainland property developers listed in Hong Kong and Shanghai will continue despite the scheme linking the two markets.

30 Jan 2015 - 10:16pm

Property

Some 74,000 new homes are projected to come on the market over the next three to four years, says government report. Photo: Sam Tsang HOUSING

Hong Kong private housing supply jumps to 8-year high

Hong Kong's new private housing supply rose to an eight-year high of 15,700 units last year, with analysts saying the city has started the transition to a period of more sustainable flat supply.

31 Jan 2015 - 2:06am 1 comment
Architect and campaign organiser Corrin Chan. Photo: Nora Tam

Poll to decide Hong Kong's most liked architecture of the last century

Despite the dazzling skyline around Victoria Harbour and soaring towers everywhere, Hong Kong doesn't celebrate its architecture the way cities such as Barcelona, Chicago, Istanbul, London, Rome and Tel Aviv do.

30 Jan 2015 - 11:05am 2 comments More on LIFE

Hong Kong needs to respect the arts, architect Jacques Herzog says in West Kowloon

30 Jan 2015 4 comments

Occupy Central changed the way Hongkongers think, says artist

28 Jan 2015
Travancore fish curry from Golden Peacock at The Venetian Macao.

Bombay Dreams and Golden Peacock earned Michelin nods while sticking to their roots

Indian restaurants in the Pearl River Delta are trying to convince customers there can be a refined and elegant side to a cuisine often sold as cheap and cheerful.

30 Jan 2015 - 6:34am

Boutique spirits come to Hong Kong, like craft beers before them

30 Jan 2015

Eat like the Tsangs once did at ex-Government House chef's restaurant

30 Jan 2015
Preparations for a new Apple store in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, part of a strategy to ramp up store numbers in China to harness its premium edge and fend off Xiaomi. Photo Reuters

Apple's China surge vaults it to global smartphone tie with Samsung

Apple has captured the top spot in the mainland's smartphone market, vaulting it into a tie for global leadership for the first time since 2011 as booming sales of iPhones with larger screens helped it gain ground on Samsung Electronics.

30 Jan 2015 - 10:12am

The phone with two faces: Russian YotaPhone2 takes on Samsung and Apple

30 Jan 2015

Megabytes: supercomputer writes first cookbook

29 Jan 2015

Magazines

Sport

Novak Djokovic's fist pump shows his satisfaction at beating Stan Wawrinka to reach his fifth Australian Open final and is bidding to be the first man to win five. Photos: Reuters

Djokovic powers to fifth Australian Open final

Novak Djokovic once again stood tall at the Australian Open as he reached his fourth final in the past five years with another five-set victory over Stan Wawrinka, the man who dumped him out of Melbourne Park last year

30 Jan 2015 - 11:30pm More on Australian Open 2015

Magazines

Solo mission: Reese Witherspoon has garnered rave reviews for her turn in Wild.

Your guide to the best films and live acts from here to March

With the Oscars looming and a string of top live music acts descending on Hong Kong, the next two months promise a feast for the eyes and ears. Here’s our guide to the best movie openings and live shows.

29 Jan 2015 - 11:06am

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