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Over 40 countries seek membership of China-led Asian infrastructure bank

Xi Jinping (right) meets with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in Boao. Sweden was among the last to apply before the deadline passed yesterday which has seen its influence grow even before it officially starts operation. Photo: Xinhua

At least 47 countries and territories from five continents have applied to join the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as founding members.

Wednesday, 1 April, 2015, 11:42am 14 comments

War of words between Chinese firm and Sri Lanka escalates over Colombo Port City

Artist's impression of the proposed Colombo Port City project. Photo: SCMP pictures

The war of words over the stalled Colombo Port City project escalated yesterday as China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) called the Sri Lankan government’s recent statement on the matter “factually incorrect”.

31 Mar 2015 - 9:41pm 1 comment

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

John Kelley says next month's Shanghai event, featuring companies from 14 nations, will help business expand in China. Photo: Jonathan Wong

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.

1 Apr 2015 - 2:20am

HKTV denies agreement to take over rival ATV hours after shock announcement

HKTV has denied it will take over ailing rival ATV. Photo: SCMP New

Hong Kong Television Network has not reached any agreement with the beleaguered free-to-air broadcaster Asia Television on buying its shares, the company said on Wednesday morning, in another twist to events.

1 Apr 2015 - 12:14pm 6 comments More on Asia Television Limited

US dollar owes its strength to one simple thing: the world's need to repay a mountain of debt

Cheap US dollars may have resulted in dollar-denominated debt-financed investments which now seem less attractive. Photo: AFP

The world has taken on a huge amount of dollar-denominated debt in recent years, but with the pace of global economic growth lagging the rate of increase in borrowing, the burden of that debt is rising.

1 Apr 2015 - 8:25am 3 comments

Beijing calls on Macau to join manhunt for fugitive corrupt officials

Huang Shuxian said on Monday he hoped to "pragmatically cooperate with Macau's Commission Against Corruption to strengthen the tracking down of fugitives and proceeds". Photo: Xinhua

A leading Beijing official has urged Macau's graft-buster to cooperate in the central government's crusade to hunt down fugitives from the mainland crackdown on corruption.

1 Apr 2015 - 3:31am 2 comments More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Caixin Media vows to sue Chinese tycoon Guo Wengui and Hong Kong newspapers for libel

Caixin Media vows to sue Chinese tycoon Guo Wengui and Hong Kong newspapers for libel

A prominent mainland media outlet involved in a spat with tycoon Guo Wengui over recent reporting about him said it was "in the process" of suing the businessman and two Hong Kong newspapers for libel.

1 Apr 2015 - 3:31am

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 2 comments More on Apple

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.

31 Mar 2015 - 4:48pm 1 comment

China issues rules on bank deposit insurance scheme

Beijing took a key step yesterday towards drastic reform of the mainland's banking sector as the cabinet published rules governing the deposit insurance system.

1 Apr 2015 - 7:44am

Getty heir found dead with ‘traumatic rectal injury’, ex-girlfriend detained

The grandson of billionaire oilman J. Paul Getty, Andrew Getty, has been found dead at age 47 at his home in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The cause of death was not immediately clear, the paper said.

1 Apr 2015 - 11:18am
Xiaomi's new smart scale pairs with its fitness and health smartphone tracking app. Photo: SCMP Pictures

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

31 Mar 2015 - 8:01pm
Li Keqiang (right) with US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. Photo: AFP

US 'failed' to give China IMF role

1 Apr 2015 - 3:31am
A man cycles past residential homes in Beijing. Real estate prices in 66 major cities fell in February. Photo: Bloomberg

China's easing of property curbs reflect housing sector's crucial role in its economy

1 Apr 2015 - 3:40am 1 comment
Inspectors from the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection visited Baosteel early last month. Photo: Bloomberg

Corruption probe into top figure at Chinese state-owned steel company

1 Apr 2015 - 3:42am
Baidu’s search advertising revenue is predicted to rise 34 per cent to US$7.1 billion this year. Photo: Bloomberg

Online search advertising in mainland China set to soar on back of e-commerce growth

1 Apr 2015 - 8:58am
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

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

31 Mar 2015 - 9:49pm 2 comments
A Chinese vessel expands structures and land on Johnson Reef in the Spratly Islands chain in the South China Sea, in a photo released by the Philippines last year. Photo: AP

China's new reclaimed islands in South China Sea 'causing concern', says US admiral

1 Apr 2015 - 12:17am 2 comments
Chinese evacuees from Yemen arrive at Addis Ababa's Bole International Airport in Ethiopia. They arrived in Ethiopia on their way back to China Monday night. Photo: Xinhua

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

31 Mar 2015 - 8:16pm 1 comment
Ma Xingrui's science and technology credentials will energise Shenzhen’s ambition to be the next world-class innovation hub, think tank experts say. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Space scientist turned Shenzhen party boss Ma Xingrui to give innovation a starring role

31 Mar 2015 - 1:44pm
Hosea Cheung with the NHL's Stanley Cup. Photo: SCMP Picture

Tales of a reverse-reverse migrant: When Hockey Night in Canada becomes Hockey Morning in Beijing

1 Apr 2015 - 10:22am

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The Germanwings tragedy makes clear that cabin practices and the training and experience of co-pilots should also be reviewed. Photo: AFP

After Germanwings tragedy, it's time to review the rules governing pilots

1 Apr 2015 - 8:12am 2 comments
Without protection of rights, it is difficult for original content providers to justify outlaying resources and manpower on research and compilation of material that is then published by others, sometimes without due acknowledgment. Photo: AP

In digital era, original news content needs copyright protection

1 Apr 2015 - 12:48am

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Insight

Savvy tech investors showing confidence in Hong Kong

Allen Ma, CEO of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, says Hong Kong is starting to glimpse its innovation future. Photo: Edmond So Allen Ma

A Hong Kong start-up, Vitargent (International) Biotechnology Ltd, has come up with a new process that could vastly improve the effectiveness of food saf

1 Apr 2015 - 10:39am

Focus

CY Leung warns pan-democrats against filibustering talks on Hong Kong joining China-led AIIB

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (in focus) participates at the Boao Forum for Asia at the weekend in Hainan, China. He said Hong Kong was considering joining the Beijing-led bank AIIB. Photo: AP Tony Cheung

Leung Chun-ying urged Hong Kong’s pan-democrat lawmakers not to filibuster should the government seek approval on matters related to joining the China-led bank AIIB.

1 Apr 2015 - 8:42am 41 comments

Harry's View

China

Shanghai's skyline. The Shanghai government announced earlier this week that technological innovation would be its number 1 priority this year. Photo: AFP Shanghai

Too ambitious? Shanghai aims to be both top financial hub and 'China's Silicon Valley' by 2020

Analysis

Shanghai, China’s financial capital, is raising the stakes. It is not just aiming to become one of the world’s top three financial centres but it’s also poised to launch an ambitious plan to become the country’s version of Silicon Valley.

1 Apr 2015 - 11:25am

Asia

Amos Yee (right) is accompanied to court by his father. The teenager compared Lee Kuan Yew to Jesus Christ, and made disparaging remarks about Christians, the police said. Photo: AFP RELIGION

Father of Singapore blogger critical of Lee Kuan Yew apologises for son’s behaviour

Update

The father of teenage Singaporean blogger Amos Yee has tearfully apologised for the behaviour of his son, who was charged with offences yesterday over an expletive-laden online critique of Lee Kuan Yew and Christianity.

31 Mar 2015 - 11:06pm 37 comments More on Lee Kuan Yew

Business

Shanghai's skyline. The Shanghai government announced earlier this week that technological innovation would be its number 1 priority this year. Photo: AFP Shanghai

Too ambitious? Shanghai aims to be both top financial hub and 'China's Silicon Valley' by 2020

Analysis

Shanghai, China’s financial capital, is raising the stakes. It is not just aiming to become one of the world’s top three financial centres but it’s also poised to launch an ambitious plan to become the country’s version of Silicon Valley.

1 Apr 2015 - 11:25am
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Orient Overseas Container Line orders six big ships for US$951.6 million

Orient Overseas Container Line has ordered six of the world’s largest container ships in a US$951.6 million deal, joining the big ship owners’ club with an eye on economies of scale.

1 Apr 2015 - 9:32am
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 5 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

29 Mar 2015

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Andros Townsend fires home the equaliser for England. Photo: AP

Andros Townsend comes off the bench to save the day for England

England substitute Andros Townsend fired home a superb late goal to earn a 1-1 draw against Italy in a fiercely contested international friendly in Turin on Tuesday.

1 Apr 2015 - 9:24am

Magazines

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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