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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 93 comments

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

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.

30 Jan 2015 - 10:03am

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

Premier Li Keqiang and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls inspect honour guards during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

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

France tries to ease China's fears over waning euro

President Xi Jinping, right, welcomes French Prime Minister Manuel at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday. Photo: AP New

President Xi Jinping appeals for joint efforts to preserve post-second world war order

30 Jan 2015 - 11:41pm

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

A CCTV grab of the Chinese snatch thief running out of the train after snatching the passenger's iPhone 6 Plus. Photo:

The bungling thief was envious when he saw his victim watching dramas on the gadget

30 Jan 2015 - 6:19pm

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

Bai Yunjiang was sentenced to death last June for rape, murder and robbery. Photo: New

The teenager was a ‘peace offering’ from the man’s wife over her affairs with other men

30 Jan 2015 - 6:19pm

Wuhan police make a feast of ‘exposé of opulent dinner’ in Shenzhen

Wuhan police officers 'enjoy' a meal together on patrol. Photo:  SCMP Pictures

Wuhan police post online eight photos of their own “opulent dinner” to defend the basic rights of public servants, following a mainland newspaper’s expose of banquet that led to the suspension of 14 Shenzhen police officers.

30 Jan 2015 - 11:30pm 2 comments

Scenic area with London Tower Bridge knockoff is choking with rubbish

Suzhou's replica London Tower Bridge is seen from a river bank strewn with rubbish and building rubble. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A canal near a scenic area in the Xiangcheng district of Suzhou, which features a replica London Tower Bridge, is full of rubbish and other pollution, the online news platform reports.

30 Jan 2015 - 4:27pm 1 comment

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

Police inspect the demolished film set after a construction worker was killed when scaffolding around a building being demolished suddenly collapsed. Photo: AP

A worker was killed in an accident Thursday at a Taiwanese film lot during preparations for the shooting of a new Martin Scorsese movie, local media reported.

30 Jan 2015 - 1:11pm

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


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

30 Jan 2015 - 12:42pm 1 comment

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.

30 Jan 2015 - 12:48pm More on Zhou Yongkang
Hongcun, in Anhui, is a Unesco World Heritage site. Photo: Imaginechina

Ancient Chinese villages 'rotting away' for lack of money

31 Jan 2015 - 12:43am
The entrance to the Shanghai free-trade zone. Similar zones are earmarked for Guangdong, Fujian and Tianjin. Photo: Reuters

Other cities to enjoy certain practices of Shanghai free-trade zone, cabinet says

30 Jan 2015 - 2:12am 2 comments
Chinese delegates attend a party plenum last year. Photo: AFP

China's history of feudalism feeds corruption and undermines law, editor says

30 Jan 2015 - 12:02pm 21 comments
Tsinghua University president Chen Jining (pictured) will succeed Zhou Shengxian as environment minister in March. Photo: SCMP Pictures

High hopes for Tsinghua University chief appointed China’s environment minister

30 Jan 2015 - 4:04am
Shanghai Disney's groundbreaking ceremony in April 2011.Photo: AFP

Crowd control a priority for Shanghai's Disney park

30 Jan 2015 - 10:46pm 1 comment
The wife of a missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 passenger shows her husband's picture to reporters at a media conference room in Putrajaya, Malaysia. Photo: EPA

Malaysia formally declares MH370 crash an accident, passengers presumed dead

30 Jan 2015 - 1:54am 11 comments
Zhao Benshan appears in the movie Getting Home. Photo: SCMP Pictures

No joke: Chinese comedian Zhao Benshan may evade graft crackdown

30 Jan 2015 - 2:49am
Dongguan is one of the most important industrial centres in southern China. Photo: Reuters

Dongguan titans clam up at annual 'rich club' meeting

30 Jan 2015 - 1:15am
Minister of Defence Chang Wanquan meets his US counterpart Chuck Hagel in Beijing in April last year. Photo: Reuters

China to increase military exchanges, says President Xi, but US rethinks plans for further ties

30 Jan 2015 - 10:05am 7 comments
An unfinished residence that belonged to former Lieutenant General Gu Junshan in Puyang, Henan province. Photo: Reuters

PLA auditor refers more corruption cases to graft busters

29 Jan 2015 - 6:44pm

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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

  • Yes: 88%
  • No: 12%
30 Jan 2015
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Total number of votes recorded: 121


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


Japan held hostage by its world view in Islamic State crisis

Protesters at Shinzo Abe's Tokyo residence hold signs stating "I am Kenji" and "Free Kenji". Photo: AP KRISTINE KWOK

Word began spreading among a small circle of Japanese journalists late last month: freelance reporter Kenji Goto might have been kidnapped in the Middle East.

30 Jan 2015 - 5:48pm 1 comment

Harry's View

Hong Kong

Kenneth Chan takes the driver's seat as it were, next to Cyd Ho, in the Alliance for a Beautiful Hong Kong protest.Photo: Felix Wong DEVELOPMENT

Protesters claim their point is proved as Hong Kong police block Peak Hotel demonstration

A protest group's application for permission to drive along Lugard Road yesterday was rejected by police for safety reasons - proving, they said, the very point they wished to make: it is not safe for cars to use the winding path on The Peak.

31 Jan 2015 - 12:10am


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

Spat may hit hard at Alibaba brand


The intensifying spat between Alibaba Group Holding and China's regulators - and financial results that disappointed expectations - has cost the firm billions in market value and threatens to take billions off its brand value.

31 Jan 2015 - 12:51am


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.

30 Jan 2015 - 10:53pm

China Insider

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: 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
A lesbian Chinese couple kiss for the cameras outside a marriage registry office after being turned away. Some lesbians are opting to marry gay 'beards' to ease social pressure and discrimination. Photo: EPA LGBT RIGHTS

Seeking a lesbian wife: pressured Chinese gays turn to online dating for ‘cooperative marriage’

23 Jan 2015 6 comments


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


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

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


Aloysius Lee, the chief executive of South Beach Consortium, is on a road show in the region to promote South Beach hotel. Photo: Nora Tam HOSPITALITY

CDL launches campaign to woo Hong Kong and mainland China tourists


City Developments Ltd (CDL), a major developer in Singapore, is launching an aggressive push to market its joint-venture luxury hotel to lure travellers from Hong Kong.

28 Jan 2015 - 6:43pm 1 comment

CDL's Aloysius Lee gears up for next challenge after steering S$3 billion project in Singapore


Five years ago, Aloysius Lee Tse-sang returned to Singapore from Hong Kong after serving as chief executive of South Beach Consortium, a joint venture formed by City Developments Ltd (CDL) and other parties to head a S$3 billion (HK$17.3 billion) hotel-office-residential-retail development projec

28 Jan 2015 - 6:46pm

Five items to add style to your home

30 Jan 2015

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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



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


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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