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Jailing of Chinese journalist Gao Yu for leaking secrets ‘part of push to silence critics’

Chinese journalist and critic Gao Yu pictured in Hong Kong in 2012. Photo: Reuters

The seven-year jail sentence handed down on Friday to Gao Yu was widely condemned as another move to muzzle dissent in the ongoing crackdown on government critics.

Saturday, 18 April, 2015, 2:08am 8 comments

Airstrip on Spratly Islands is for 'supply and maintenance only': Chinese ambassador

(Click here to zoom in) Two satellite image, from February 6 and March 23, showing China's rapid progress in building an airstrip on the disputed Spratly Islands. Photo: CNES 2015, Distributed by IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

Cui Tiankai, the Chinese ambassador to the United States, said on Thursday that China was building its first airstrip on the Spratly Islands only to provide supply and maintenance for passing ships.

18 Apr 2015 - 3:39am 14 comments

China’s incredible shrinking factories - forced to downsize just to survive

A man works at Pascal Lighting, which employed about 2,000 staff eight years ago, but today has only about 200 employees. Photo: Reuters

Rising labour costs, higher real estate prices, less favourable government policies and smaller order volumes are forcing Chinese plants to downsize - just to survive

17 Apr 2015 - 4:35pm 2 comments

The day the Bloomberg screens went blank

A user at the New York Stock Exchange accesses the Bloomberg terminal, which is used to place trades and monitor real-time financial data. Photo: EPA

Britain postponed a sale of treasury bills yesterday as traders around the world were hit by a "global network problem" that affected terminals supplied by news and market price provider Bloomberg.

18 Apr 2015 - 10:00am 1 comment

China ‘suspends until further notice’ bank technology restrictions opposed by the US

A commuter walks past the People's Bank of China headquarters in Beijing. Foreign business were also concerned the new rules would unfairly force state-run banks to buy technology from domestic firms. Photo: Bloomberg

China has put on hold bank-technology rules that Washington and others complained amount to unfair regulatory pressure on foreign firms, according to a government notice.

17 Apr 2015 - 4:46pm

US Admiral Samuel Locklear warns Bejing could use South China Sea outposts militarily

China's Lieutenant General Qi welcomes US Admiral Locklear to a meeting on the sidelines of IISS Asia Security Summit in Singapore in 2013. Photo: Reuters

China could eventually deploy radar and missile systems on outposts it is building in the South China Sea that could be used to enforce an exclusion zone over the disputed territory, the US military commander for Asia said.

17 Apr 2015 - 10:44pm 4 comments

Putin open to talks with Japan about islands off Hokkaido

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has indicated he is open to restarting discussions with Japan over the future of islands off the northern tip of Hokkaido that were seized by the Soviet Union in the closing stages of the second world war.

18 Apr 2015 - 3:49am

Regina Ip accused of racism over tales of Filipino maids bedding expat bosses

Regina Ip's controversial posting on Facebook.

Executive councillor Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee refused to apologise to Hong Kong's Filipino community yesterday after sparking outrage by quoting anecdotes of domestic helpers seducing expatriate bosses.

18 Apr 2015 - 1:59am 49 comments More on Foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong

Who makes world’s thinnest condoms? Size matters as China firm sues Japanese rival over title

A woman stretches latex made by the Chinese company Guangzhou Daming United Rubber Products. Photo: AFP

Guangzhou Daming United Rubber Products says its 0.036mm-thick condom is thinnest, but Okamoto Industries disputes this saying its own condom is king

17 Apr 2015 - 4:01pm 8 comments

Xiaomi-backed community living offers home from home for China’s would-be entrepreneurs

Liu Yang wants young entrepreneurs to feel at home. Photo: Simon Song

One of the top challenges facing young people in China, especially those who want to start their own businesses, is the cost of finding a place to live, especially in big cities.

17 Apr 2015 - 1:33pm More on The Next Big Thing

Revealed: the team behind China's Operation Fox Hunt against graft suspects hiding abroad

The leader of Operation Fox Hunt, the mainland's campaign to pursue corrupt officials and economic criminals hiding overseas, has revealed his team consists of 20 "hunters" with an average age of 30.

18 Apr 2015 - 9:42am 1 comment More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

US$46 billion Pakistan-China Corridor will not use Asian bank funds

Beijing does not plan to use either the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank or its Silk Road Fund to finance the US$46 billion Pakistan-China economic corridor, with money to come from both countries instead.

18 Apr 2015 - 3:29am
Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical is seeking to raise 5.8 billion yuan in a private placement to eight investors. Photo: Imagine China

China firms raise 8.3b yuan in swift strategic share placements

17 Apr 2015 - 11:46pm
The V Store app connects suppliers and "microshop" owners. More than 100,000 people signed up in the first 10 days. Photo: Simon Song

In age of e-commerce behemoths, microshops find their niche

18 Apr 2015 - 3:14am
Some of the money that was destroyed in the armoured truck blaze. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Armoured truck blaze destroys 600,000 yuan saved minutes earlier by Chinese security staff

17 Apr 2015 - 5:19pm 1 comment
The Hong Kong market ended the morning session on a solid footing on Friday, with energy stocks attracting attention as crude oil prices climb. Photo: Dickson Lee

Mainland China market turnover hits record 1.5 trillion yuan but Hong Kong market down

17 Apr 2015 - 5:59pm
To let: trendy flats for the next start-up generation

To let: trendy flats for the next start-up generation

18 Apr 2015 - 3:14am
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Technologies Consumer Business Group, introduces the firm's smartwatch in March 2015. Photo: EPA

Top 5 tech giants who shape Shenzhen, 'China's Silicon Valley'

17 Apr 2015 - 5:26pm
The smashed toilet at Hefei airport. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Passenger injured at Chinese airport after toilet he was squatting on collapses

17 Apr 2015 - 12:24pm 12 comments
Yuantiku aggregates hundreds of thousands of tests in everything from Chinese language, history, and maths to help prepare students for college entrance exams. Photo: SCMP Pictures

How education app Yuantiku found success with China's young test-taking 'robots'

17 Apr 2015 - 8:00am 2 comments
Ma Xiaodong is an ex-senior official at the Ministry of Public Security. Photo:

Ex-official who helped shape 'Great Firewall' arrested over graft

17 Apr 2015 - 10:33pm 5 comments
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Top 5 most popular wearable devices in China

17 Apr 2015 - 12:42pm

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In a State Council meeting this week, Premier Li Keqiang reportedly launched into a tirade when he learned that some central government decisions were held up by paperwork at lower levels. Photo: AFP

Cutting through the red tape

18 Apr 2015 - 1:02am 1 comment
Portraits of Chinese journalist Gao Yu are seen in front of the national emblem of China during a demonstration calling for the release of Gao, outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters

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18 Apr 2015 - 1:02am

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Hong Kong must free its district councils to spearhead local improvements

Several measures can enhance the relevance of district councils to enhance the delivery of more liveable districts. Paul Zimmerman

In his 2013 policy address, the chief executive put forward the concept of "addressing district issues at the local level and capitalising on local opportunities".

17 Apr 2015 - 5:33pm 2 comments


The DAB treads a new path in electing Starry Lee as leader

Starry Lee at Tam Yiu-chung's shoulder after the party emerged the biggest winner in the 2012 Legco elections. Photo: David Wong Gary Cheung

In electing Starry Lee as leader, the pro-Beijing political party is keen to show its middle-class credentials and appeal to a younger generation.

18 Apr 2015 - 9:47am

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A competitor has her hair measured during the competition in Xinjiang province. Photo: China News Service CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Chinese woman celebrates victory thanks to her 1.8-metre-long locks

5 Apr 2015
An unlicensed hearse collects a body from outside a Beijing hospital. Photo: The Beijing News CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: fury as Beijing hospitals help unlicensed hearses overcharge grieving families

3 Apr 2015
The Palace Museum, in Beijing's Forbidden City, has banned tour guides from using loudhailers since the start of the month to help cut down on excessive noise. Photo: Xinhua CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: tour guides find their loudhailers forbidden in Beijing's Forbidden City

2 Apr 2015 2 comments
A couple drew attention when they wore only their bathing suits while they took a shower in  Wuhan's landmark Guanggu Square. Photo: Sina Weibo CHINADIGEST

Around the nation: couple bath in famed fountain

1 Apr 2015 2 comments
A resident suffered only a slight injury after biting into this Chinese steamed bun containing a 3cm-long needle. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Supermarket’s steamed meat bun offers less-than-tasty treat

31 Mar 2015
Hundreds of butterflies were trampled to death by Chinese children as they rushed to watch the insects being released during a shop's promotional event in Chengdu. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: stampede by excited Chinese children kills hundreds of butterflies

30 Mar 2015
The ancient Chinese coins dated back to 1,000 years ago. Photo: CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Chinese farmer finds 60kg of ancient coins buried deep in family land

29 Mar 2015
A Henan woman who was abducted when she was five is looking for her original family, but can't remember any details of her true identity. Photo: Sina Weibo CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: woman searches for family 30 years after her abduction

27 Mar 2015
Chinese villager Zheng Hongkang, a keen amateur painter, adds a dash of colour to his life-sized clay model of President Xi Jinping. Photo: CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: President Xi Jinping’s ‘China dream’ fires model maker’s imagination

27 Mar 2015
A huge crowd of Chinese women running in a marathon delayed the race after surrounding a handsome Chongqing policeman they thought looks like Hong Kong actor Wallace Chung (right). Photos: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Chinese policeman's looks bring female marathon runners to standstill

25 Mar 2015
Couples stage 'naked weddings - covered in body paint and wearing only their underwear - at Hangzhou Paradise amusement park in Zhejiang province as a rejection of modern Chinese values, which places greater focus on money than love. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Chinese 'naked' wedding celebrations focus on love - not money

24 Mar 2015 3 comments
Du Xiutang, 53, with his 300,000 yuan home-made submarine, which he says needs new investment if it is to set sail... and submerge ... as intended. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Chinese DIY inventor searches for investors to help finish submarine

23 Mar 2015
Traffic backs up on a Kunming highway. Photo: CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation, March 23, 2015

22 Mar 2015
A finless porpoise is treated to a physical exam at Poyang Lake, Jiangxi province. Photo: Xinhua CHINA DIGEST

Around the Nation: Chinese teacher shot in head was mistaken as wild boar; free physicals for porpoises

20 Mar 2015


Chinese SUV sales have passed foreign brands on the mainland. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China's carmakers are winning home SUV market with low-price strategy

After years of losing out to foreign brands, China's carmakers are winning in the world's hottest SUV market by employing a tried and tested strategy: offering them cheap.

18 Apr 2015 - 6:00am 1 comment

Trafigura chief Jeremy Weir set to make 'history' with speech

When Trafigura Beheer chief executive Jeremy Weir takes the stage at a conference in the Swiss city of Lausanne next week, he will do something no CEO of his company has ever done before. He will speak in public.

18 Apr 2015 - 4:00am


A construction project at a property in Shanghai. Photo: Reuters CHINA

Glorious Property Holdings posts 2.99bn yuan in losses, from 292.1 million yuan profit in 2013


Hit by sinking profit margins and lower property sales, the highly-geared mainland China developer Glorious Property Holdings said on Thursday it recorded a loss of 2.99 billion yuan last year, in a sharp reversal from the 292.1 million yuan profit it rang up in 2013.

16 Apr 2015 - 10:38am

Kaisa Group’s public float at 20.81pc, below regulation 25pc


Embattled mainland China developer Kaisa Group Holdings said on Thursday its public float fell to 20.81 per cent, below the minimum regulatory requirement of 25 per cent.

Trading in Kaisa shares has been suspended since March 31, 2015.

16 Apr 2015 - 9:11am

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The Central Police Station complex on Hollywood Road when renovations began in 2013

M+ curator poached to run art programme at refurbished Central Police Station

The Jockey Club has poached Tobias Berger from M+ to head the art element of the revitalised Central Police Station.  His appointment will facilitate the development of a concrete strategy for the lavishly-restored heritage cluster in the heart of Central.

17 Apr 2015 - 5:39pm 2 comments

Music review: the greatness of Courtney Bennett

17 Apr 2015

IN PICTURES: Hong Kong's iconic sights and objects star in British artist's eye-catching prints

17 Apr 2015
Saiyuud Diwong with papaya salad at her Bangkok cooking school.

How a cookery school in a Thai slum became an international success

In 2012, the world's news media gleefully reported that a Thai cookbook - in fierce competition with Estonian Sock Patterns All Around the World and A Century of Sand Dredging in the Bristol Channel - had won a prize for the world's oddest book title.

17 Apr 2015 - 6:55am

Huge plastic bladder makes bulk wine imports cheaper and greener

17 Apr 2015

The best of Bordeaux

17 Apr 2015
Whatsapp keeps Hong Kong workers on the job, wherever they are

Whatsapp the top pick for Hong Kong’s remote workers who need to stay in touch

Messaging app Whatsapp and file sharing tool Dropbox are the most popular remote working tools among Hong Kong workers, according to a global survey on remote working habits.

17 Apr 2015 - 6:36pm More on Whatsapp

Xiaomi-backed community living offers home from home for China’s would-be entrepreneurs

17 Apr 2015

Top 5 tech giants who shape Shenzhen, 'China's Silicon Valley'

17 Apr 2015



Star attraction Eugenie Bouchard was a late withdrawal from last year's Hong Kong Open. HKTA president Herbert Chow got into hot water with the WTA for claiming  Bouchard did not "honour her agreement". Photo: USA Today Sports TENNIS

Hong Kong outrage at WTA's bullying tactics

The Hong Kong Tennis Open will be US$10,000 in the red even before a ball is hit in October. It involves a "personal fine" placed by the WTA on Hong Kong Tennis Association president Herbert Chow Siu-lung for his "disparaging" remarks after Eugenie Bouchard's last-minute withdrawal from the inaugural tournament last year.

18 Apr 2015 - 12:36am


A game of bubble soccer in the dark at Wong Chuk Hang. COVER STORY

Want to play Quidditch? You can, in a former Hong Kong factory

The industrial plants that were the making of Hong Kong have become fun palaces where you can play Harry Potter's favourite game, or try bubble soccer, indoor skiing,  archery tag and other serious indoor fun.

17 Apr 2015 - 10:42am More on LIFE

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