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Premier Li Keqiang signals China’s ‘new normal’ with lower annual growth target

Li Keqiang gives his speech today at Great Hall of the People, in which he admitted that downward pressure on China’s economy was intensifying. Photo: Xinhua

He tells NPC delegates that government has set growth target this year of about 7pc - below last year’s 7.5 pc - and will create 10 million new jobs and continue fight against pollution and corruption 

Thursday, 5 March, 2015, 6:00pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Knifeman slashes US ambassador; screaming attacker demands Korean unification

Knifeman slashes US ambassador; screaming attacker demands Korean unification

US Ambassador Mark Lippert was slashed on the face and wrist today by a man wielding a knife with a 25cm blade and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police said.

5 Mar 2015 - 11:23am 4 comments

‘One country, two systems’ for Hong Kong must comply with China constitution, says Li Keqiang

Li restated the promise of “Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong”. Photo: Bloomberg Update

The implementation of the “one country, two systems” principle must strictly comply with the Chinese constitution and the Basic Law, Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday.

5 Mar 2015 - 5:08pm 18 comments More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

China pledges to cut coal use, increase renewables to help tackle pollution

Shanghai's skyline shrouded in smog last month. China's economic planning body wants to halt any increased use of coal, one the main causes of pollution. Photo: AFP

China’s top state planning agency has pledged to accelerate policies to promote cleaner and renewable sources of energy and tackle overcapacity in polluting industrial sectors.

5 Mar 2015 - 5:49pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Prince William praised by Chinese internet users for tough stance on wildlife trafficking

Prince William visiting an elephant reserve in Yunnan province in southwest China. He urged China to become a global leader in the fight against the illegal trade in wildlife. Photo: AFP

Britain’s Prince William has won praise from internet users in China after he visited an elephant reserve and condemned illegal wildlife trafficking as “a vicious form of criminality”.

5 Mar 2015 - 5:57pm

Technology leaders say ‘no comment’ on US-China relations amid trade war fears

US president Barack Obama has criticised Beijing's far-reaching anti-terrorism laws, which will affect US tech firms. Photo: Reuters Analysis

US-China relations have quickly become the last thing many business leaders on both sides are willing to discuss publicly, following US president Barack Obama's sharp criticism of Beijing's new rules regarding American tech firms.

5 Mar 2015 - 5:47pm 1 comment More on Barack Obama

China calls for ‘restraint’ amid rebel, government forces clashes in Myanmar

Migrant workers fleeing from the fighting in Kokang last month. China is concerned about the renewed fighting close to its border. Photo: Reuters

Myanmar must ensure “lower temperatures” along its border with China and all sides must exercise restraint, a senior Chinese official told a Myanmar envoy, following clashes inside the Southeast Asian nation that have pushed refugees into China.

5 Mar 2015 - 1:59pm 1 comment

Time to let the hate for Mayweather flow, legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler tells Pacquiao

Marvin Hagler still looks fighting fit at 60. Photo: KY Cheng

Boxing legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler knows exactly what Manny Pacquiao is going through as he prepares to take on Floyd Mayweather – and he says now’s the time for the Filipino star to let the hate flow through him.

5 Mar 2015 - 6:17pm More on Manny Pacquiao

China’s passenger flights ‘10 times safer than global average’, says aviation chief

China's passenger flights are '10 times safer than the global average', says China's civil aviation chief, Li Jiaxiang. Photo:  AFP

Li Jiaxiang, head of Civil Aviation Administration, also vows to 'improve air traffic control services and coordinate with various parties' to tackle flight delays and poor customer service

5 Mar 2015 - 5:51pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

China endorses Alibaba as it backs e-commerce expansion of Chinese internet firms

Alibaba, the world’s largest e-commerce company, is led by its founder, Jack Ma. Photo: AFP

China will back e-commerce development and guide international expansion by Chinese internet companies, Premier Li Keqiang said today in an endorsement for companies such as Alibaba and JD.com.

5 Mar 2015 - 4:20pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

China boosts military budget by 10.1 per cent, despite slowing economy

China said today that its official military budget will grow by 10.1 per cent in the coming year, amid unease among Beijing’s neighbours about its growing might and territorial ambitions.

5 Mar 2015 - 6:07pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Reporter’s notebook: early start vital if I want to be out in front and beat rivals to global headlines

No, it was not Beijing’s train station. Not today. It was the Great Hall of the People.

5 Mar 2015 - 5:25pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015
Alibaba founder and executive chairman of Jack Ma Yun gestures during a recent speech at National Taiwan University. Photo: AFP

The Netflix of China? Alibaba buys US$382 million stake in film and TV production company

5 Mar 2015 - 11:21am
Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said dignitaries from around the world would be invited to the event. Photo: China Radio International

Obama to be invited to Beijing military parade to mark end of second world war

5 Mar 2015 - 5:48pm
The Galapad Settler utilises graphene in its design to increase battery life and touchscreen sensitivity. Photo: Galapad

Graphene-based Chinese smartphone technology could 'boost battery life by 50 per cent'

5 Mar 2015 - 4:10pm
Shanghai police practice with a 'bendable gun' that can shoot around corners. Photo: Xinhua

Shanghai police train with ‘bendable guns’ that can shoot around corners

5 Mar 2015 - 5:47pm 2 comments
The third session of China's 12th National People's Congress (NPC) opens at the Great Hall of the People on March 5, 2015. Photo: Simon Song

China targets 7pc economic growth this year; military spending to rise 10.1 pc

5 Mar 2015 - 6:10pm
McDonald’s Corp has long battled negative perceptions about its food, but the issue has become a bigger vulnerability as more people shift toward options they feel are made with higher-quality ingredients. Photo: AP

Bitten by criticism, McDonald's vows to take antibiotics-laced chicken off the menu

5 Mar 2015 - 3:01pm
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers the government work report during the opening meeting of the third session of China's 12th National People's Congress. Photo: Xinhua

China unveils targets for 2015: Li Keqiang’s speech as it happened

5 Mar 2015 - 6:05pm
Xing Yunming has been detained by military graft-busters. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Chinese military intelligence chief Xing Yunming held in graft inquiry

5 Mar 2015 - 7:45am 2 comments
Agents question residents at an apartment complex in Rowland Heights, California, as part of the investigation yesterday. Photo: TNS

US homes raided in crackdown on pregnant Chinese ‘birth tourism’ rings

5 Mar 2015 - 3:12am 9 comments
Wreckage of second world war battleship Musashi. A crew of 1,023 was lost when the ship was sunk by US planes during the conflict's largest naval battle. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Japan's biggest warship found off the Philippines, says billionaire Paul Allen

5 Mar 2015 - 10:36am

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Leader

John Tsang's message was common sense: if you cannot afford it, do not buy.

Sweet dreams of home ownership can turn into nightmare

5 Mar 2015 - 2:22am 1 comment
Buildings amid heavy air pollution, in Wuhan, Hubei. Photo: Reuters

Chai Jing's documentary on pollution brings out the stark truth

5 Mar 2015 - 8:08am 6 comments

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Insight

Beware the line between promoting Hong Kong's uniqueness, and championing independence

Living in Hong Kong, I find many locals tend to call "the mainland" China. JIANG XUN

Twenty years ago, I arrived in Hong Kong from Shanghai. At the Lo Wu immigration checkpoint, I needed to fill out an entry form, which asked where I came from. I wrote "Shanghai". The immigration officer glanced at it and said "Shanghai" should be amended to "China".

5 Mar 2015 - 6:03pm

Focus

Educator Leung Kee-cheong on how to end class struggle in Hong Kong

In a special series on ideas to take the city into the future, we talk to educator Leung Kee-cheong. Photo: K.Y. Cheng SHIRLEY ZHAO

Hong Kong needs to change its education system. That is if it's serious about wanting more entrepreneurs to spur innovation and competition. Otherwise, money spent on start-ups is money poured down the drain.

5 Mar 2015 - 3:46pm 8 comments

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Knifeman slashes US ambassador; screaming attacker demands Korean unification SOUTH KOREA

Knifeman slashes US ambassador; screaming attacker demands Korean unification

US Ambassador Mark Lippert was slashed on the face and wrist today by a man wielding a knife with a 25cm blade and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police said.

5 Mar 2015 - 11:23am 4 comments

World

Prosecutors argue Dzhokar Tsarnaev (inset) and his older brother had carried out the attacks to avenge the deaths of Muslims overseas. Photo: Reuters BOSTON MARATHON

‘It was him’: Boston bomber’s lawyers as trial opens admit he carried out deadly attack

Gruesome details of injuries sustained by victims of the Boston Marathon bombings were recounted to jurors yesterday as lawyers for the Muslim student on trial for the attack admitted he carried out the bloody assault.

5 Mar 2015 - 3:39pm

Business

US president Barack Obama has criticised Beijing's far-reaching anti-terrorism laws, which will affect US tech firms. Photo: Reuters US-CHINA RELATIONS

Technology leaders say ‘no comment’ on US-China relations amid trade war fears

Analysis

US-China relations have quickly become the last thing many business leaders on both sides are willing to discuss publicly, following US president Barack Obama's sharp criticism of Beijing's new rules regarding American tech firms.

5 Mar 2015 - 5:47pm 1 comment More on Barack Obama
SMARTPHONES

Graphene-based Chinese smartphone technology could 'boost battery life by 50 per cent'

Phone and tablet owners frustrated that their devices only stay charged for half a day may have found their salvation in new Chinese smartphones which contain the so-called wonder material graphene. 

5 Mar 2015 - 4:10pm More on THE NEXT BIG THING
Oscar winners Francis Ford Coppola and Susan Sarandon will join a celebration of art and creativity in Hong Kong next week as Art Basel gets under way. Photos: EPA

Susan Sarandon to be honoured at Hong Kong dinner

Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon will receive an award next week at a Hong Kong gala dinner for her outstanding contribution to cinema.

5 Mar 2015 - 5:35pm More on Art Basel 2015

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5 Mar 2015

Yoshitomo Nara: neo-pop artist who defies categorisation

4 Mar 2015
Last year's Macau Wine & Dine Festival. This year's is bigger, but there's enough space for everyone to enjoy the wine, a veteran of such shows says.

Venetian Macao hosts third wine-and-dine festival

It’s third time the charm for the Macau Wine & Dine Festival festival, which in its first two years was quite small and barely worth the excursion from Hong Kong.

5 Mar 2015 - 4:23pm

Art on a plate: hotels offer Art Basel-themed menus

4 Mar 2015

Bordeaux 2005: how 'vintage of the century' drinks at 10 years old

5 Mar 2015
The Galapad Settler utilises graphene in its design to increase battery life and touchscreen sensitivity. Photo: Galapad

Graphene-based Chinese smartphone technology could 'boost battery life by 50 per cent'

Phone and tablet owners frustrated that their devices only stay charged for half a day may have found their salvation in new Chinese smartphones which contain the so-called wonder material graphene. 

5 Mar 2015 - 4:10pm More on THE NEXT BIG THING

The Netflix of China? Alibaba buys US$382 million stake in film and TV production company

5 Mar 2015

Apple, Google device users vulnerable to hacking over 'zombie' security bug

5 Mar 2015

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Marvelous Marvin Hagler, right, in action against Sugar Ray Leonard in their super-fight of 1987.   Pacquiao-Mayweather

Time to let the hate for Mayweather flow, legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler tells Pacquiao

Boxing legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler knows exactly what Manny Pacquiao is going through as he prepares to take on Floyd Mayweather – and he says now’s the time for the Filipino star to let the hate flow through him.

5 Mar 2015 - 6:01pm More on Manny Pacquiao

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Yoshitomo Nara: neo-pop artist who defies categorisation

Ahead of two important solo exhibitions in Hong Kong, the Japanese artist with a global cult following is dismissive of the way others interpret his work, saying: 'This is just what comes out.'

4 Mar 2015 - 11:43pm More on Art Basel 2015

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