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China to increase military spending ‘by about 10 per cent this year’: NPC spokeswoman

The Chinese People's Liberation Army started a live-fire drill in northeast China, named "Joint Action-2014E",  the largest in scale in 2014. Photo: www.mod.gov.cn

Fu Ying, the National People’s Congress spokeswoman, told this week’s annual plenum that the rise was in line with suggestions by the central authority.

Wednesday, 4 March, 2015, 12:38pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Hong Kong ranked 70th in world for quality of living - way behind rival Singapore

Hong Kong's efficient transport system lifted it above other cities in China. Photo: Nora Tam

Hong Kong offers the best quality of living among cities in China but has fallen behind its main competitor Singapore and major Japanese cities, according to a survey.

4 Mar 2015 - 1:56pm 9 comments

Chinese worker lives in a cave so he can send rent money home to his family

The super-frugal migrant worker from Hebei province keeps only a radio, a quilt and some clothes in his cave in Jinan. Photos: China News Service New

A narrow cave on a desolate mountain can hardly be called home sweet home.

But it’s just that for a Chinese migrant worker who has sacrificed comfort and decent lodgings to be able to save enough money for his family.

4 Mar 2015 - 2:49pm

Huawei unveils new smart watch to challenge Apple in luxury wearables market

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Technologies Consumer Business Group, introduces the firm's smartwatch. Photo: EPA

Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei has unveiled its first smartwatch that is aimed at the higher end of the wearables market, a week before Apple is expected to host an event to present a rival device.

4 Mar 2015 - 11:21am 1 comment More on THE NEXT BIG THING

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

Federal agents swarm over an upscale apartment complex in Irvine, California, that was allegedly being used to house Chinese "birth tourists" on Tuesday. Photo: AP

Federal agents have raided more than a dozen homes in a crackdown on so-called maternity tourism operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the US.

4 Mar 2015 - 1:51pm

Australia 'revolted' as Indonesia transfers Bali Nine drug ringleaders to island for execution

Australians Andrew Chan (left) and Myuran Sukumaran were sentenced to death in 2006, a year after being arrested. Photo: Reuters

Two Australian drug smugglers in Indonesia were transferred today to an island where they will be executed, a move that left Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying his country was “revolted”.

4 Mar 2015 - 12:25pm 1 comment

Vegas gamblers piling money on Pacquiao to beat Mayweather

Vegas gamblers have given Pacquiao the thumbs up so far. Photo: AP

Manny Pacquiao has always believed he can do what 47 other fighters before him have failed to do – beat Floyd Mayweather Jr in the ring.

4 Mar 2015 - 2:38pm More on Manny Pacquiao

Xiaomi tycoon denies seating spat with ‘rival’ at National People’s Congress

Xiaomi boss Lei Jun. He said nobody was following the seating plan and he had turned up late. Photo: Associated Press

A mobile phone tycoon has denied that he and another company chief executive refused to sit next to each other at a National People’s Congress meeting in Beijing after the two firms were involved in a high-profile dispute last year over intellectual property rights.

4 Mar 2015 - 2:14pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

China’s failure to audit overseas state-owned assets ‘creates hotbed of corruption’

China's anti-corruption watchdog has launched a series of inspections into state-owned enterprises including Sinopec Group, parent company of the oil and gas business, Sinopec. Photo: Reuters

The overseas assets of China's state-owned companies 'provided a hotbed of corruption because central government almost never audited their financial accounts'.

4 Mar 2015 - 1:50pm 1 comment More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

'China brain' project seeks military funding as Baidu makes artificial intelligence plans

Baidu founder Robin Li Yanhong speaks to reporters at the Great Hall of the People about his plans to develop artificial intelligence. Photo: Simon Song

The of online search giant Baidu is looking to the nation's military to support efforts which may make China the world leader in developing artificial intelligence systems.

4 Mar 2015 - 10:15am 2 comments More on Baidu

Beijing delegates banned from 'checking social media, playing games on phone' at congress

Delegates from Beijing attending the National People’s Congress face tougher rules of conduct, according to a newspaper report, including a ban on checking social media on their mobile phones during meetings.

4 Mar 2015 - 12:07pm 1 comment More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

China’s top politicians told to restore image after string of leaders snared in graft probe

The chief of China's political advisory body has vowed to restore its image after the downfall of a string of top leaders caught up in the anti-graft campaign.

4 Mar 2015 - 9:55am 1 comment More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015
Will China's censors rob its anti-corruption chief of his favourite TV show, 'House Of Cards'?

Will China's censors rob its anti-corruption chief of his favourite TV show, 'House Of Cards'?

4 Mar 2015 - 10:34am 5 comments
Documentary maker Chai Jing's documentary suggests that the standards committee was dominated and heavily influenced by major oil companies.

Smog documentary on China's pollution wrong to blame oil, say industry bosses

4 Mar 2015 - 11:44am 6 comments
Lightning and a huge geyser of lava light up the sky over the Villarrica volcano on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

Spectacular eruption of Villarrica volcano in southern Chile sends thousands fleeing

4 Mar 2015 - 11:49am
President Xi meets President Obama last year. Obama has criticised China's new tech rules. Photo: Reuters

Obama sharply criticises China's plans for new technology rules

4 Mar 2015 - 1:53pm 2 comments
Carved tusks are exhibited along side a leopard skin

British royals’ ivory stash may dent Prince William’s anti-poaching message in China

3 Mar 2015 - 6:37pm 1 comment
Alibaba Group's headquarters in Hangzhou, China. Photo: Reuters

Alibaba announces US$316m Taiwan start-up fund amid regulatory problems

4 Mar 2015 - 5:43am 1 comment
Yuan Zhiming (right) and his accuser, Chai Ling. Photos: AFP, SCMP

Tiananmen dissident quits church over extramarital sex; denies raping activist Chai Ling

3 Mar 2015 - 5:59pm
Britain's Prince William 'high fives' soccer student Li Ziyu, 11, during an English Premier League training session at Shanghai's Nanyang Secondary School. Photo: Xinhua

Britain's Prince William's soccer diplomacy hits target in China

4 Mar 2015 - 5:47am
Twenty members of a local Chinese opera troupe died and 13 other people were hurt after their bus plunged over a cliff in Linzhou, in Henan province late on Monday night. Photo: Xinhua

Twenty members of Chinese opera troupe killed in bus crash

3 Mar 2015 - 8:34pm 3 comments
A paramilitary policeman on guard near the Great Hall of the People ahead of this week's parliamentary meetings in Beijing. Photo: Bloomberg

Cutting through the jargon at China’s parliamentary sessions

4 Mar 2015 - 9:59am

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Leader

Protesters clash with police during the rally against parallel trading in Yuen Long. Photo: David Wong

Parallel trading, not mainland visitors, is the real problem

4 Mar 2015 - 1:44am 6 comments
People hold pictures of Boris Nemtsov during a memorial march on March 1 that replaced a protest rally he helped organising. Photo: Kyodo

Assassins must be brought to justice

4 Mar 2015 - 9:52am

Today's Poll

  • Anti-corruption drive: 11%
  • Economy: 9%
  • Pollution: 42%
  • Party reshuffle: 4%
  • Mainland-HK relationship: 17%
  • Legal reforms: 16%
4 Mar 2015
  • Anti-corruption drive
  • Economy
  • Pollution
  • Party reshuffle
  • Mainland-HK relationship
  • Legal reforms
Total number of votes recorded: 189

Insight

Why Hong Kong students need more drama in their lives

Drama narrates stories based on real life. We watch plays that talk about relationships, about love and loss, which come in many forms. Photo: Nora Tam NICOLE GARBELLINI

Local schools are widely characterised by pressure and competition.

4 Mar 2015 - 1:15pm

Focus

Use fusion of Chinese and Western cultures to bring Hong Kong to the world, says director

In a special series on ideas for the city’s future, we talk to director Fredric Mao Chun-fai Vivienne Chow

Fredric Mao Chun-fai is standing in the foyer of the Lyric Theatre, a soft smile on his face as he greets members of the audience heading in to see his latest theatrical sensation Tonnochy.

4 Mar 2015 - 10:03am 1 comment

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Asia

Australians Andrew Chan (left) and Myuran Sukumaran were sentenced to death in 2006, a year after being arrested. Photo: Reuters DEATH PENALTY

Australia 'revolted' as Indonesia transfers Bali Nine drug ringleaders to island for execution

Two Australian drug smugglers in Indonesia were transferred today to an island where they will be executed, a move that left Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying his country was “revolted”.

4 Mar 2015 - 12:25pm 1 comment

Business

The HSBC/Markit Services Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the mainland picked up to 52.0 last month. Photo: Reuters PMI

Mainland China services sector picks up in February, new orders at three-month high

The mainland services sector expanded for a 10th straight month in February, a survey on private sector activity reported ahead of an expected cut in the mainland’s annual growth target by Chinese leaders.

4 Mar 2015 - 2:51pm
METALS FINANCING PROBE

London Metal Exchange considering extension of LMEsword warrant oversight

The London Metal Exchange is considering whether its electronic LMEsword system could be used to oversee metal stored outside the exchange, an executive said on Tuesday, the latest sign that a financing fraud on the mainland is still roiling banks and trading.

4 Mar 2015 - 1:13pm
2005 wines from Medoc's left bank show a sense of restraint, with alcohol levels rarely exceeding 13.5 per cent by volume.

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

We’ve spent so much of the past five years extolling the virtues of the 2009 and 2010 vintages in Bordeaux that the previous “vintage of the century” has been languishing a little in the corner, hidden in the shade of those two more recent blockbusters.

4 Mar 2015 - 10:29am

New restaurant: Ore-no Kappou by Ginza Okamoto

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Four hangouts with a creative vibe for Art Basel crowd

4 Mar 2015
Baidu founder Robin Li Yanhong speaks to reporters at the Great Hall of the People about his plans to develop artificial intelligence. Photo: Simon Song

'China brain' project seeks military funding as Baidu makes artificial intelligence plans

The of online search giant Baidu is looking to the nation's military to support efforts which may make China the world leader in developing artificial intelligence systems.

4 Mar 2015 - 10:15am 2 comments More on Baidu

Google team proposes way to rank search results by their accuracy

4 Mar 2015

Ikea launches furniture that can charge phones

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Sport

Savvy Nature in training last month. Photo: Kenneth Chan Hong Kong Derby

John Moore’s Savvy Nature fails to make Hong Kong Derby field

John Moore-trained Australian import Savvy Nature has missed out on a place in the 14-horse field for next weekend’s Group One BMW Hong Kong Derby after he was named first reserve today.

4 Mar 2015 - 1:05pm More on BMW Hong Kong Derby 2015

Magazines

Richard Leakey. Photos: May Tse; Corbis; The Leakey Foundation; AFP Wildlife conservation

Richard Leakey on a conservation crusade (just don't mention God)

A scion of the Leakey family – whose fossil discoveries helped reveal how humans evolved – Richard has also been hailed as a saviour of the African elephant. Sarah Lazarus wonders whether Brad Pitt will do justice to this charismatic Kenyan in a forthcoming biopic …

1 Mar 2015 - 6:05pm

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