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China’s military budget to increase ‘about 10 per cent’, lowest rise in five years

Military delegates arrive at the Great Hall of the People for the annual session of the National People's Congress. Photo: Jason Lee Update

National People’s Congress spokeswoman Fu Ying tells his week’s annual plenum that China plans to increase its military budget by about 10 per cent this year.

Thursday, 5 March, 2015, 2:52am 13 comments More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

China’s anti-terrorism law ‘won’t affect US tech firms’

National People's Congress spokeswoman Fu Ying speaks at a news conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: AFP

China moves to calm fears over its anti-terrorism law today by saying it will not affect network operators after US President Barack Obama expressed fears it would affect American tech firms.

4 Mar 2015 - 11:13pm More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Xiaomi smartphone chief predicts ‘Chinese companies will lead world in future’

Lei Jun, chairman and chief executive of technology company, Xiaomi, aims to surpass Apple as the world’s No 1 smartphone maker within 10 years. Photo: Reuters

Lei Jun, chairman and chief executive of the world's No 3 smartphone maker, adds his vote of confidence to the mainland’s “go-global” drive to invest abroad

4 Mar 2015 - 7:12pm 3 comments More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

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 to be able to save for his family.

4 Mar 2015 - 3:47pm 6 comments

Alibaba launches first data centre in Silicon Valley amid ramped-up US expansion

Alibaba's headquarters in Hangzhou. New York-traded Alibaba’s foray into data centre services in the US represents its most direct expansion in the US. Photo: AP

The new facility run by Aliyun, the cloud-computing operation of Hangzhou-based Alibaba, faces stiff competition in a vast market.

4 Mar 2015 - 4:20pm More on Alibaba

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

Reliable transport helped lift the city's ranking. Photo: Edward Wong

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

5 Mar 2015 - 3:19am 33 comments

Standard Chartered pre-tax profit falls 30 per cent, hit by ‘perfect storm’

Standard Chartered is looking to save US$1.8 billion through aggressive cuts in businesses and headcount in three years. Photo: Bloomberg Update

Standard Chartered pre-tax profit fell 30 per cent in 2014 to US$4.24 billion, far short of analysts’ expectations

4 Mar 2015 - 11:21pm 4 comments More on Standard Chartered Bank

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

A paramilitary police officer stands guard in Tiananmen Square near the Great Hall of the People. The National People's Congress formally opens on Thursday. Photo: Associated Press

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 - 4:19pm 5 comments More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

Deadly Hong Kong flu outbreak ‘won’t spread to mainland’, says disease expert

The current outbreak of the H3N2 flu virus has so far killed 319 people in Hong Kong. Photo: EPA

China’s top respiratory specialist, who is regarded as a hero for his efforts in fighting the Sars epidemic, says Hong Kong's deadly outbreak of the H3N2 flu virus will not spread to the mainland.

4 Mar 2015 - 6:31pm 3 comments More on China Parliamentary Sessions 2015

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

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

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 - 5:27pm

Chinese military intelligence chief Xing Yunming held in graft inquiry

The chief of a Chinese military intelligence agency is under investigation for alleged corruption, detained by graft-busters in the run-up to Lunar New Year, according to two independent sources.

5 Mar 2015 - 2:48am More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

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
Xiaomi vice president of global operations Hugo Barra. Photo: AP

Xiaomi coming to US and Europe, but no smartphones yet due to 'patent gap'

4 Mar 2015 - 4:33pm
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 7 comments
Liang Zhentao, 45, died in an accident involving a Hong Kong-registered boat at a Shenzhen beach on January 1. Photo: SCMP Pictures.

Owner of Hong Kong-registered boat in Shenzhen tragedy is refused request for new autopsy of victim

4 Mar 2015 - 5:31pm
NPC spokeswoman Fu Ying says Beijing won't budge. Photo: Xinhua

Anson Chan's think tank suggests easing 'majority support' rule in Hong Kong's chief executive race

5 Mar 2015 - 12:25am 7 comments
Tesla CEO Elon Musk at a news conference in Beijing. Musk was the most searched luxury business last year. Photo: Reuters

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Prada boss among world's most-searched luxury business leaders

4 Mar 2015 - 11:08am
General view of the opening session of the plenum at the Great Hall of the People. As for the CPPCC plenary session, its budget last year was 70 million yuan (HK$88 million), according to its website. This means more than 32,600 yuan was spent on each of the 2,143 delegates at the 10-day session. Photo: EPA

Austerity on full display at China's annual plenum, but how much money is really saved?

4 Mar 2015 - 9:56am
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Technologies Consumer Business Group, introduces the firm's smartwatch. Photo: EPA

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

4 Mar 2015 - 11:21am 1 comment
Colombia seizes Chinese ship for concealing 100 tonnes of explosives bound for Cuba

Colombia seizes Chinese ship for concealing 100 tonnes of explosives bound for Cuba

4 Mar 2015 - 1:09pm 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 3 comments
Australians Andrew Chan (left) and Myuran Sukumaran were sentenced to death in 2006, a year after being arrested. Photo: Reuters

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

4 Mar 2015 - 7:37pm 1 comment

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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
Buildings amid heavy air pollution, in Wuhan, Hubei. Photo: Reuters

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

5 Mar 2015 - 2:22am 2 comments

Today's Poll

  • Anti-corruption drive: 13%
  • Economy: 9%
  • Pollution: 48%
  • Party reshuffle: 3%
  • Mainland-HK relationship: 15%
  • Legal reforms: 13%
4 Mar 2015
  • Anti-corruption drive
  • Economy
  • Pollution
  • Party reshuffle
  • Mainland-HK relationship
  • Legal reforms
Total number of votes recorded: 348

Insight

Hong Kong must rouse its can-do spirit to get electoral reform passed

The key to securing the necessary votes from democrats may lie in what assurances are given for reform in the future. Cliff Buddle

The Lunar New Year is a good time to make a fresh start. The Year of the Goat has ushered in a slightly more positive environment in which to consider democratic development.

4 Mar 2015 - 5:59pm 2 comments

Focus

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 - 3:30am

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Sweden's top diplomat in Hong Kong 'verbally abused' bar staff SOCIETY

Sweden's top diplomat in Hong Kong 'verbally abused' bar staff

Sweden's top diplomat in Hong Kong, a 19-year veteran in foreign affairs, has apologised for verbally abusing staff at the exclusive Foreign Correspondents' Club in Central during a heated argument over a table.

5 Mar 2015 - 4:42am

Property

Frenetic buying of small flats has driven prices to record highs, prompting the Hong Kong Monetary Authority to impose new mortgage tightening measures. Photo: Reuters LAND SALES

Hong Kong developers may shun sites for small flats amid mortgage curbs

The latest round of mortgage tightening to contain prices of small homes may weaken developers' appetite for land designated for mass housing but will intensify competition for luxury residential sites.

3 Mar 2015 - 8:04pm
Gao Weigang's Consume is in the Encounters section of Art Basel.

20 must-see contemporary art exhibits in Art Basel month

With the third edition of Art Basel Hong Kong and the launch of a new satellite fair, March is the busiest month on the city's contemporary art calendar. Here are 20 shows you shouldn't miss.

4 Mar 2015 - 11:47pm More on Art Basel 2015

Yoshitomo Nara: neo-pop artist who defies categorisation

4 Mar 2015

The Gate Theatre stages Pride and Prejudice in Hong Kong

4 Mar 2015
Uwe Opocensky's petit fours, part of the Mandarin Grill & Bar's Art Basel-themed menu.

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

In honour of Art Basel, from March 15 to 17, the event's official partner, the Mandarin Oriental, will have art-focused promotions throughout the hotel.

4 Mar 2015 - 11:10pm More on Art Basel 2015

Favourite Hong Kong restaurants of Mi-jeong Kim, gallery manager

4 Mar 2015

Restaurant review: Bungalow - tasty lamb, unimaginative desserts

4 Mar 2015
Tech review: three portable Wi-fi scanners

Tech review: three portable Wi-fi scanners

Want a paperless life? These super-fast, super-portable A4 scanners can digitise drawings, recipes, notes and photos in seconds.

4 Mar 2015 - 10:52pm

Xiaomi coming to US and Europe, but no smartphones yet due to 'patent gap'

4 Mar 2015

Alibaba launches first data centre in Silicon Valley amid ramped-up US expansion

4 Mar 2015

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Sport

Hong Kong boxer Rex Tso Sing-yu (right) in action against Espinos Sabu in November last year. Photo: Edward Wong BOXING

Rex Tso joins Top Rank stable in world title hunt

Rex Tso Sing-yu’s dream of becoming Hong Kong’s first world champion has received a massive boost after he signed with one of the world’s biggest promoters.

4 Mar 2015 - 11:45pm More on Rex Tso Sing-yu
Soccer: AFC Champions League

Ricardo Goulart hits hat-trick for Guangzhou Evergrande

Ricardo Goulart’s hat-trick earned Guangzhou Evergrande a 3-2 win over reigning AFC Champions League title-holders Western Sydney Wanderers in Sydney on Wednesday night, but the victory was overshadowed by a nasty injury to goalkeeper Zeng Cheng.

4 Mar 2015 - 11:21pm

Lopsided wins for Pakistan and Australia at Cricket World Cup

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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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