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Over 40 countries seek membership of China-led Asian infrastructure bank

China's President Xi Jinping guides guests at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank launch ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

At least 47 countries and territories from five continents have applied to join the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as founding members.

Wednesday, 1 April, 2015, 7:42am 4 comments

Top tech leaders and innovators to converge on Shanghai for Consumer Electronics CEO Summit

John Kelley says next month's Shanghai event, featuring companies from 14 nations, will help business expand in China. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Top technology leaders and thinkers will meet in China's largest city later this year for a major trade show and summit, showcasing the importance of the world's largest economy to the global tech industry.

1 Apr 2015 - 2:20am

Beijing calls on Macau to join manhunt for fugitive corrupt officials

Huang Shuxian said on Monday he hoped to "pragmatically cooperate with Macau's Commission Against Corruption to strengthen the tracking down of fugitives and proceeds". Photo: Xinhua

A leading Beijing official has urged Macau's graft-buster to cooperate in the central government's crusade to hunt down fugitives from the mainland crackdown on corruption.

1 Apr 2015 - 3:31am 1 comment More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

Caixin Media vows to sue Chinese tycoon Guo Wengui and Hong Kong newspapers for libel

Caixin Media vows to sue Chinese tycoon Guo Wengui and Hong Kong newspapers for libel

A prominent mainland media outlet involved in a spat with tycoon Guo Wengui over recent reporting about him said it was "in the process" of suing the businessman and two Hong Kong newspapers for libel.

1 Apr 2015 - 3:31am

ADB sees potential for cooperation with China on ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative

Stephen Groff, vice-president of the ADB. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) sees potential for cooperating with China in its “One Belt, One Road” initiative to bolster regional infrastructure links, and welcomed new institutions that wanted to support development projects.

31 Mar 2015 - 7:03pm

Apple launches iPad and iPhone trade-in scheme across Greater China

A couple look at an Apple iPhone 6 at an Apple store in the China Central Mall in Beijing, China. Photo: Bloomberg

Apple customers in China will be able to trade-in their old iPhones and iPads in order to upgrade to the latest models, a spokeswoman told the South China Morning Post.

31 Mar 2015 - 7:58pm 2 comments More on Apple

Japan ‘cautious’ about joining China-led development bank as deadline to sign up looms

President Xi Jinping, centre, at the launch ceremony for the development bank in Beijing last year. Photo: Reuters

The Japanese government remained cautious about joining a planned Chinese-led Asian development bank on Tuesday, hours before the deadline China has set for accepting founding members.

31 Mar 2015 - 4:48pm 1 comment

Xiaomi continues 'internet of things' push with new smart scale and power strip

Xiaomi's new smart scale pairs with its fitness and health smartphone tracking app. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China's largest smartphone manufacturer has expanded its drive into customers' homes with five new products, including a smart scale and a smart power strip.

31 Mar 2015 - 8:01pm More on Xiaomi

US 'failed' to give China IMF role

Li Keqiang (right) with US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. Photo: AFP

Lawrence Summers said congressional inaction on a plan to overhaul the International Monetary Fund had helped China gain support among other countries for its own regional development bank.

1 Apr 2015 - 3:31am

China's easing of property curbs reflect housing sector's crucial role in its economy

A man cycles past residential homes in Beijing. Real estate prices in 66 major cities fell in February. Photo: Bloomberg

The easing of the mainland property policy this week has highlighted the crucial role the housing sector plays in supporting the economy, as well as the risks that sliding land sales pose to local governments' finances.

1 Apr 2015 - 3:40am 1 comment

China issues rules on bank deposit insurance scheme

Beijing took a key step yesterday towards drastic reform of the mainland's banking sector as the cabinet published rules governing the deposit insurance system.

1 Apr 2015 - 7:44am

War of words between Chinese firm and Sri Lanka escalates over Colombo Port City

The war of words over the stalled Colombo Port City project escalated yesterday as China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) called the Sri Lankan government’s recent statement on the matter “factually incorrect”.

31 Mar 2015 - 9:41pm 1 comment
Inspectors from the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection visited Baosteel early last month. Photo: Bloomberg

Corruption probe into top figure at Chinese state-owned steel company

1 Apr 2015 - 3:42am
A fleet of government cars and drivers wait to take delegates to the National People's Congress in Beijing four years ago, before the curbs on wasteful spending were introduced. Photo: AFP

Chinese officials forced to take driving lessons after chauffer-driven cars taken off them

31 Mar 2015 - 9:49pm 1 comment
A Chinese vessel expands structures and land on Johnson Reef in the Spratly Islands chain in the South China Sea, in a photo released by the Philippines last year. Photo: AP

China's new reclaimed islands in South China Sea 'causing concern', says US admiral

1 Apr 2015 - 12:17am 1 comment
Chinese evacuees from Yemen arrive at Addis Ababa's Bole International Airport in Ethiopia. They arrived in Ethiopia on their way back to China Monday night. Photo: Xinhua

Hundreds more Chinese citizens evacuated by the navy from war-torn Yemen

31 Mar 2015 - 8:16pm 1 comment
Ma Xingrui's science and technology credentials will energise Shenzhen’s ambition to be the next world-class innovation hub, think tank experts say. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Space scientist turned Shenzhen party boss Ma Xingrui to give innovation a starring role

31 Mar 2015 - 1:44pm
WhatsApp users on Android can now send voice messages as well as text. Photo: Bloomberg

WhatsApp rolls out voice calls for Android, iOS coming soon

31 Mar 2015 - 7:31pm 1 comment
Google Maps users can play the classic arcade game Pac-Man anywhere in the world, including in Hong Kong's Central district. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Pac-Man in Lan Kwai Fong: Google Maps rolls out arcade game feature for April Fool's Day

1 Apr 2015 - 1:27am
Many Hongkongers find it troublesome to type in Cantonese on smartphones. Photo: EPA

Why Cantonese keyboard is one of the most popular tools in Apple's Hong Kong app store

31 Mar 2015 - 1:26pm 5 comments
US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, left, meets Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday. Photo: AFP

China suspends bank technology restrictions opposed by US

31 Mar 2015 - 1:17pm 1 comment
Swiss pilots Andre Boschberg (left) and Bertrand Piccard receive a warm welcome in Chongqing. Photo: AP

Solar-powered plane arrives in China ahead of toughest leg in round-the-world flight

31 Mar 2015 - 9:55pm 1 comment

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The Germanwings tragedy makes clear that cabin practices and the training and experience of co-pilots should also be reviewed. Photo: AFP

After Germanwings tragedy, it's time to review the rules governing pilots

1 Apr 2015 - 8:12am
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1 Apr 2015 - 12:48am

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Hong Kong must move now on third runway or risk falling far behind

Without the third runway, the growth of the Hong Kong hub will be stifled. IVAN CHU

We are facing a stark reality as the current two-runway system at Hong Kong International Airport gets perilously close to reaching full capacity.

31 Mar 2015 - 5:50pm 7 comments


CY Leung warns pan-democrats against filibustering talks on Hong Kong joining China-led AIIB

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (in focus) participates at the Boao Forum for Asia at the weekend in Hainan, China. He said Hong Kong was considering joining the Beijing-led bank AIIB. Photo: AP Tony Cheung

Leung Chun-ying urged Hong Kong’s pan-democrat lawmakers not to filibuster should the government seek approval on matters related to joining the China-led bank AIIB.

1 Apr 2015 - 8:42am 32 comments

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Amos Yee (right) is accompanied to court by his father. The teenager compared Lee Kuan Yew to Jesus Christ, and made disparaging remarks about Christians, the police said. Photo: AFP RELIGION

Father of Singapore blogger critical of Lee Kuan Yew apologises for son’s behaviour


The father of teenage Singaporean blogger Amos Yee has tearfully apologised for the behaviour of his son, who was charged with offences yesterday over an expletive-laden online critique of Lee Kuan Yew and Christianity.

31 Mar 2015 - 11:06pm 35 comments More on Lee Kuan Yew


Police shot and killed one of the men who tried to ram a vehicle through the National Security Agency headquarters entrance in Fort Meade. Photo: Reuters

One dead after two men dressed as women try to ram car into NSA headquarters

US police opened fire and one suspect died after two men dressed in women’s clothing tried to ram their car onto the grounds of the National Security Agency outside Washington.

31 Mar 2015 - 9:56pm More on US National Security Agency
Apocalypse Kowloon: artist creates dystopian world based on a Hong Kong he's never seen

Apocalypse Kowloon: artist creates dystopian world based on a Hong Kong he's never seen

A French graphic artist has reimagined Hong Kong as a dystopian, post-apocalyptic metropolis inhabited by giant robots and cyberpunk characters - without ever visiting the city. The artworks could spawn a comic book, he hopes.

31 Mar 2015 - 7:47pm

'I made out with 40 girls': Meet the Kim Jong-un impersonator who scored big at the Sevens

31 Mar 2015 4 comments

Three insider's tips for Hong Kong music lovers

31 Mar 2015
Bombarding onions with irradiating ions drastically reduces content of its tear-inducing enzyme. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Onions won't make you cry any more, thanks to Japanese scientists

The sobbing of a chef as she chops onions in the kitchen could be a thing of the past thanks to one Japanese company, which says it has produced a tear-free vegetable.

31 Mar 2015 - 7:21pm

Hong Kong hosts California burger chain In-N-Out's second pop-up

31 Mar 2015 5 comments

How to grow your own herbs in humid Hong Kong

31 Mar 2015 1 comment
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DNA studies shed light on genetic mixing across four continents

The internet and modern genetics have been a pair of high-wattage searchlights slicing through one of the darkest periods of modern human history: more than three centuries of conquest, slave trade and population displacement in the Americas.

29 Mar 2015 - 8:58am

Nitrogen emissions in smog threatens to 'massacre' world's forests: Chinese scientists

29 Mar 2015 3 comments

Destroying the soil is going to be the death of us if we're not careful

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Rory McIlroy got a huge appearance fee to play in the 2012 Hong Kong Open, but he failed to make the cut. Photo: USA Today Sports FUNDING

Financial boost likely for Hong Kong showpiece golf and tennis opens

Golf and tennis are in line to receive millions of dollars in funding from the revamped Mega Events Fund for each sport's showpiece tournaments later this year, a top Hong Kong government official said.

1 Apr 2015 - 12:20am


Vivienne Tam's tale of two cities: from Hong Kong girl to New York success story

Vivienne Tam's tale of two cities: from Hong Kong girl to New York success story

Hong Kong's most iconic design export, Vivienne Tam tells Jing Zhang about bridging the East-West fashion divide, and why she had to move to New York to make it in her hometown.

28 Mar 2015 - 11:27pm 5 comments

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