China’s antitrust probes not just aimed at foreign firms, claims state media

A series of antitrust investigations by Chinese regulators are part of efforts to toughen enforcement of a 2008 anti-monopoly law and are not just directed at foreign firms, the official China Daily reported on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 3:41pm

Critics warn China public not to fall for Bo Xilai’s oratory flair

Bo Xilai’s fierce defence in court during his five-day long trial in Jinan has captivated the Chinese public in a way unforeseen by those who wanted to stage a seemingly transparent and legitimate final act to his spectacular downfall.

Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 3:33pm 1 comment More on Bo Xilai

It's Battlestar China! Media passes off sci-fi pictures as aircraft carrier of the future

One of the pictures featured in an article titled "4 Major Trends In Aircraft Carrier Development" was a schematic that had been used by the animation studio responsible for the visual effects in the American science fiction television programme Battlestar Galactica.

Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 3:44pm

No more singing generals and dancing majors in Chinese military: Xi Jinping

President Xi Jinping gave the People’s Liberation Army’s musicians a rare public scolding on Monday for “fooling the masses” after a series of reports exposed their privileged lifestyle and commercial exploitation of their military status.

Updated Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 4:21pm

Corporate investigators arrested in Shanghai for selling personal information

Two corporate investigators, a Briton and an American, have been arrested in Shanghai on charges of illegally selling personal information about Chinese citizens, police announced on Tuesday.

27 August 2013 - 3:33pm More on GlaxoSmithKline

Snowden stayed at Russia’s Hong Kong consulate for two days


Edward Snowden, who exposed mass US surveillance programmes and was granted asylum in Russia, contacted Russian officials before he flew to Moscow and spent two days at the country's diplomatic mission in Hong Kong, a newspaper said yesterday.

27 August 2013 - 3:57am 2 comments More on Edward Snowden

Fervent Mao Zedong fan collects 20,000 souvenir items over 50 years

A 65-year-old Fujian village doctor, who has admired Mao Zedong since he was 15, still spends two hours a day studying Mao's writings - a ritual he considers the “highlight” of his day, reports the Straits Times.

27 August 2013 - 1:07pm 1 comment

Kim Jong-il’s grandson to study at elite French university

The grandson of North Korea’s late dictator Kim Jong-il will begin studying at an elite French university in September, French and South Korean media have reported.

27 August 2013 - 3:06pm 1 comment More on Kim Jong-un

Shanghai ‘roasts’ the giant Rubber Duck

Updated 27 August 2013 - 4:33pm

Lost in Thailand sequel to be shot in Hong Kong

27 August 2013 - 12:08pm

Australia PM Kevin Rudd says warships could be moved north

27 August 2013 - 2:37pm

Evidence of deadly Syria chemical attack ‘undeniable’, says US

27 August 2013 - 5:38am 2 comments

Rush of ‘rumour’ arrests adds to China crackdown fears

27 August 2013 - 12:42pm 1 comment

Ma agrees to debate stalled cross-strait pact with DPP chief

27 August 2013 - 4:59am

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Bo Xilai's trial underlines need for cross-examination in court


In order to establish a rule of law worthy of the country, China will require leaders endowed with vision, wisdom and boldness. Several decades of economic, social and legal development have increased popular demand for a legal system that is fair, impartial and reasonably free of politics and corruption. What has been lacking is leadership.

Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 3:22am 1 comment

Celebrating Hong Kong

Spirit of Hong Kong

Hero's instincts took over as world turned upside down

It was National Day last year. And what was supposed to be a family outing with friends to see the fireworks display in Victoria Harbour became a nightmare for Lee Ming-sun as he tried to keep his family alive in one of Hong Kong's worst maritime disasters.

But it was also a night that saw Lee display tremendous heroism when he gave up his search for his wife in order to help a drowning man.

Local trainer blitzes the field

Angel of Temple Street

Octogenarian dancer brings cheer to elderly

Uniquely Hong Kong

Dim Sum: A tradition that's anything but dim

“Making dim sum isn’t easy," says chef Mak Gui-pui. “There are many factors that can influence the taste. Take barbecued pork buns - even the weather can affect the outcome,” he adds.

He is talking about how higher external temperatures can hasten the process of fermentation, making it easier for baked goods to turn sour in hot weather.

As the founder of Tim Ho Wan, one of Hong Kong’s most popular dim sum restaurants, Mak, 50, knows what he's talking about.

When words are not enough: The dying art of professional letter writing

How calorie-counting and supermarkets are hitting Hong Kong's rice shops where it hurts

Talking to the dead: the art of making Taoist paper effigies


Hong Kong

Hospital chief defends suspension of top surgeon

A hospital chief on Tuesday defended the decision to suspend a veteran heart surgeon over concerns about his operating technique, saying the hospital could not afford to risk the health of any new patients.

Updated Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 4:03pm


Shanghai ‘roasts’ the giant Rubber Duck

Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck installation gained rave reviews when a 16.5 metre-tall version arrived in Hong Kong this summer.

Hundreds of thousands of people viewed it against the backdrop of the skyscrapers that line the city’s Victoria Harbour.

Updated Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 4:33pm More on Rubber Duck


Japan’s newest rocket fails to lift off

Japan’s first new rocket in 12 years failed to lift off on Tuesday, dealing a potential blow to hopes that Japan may be able to take a larger share of the growing, multi-billion dollar satellite launch industry.

It was the second setback for the Epsilon rocket this month.

Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 3:39pm


Russia ‘regrets’ US postponing meeting on Syria

Russia on Tuesday said it regretted a decision by the United States to shelve a meeting on the Syria crisis this week, as expectations mount of military action against the Damascus regime.

Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 3:35pm

US says chemical weapons use in Syria 'an obscenity'

Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday outlined the clearest justification yet for US military action in Syria, saying there was “undeniable” evidence of a large-scale chemical weapons attack, with intelligence strongly signaling that Bashar al-Assad’s regime was responsible.

27 August 2013 - 10:47am

Sentencing looms for convicted Fort Hood gunman

27 August 2013 - 1:53pm

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No more singing generals and dancing majors in Chinese military: Xi Jinping

Updated 27 August 2013 - 4:21pm

Kim Jong-il’s grandson to study at elite French university

27 August 2013 - 3:06pm 1 comment
Mao Zedong

Fervent Mao Zedong fan collects 20,000 souvenir items over 50 years

27 August 2013 - 1:07pm 1 comment

It's Battlestar China! Media passes off sci-fi pictures as aircraft carrier of the future

27 August 2013 - 3:44pm

Lost in Thailand sequel to be shot in Hong Kong

27 August 2013 - 12:08pm
Morning Clicks

China news round-up: People's Daily praises Bo trial, Sinopec benefits from regulatory tweak

27 August 2013 - 7:54am

Outspoken celebrity blogger’s arrest triggers online debate

26 August 2013 - 9:49pm

Married cheats prefer lunchtime trysts

27 August 2013 - 8:51am 2 comments

Beijing standardises taxi apps for mobile devices

26 August 2013 - 6:11pm

What do North Korean rice prices say about the supreme leader's power?

26 August 2013 - 4:10pm

Vicious bus stabbing in Chengdu leaves four dead

26 August 2013 - 7:33pm
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Bo Xilai's trial (day 5): Wang Lijun defected after exposure of illicit relationship with Gu Kailai, says Bo

26 August 2013 - 5:28pm 6 comments
Morning Clicks

China news round-up: State media call Charles Xue a 'hypocrite', 15 Uygurs killed in shootout

26 August 2013 - 7:57am 1 comment
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Bo Xilai's trial (day 4): Bo calls former police chief 'abominable' liar

26 August 2013 - 4:26pm 1 comment


Wharf profit slips 27pc despite visiting Rubber Duck

A giant rubber duck lifted pedestrian traffic at Harbour City, but wasn’t enough to stem a 27 per cent fall in interim net profit to HK$17.2 billion at The Wharf, which blamed the lower earnings on a fall in gains from property revaluations and a lack of one-off accounting gains.

Updated Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 4:12pm More on Wharf

Hong Kong Exchange names former NYSE LIFFE exec as LME boss

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange named industry veteran Garry Jones as chief executive of the London Metal Exchange, ending a high-profile recruitment process by selecting a former top executive at the NYSE Liffe.

27 August 2013 - 2:02pm


Property sales continue to rise despite curb

Leading mainland developer Evergrande Real Estate Group announced first-half revenue of 41.95 billion yuan (HK$53.16 billion) yesterday, topping the 40.63 billion yuan reported by China Vanke last month.

Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 4:07am

Little public sympathy for Hong Kong's protesting property agents

There are more than 1,000 demonstrations in Hong Kong every year and many attract considerable public support. Recently, though, there was one that failed to garner much sympathy at all - the one held by property agents and their bosses.

27 August 2013 - 4:19am 2 comments

Century City companies report steep drop in profits

27 August 2013 - 4:02am

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3-D films bring problems for stereoblind viewers

As the popularity of 3-D movies grows, a new group of people has emerged: those who claim that they can't see the 3-D image at all, or say that they experience discomfort when watching a film in 3-D.

Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 9:47am

Claustrophobia reigns in art exhibition 'Déjà Disparu'

27 August 2013 - 9:47am

Filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang says his work should be appreciated slowly

27 August 2013 - 9:47am

High on the hog: Cuban roast pork

Text Susan Jung / Photography Jonathan Wong / Styling Nellie Ming Lee


The first Cuban roast pork I ever ate was the best. It was at the home of a Cuban friend I knew in high school.

Saturday, 24 August, 2013, 11:37pm

Signature dish: Please release me

24 August 2013 - 11:08pm

Snack attack: Licence to frill

24 August 2013 - 11:08pm

Byte torrent: How we're becoming more vulnerable to spamming

One Sunday evening in the spring of 1864, messenger boys employed by the London District Telegraph Company appeared on the doorsteps of several MPs and other prominent figures across the British capital.

Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 2:53pm

Cybersecurity queries surge in wake of Snowden claim

27 August 2013 - 4:42am

Chinese internet server jammed in largest ever mainland hacker attack

27 August 2013 - 8:55am



New EurAsia Cup to challenge existing OneAsia event

A new Ryder Cup-style tournament featuring the best players in Europe and Asia was launched yesterday, but is bound to antagonise Chinese officials who back a similar event.

Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 4:44am

Alastair Cook pledges strong performance in Australia Ashes series

England concluded their dominant 3-0 series win over the Australians with a dramatic draw in the fifth test at The Oval and thoughts have already turned to the next instalment of cricket's most enduring grudge match.

27 August 2013 - 3:58am

International Olympic Committee review could mean fewer athletes

27 August 2013 - 3:58am

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A running battle

On the morning of August 5, the end of a narrow street in Lower Manhattan was thronged with about 200 sign-bearing protesters and a dozen or so reporters.

Saturday, 24 August, 2013, 11:32pm

Byte torrent: How we're becoming more vulnerable to spamming

Our inboxes may be less clogged with junk but that doesn't mean the spammers have been defeated. Oliver Burkeman investigates how your attention has become even more vulnerable to abuse.

27 August 2013 - 2:53pm

My life: Kate Lawson

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