China’s influence over the media growing globally, says US think tank

China’s government and state-owned companies are putting more pressure on media outlets around the world to prevent and punish reporting critical of Beijing, a US-based think tank has said.

Tuesday, 22 October, 2013, 9:36pm 2 comments

China defends human rights record at UN

Faced with a UN review of its human rights, China acknowledged on Tuesday that it still faces shortcomings but insists it has reduced poverty, deepened judicial reforms and protections of ethnic minorities.

22 Oct 2013 - 6:29pm

Beijing announces emergency measures for when smog lasts three days or more


Beijing is seeking to tame its infamous smog by preparing emergency measures such as factory shutdowns and traffic limits to kick in when air pollution levels are especially heavy.

23 Oct 2013 - 3:52am 1 comment More on Beijing air pollution

CCTV blames ‘targeting’ of Twitter account for Zhou Yongkang post

China Central Television’s Twitter account caused a stir on Monday when it announced a graft investigation into Zhou Yongkang, a retired member of the Communist Party Standing Committee and its long-time security tsar. Within minutes, the momentous tweet was deleted.

22 Oct 2013 - 9:56pm 1 comment More on Zhou Yongkang

Liaoning temple fresco ‘restored’ with cartoon-like paintings

Chinese authorities have “restored” ancient Buddhist frescos in a temple by painting them over with cartoon-like figures from Taoist myths, reports said on Tuesday, prompting outrage online.

22 Oct 2013 - 3:30pm 2 comments

Jack Ma 'threatens to take away bonus' from staff who fail to promote messaging app

Alibaba Group chairman Jack Ma Yun has stepped up the company's uphill battle against internet powerhouse Tencent by asking each employee to collect at least 100 external contacts by the end of November on Laiwang, its little-known smartphone messaging application, 

23 Oct 2013 - 2:51am 3 comments More on Alibaba

One in ten minors in rural Sichuan experience sexual assaults, says study

A survey studying sexual assaults on minors in rural areas of Sichuan province has found at least one in ten children between the ages of 6 and 12 have been molested.

22 Oct 2013 - 10:06pm

France downplays NSA spying row after demanding US explanation

France has warned the United States to stop snooping on the telephone calls of its citizens but backed away from picking a fight with its ally over the issue.

23 Oct 2013 - 4:52am More on Edward Snowden

In China, not all mobile apps are made equal

New data promulgated by the Horizon Research Consultancy Group of Beijing shows that users in different Chinese cities prefer different mobile apps.

22 Oct 2013 - 5:56pm

Russia signs US$85b deal to supply oil to China, and agrees gas price formula

23 Oct 2013 - 2:50am

Amnesty criticises US drone programme in Pakistan

22 Oct 2013 - 7:35pm

Chinese convict returns home to find house sold to neighbour by government

22 Oct 2013 - 3:37pm

Google unveils services to promote freedom of expression on web

22 Oct 2013 - 5:32pm

Taiwanese soldiers wearing ballistic masks look like 'the cavalry from hell'

22 Oct 2013 - 11:48am 3 comments

Top UBS banker Zhao Ju takes sabbatical for Harvard politics course

23 Oct 2013 - 3:26am 2 comments

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  • Equal Opportunities Commission head warns HK government on unfair education policies towards minorities, disabled students
  • Time for Hong Kong to consider civil unions for homosexual community, says York Chow 
  • India seeks to engage both China and Philippines with concurrent high-level visits

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Fertile ground for making Hong Kong a better place to raise a family

Paul Yip

One of the main concerns about Hong Kong's population development is the very low fertility rate of 1.28 children per woman - well below the replacement level of 2.1. And the overall picture is worse when only births among local mothers are considered.

23 Oct 2013 - 3:41am

Celebrating Hong Kong

Spirit of Hong Kong

Gladys Chung-yan, the dream believer

While Gladys Law Chung-yan believes it’s important to feed the hungry at her café, she thinks it’s even more important to fill their souls.

What began as a “suspended voucher” programme for the needy has given her the confidence to go much further.

“Most importantly, we want to show the needy that we care about them and to make sure that they feel the warmth even if it comes anonymously,” she says.

Waiting for a sign society cares

Spirit of Hong Kong: Time to vote for the People's Choice Award

A poet at heart who harbours a love for his city

Uniquely Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s handcarts keep the city on a roll


It’s a simple contraption – an iron frame, foldout handle and four rubber wheels – but in Hong Kong the old-fashioned handcart is what keeps the city rolling.

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

Dim Sum: A tradition that's anything but dim




Russia signs US$85b deal to supply oil to China, and agrees gas price formula


Chinese and Russian leaders called for greater co-operation in global affairs and energy as Moscow signed an US$85 billion deal to supply oil to Beijing. Chinese President Xi Jinping told Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev that both countries were good neighbours and strategic partners "in name and in essence", Xinhua reported.

23 Oct 2013 - 2:50am



India plays both sides in sea disputes

The territorial dispute between Manila and Beijing is a bilateral issue in which New Delhi will not interfere, Indian external affairs minister Salman Khurshid told the South China Morning Post.

23 Oct 2013 - 4:16am 1 comment

Sale of North Korean 'embassy' in Tokyo delayed over money-laundering claim

The Tokyo District Court acted yesterday in response to a petition for an injunction on the sale filed by Ken Kato, director of Human Rights in Asia. Kato's request pointed out that would-be buyer Avar was registered at an address in Ulan Bator, but the company apparently had no presence there.

23 Oct 2013 - 3:53am More on North Korea

Sultan announces sharia law for Brunei, calling it 'historic step'

23 Oct 2013 5 comments

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Top UBS banker Zhao Ju takes sabbatical for Harvard politics course

Zhao Ju, currently China Co-head for UBS, will take a sabbatical of up to 12 months from the end of this year when he will become a visiting fellow in the class of 2014 in the prestigious John F. Kennedy School of Government at the famous university in the United States, according to two sources close to Zhao.

23 Oct 2013 - 3:26am 2 comments More on UBS

Singapore joins the RQFII party

Singapore has bolstered its credentials as an offshore yuan hub, joining Hong Kong and London as the only the third centre outside mainland China allowed to use the currency to trade in Chinese stocks and bonds.

23 Oct 2013 - 3:54am



China home prices rise strongly

New home prices on the mainland registered the largest gain in almost three years last month, sparking concern the country's leaders may introduce stricter measures to check housing inflation at next month's key economic reform meeting.

23 Oct 2013 - 2:04am

Office rents in Hong Kong's Central could fall by 20pc over 18 months

An exodus of tenants to outlying commercial districts where rents are up to 50 per cent lower, combined with a contraction in demand for office space from the banking and finance sector, has left more than one million square feet of grade-A space unlet in the city's core business district, say some property brokers.

23 Oct 2013 - 4:49am

Rise in land sales, and more small lots, benefit smaller developers

23 Oct 2013

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Shanghai-based island6 Gallery is gaining renown as an arts collective

The long, narrow fish tank in the corner of Shanghai's island6 Gallery is empty, but a couple of weeks ago it was full of water and a naked woman, completely submerged, writhed about inside. That may sound exotic, but it was just another day in the office for gallery director Jean Le Guyader.

21 Oct 2013 - 6:21pm

Review: Jaap's Beethoven 5 by the Hong Kong Philharmonic

22 Oct 2013

Review: Anna Karenina by the Eifman Ballet of St Petersburg

21 Oct 2013

Inside the Fook Lam Moon family feud that spawned Seventh Son

The signature crispy chicken looks darker than most, but the skin is delicate and crunchy, while the barbecued suckling pig is a caramelised shade of matte russet, the meat tender and flavourful.

21 Oct 2013 - 7:24pm

Croque your world with these delicious recipes

21 Oct 2013 1 comment

Yum cha: Chasing the dragon

20 Oct 2013

Apple unveils new Macs, iPad

Apple is refreshing its iPad lineup and slashing the price of its Mac computers ahead of the holiday shopping season, as it faces an eroding tablet market share and growing competition from rival gadget makers.

23 Oct 2013 - 4:31am More on Apple

In China, not all mobile apps are made equal

22 Oct 2013

Roll out Bing in Hong Kong and Taiwan, judge in US orders Yahoo

22 Oct 2013



Ferguson puts the boot into Beckham again

A decade after kicking a boot at David Beckham’s head, Alex Ferguson has used his autobiography to criticise the star’s apparent preoccupation with fame.

23 Oct 2013 - 12:10am

Muriqui determined to put icing on cake for Guangzhou

Chinese football has been waiting impatiently for a team capable of being crowned kings of Asian football and Brazilian striker Muriqui believes Guangzhou Evergrande can end the nation’s two-decade absence from the summit.

22 Oct 2013 - 7:32pm More on AFC Champions League

Second gold for China at world weightlifting championships

22 Oct 2013

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Pass masters: Ancient Himalayan Route of Wind and Wool retraced

Two explorers, with a few hardy local guides and a pack of mules, retrace the steps of ancient traders on the Himalayan Route of Wind and Wool. Words and pictures by Jeff Fuchs.

21 Oct 2013 - 11:11am 1 comment

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