Exco convenor urges government to scrap mass handouts in budget

The government must "show political courage" and clamp down on handouts in next month's budget to ensure public finances remain on a sound footing, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's top adviser has urged.

Saturday, 25 January, 2014, 9:00am 12 comments

New security commission to be led by top three in Communist Party

The Communist Party's National Security Commission will be led by the top three members of the supreme Politburo Standing Committee, underscoring the authority of the new group that will monitor domestic and foreign security issues.

25 Jan 2014 - 2:32am 1 comment More on Xi Jinping

Indonesian official wants city's maid agencies to register with consulate

Indonesia says Hong Kong should consider changing its laws to force local domestic worker employment agencies to register with Jakarta's consulate in the SAR in an effort to help curb the abuse of helpers.

25 Jan 2014 - 3:05am

Shortfall in construction of new flats 'will curb fall in property prices'

Hong Kong's property market continues to experience a shortage of new supply, with the number of completed flats falling to a four-year low last year, but analysts expect supply to pick up in coming years.

25 Jan 2014 - 4:29am 1 comment

Truck rams into Taiwan president's office

Taiwan stepped up security measures on Saturday after a driver rammed a huge truck through a bullet-proof screen and into the main gate of the presidential office, apparently intentionally, officials said.

25 Jan 2014 - 11:50am

China will 'inevitably' raise retirement age, says labour ministry

The retirement age for mainlanders will inevitably be put back as China feels the pressure of its ageing population, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said yesterday.

25 Jan 2014 - 4:28am 1 comment

China’s Jade Rabbit moon rover experiences 'abnormality'

China’s Jade Rabbit moon rover has experienced a “mechanical control abnormality”, state media said on Saturday, in what appears to be a setback for a landmark mission in the country’s ambitious space programme.

25 Jan 2014 - 12:00pm

PLA drill in Victoria Harbour seen as warning to Hong Kong protesters

The People's Liberation Army staged its first air-and-sea drill of the year across Victoria Harbour yesterday in a move seen as a warning to protesters such as those who broke into the garrison's headquarters in Admiralty last month and to the emerging Occupy Central movement.

25 Jan 2014 - 4:02am 10 comments

Japan row to loom over Sino-US talks, Beijing advisers say

25 Jan 2014 - 3:48am 1 comment

Border-point misery may become the norm

25 Jan 2014 - 12:45pm 5 comments

Study urges review of impact of infrastructure projects on the Pearl River Delta

25 Jan 2014 - 4:34am

Nancy Kissel cannot file further appeal, Court of Appeal rules

25 Jan 2014 - 3:16am

Businesses should think of how to use consumers' data properly, ex-British watchdog urges

25 Jan 2014 - 3:25am

Final preparations take place for the Lunar New Year market rush

25 Jan 2014 - 4:02am

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Insight

At Davos, a Japanese bull in a China shop

Kevin Rafferty

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe went to Davos to tell the world's business elite that Japan is back and is open for business. But on the way he tripped himself up and - yet again - opened old sores concerning Japan's troubled relations with China.

25 Jan 2014 - 4:26am 6 comments

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Hong Kong

LABOUR

Indonesian official wants city's maid agencies to register with consulate

Indonesia says Hong Kong should consider changing its laws to force local domestic worker employment agencies to register with Jakarta's consulate in the SAR in an effort to help curb the abuse of helpers.

25 Jan 2014 - 3:05am

Asia

DIPLOMACY

Abe calls for a summit between ‘inseparable’ Japan and China

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday that Japan and China are “inseparable” and urged Beijing to come to the table for “vital” summit talks as he sought to move on from much-criticised comparisons he drew with the first world war.

25 Jan 2014 - 4:42pm

World

OLYMPICS

Olympics: Russia claims anti-doping progress, must convince sceptics

Russia, for years after the fall of the Soviet Union notorious as one of the world’s worst sports doping offenders, claims to have finally made progress in the fight against drugs and but now must convince sceptics when it hosts the Olympics.

25 Jan 2014 - 11:41am

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POLITICS

New security commission to be led by top three in Communist Party

25 Jan 2014 1 comment
GAMING

How does a state-run television station save its ratings? By reporting on computer games

24 Jan 2014
soft power

Tycoon Wang Jianlin lashes out at US 'soft power' scholar's comments at Davos

24 Jan 2014 6 comments
Morning Clicks

China news round-up: 3 killed in Xinjiang clash, Xu Zhiyong calls for end to one-party rule

24 Jan 2014
GAMING

Infographic: China's online game industry made HK$105 billion in 2013

24 Jan 2014
APPLE

Apple gets serious about Siri on the mainland, seeks native speakers of Putonghua

24 Jan 2014
DIPLOMACY

Is he talking war or peace? Shinzo Abe comments on 'pre-war UK, Germany' irk Chinese netizens

23 Jan 2014 4 comments
EDUCATION

Shanghai pilot programme encouraging local dialect in kindergartens under fire

23 Jan 2014 1 comment
Morning Clicks

China news round-up: Xi Jinping to visit Europe in March, New Citizen Movement trials continue

24 Jan 2014
APPS

New taxi app rewards programme lets riders potentially travel for free

22 Jan 2014
WEIBO

Talent show star dubbed 'Chinese Rain Man' raises suspicions

22 Jan 2014
PRINCELING

Flattering profile on Li Xiaolin, ex-premier's daughter, draws flak amid ChinaLeaks revelations

22 Jan 2014 2 comments
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China is biggest exporter of illicit capital, says watchdog group

22 Jan 2014 2 comments
Morning Clicks

China news round-up: Xu Zhiyong to face trial, leak exposes elite's secret offshore accounts

22 Jan 2014 1 comment

Business

REGULATION

China to step up international co-operation in fight against tax evasion

The mainland's tax commissioner, Wang Jun, says international co-operation to combat tax evasion will be stepped up. His comments were posted on the State Administration of Taxation's website just days after the international focus on tax evasion and money laundering was intensified following revelations from the US-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

25 Jan 2014 - 6:54am 2 comments
ACQUISITIONS

Alibaba buys controlling stake in Citic 21CN

Mainland e-commerce giant Alibaba has joined a recent wave of corporate investments in little-known listed firms, providing a much-needed boost for Hong Kong's lacklustre stock market before the Lunar New Year break.

25 Jan 2014 - 6:55am More on Alibaba

Property

PROPERTY

Shortfall in construction of new flats 'will curb fall in property prices'

Hong Kong's property market continues to experience a shortage of new supply, with the number of completed flats falling to a four-year low last year, but analysts expect supply to pick up in coming years.

25 Jan 2014 - 4:29am 1 comment

US developer Silverstein's 13.4b yuan bid wins Qianhai site

Silverstein Properties, developer of the World Trade Centre towers in New York, bought a 51,416 square metre lot in Qianhai yesterday for a mixed-use project for 13.4 billion yuan (HK$17.1 billion), pushing the price of local land to a record.

24 Jan 2014 - 2:19am 1 comment

Developer Hang Lung waits for signs of spring on mainland

24 Jan 2014 1 comment

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Millionaire behind Mr Chow chain in US makes China return with HK art show

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Best known as a celebrity restaurateur whose 1960s mission to change Western attitudes to Chinese food has lasted nearly 50 years, Michael Chow is also a trained painter who, until recently, had not picked up his brushes for decades.

24 Jan 2014 - 6:03pm

China's terracotta warriors to star in superhero film

21 Jan 2014

Singer Sarah Brightman tells of her plan to record a song in space

21 Jan 2014 1 comment

Hong Kong's vegetarian and healthy eating restaurants are slowly winning fans

Hong Kong Vegetarian Society founder Dr Simon Chau is the impossibly youthful, 66-year-old poster child for the city's raw food movement. Among the claimed benefits of his diet are looking even younger every year, a brain that works at turbo speed and an overall feeling of total contentment.

24 Jan 2014 - 7:07pm More on LIFE

Nosh's pastry chef offers French classics with a Japanese twist

24 Jan 2014

Slovenian winemakers seek apostles to spread the word on best labels

24 Jan 2014

Start-ups outshine electronics giants at world's biggest tech fair

As trade fairs go, the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is easily the world's most famous.

Each January the planet's innovators and entrepreneurs - often one-man bands or new start-ups - jostle for time with the world's biggest electronics manufacturers.

24 Jan 2014 - 9:36am More on LIFE

Hong Kong computers at risk of 'ransom' attacks by cyber crooks, experts warn

22 Jan 2014

A made-in-China operating system rises to take on Android and iOS

21 Jan 2014 14 comments

Magazines

Sport

HONG KONG

'Football will die' in Hong Kong without funding under Project Phoenix

Hong Kong Football Association chief executive Mark Sutcliffe has warned that soccer "would die" if the government stopped funding Project Phoenix.

25 Jan 2014 - 12:43am

Magazines

COVER STORY

Sandra Ng unleashes a double dose of Lunar New Year levity

With two new films out this month, including the latest instalment of the wildly popular Golden Chicken franchise, Sandra Ng works hard for her laughs, writes Edmund Lee.

22 Jan 2014 - 11:17pm

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