• Wednesday
  • July 16, 2014
  • Last updated: 4:58am
Hong Kong




Mainstream opinion key to electoral reform in Hong Kong, CY Leung tells NPC

"Mainstream opinion" in Hong Kong holds that only a nominating committee should have the power to put forward chief executive candidates and that such power must not be "undermined or bypassed", the chief executive has told Beijing.

Wednesday, 16 July, 2014, 4:31am 1 comment

Ambiguous and unscientific: critics scornful of reports on electoral reform

The two reports on political reform released by the government yesterday are unscientific and lack credibility, a scholar, a lawmaker and a barrister maintain.

16 Jul 2014 - 2:29am More on Universal Suffrage

Macau slot players protest at being denied winnings

The Macau government has brushed off calls for tighter casino controls, amid accusations that operators in the world's gaming capital are unfairly withholding prize money from winners.

16 Jul 2014 - 2:58am

Tens of thousands of Filipinos run for shelter as Typhoon Rammasun nears


Tens of thousands of people in the Philippines sheltered in evacuation centres yesterday as a typhoon began to pound its eastern coast, with authorities warning of giant storm surges and heavy floods.

15 Jul 2014 - 10:44pm

Diners find hidden charges hard to swallow

Diners are finding unreasonable hidden charges in their restaurant bills increasingly hard to swallow, the consumer watchdog has found.

16 Jul 2014 - 4:15am

China battles to boost investment inflows

Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the mainland barely grew last month as surging labour costs hurt the economy's competitiveness.

16 Jul 2014 - 4:56am

Consumer council warns of 'traps' in medical insurance

The consumer watchdog has warned holders of medical insurance policies to be wary of traps arising from the issuing of incomplete or opaque statements by insurers.

16 Jul 2014 - 4:15am

CY Leung's delaying tactic on democracy

The government's implied rather than explicit rejection of public nomination in reports on political reform released was described as a delaying tactic to prevent an immediate breakdown of ties with pan- democrats.

16 Jul 2014 - 4:40am More on Universal Suffrage

Civil disobedience next month, say activist groups in reaction to reform reports

The Federation of Students, Scholarism and the Civil Human Rights Front say they will launch a civil disobedience movement next month.

16 Jul 2014 - 3:17am More on Occupy Central

Law to affirm double stamp duty passed, 17 months after levy came in

16 Jul 2014 - 4:34am

China sees itself taking key role in proposed BRICS international bank

16 Jul 2014 - 2:58am

PR firm Edelman distances itself from detained Chinese TV anchor Rui Chenggang

16 Jul 2014 - 2:33am 1 comment

Two die and 32 injured after bus bursts into flames in Guangzhou

16 Jul 2014 - 2:40am 1 comment

Champions Germany may help Hong Kong soccer

16 Jul 2014 - 4:15am

Macau's leader Fernando Chui 'happy to let Beijing know public's views on democracy'

16 Jul 2014 - 2:47am

Yacht model gift to Rafael Hui was not made of real gold, graft trial hears

16 Jul 2014 - 4:41am

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Electoral form needs wisdom and courage

16 Jul 2014 - 4:37am

Room for improvement in education

16 Jul 2014 - 4:37am

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Freedom will triumph, in Hong Kong and elsewhere


On July 1, 17 years ago, I was sailing on Britain's royal yacht away from Hong Kong where, at midnight the previous day, China assumed sovereignty under the terms of an international agreement with the United Kingdom known as the Joint Declaration.

16 Jul 2014 - 4:22am 4 comments



William Hague steps aside as David Cameron reshuffles team ahead of 2015 poll

British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday pushed through his biggest government shake-up since coming to power in 2010, promoting women and Eurosceptics to senior roles ahead of a national election in May next year.

15 Jul 2014 - 11:12pm

China Insider


'Vampire drinks' banned by China’s food safety authority

15 Jul 2014

PR firm Edelman distances itself from detained Chinese TV anchor Rui Chenggang

16 Jul 2014 1 comment

Detention of CCTV 'superstar' anchor Rui Chenggang polarises opinion across China’s social media

15 Jul 2014 1 comment

Fox News host’s racial slur sparks online backlash in China

15 Jul 2014 44 comments

Winemaker Penfolds in legal battle with 'trademark squatters' over right to use its Chinese name

15 Jul 2014

After 'Mad Men' and 'Breaking Bad', US network dreams up Chinese-inspired drama series

13 Jul 2014 1 comment
2014 World Cup

These charts show how China's Weibo has gone mad for the World Cup

11 Jul 2014 2 comments

Students, faculty up in arms against 'elitist academy' at China's Peking University

11 Jul 2014 4 comments

Xiaomi teases its next smartphone, due for release July 22

10 Jul 2014 1 comment

How a Chinese government decree could take the glimmer out of Vienna's Golden Music Hall

10 Jul 2014 1 comment

First Chinese government delegation to commemorate China’s WW1 dead in France

10 Jul 2014 1 comment

'I strangled her by accident in a blindfolded pillow fight': A killer’s explanation that only Beijing’s high court buys

9 Jul 2014 29 comments

Xiaomi founder Lei Jun donates HK$93 million worth of stocks to employees

8 Jul 2014 1 comment

Outspoken commentator Li Chengpeng silenced on Chinese social media

8 Jul 2014 3 comments


China battles to boost investment inflows

Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the mainland barely grew last month as surging labour costs hurt the economy's competitiveness.

16 Jul 2014 - 4:56am

Weak VIP growth squeezes casino revenues in Macau

Fitch Ratings and Barclays cut their estimates for full-year gaming revenue growth in Macau to 10 per cent yesterday due to weakness in the VIP segment of the market.

16 Jul 2014 - 1:15am

Digital art and relations between France and China on show in Shanghai

In art as in life, computers are transforming the way we see the world as artists explore cutting-edge digital techniques and technologies to create fresh works.

15 Jul 2014 - 9:21am More on LIFE

Exhibition celebrates ink painters from Hong Kong and Shenzhen

15 Jul 2014

The wages of spin

14 Jul 2014

Winemaker Penfolds in legal battle with 'trademark squatters' over right to use its Chinese name


Australian winemaker Treasury Wine Estates, owner of the popular Penfolds brand, is facing a legal challenge in China in the latest of a series of high-profile trademark disputes involving big international brands. 

15 Jul 2014 - 4:24am

Australian truffles offer off season alternative

11 Jul 2014

Feast like a king: Modern restaurants seek to recreate Chinese imperial cuisine

11 Jul 2014 1 comment

Inside the Observatory: How Hong Kong's weathermen make their predictions

A weather forecaster's job is usually a thankless one; no one gives them credit when they get it right; and when predictions are off base, they face a storm of condemnation.

15 Jul 2014 - 9:45am More on LIFE

Google founders see a brave new world of data-driven health care

13 Jul 2014 1 comment

Scientists including in China study thorium-fuelled nuclear power

13 Jul 2014 2 comments




'Drunk' Oscar Pistorius in nightclub brawl, says South African media

South Africa's Paralympian star Oscar Pistorius was thrown out of a nightclub over the weekend after being involved in a drunken brawl, a Johannesburg newspaper reported yesterday, citing witnesses.

15 Jul 2014 - 11:41pm


Guilt trips: war vets return to Vietnam

Haunted by their past, veterans of the Vietnam war are returning to former battlefields to make peace with the ghosts of the conflict and help those who are still picking up the pieces, writes Eric San Juan.

12 Jul 2014 - 11:21pm

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