Chinese firms in Malaysia face calls for boycott

Flags of the victorious coalition fly in Georgetown. Photo: Reuters

Malay NGOs are demanding boycotts of Chinese businesses following Malaysia's divisive election, to teach them "a lesson" for backing opposition candidates. More than 20 non-governmental organisations and the Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM) called upon the country's Malays, who make up 60 per cent of the population, to boycott Chinese firms, according to a message posted on PPIM's website.

Saturday, 25 May, 2013, 1:22am 3 comments

Chinese trade barbs in British Columbia election campaign

Frank Yunrong Huang (right), during a campaign stop in Richmond in the build-up to British Columbia's provincial election. Photo: Reuters

Campaigning for British Columbia's provincial election has been marred by vicious infighting among the Chinese community, with one candidate branded a secret member of China's Communist Party.

10 May 2013 - 3:30am 2 comments

Chinese Malaysians turn against government over race policies

Najib Razak, centre, faces an electorate divided along ethnic lines and needs to win an overwhelming share of the Malay vote. Photo: AP

Malaysian businessman Stanley Thai says he's joining thousands of fellow ethnic Chinese citizens in abandoning support for Prime Minister Najib Razak and voting for the opposition for the first time in an election next month.

30 Apr 2013 - 2:41am

Ghana seizes a million faulty Chinese condoms

Ghana is facing a "major public health issue" after condoms made in China and supplied to the west African country's health service were found to contain holes and burst easily.

19 Apr 2013 - 2:59am

Chinese numbers in Vancouver, Toronto to double by 2031

Chinese numbers in Vancouver, Toronto to double by 2031

The Chinese populations of Vancouver and Toronto are set to double by 2031, helping push whites below 50 per cent of the population in both cities, says a report for Canada's immigration department.

9 Apr 2013 - 2:00pm

Study finds diabetes DNA in 80pc of Chinese

Ronald Ma Ching-wan. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hong Kong and Shanghai researchers have identified a genetic marker for diabetes in the Chinese population. The discovery is expected to lead to improvements in the treatment and prevention of the disease.

27 Mar 2013 - 4:51am

A taste of Hong Kong amid language row in Canada

Richmond's Aberdeen Centre touts itself as western Canada's "first truly Asian shopping experience", but that does not capture the extent to which it uncannily replicates a middle-class Hong Kong shopping mall.

21 Mar 2013 - 11:06am

Richmond, Canada, residents challenge Chinese-only signage

A proliferation of Chinese-language signage in Richmond

She concluded that English-language street signage was becoming increasingly marginalised in Richmond. Many businesses in the city's most populous districts now favour Chinese signage, sometimes at the total exclusion of English.

21 Mar 2013 - 7:48am

'Vote ploy' uproar stalls BC premier's plan to apologise for Chinese head tax

The head tax, represented by this certificate showing a C$500 payment for a 10-year-old boy, was levied until 1923.  Photo: SCMP Pictures

Plans by British Columbia's government to apologise for the "head tax" that Canada once imposed on Chinese immigrants appear to have been shelved, amid uproar over a leaked government strategy paper on how to woo the ethnic vote.

13 Mar 2013 - 3:54am

Is international bad behaviour exclusively Chinese?

Photo: Xinhua

Not being Chinese, it’s not really my place to criticise the conduct of another culture, especially mainlanders, and especially when visiting Shanghai. So it comes as a bit of a surprise to see an editorial in the Global Times, published in Beijing, headed “Chinese Travelling Abroad Reflect Nation’s Character,.” by writer Yu Jincai. 

4 Mar 2013 - 6:16pm

Korean Airlines private jet unit targets rich Chinese

Korean Airlines' private jet charter unit, which was established in 2007, operates out of Seoul with a fleet of aircraft. Photo: SCMP

Korean Airlines plans to capture a larger share of the growing private jet charter business in southern China by marketing its service more widely among the region's growing number of super- wealthy businessmen.

1 Mar 2013 - 5:51am

Chinese visitors lead UK tourist spending growth

Chinese tourists shop at Harrods department store in London. Photo: AFP

Chinese visitors to Britain are leading growth in UK tourist spending, as their passion for British heritage and the monarchy spurs purchases from outlets including the Harrods department store, a new report shows.

9 Feb 2013 - 4:51am

Chinese buy property in Cyprus to gain EU permanent residence

Chinese buy property in Cyprus to gain residency rights. Photo: SCMP

One of the first things you see after landing at Larnaca airport in Cyprus is an advertisement for a property development company. It is in Chinese.

8 Feb 2013 - 4:58am

Four Chinese construction workers kidnapped in Darfur in Sudan

Armed men kidnapped four Chinese nationals and five Sudanese workers engaged in road construction in Sudan's strife-ridden Darfur region, the official Suna news agency reported yesterday.

15 Jan 2013 - 4:55am

'Chinese Hongkongers' feel stronger sense of belonging

More people see themselves as both Chinese and Hong Kong citizens.

More people see themselves as both Chinese and Hong Kong citizens, while the overall sense of belonging to the city is at its strongest since the former British colony returned to China 15 years ago, a poll showed.

28 Dec 2012 - 11:36am 3 comments