Four jailed ex-police officers waive right to appeal in Heywood murder

Four former top Chongqing police officers have waived their right to appeal after receiving jail sentences of five to 11 years for helping to conceal the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood.

Tuesday, 21 August, 2012, 3:23am

New regulation sees ban on skipping unlucky numbers on buildings

Developers will not be able to skip "unlucky" numbers such as four, 13 and 14 in the registration of Beijing addresses after a new regulation comes into effect on Saturday.

21 Aug 2012 - 3:23am

Claims for China's household wealth just don't add up

Supposed value of residential property too good to be true.

Researchers in China have been coming up with some truly eye-popping numbers lately.

21 Aug 2012 - 7:19am

Troubled lighting maker NVC hit by production woes

Troubles continue to plague NVC Lighting Holding, the Hong Kong-listed firm that issued an announcement on Tuesday listing a host of problems including resignations and disputes with its former chairman Wu Changjiang.

18 Aug 2012 - 3:10am

Spot where killer Zhou Kehua was shot by police in Chongqing is a tourist attraction

A mirror reflects the crowds gathered where Zhou Kehua was killed by police in Chongqing. Photo: China Foto Press

The spot where suspected serial robber and killer Zhou Kehua died in a blaze of gunfire this week has become a local tourist attraction in Chongqing , but the macabre interest has raised some eyebrows for being distasteful.

17 Aug 2012 - 4:49am

Slain fugitive in Chongqing told lover about robbery plans

Slain fugitive in Chongqing told lover about robbery plans

The fugitive who triggered one of the largest police manhunts in years would regularly exchange text messages and phone calls with his 20-year-old girlfriend about robberies he planned to stage.

The detail was one of many to emerge yesterday about Zhou Kehua , who was suspected of killing at least 10 people in a robbery and shooting spree since 2004.

16 Aug 2012 - 4:23am

China's Olympic stakes go beyond its medal count

Inevitably, the London Olympics, in particular the opening and closing ceremonies, are being compared to the Games staged in Beijing four years ago, when China dazzled the world.

15 Aug 2012 - 2:04am

Ignore migrants at nation's peril, say experts

With the number of migrant workers rising and their financial and welfare situation poor, policymakers must address the problem to maintain social stability, experts warned after a new report on their situation.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:08pm

Rain-damaged roads cost billions

A section of highway damaged by the tropical storm.

Sections of nearly all national expressways in Gansu province have suffered dangerous subsidence following two months of heavy rain, forcing the government to spend billions of yuan on urgent repairs.

Tens of thousands of maintenance workers have had to be mobilised to complete all repairs by the end of next month, the provincial transport department said.

14 Aug 2012 - 7:50pm

5.4m yuan offered for capture of killer

The reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspected serial killer totalled 5.4 million yuan (HK$6.61 million), as the manhunt for one of the country's most-wanted fugitives enters its fifth day.

14 Aug 2012 - 4:15am

German pianist Stefan Aaron plays composition on Great Wall in Beijing

German pianist Stefan Aaron plays composition on Great Wall in Beijing

German pianist Stefan Aaron plays his orange piano yesterday on the Great Wall in Beijing. Before his performance in China, Aaron played his piano at 4,206 metres on the peak of the Alphubel mountain in Switzerland. In these unusual places, he performs different new songs tailored to the locations, according to local reports.

Photo: Reuters

13 Aug 2012 - 9:04am

A proper telling-off over a vision of national education

I learnt a valuable lesson about national and moral education yesterday: empty your e-mail inbox before you criticise the China model.

In yesterday's paper I imagined what a suitably patriotic textbook might have to say about China's model of economic development.

27 Aug 2012 - 9:13pm

Border protection emblem unveiled

Beijing will officially launch a national emblem for border control and coastal defence on Wednesday as part of the country's overall effort to strengthen sovereignty claims over the disputed territories.

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Let the world into Gu's murder trial

The central government's announcement on Thursday that Gu Kailai , the wife of disgraced politician Bo Xilai, and a family aide had been charged with the 'intentional homicide' of British businessman Neil Heywood is the clearest signal yet that the authorities intend to have resolved the Chongqing scandal before the once-in-a-decade leadership change scheduled for this autumn.

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Shanghai land sale flies in face of cabinet warning

A residential site in Shanghai sold at auction for 1.64 billion yuan (HK$2.01 billion) after a fierce bidding among 11 developers, despite a State Council warning of possible tightening in property curbs.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am