Chinese media question Bo Xilai's pet project - Dalian's mounted policewomen

Policewomen patrol on horseback at a park in Dalian on June 15, 2000. Photo: AP

Days after a retired policeman publicly called for the abolition of a pet project by disgraced Communist Party leader Bo Xilai, media outlets have focused on the project, raising sharp questions over its finances and its legality.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Dalian may disband Bo Xilai's mounted policewomen unit

Policewomen patrol on horseback at a park in Dalian, Liaoning province in northeast China. Photo: AP

Debate over the fate of the municipal all-women mounted police force arose after a former Dalian police officer said running the near two-decade-old force was a “waste of taxpayers' money”.

27 May 2013 - 2:51pm 3 comments

Speed increase on Harbin to Dalian rail line delayed

Winter weather is being blamed for the speed delay. Photo: Xinhua

The 50 per cent speed increase on the high-speed rail from Harbin to Dalian, originally scheduled for April 1, is likely be postponed for operational and safety reasons.

24 Mar 2013 - 6:56am

Garbage cans in Dalian stolen to pickle vegetables

A Dalian resident strolls on the city's Russian street. Photo: SCMP

People are stealing garbage cans from the streets of Dalian, the second largest city in China’s Liaoning province, to pickle food, Sina news reported on Tuesday.

30 Oct 2012 - 5:52pm

PLA names captain of its first aircraft carrier

Senior Captain Zhang Zheng was named captain of the nation's first aircraft carrier yesterday.

"Today will be forever remembered as China's Navy has entered an era of aircraft carrier," Xinhua quoted Zhang as saying on the carrier's flight deck.

26 Sep 2012 - 10:40am

First thing China, August 24

Six police officers who sent an innocent man to prison for 11 years have appealed their conviction for extracting a false confession through the use of torture.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:05pm

No final whistle in soccer graft fight

As courts in the northeastern province of Liaoning delivered verdicts yesterday against former high-ranking soccer officials and star players, a three-year campaign to purge corruption from the sport appeared to be finally nearing its endgame.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

How 'northern king' built his empire

Dalian Wanda's boss Wang Jianlin is known as one of the two kings among the mainland's private property developers.

He is called the northern king, as his property empire is based in the northeastern province of Liaoning, while Wang Shi, the chief of Shenzhen's Vanke, the country's top developer by sales, is the southern king.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

Three SOE chiefs replaced in shake-up in Dalian

Three chairmen of state-owned enterprises headquartered in Dalian have been replaced, but the companies insist they were not sacked and that the changes have nothing to do with any political fallout from the Bo Xilai scandal.

12 May 2012 - 12:00am

Bo's wife reveals other side in book

An astute but ruthless businesswoman, an unhappy wife, a terminal cancer patient - those are just some of the ways that Gu Kailai has been portrayed since the downfall of her husband, former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Probe into Bo family's HK links

A task force sent by Beijing is investigating claims that disgraced former Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai and his family hold huge assets in Hong Kong, sources say.

The task force will also investigate the origins of rumours surrounding Zhou Yongkang, the mainland's top security official, the sources said.

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

An English 'fixer' out of his depth in murky waters

With his linen suits, his polished British accent, his easy charm and his penchant for yachts and Jaguar cars, Neil Heywood seemed every inch the Englishman abroad.

A traditionalist and aesthete who, in conversation, would staunchly defend the Queen and Britain's institutions, Heywood, 41, would not have seemed out of place in the pages of Somerset Maugham.

15 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Bo-linked tycoon spirals from grace

One of the mainland's youngest billionaires seems to have plunged from favour, after party authorities reportedly started investigating him in mid-March.

Rumours are rife about 41-year-old Dalian Shide chairman Xu Ming, an associate of former Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai, who is believed to have helped Xu amass his fortune.

4 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Executive reportedly held over links to Bo Xilai

A top businessman from Dalian with close ties to Chongqing's embattled former Communist Party boss Bo Xilai failed to show up for an important economic forum in Hainan, prompting speculation that he has been detained.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Anger over toxic plant reopening

The future of a petrochemical plant in Dalian that was at the centre of a toxic pollution scare four months ago is again shrouded in uncertainty, with the local government confirming that the controversial project has been allowed to resume production despite widespread opposition.

31 Dec 2011 - 12:00am