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Diplomatic Relations

Admiral tones down hawkish rhetoric

A top Chinese military strategist has toned down his hawkish rhetoric, saying the People's Liberation Army should 'candidly' and 'openly' express to the Pentagon that it has neither the intention nor the capability to challenge the military superiority of the United State

Friday, 25 February, 2011, 12:00am

Prison threat for bosses who fail to pay mainland workers

Mainland factory owners face up to three years' imprisonment if they fail to pay their employees in what is another shot in the battle to beef up protection for migrant workers.

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) yesterday released details of the proposed penalty, which still needs approval at the annual congress meeting in Beijing next month.

24 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Pressure on China to let UN security group grow

Facing a renewed bid from the so-called G4 countries - India, Japan, Brazil and Germany - for permanent membership on the United Nations Security Council, China is coming under increasing pressure to help find a solution.

24 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing sees no chance of Chinese 'jasmine' revolt

A spokesman for the central government's top advisory body yesterday rejected the notion that an uprising inspired by the 'jasmine' revolts in Egypt and Tunisia could break out in China. He was the first high-ranking official to respond directly to fledgling protests in mainland cities on Sunday.

24 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

China follows US footsteps at G-Zero

It is getting boring to reiterate how useless the Group of 20 is as a global leadership body.

22 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Academics join to fight opposition to competition law

International scholars and the city's academics will sign a letter supporting the draft competition law in an attempt to dampen opposition to it.

22 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Police, customs probe record pile of dirty money

Hong Kong police and customs agents investigated record sums of suspicious transactions last year, recovering HK$150 million in criminal proceeds, double the 2009 haul.

'It was the highest amount of crime proceeds recovered from our record,' a police spokesman said.

22 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Blue notes

Wynton Marsalis, whose contributions to Eric Clapton's current album Clapton did much to shape its distinctive sound, was not present for his performance here on Friday, but listening to the CD again before the show prompted me to check out another collaboration between Marsalis and a great guitarist, Paco de Lucia.

20 Feb 2011 - 12:00am


Bay area action plan again underscores Hong Kong's junior role

The position Hong Kong finds itself in on the so-called bay area action plan is a useful reminder, if one was needed, on how little Hong Kong's voice and concerns are listened to by the mainland.

20 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

At rainbow's end

Nearly a year has passed, but Mabel Cheung Yuen-ting can still recall the day when she and her partner, Alex Law Kai-yui, returned to Hong Kong from the Berlin International Film Festival, on February 22, 2010. They were shepherded, with much fanfare, from airport immigration control to a meeting room packed with photographers and journalists - who gave them a heroes' welcome.

20 Feb 2011 - 12:00am


Allow same-sex weddings; gays will flock to city

As cases of Hong Kong tour guides forcing mainland tourists to shop continue to surface, I feel rather embarrassed as someone born and raised here. What has happened to our city?

18 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

New joint venture plan for disputed isles

Chinese and Russian fisheries firms are planning to set up another joint venture off disputed islands claimed by both Russia and Japan.

Officials from the Russian Fisheries Agency said an unnamed Chinese firm was planning to set up a joint venture to farm scallops off the island of Shikotan, one of the islands in the Kurils, north of Hokkaido, Kyodo reported yesterday.

18 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing quiet on venture in disputed Kurils

Chinese and Russian firms have formed a joint venture to farm sea cucumbers, a prized delicacy, off an island at the centre of a decades-old territorial dispute between Russia and Japan, but Beijing is unlikely to interfere.

17 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Caught in Chinese tug of war

The sudden deportation of 14 Taiwanese from Manila to mainland China after a month of bitter diplomatic wrangling has led to the worst row in years between the Philippines and Taiwan. The Taiwanese were among 24 suspected members of a Chinese syndicate operating partly out of Manila who were arrested after a covert operation by Philippine and mainland investigators.

13 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Sai Wan lodge plan a factor in global geopark bid

A controversial development of a private lodge behind the pristine Sai Wan beach could affect the city's application to include the Hong Kong National Geopark in a Unesco-recognised global network.

13 Feb 2011 - 12:00am