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Is the blank-vote option for 2017 chief executive election a realistic idea?

Is the blank-vote option for 2017 chief executive election a realistic idea?

At first, the idea of a blank vote had seemed too alien or too desperate to be taken seriously. Slowly, however, the lobby is growing and now no one is ruling it out just yet.

Tuesday, 13 January, 2015, 6:00pm 3 comments

New ideas needed to help Hong Kong elderly cope with their health problems

Illustration: Henry Wong

The elderly in Hong Kong live longer than their peers in other top cities such as New York and London. They are also the healthiest and the least likely to suffer from chronic diseases.

12 Jan 2015 - 10:09am

The milkman rings twice: Zheng Junhuai's return to the dairy industry

Illustration: Henry Wong

The man once known as the "Dairy Godfather" of China is making a bid for another title: "Comeback King".

11 Jan 2015 - 3:38am 1 comment

Brothers of hate: the path that led Charlie Hebdo shooters to jihad

Cherif Kouachi in a 2005 French television documentary

The younger brother was a ladies' man who belted out rap lyrics before the words of a radical preacher persuaded him to book a flight to Syria to wage holy war.

10 Jan 2015 - 9:39am 1 comment

'Je suis Charlie' - the defiant cry in a clash of values

A woman holds a pencil aloft in Paris. Photo: EPA

Two sides in conflict over whether there should be limits to the liberty of self expression clashed in an usually tranquil side street on the Right Bank of Paris.

9 Jan 2015 - 8:13pm 2 comments

China and Japan mending frail relationship one step at a time

China and Japan mending frail relationship one step at a time

It took diplomats from China and Japan months of intense negotiations to produce a terse but carefully worded agreement.

8 Jan 2015 - 4:04am 2 comments

Year of the bull: China's leaders plan major economic shift to boost growth

Year of the bull: China's leaders plan major economic shift to boost growth

Economic growth in China could come from cheaper oil, energy-pricing reforms, deepening privatisation and rising domestic demand.

7 Jan 2015 - 9:13am 3 comments

Hong Kong braces to re-enter labyrinth of political reform

Protesters watch Carrie Lam during Occupy. Tomorrow she will present the government’s consultation document to Legco. Photo: Bloomberg

The first step may be the hardest, as the old maxim goes, but for Hong Kong, the third step is likely to be the most difficult yet in the road to universal suffrage.

7 Jan 2015 - 11:59am 2 comments

Inside the Asia Television soap opera

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

The moment Veronica Hui set eyes on Ma Siu-ling, a stunning vampire slayer in miniskirt battling her mortal enemy-turned love interest, a hopelessly romantic vampire Fong Tin-yau, she was hooked.

5 Jan 2015 - 8:22am

Home and abroad, China's leaders face many challenges in 2015

Home and abroad, China's leaders face many challenges in 2015

China's political landscape is undergoing tectonic changes, with leaders waging an uphill campaign against graft at home and seeking to redraw diplomatic boundaries with its neighbours.

4 Jan 2015 - 3:28am

Buckle up for a rollercoaster year: Political predictions for Hong Kong in 2015

Buckle up for a rollercoaster year: Political predictions for Hong Kong in 2015

The year 2014 may well be remembered as the Year of Occupy, as the 79-day civil disobedience movement made history and attracted global attention.

3 Jan 2015 - 10:30am 1 comment

Xi Jinping and Pope Francis named SCMP's inaugural Leaders of the Year

Pope Francis and President Xi Jinping

The South China Morning Post's inaugural Leaders of the Year are President Xi Jinping and Pope Francis. 

1 Jan 2015 - 8:12am 12 comments

Rude awakening: Chinese tourists have the money, but not the manners

Rude awakening: Chinese tourists have the money, but not the manners

China's tourists are still, unfortunately, maintaining their reputation for boorish behaviour as more spread their wings and travel abroad.

31 Dec 2014 - 2:19pm 48 comments

Signing of joint declaration masked deep rift between Britain and China over Hong Kong's future

Margaret Thatcher and then premier Zhao Ziyang exchange signed copies of the Hong Kong handover agreement in Beijing in December 1984. Photo: AP

Words of appreciation flowed freely between leaders of Britain and China during late British prime minister Margaret Thatcher's visit to Beijing in December 1984.

30 Dec 2014 - 8:59am 32 comments

Kennedy Town MTR station opens but not everyone is happy with the pace of change

Passengers rush into Kennedy Town MTR station during the opening yesterday of the West Island Line, connecting Sheung Wan to Kennedy Town. Journey times for commuters should be drastically reduced. Photo: Dickson Lee

This morning, Kennedy Town commuters will troop onto the MTR's new West Island Line, ready to enjoy a smooth, seamless ride to their offices in the city.

29 Dec 2014 - 8:46am