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Focus

SCMP gets to the heart of the matter with its in-depth analysis on the pressing issues in Hong Kong and around the world.

Xi Jinping wants to be seen as on a par with Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping

Illustration: Henry Wong

Power in modern China accrues at various speeds. For most leaders, it grows at a steady pace, while for a few others, it hurtles forward like a freight train with blinding speed.

Saturday, 23 August, 2014, 2:37am 6 comments

Deng Xiaoping's guiding principles are still in play today

Deng Xiaoping was keen for China to 'lie low' and avoid global confrontations, but defended it if its interests were at stake. Photo: Sygma

President Xi Jinping's efforts to exert China's influence on the world stage mirror those of the former paramount leader, who would be 110 today.

27 Aug 2014 - 3:47pm

Six ways Hong Kong could fund a universal pension scheme

The University of Hong Kong's Nelson Chow. Photo: David Wong

The biggest controversy in the universal pension debate remains whether Hong Kong can introduce such a scheme without facing the financial woes of countries such as Britain.

21 Aug 2014 - 8:50am 4 comments

The day that time stood still: hundreds die in Yunnan quake despite warnings

The remains of Cao Zhengxian's home in Luomakou - at the epicentre of the devastating Yunnan earthquake. Cao lost two of her three children, as well as three grandchildren. Photo: Simon Song

In a way, time stopped at about 4.30pm on August 3 for Cao Zhengxian. Just before that, the Zhaotong fault deep below Ludian county in the Wumeng mountains in Yunnan province slipped, unleashing a powerful earthquake.

20 Aug 2014 - 5:05am

Rioting in Ferguson prompted by unemployment, bad schools and white domination

A demonstrator in Ferguson holds a sign with a picture of Michael Brown, who was shot dead by a white police officer. Photo: AFP

The police shooting of Michael Brown was the spark. But the tinder fuelling the anger and resentment that has exploded in Ferguson in the US state of Missouri has been building for decades.

19 Aug 2014 - 4:50am

United they stand: Anti-Occupy campaign rallies establishment camp

Hongkongers opposed to the Occupy Central movement take part in yesterday's march organised by the Alliance for Peace and Democracy. Photo: Felix Wong

Even before the anti-Occupy Central march kicked off, the campaign had achieved something Beijing has been unable to do - rallying the divided pro-establishment camp.

18 Aug 2014 - 11:30am 12 comments

More Chinese high school students heading for US

Illustration: Henry Wong

After getting a glimpse of the endless cramming for China's gruelling college and university entrance exams at his high school, Zhang Kaisheng, 16, decided to take a different path.

17 Aug 2014 - 9:04am 10 comments

Cambodian diary a rare glimpse of life under the Khmer Rouge

The diary in the hands of Youk Chhang, who is in charge of the archives at the Documentation Centre of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. Photo: AP

Nearly 40 years ago, hunched on the floor of the wood-and-leaf hut he was forced to live in away from his children, the Cambodian school inspector kept a secret diary vividly recounting the horrors of life under the Khmer Rouge.

16 Aug 2014 - 1:42am

Shinzo Abe down to his last arrow in plan to revive Japan's economy

Illustration: Pearl Law

Many Japanese are relieved to see a leader with staying power, even if they don't like his hawkishness; now his economic plan must work

15 Aug 2014 - 9:32am 4 comments

Bracing for worse to come: city's typhoon defences need to evolve, experts say

Typhoon Wanda in 1962 caused widespread destruction, killed 474 people and left thousands homeless. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Hong Kong has a protective system of defences to weather tropical cyclones. These defences continue to evolve, which is vitally important because experts predict the city will see even fiercer storms in the coming decades that will test engineering skills.

14 Aug 2014 - 4:56am 3 comments

China’s antitrust crackdown threatens a more hostile climate for Western businesses

Audi have come under the scrutiny of anti-monopoly regulators. Photo: Reuters

China's antitrust crackdown threatens to end the era when products from Audi saloons to Starbucks lattes generated fatter profits in Beijing than in London or New York.

13 Aug 2014 - 9:06am 3 comments

A look at what is scary about Ebola and reasons not to fear it

A nurse sprays disinfectant near a Liberian isolation unit. Photo: EPA

The United States' top disease detective calls Ebola a "painful, dreadful, merciless virus". The World Health Organisation has declared the outbreak in West Africa an international emergency, killing almost 1,000 people and spreading.

12 Aug 2014 - 10:28am 1 comment

Scarce Ebola drugs bring hard ethical choices as outbreak spreads

US aid worker Nancy Writebol was given an experimental antibody.

With global anxiety rising on Ebola, medical ethicists are weighing how best to use a limited supply of experimental drugs that have shown early promise in fighting a disease that's killed almost 1,000 people this year.

12 Aug 2014 - 4:41am

SCMP Debate: What say will voters have in nominating 2017 chief executive candidates?

SCMP Debate: What say will voters have in nominating 2017 chief executive candidates?

Every Hong Kong voter will get to cast a ballot in the 2017 chief executive election. But what say will they have in nominating candidates? We asked politicians, business leaders and academics.

11 Aug 2014 - 8:40am 1 comment

Hainan villagers weren't warned how devastating superstorm Rammasun would be

A scene of devastation in Jiao Longtian village on Hainan Island. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Along the coastline of Beigang Island in Hainan province's northeast, some 20 villagers were throwing their clothes and bedding onto dozens of fires flickering in a coconut grove. They were burning waterlogged possessions ruined after getting soaked in seawater when Super Typhoon Rammasun struck last month.

10 Aug 2014 - 10:39am