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

Wooing the moderates: democrats stand firm

Wooing the moderates: democrats stand firm

In the first of a two-part series, moderates are adamant they will not vote yes on political reform.

Tuesday, 12 May, 2015, 2:10pm 16 comments

Sure thing: Sino-British ties and the UK's general election

Illustration: Henry Wong

No matter who wins Thursday's fiercely contested general election in Britain, Sino-British relations will remain stable and shift only at the margins, if at all.

6 May 2015 - 9:41am 2 comments

Lu Ping - Beijing's man carrying Hong Kong in his heart

Lu Ping in Shanghai. Photo: RTHK

Lu Ping always had the development of Hong Kong close to his heart even when he was no longer handling the city's affairs.

5 May 2015 - 3:40am 16 comments

Predicted Carmageddon did not happen as global traffic appears to have stalled

Drivers step out of their vehicles while stuck in traffic along Beijing's Second Ring Road. Photo: AFP

Economic downturn, technological advances and lifestyle changes mean fewer vehicles on the road.

4 May 2015 - 10:16am

Beauty's dark side: Chinese tourists lured by South Korean cosmetic surgery face risks

A surgeon marks for double-jaw surgery, a way of reducing or sculpting the jaw.

South Korea is well-known as the country where you arrive with one face and leave with another – hopefully, a more attractive one. But not everyone goes home happy after visiting the plastic surgery capital of Asia.

3 May 2015 - 4:42am

Desperately needed aid finally reaches remote regions in quake-hit Nepal

A Nepalese soldier jumps from a helicopter during relief operations. Photo: Reuters

In Bunkot, a remote cluster of villages clinging to high ridges at 2,100 metres altitude in the Himalayan foothills, aid has finally begun to arrive.

2 May 2015 - 11:28am

China tells Shinzo Abe to take 'responsible attitude' to Japan's wartime actions

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's notes for his speech to the US Congress in Washington. Photo: EPA

China on Thursday hit back at Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to forgo a formal apology for his country's wartime actions during a landmark address to the US Congress.

1 May 2015 - 6:25pm 4 comments

Lincoln Leong: the new man in the MTR driver's seat

Lincoln Leong, ready for action at Hong Kong station. Photo: Franke Tsang

In his first face-to-face media interview since taking office last month, MTR Corporation chief executive Lincoln Leong Kwok-kuen is fond of using the word "challenge".

2 May 2015 - 5:08pm

'Unlucky guy' tasked with buying China's aircraft carrier: Xu Zengping

Illustration: Henry Wong

Xu Zengping opens up about the clandestine operation to buy the Liaoning and unfinished business.

30 Apr 2015 - 2:32pm

China joins global effort in frantic race to save lives in aftermath of Nepal earthquake

Flames rise from burning funeral pyres on the banks of the Bagmati river, during the cremation of victims of Saturday's earthquake. Photo: AP

Countries around the world - including China - rushed aid to a desperate Nepal yesterday as the frantic race to find survivors in the impoverished nation hit by the worst earthquake for 80 years entered its third day.

29 Apr 2015 - 11:42am

Experts warned Nepal earthquake would come - but didn't know when

Experts warned Nepal earthquake would come - but didn't know when

Experts have known for years that Nepal was vulnerable to a catastrophic earthquake - they just didn't know it would happen so soon.

28 Apr 2015 - 2:38pm 1 comment

Battle stations: the heavy hitters who will transform Hong Kong's stagnant TV industry

Illustration: Henry Wong

Reality TV shows can be turned off for the moment. The real-life drama gripping Hong Kong's television industry is much more interesting - and the potential for new life in a stagnant local market is much more exciting.

28 Apr 2015 - 8:30pm 5 comments

Hostage deaths in drone strikes have Obama caught in the fog of war

The US president reacted harshly in private to news of the hostage deaths, officials said. Photo: EPA

After weeks of aerial surveillance, CIA analysts reached two conclusions about a compound to be targeted in a January drone strike: that it was used by al-Qaeda militants, and, before it was hit, that it had exactly four occupants.

25 Apr 2015 - 4:58am 1 comment

The art of the real deal: China's auction market

China's art market is having growing pains, and stronger regulation is needed, industry experts say. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China's auction market has outpaced regulation and legitimate artists and collectors are paying the price.

24 Apr 2015 - 4:06pm

Hong Kong electoral reform likely to leave pan-democrats out in the cold, analysts say

Pan-democrats walk out of Legco yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang

The blueprint for reforming the chief executive election unveiled yesterday will hardly make it easier for a pan-democrat to run in the "one person, one vote" race in 2017.

23 Apr 2015 - 8:52am 11 comments