Police explanation of deadly Fujian bus blaze questioned by sceptics

Police said Chen Shuizong, born in 1954, set light to the bus to 'vent personal grievances' and was among those who died. Photo: Xinhua

Soon after a fire on a crowded commuter bus killed 47 people and injured 34, authorities offered an explanation: One of the dead had written a suicide note, boarded the bus during the evening rush and set it ablaze.

Friday, 14 June, 2013, 4:43am

Sale of 40 tonnes of diseased pork sparks police inquiry

Officials probe sale of tonnes of infected pork. Photo: Reuters

Police in Nanjing county, Zhangzhou, detained a 44-year-old woman surnamed Lin and a 33-year-old man, busting an illegal operation in which 40 tonnes of pork was allegedly sold in three months, according to the Strait Metropolis Daily, a newspaper affiliated with the propaganda department in Fujian.

7 May 2013 - 4:24pm 2 comments

H7N9 bird flu spreads to southern China

More than 110 people in mainland China have been confirmed with H7N9 bird flu virus. Photo: AFP

China’s deadly outbreak of H7N9 bird flu has spread to Fujian province in the country’s south, the government said on Friday, marking the second case in two days in a new location after Jiangxi confirmed its first case of the deadly virus.

26 Apr 2013 - 11:14pm 2 comments

Hong Kong women seek official help with forced eviction in Fujian

Sai Kung district councillor Christine Fong Kwok-shan (left) comforts Zhang Yingming, 70, who is nursing a broken arm. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Two Hong Kong women are appealing to the city's administration to intervene after gangsters allegedly beat up their family at their house on the mainland earlier this month. The violence was apparently prompted by their refusal to accept an offer of compensation over a local government redevelopment project, they said.

30 Mar 2013 - 4:54am

CLSA's head of oil and gas and pig research

A market indicator.

The mainland's dead pigs story has been viewed with some interest by some financial institutions in Hong Kong, and not just out of morbid curiosity.

15 Mar 2013 - 4:37am

Two animals poisoned to death at Fujian zoo

The 'grass mud horse' is recognised as Chinese netizens' de facto mascot for freedom of speech. Photo: Reuters

Two animals were killed over the Spring Festival at Donghu Zoo in Fujian province after tourists allegedly fed them toxic oleander leaves.

27 Feb 2013 - 6:33pm

Fujian to spend 326 billion yuan on projects to boost ties with Taiwan

The mainland's first undersea highway tunnel in Xiamen, a key base for many companies from Taiwan. Photo: Reuters

The sum is to be spent on 368 major projects, including 150 new developments, the Fujian government said on its website. Sectors to be invested in include agriculture, irrigation, transport infrastructure, energy, urban projects, environment and services.

31 Jan 2013 - 5:20am

Fujian family planning official selling babies

Children rescued from child abductors sit in the Panlong Public Security Bureau in Kunming in 2006. Photo: AP

While China considers changing its one-child policy, a family planning official in Fujian province has found herself a profitable side job: selling babies, China Youth Daily reported on Friday.

4 Jan 2013 - 11:36am

Fujian billionaire marries off daughter with gold-laden dowry

Picture showing the list of dowry items. Picture: SCMP Photos

Wu Duanbiao, chairman of ceramics firm Fujian Wanli Group, bestowed more than a billion yuan (HK$1.2 billion) as dowry for his daughter’s marriage on Sunday, according to media reports.

The wedding took place in Cizao town, Jinjiang county, in eastern China's Fujian province.

10 Jan 2013 - 8:12am 3 comments

Former Hong Kong liaison chief Peng Qinghua to be party boss in Guangxi

Peng Qinghua, former head of the central government's liaison office in Hong Kong. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Guo Shengkun is set to become public security minister after yesterday's announcement that the former head of the central government's liaison office in Hong Kong, Peng Qinghua, has been appointed party boss of Guangxi Autonomous Region, replacing Guo.

20 Dec 2012 - 5:12am

Anger over crash response in Fuan city sparks riot against police

A photo circulated on Sina Weibo is said to show a van overturned during the riot in Fuan city on Saturday night. Photo: SCMP

Residents of a Fujian province city smashed an ambulance and overturned three police vans after a car crash over the weekend, as yet another relatively minor incidents resulted in public unrest on the mainland.

19 Nov 2012 - 4:50am

Xi Jinping put work first and missed birth of daughter

Xi's wife, Peng Liyuan, is a famous Chinese singer. Photo:SCMP

In the summer of 1992, as party chief of Fujian's provincial capital, Fuzhou, Xi Jinping missed the birth of his only child, daughter Xi Mingze, because he was called away to deal with the effects of a typhoon that struck the area.

24 Oct 2012 - 8:52am

Xi Jinping sharpened his political skills in Fujian

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Xi Jinping, China's leader-in-waiting, fine-tuned his political antennae during 17 years spent as an official in the southeastern province of Fujian. An official in Fuzhou, the provincial capital, who worked under Xi from the 1990s, said Xi always harboured grand ambitions.

25 Oct 2012 - 2:59pm

Female Fujian party chief Sun Chunlan popular

Illustration: Henry Wong

Women hold up half the sky, as the traditional saying goes, but in Chinese politics they account for only a slice of it.

22 Oct 2012 - 8:01am

Shrewd Lu Zhangong earned his stripes advancing Fujian and Henan

Illustration: Henry Wong

Lu Zhangong has two nicknames - "Lu Haixi" and "Lu Zhongyuan" - references to two of his signal achievements as he worked his way up the party hierarchy in the past eight years, first as party chief of Fujian and now Henan.

1 Oct 2012 - 2:52pm