Surprise as toxic chemical plant in Xiamen is put on hold

In a surprise turnaround, authorities in Xiamen, Fujian province, yesterday put on hold plans to build a toxic chemical factory in the city.

Thursday, 31 May, 2007, 12:00am

Chemical reaction

Zhao Yufen jabs at a stapled document on her desk, her frustration and anger spilling over. In March, she presented the petition against the world's biggest p-Xylene chemical plant to the annual meeting of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing.

30 May 2007 - 12:00am

Ultimatum on damage at leading scenic sites

Favourite holiday spots could lose national status

The Ministry of Construction will begin the final phase of a nationwide assessment of damage to national scenic and historic sites after the Labour Day 'golden week' holiday ends on Monday.

5 May 2007 - 12:00am

Cyclist spreads Olympic message

A 62-year-old retired mainlander is going it alone on an eight-month campaign to cycle around the country promoting the Beijing Olympics.

Arriving in Hong Kong on the 27th stop since he started the campaign on March 24, Cai Qingqi said China's hosting of the Games in 2008 was something all Chinese should be proud of.

17 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

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22 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Hospital Authority turns corner with budget surplus

The Hospital Authority is on track to post a small surplus at the end of the financial year on March 31, a turnaround from a string of deficits.

The development was disclosed by chairman Anthony Wu Ting-yuk last night as officials and Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow Yat-ngok toasted a HK$670 million increase in government subsidy for the next financial year.

6 May 2015 - 4:35pm

Wuyi to build plant for new heart drug

Fujian pharmaceutical firm will spend half of HK$801m target from share sale to finance the facility

22 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Players hide in police station after fans riot

China's basketball league once again made headlines for all the wrong reasons as fan violence broke out at a game on Friday night.

Spectators in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, attacked the visiting Fujian Xunxing team during and after their game against the Zhejiang Horses.

14 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Cross-border 'land grab' sparks protest

More than 20 Hong Kong citizens with relatives in Fujian province say they have been the victims of an unlawful land grab by the Jinjiang municipal government.

Lee Kin-ming, 45, says his collective ownership certificate proves the council grabbed the land illegally and is one of the score of locals who have petitioned the Hong Kong government to intervene.

9 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Police smash Ice ring and detain top suspect

One of China's most-wanted drug suspects has been snared in a joint operation by mainland and Philippine police targeting a multimillion-dollar international ring.

Senior officers also said yesterday that Hong Kong was a distribution centre for the network and city police had played a role in the operation.

27 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Conjugal visits

During the cold war, Quemoy was Taiwan's island fortress against mainland China. It is so close to Xiamen , Fujian province , that one of Taiwan's most popular urban legends is that Taiwanese frogmen based on the island used to swim to Xiamen on drunken dares, bringing back movie ticket stubs as proof of their perilous journey.

16 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Risks, rewards await traders in Moscow

Working in the Russian capital can be lucrative, but yesterday's tragedy highlights the dangers that people face

Despite the threat of kidnappings, robberies and murders, adventurous Chinese continue flocking to Moscow in search of quick and easy money.

23 Aug 2006 - 12:00am


ON A CLEAR day, the mountains of Fujian are easily seen from Nangan, one of several islands that make up Taiwan's Lienchiang county. But at other times, the more noticeable feature is a dark trail of rubbish that washes from the mainland across the strait and on to its shores.

23 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Death sentences commuted in Yuanhua case

Three main players convicted in the mainland's biggest smuggling and corruption scandal have had their suspended death sentences commuted to life imprisonment ahead of the alleged ringleader's expected extradition from Canada, local media reported yesterday.

15 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Southern provinces take another battering

Half a million people flee ferocity of second massive storm in two weeks

Typhoon Kaemi struck southeastern China yesterday, forcing the evacuation of more than half a million people less than two weeks after Tropical Storm Bilis ravaged the same region.

26 Jul 2006 - 12:00am