Hainan school principal, official reportedly to be charged with rapes of schoolgirls

A school principal and a government official accused of sexually assaulting six primary school girls in Hainan province will soon be charged with rape, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported yesterday, citing sources with the city's prosecutors.

Sunday, 26 May, 2013, 6:50am

'No sex' claim in assault of six schoolgirls is challenged

Authorities in Wanning city, in Hainan , are facing new challenges to their claim that a headmaster and a government official sexually assaulted six primary schoolgirls but did not actually have sex with them.

17 May 2013 - 4:48am

Hainan child sex scandal takes new turn as girl says she was offered money for sex

An investigation into two men accused of sexual assault took a new turn on Wednesday after one of the six child victims involved said she was offered money for sex. The six primary-six classmates involved initially told authorities that the men, a primary school headmaster and government official had sexually molested – but not raped – them at two different hotels in Hainan province’s Wanning city.

17 May 2013 - 12:19am

Hainan province teacher, city official arrested over sex assault of six girls

A schoolmaster and a government official in Hainan province have been arrested in connection with the sexual assault of six primary school girls, local authorities said yesterday.

14 May 2013 - 4:38am

Uniform Hainan housing divides the online community

A general view shows newly built houses at Dadun village of Lingshui ethnic Li Autonomous County, Hainan province. Photo: Reuters

The photograph was published by writer Liang Hong on microblogging platform Sina Weibo on Sunday. She commented in the post under the photo: “A bunch of brand-new prisons without space or privacy…China is turning into a desperate nightmare. Wherever you go, you see the same thing.”

8 Apr 2013 - 9:05pm

Woody Island cruises to start in Hainan this month amid sea disputes

A China Marine Surveillance worker heads to Woody Island, Sansha city, Hainan. Island tours will start this month, but visitors cannot stay overnight. Photo: Xinhua

The Hainan provincial government will begin sightseeing cruises to China's newest city, Sansha on tiny Woody Island, this month, a deputy governor of the province said yesterday.

7 Apr 2013 - 5:56pm 1 comment

Luxury show organiser denies Sanya 'romp' rumours

Within four years, Hainan Rendez-Vous has grown to be one of the most recognised yacht shows in mainland China. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Several mainland celebrities were photographed at the parties and the images soon began circulating on the internet. Many of them took to social media to deny the rumours, Sina reported.

4 Apr 2013 - 6:20pm 3 comments

Chinese fishermen on front line of marine dispute in South China Sea

Tanmen fisherman find rich marine stocks in the South China Sea, some parts of which are under territorial dispute. Photos: AFP

The tropical waters of the South China Sea are among the most contested on earth, but Chinese fishermen who sail in them shrug off the dangers of navigating between multiple competing claimants.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Hainan farmers protest decades-long land dispute

Farmers kneel and hold up placards reading "return our land, we need food" outside Sanya government offices to protest a 1991 land grab. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Dozens of farmers in Hainan Island’s capital Sanya knelt in front of the city’s government offices last month to protest against a court ruling on a 1991 land seizure they felt was unjust.

9 Jan 2013 - 3:14pm

PLA carries out defence drills in Shenyang, Jinan and Sansha

Air defence exercises formed a major part of the test runs.

The People's Liberation Army held a series of preparedness drills in Shenyang, Jinan and newly established Sansha in Hainan, the city created by Beijing to oversee disputed islands in the South China Sea.

The military drills on Wednesday were aimed at enhancing soldiers' combat consciousness and capabilities, the People's Liberation Army Daily reported.

4 Jan 2013 - 4:34am

Briefs, January 1, 2013

Xi Jinping (centre) was happy with a simple meal. Photo: Xinhua

Taiwan plans to complete the first stage of a project to upgrade its fighter jet force by the end of 2013, in an effort to maintain a credible deterrent against the mainland into the 2030s. Some 60 of Taiwan's Indigenous Defence Fighters (IDFs) will be upgraded and ready within 12 months, according to a defence ministry report. The aircraft will be equipped with enhanced radar, avionics and electronic warfare capabilities, along with a locally produced cluster bomb, according to the report. The remainder of its 127-strong fleet of IDFs will be upgraded by 2017, the report said. 

1 Jan 2013 - 5:01am

Environmentalist Liu Futang fined for exposing Hainan pollution scandals

Liu Futang is free

Eco-warrior Liu Futang was found guilty yesterday by a local court in the southern province of Hainan for illegally profiting from self-published books that exposed pollution scandals, most of which he gave away or sent to friends, officials and fellow activists.

It was the latest case of mainland officials trying to muffle a dissident environmentalist.

6 Dec 2012 - 4:04am 1 comment

Briefs, November 8, 2012

No to Metro's call to cut subway phone Wi-fi

8 Nov 2012 - 4:02am

Two dead after Typhoon Son-Tinh hits Vietnam

Women in north Vietnam's Ninh Binh province clean up debris after Typhoon Son-Tinh passed through. Photo: Xinhua

Two people were killed and thousands of homes damaged as Vietnam’s coast was lashed by Typhoon Son-Tinh, authorities said on Monday, after the storm caused deadly landslides and floods in the Philippines.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Dozens hurt in big Hainan township power plant pollution protest

A photo posted on the internet of the Yinggehai protest.

Thousands of residents in the coastal town of Yinggehai, Hainan, demonstrated at the weekend against plans to build a large power plant nearby, with dozens injured and more than 100 detained by police, according to witnesses.

23 Oct 2012 - 10:51am