China Digest


5,000 held for web crimes

Friday, 24 August, 2012, 3:12am

Toothpick sellers fined for lacking logging licence

With reports of toothpick sellers being fined thousands of yuan for not having a logging licence, hundreds of owners of small shops in the provincial capital of Liaoning have chosen to close their doors for fears they could be the next victim of a city government crackdown.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:10pm

Nine-year-old stadium demolished in Shenyang

A massive stadium that cost 800 million yuan to build in 2003 was demolished on Sunday in Shenyang, Liaoning province, triggering public calls about wasted money and resources.

The Green Island Sports Centre was once heralded as the largest indoor soccer stadium in Asia. But authorities decided to raze the stadium because it was not used enough, the China Youth Daily reported.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

How 'northern king' built his empire

Dalian Wanda's boss Wang Jianlin is known as one of the two kings among the mainland's private property developers.

He is called the northern king, as his property empire is based in the northeastern province of Liaoning, while Wang Shi, the chief of Shenzhen's Vanke, the country's top developer by sales, is the southern king.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

Three SOE chiefs replaced in shake-up in Dalian

Three chairmen of state-owned enterprises headquartered in Dalian have been replaced, but the companies insist they were not sacked and that the changes have nothing to do with any political fallout from the Bo Xilai scandal.

12 May 2012 - 12:00am

Ship recycling centre will be north China's largest

Dalian Shipbuilding Industry has teamed up with Angang Steel and one of Asia's largest shipping companies to launch a 3 billion yuan (HK$3.69 billion) ship repair and recycling complex that will be the biggest such facility north of Shanghai.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

Rumours over Bo-linked tycoon denied

A company owned by a billionaire based in Dalian in the northeast has issued a statement dismissing intense speculation that he is being investigated after failing to appear in public since late March.

10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Bo-linked tycoon spirals from grace

One of the mainland's youngest billionaires seems to have plunged from favour, after party authorities reportedly started investigating him in mid-March.

Rumours are rife about 41-year-old Dalian Shide chairman Xu Ming, an associate of former Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai, who is believed to have helped Xu amass his fortune.

4 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Take-off in Zhuhai for first private aircraft shop

China's first fixed-base operator of private aviation-related sales and services opened for business in Zhuhai , Guangdong, at the weekend.

Zhuhai Cirrus Fixed Base Operator (FBO) operates the new store, which sells planes and offers services such as refuelling, hangaring and aircraft maintenance.

20 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

John Tong receives red hat in St Peter's

18 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Football's fixers in the dock

The man who used to head the mainland's soccer referees went on trial for corruption along with a soccer club boss yesterday, kicking off a series of trials that is expected to feature more than 60 officials and businessmen.

20 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Liaoning sends drones over East China Sea

Chinese marine authorities began drone patrols for the first time over water and islands in the East China Sea close to North Korea last week.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Change for the better

While it is far away from Hong Kong and has a cold winter, Shenyang is an attractive city for investment, not only because it is the largest city in northeast China, but also on account of its improving business environment, says Choi Koon-shum, chairman of Sunwah Group and the chairman of the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am


Hotel targets meetings and weddings

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

PLA soldiers' desertion stirs online speculation

The mainland internet is abuzz with theories explaining this week's desertion of four People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers from a military base in Jilin province.

According to the latest theory, the three teenagers involved were helping their 23-year-old squad leader defend his house, which is facing demolition.

12 Nov 2011 - 12:00am