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The bright side

David Kootnikoff looks for the positives in Vladivostok: an endearing mix of history, politics and culture.

Monday, 17 September, 2012, 4:54pm

65 Chinese fishermen set free by Russia

Russia yesterday released nearly all the Chinese fishermen it detained late last month, with the exception of four captains, according to China News Service.

Russian border authorities told the state news agency that 65 fishermen from four boats were being sent home after they were arrested for crossing into Russian waters in two separate incidents last month.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:14pm

Frederick - The Life of My Missionary Grandfather in Manchuria

Frederick - The Life of My Missionary Grandfather in Manchuria by Mark O'Neill Joint Publishing (HK)

Like the Opium wars and the Macartney mission to Qianlong's court, Westerners have mostly forgotten the massive missionary enterprises they sponsored in China for roughly a century before 1949's communist revolution.

24 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

Bo a victim of his own ambition

'Legitimacy belongs to the victor; losers are always in the wrong.'

For thousands of years of Chinese history, that phrase has inspired countless ambitious peasant bandits and generals alike to seek the ultimate glory of being crowned king.

12 Apr 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

Graft trail may go back further

The downfall of a high-ranking official in a northeastern city was a precursor to the troubles of Wang Lijun, the vice-mayor of Chongqing who was removed earlier this month as the city's tough police chief, analysts said yesterday.

14 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

From death threat to lucky sweet, it's horses for courses

This Chinese version of a crispy rice treat takes its name from a misheard death threat.

The legend of the sweet snack, made primarily with flour and sugar or honey, dates from the era when the Manchus conquered Han China, near the start of the Qing dynasty (1644-1912). It seems to have been created by a grumpy Han Chinese chef for a pompous Manchu general.

26 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


Hotel targets meetings and weddings

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Proud Manchu reclaims his rich heritage

If the Qing dynasty had not fallen in 1911, Aisin-Gioro Shoukun would still be an aristocrat, enjoying the honorary rank of general.

17 Oct 2011 - 12:00am