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'I only wanted her not to die'

A Beijing man who pleaded guilty last week to forging a hospital stamp so his sick wife could receive free medical treatment has received overwhelming public sympathy amid hope he may be given a lenient sentence.

Wednesday, 18 July, 2012, 12:00am

Ruining an ethnic identity in the name of progress

Reconstruction efforts in Wenchuan county's ethnic Qiang villages in the four years since the Sichuan earthquake have come under fire for devastating the area's distinct cultural identity.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

PLA sets up audit group to fight graft

The People's Liberation Army yesterday established an audit work steering group aimed at eradicating corruption among troops, military media reported.

Defence spending has been maintained at a double-digit growth rate for most of the past two decades and would rise by 11.2 per cent this year to at least 670.3 billion yuan (HK$823.15 billion).

7 Apr 2012 - 12:00am


Crack down on breeding farms

I am angry at the snail's pace of legislation to ban the private farms which breed animals to supply pet shops.

The current legislation is clearly inadequate and Hong Kong has an oversupply of these sad creatures, whose end, like their life, is tragic, and whose life-long distress and pain is easily preventable.

23 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Award for malaria drug discovery reignites row

A Chinese professor who helped to discover an anti-malarial drug that saved millions of lives was presented with an award considered to be as prestigious as the Nobel Prize by scientists in New York on Friday.

25 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

How foreign shores lost their lustre

Many Chinese who have attended graduate school and worked in the West are moving back to their homeland to start up their own enterprises or serve international companies. They are commonly called haigui, literally 'sea turtles', or overseas returnees.

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Ai's wife disputes 12m yuan tax bill at 'unfair' hearing

A design firm linked to artist-activist Ai Weiwei appealed against a tax bill of 12 million yuan (HK$14.45 million) at a hearing in Beijing yesterday, and demanded the return of seized financial records it says it needs to fight the case.

The tax bill was issued after Ai was released on bail last month after being detained for three months.

15 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Red Cross officer dies amid quake graft claims

The sudden death of a senior Qinghai Red Cross official reportedly under investigation for alleged financial irregularities has added to concerns about the Red Cross as a credible charitable organisation on the mainland.

30 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

An ancient game of kings and khans

The name polo is said to derive from the Tibetan word pulu, which means ball. The game is believed to date back to the 5th century BC, when it was used as a means of training elite royal troops in the kingdom of Persia.

It was the British who gave it proper rules and regulations.

20 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Criticism rejected over China Gas sackings

A substantial shareholder of China Gas Holdings has rejected criticism of its role in dumping two directors.

SK Group of South Korea, which effectively holds 9.7 per cent of China Gas, said yesterday that it fulfilled its obligations and duties as a shareholder during a China Gas meeting on Tuesday.

28 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Capturing Cathay

Yao Lu and Qin Wen's photographs (including Old City No 7, above) of traditional Chinese cultural elements and lifestyles that are threatened by global pop culture. Today-Sat, 10am-7pm, Galerie du Monde, 108 Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell St, Central. Inquiries: 2525 0529. Ends Sat

4 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Mourning for boy erupts into violence

What started as a simple public mourning over the death of a five-year-old boy at a hospital in Jiangsu turned violent on Sunday.

More than 1,000 people - some said thousands - clashed with riot police, damaging the hospital's main building.

7 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Passing out into the real world

The passers-by in a bustling Chongqing shopping district were not sure what to make of the three young men in business suits sleeping in the middle of a public square.

Were they performance artists?

Fliers with resumes scattered in the square next to puddles of fresh vomit were a clue to the mystery.

12 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Beijing's lack of sensitivity angers Tibetan students

Tibetan students have protested in the province of Qinghai over 'reported plans to impose Chinese as the main language of instruction' ('Language protests see security tightened', October 26).

28 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Genghis Khan: A Choral Symphony

Yan Huichang conducts the Mongolian Youth Chorus of the Inner Mongolia National Song and Dance Opera Troupe, Inner Mongolia National Song and Dance Troupe of China, baritone Ma Jinquan, horse-head fiddle lead performer Qinggele and the HK Chinese Orchestra performing Tang Jainping's symphony inspired by the historical Mongolian figure.

12 Sep 2010 - 12:00am