National Security

Police have few leads in billionaire kidnap case

Four men who tried to kidnap billionaire Florence Tsang Chiu-wing's mother and four-year-old daughter last week left no fingerprints or images that investigators could trace, according to police.

Tuesday, 1 May, 2012, 12:00am

Now dried fruit is hit by food scandal

Preserved fruit is the latest addition to the mainland's expanding list of unsafe foods, after an investigation by state television found that some were processed in filthy factories and contained excessive additives.

Preserved peaches were found packed in bags that had been used to hold animal feed, and hawthorn berries were soaked in a pool of water that contained garbage.

27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

US spy story recycles old yellow peril fears

Bloomberg last week published a remarkable piece of propaganda that smeared Chinese university students in the US as spies.

16 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Police identify source of fire at Fa Yuen St

A hawker stall that sold children's clothing has been identified as the source of the city's deadliest fire in 15 years, but a four-month investigation has found nothing to suggest arson.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Police catch suspect who allegedly lured girls with fake jobs

A young policewoman has helped catch a suspected rapist in an undercover operation. The suspect is accused of luring girls to fake job interviews before attacking them.

Police were alerted about the case after a schoolgirl, 17, said she was raped over the weekend.

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Proposed legal changes prove insubstantial

There have been many arguments during the three drafts of the mainland's amended Criminal Procedure Law about whether the revision is an improvement or not.

There appears to be a growing consensus: while the list of changes is long and many are welcome improvements, very few are substantial.

14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Pressure builds for vote against secret detentions

Certain legal amendments to be voted on at the National People's Congress are causing concern because they could legalise secret detentions.

12 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Criminal-law changes disappoint

A second set of draft amendments to the Criminal Procedure Law, tabled last week in the nation's legislature, answer some concerns raised by the public but fall short of expectations overall, rights advocates and law experts say.

Some amount to a step backwards, they say.

1 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Here is the news: students' CCTV spoof is web hit

A group of students in Shandong province have become an online hit with a homemade video lampooning the propaganda style of the state broadcasters' flagship news programmes.

Clips of Dormitory News Broadcast have clocked up more than 8 million hits on video sharing sites in just over a month.

1 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

200 traffic police suspended in illegal fine scam

More than 200 rank-and-file traffic policemen in Yuxian county, Shanxi province, have been suspended indefinitely following a scandal last month involving illegal fines, according to one officer who admitted to taking bribes to supplement his low income.

19 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Law has become an idling curiosity

For those who regularly have to put up with exhaust fumes emitted by stationary vehicles, there is finally some good news. After a wait of 14 years, the ban on idling engine comes into force today. But it is much too early to feel we can take a deep breath with confidence. It is unlikely that this law will make much of an impact on roadside pollution.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm

Who said it?

China seems to be embracing state capitalism more strongly each year rather than continuing to pursue economic reform goals

Gary Locke, US ambassador

Regarding the invasion of privacy of the target, I'd say it is close to nonsense

Surveillance Commissioner Woo Kwok-hing, on the government's refusal to let him listen to intercepted recordings

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Pollution sensors offer some hope

Officials tend to drag their feet when it comes to measures intended to force people to change their behaviour to help ease pollution. There have been plenty of carrots offered, but few sticks wielded. Now, there is some good news. Starting from 2013, vehicles will be checked while on the road and those found to be exceeding permitted levels will face penalties.

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

CCTV rebuts attack over report of monopoly probe

The war of words surrounding anti-monopoly investigations into two state-owned telecoms giants has escalated, with China Central Television hitting back at a newspaper report last week that criticised as unfounded and unprofessional its reporting of the probe.

16 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

State giants take sides in telecoms duopoly war

A newspaper under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the supervisor of the two state-owned telecoms giants at the centre of a duopoly scandal, has fired back at accusations aired by China Central Television this week.

12 Nov 2011 - 12:00am