Billionaire spared the death sentence after outcry for mercy

A 30-year-old billionaire was spared the death penalty yesterday after the mainland's highest court ruled on a case that attracted an unprecedented outcry for mercy including sympathetic comments from Premier Wen Jiabao.

Saturday, 21 April, 2012, 12:00am

A dressing-down for C.Y. Leung's wife

A steep learning curve lies ahead for Hong Kong's new first lady, judging by the sniping of fashion critics on her first official trip with husband Leung Chun-ying.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

For Wen, it's too little, too late

Premier Wen Jiabao's latest commitment to protect the environment, made during the annual session of the National People's Congress that ended last week, has met with little fanfare.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

'Forget me and the good I did when I die'

Wisdom may have dictated that Premier Wen Jiabao use his last all-important annual news conference to laud his government's economic achievements during the past decade.

Instead, the 69-year-old premier adopted a humble approach, apologising to his people for failing to accomplish some of his duties and asking them to forget him after he dies.

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Hard-hit firms in line for cash aid

The central government says it will take a slew of measures to help the mainland's cash-strapped small businesses, including earmarking billions of yuan in funding, offering tax cuts and opening up microlending to foreign investment.

2 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

We just couldn't believe [his] peers would do something like that to their own people

Father of the US Marine Harry Lew (pictured) who committed suicide after being beaten by a colleague

We will strictly implement and gradually improve policies aimed at discouraging house-buying for speculation

Premier Wen Jiabao

1 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Media censorship of premier's words mocked online

The official media's decision to change a transcript of remarks by Premier Wen Jiabao to refer to 'weibo' rather than Twitter has been ridiculed by mainland internet users frustrated at being blocked from overseas social networks.

21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Wen's land pledge gives farmers hope

Mainland farmers' hopes were raised when Premier Wen Jiabao vowed to let them benefit more from land sales, saying that China had 'lowered the costs of industrialisation and urbanisation by sacrificing farmers' rights to land'.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


Wen urges farmers' rights in rural revival

11 Jun 2015 - 4:12pm

What Trade Overhaul?

'People say that in state-owned enterprises, one man works, one man watches and one man makes trouble,' former premier Zhu Rongji once quipped. He came up with a simple solution: get rid of two of the three.

10 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Rich Unicorn gets deserved call-up

Leading trainer John Size has had his stocks boosted for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint on Sunday week with the elevation of Rich Unicorn to the field.

With the withdrawal of American sprinter Regally Ready, the surprise Group Two Premier Bowl winner has been raised from his position as first reserve.

29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Price war starts on mainland

The first shots have been fired in a property war on the mainland that has already slashed prices by almost a third and could see them halved by next year.

2 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Zhu scolds HK media

Former premier Zhu Rongji criticised Hong Kong's media, describing them as being filled with insults, during a meeting with a Hong Kong delegation to the National People's Congress in March 2001, according to his book, which was published last week.

12 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

School closures wrong, says wen

Premier Wen Jiabao has hit out at the aggressive closures of rural schools in a speech ahead of today's Teachers' Day that addresses the sorry state of rural education.

The problem could hinder the development of the whole country, he warned.

10 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


Ex-Taiwanese premier rejects running mate role

9 Sep 2011 - 12:00am