At a sea-power workshop at Shanghai University of Political Science and Law late last year, PLA representatives and naval experts said they were worried that the problems and failures of the Beiyang Fleet would recur in today's naval modernisation, unless China learned from that painful chapter in its history.Friday, 8 February, 2013, 4:58am 1 comment
Beijing has agreed to lend art exhibits for a major joint exhibition in Taipei, the head of Taiwan’s top museum said on Sunday, as the two former rivals push ahead with detente.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
Opportunist Leung critics must move on
Over the past few months, there has been a torrent of criticism against the chief executive over unauthorised structures at his home.
The critics questioned his integrity and demanded his apology. The pan-democrats tried to drive him from office and, when that failed, made an attempt to impeach him.19 Jan 2013 - 2:08am 2 comments
The best Christmas present I got last year was a preview of a forthcoming book by a banker-historian in Boston. He sent me his doctoral thesis, a piece of masterly detective work on how ideas travel over time and space, become adopted successfully in a different place, and then come back to where they started.19 Jan 2013 - 4:29am
In a corner of old Beijing, officials want to re-create a piece of China’s dynastic past by rebuilding a square near the Drum and Bell towers in 18th-century Qing dynasty fashion.17 Jan 2013 - 5:10pm 2 comments
Why China declined under Qing dynasty
In her stimulating article ("Reinvent HK's economic role", January 6), Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee attributed the Qing dynasty's failure to develop science and technology to an abundant labour supply.13 Jan 2013 - 1:57am
China’s state cultural authority criticised a French auction house for selling a historic seal allegedly looted by foreign troops in the 19th century, state media reported on Wednesday.
An unidentified official from the State Administration of Cultural Heritage said China opposes and condemns the sale of cultural relics illegally taken out of the country, the Beijing News reported.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
A French auction house yesterday sold a historic Chinese seal for €1.1 million (HK$11.2 million) despite threats of legal action alleging it may have been stolen from Beijing's Forbidden City.
The green jade seal, which dates from the Qianlong period (1736-95) and had been expected to fetch €200,000, went for more than five times that amount to an unidentified telephone bidder.18 Dec 2012 - 4:08am
Two Chinese antiques have been withdrawn from auction in Britain, the auctioneer said, after the proposed sale sparked fury in China amid claims they were looted from Beijing in the 19th century.
Bonhams issued an apology as it confirmed the two jade carvings would not be sold after the owner withdrew them from a planned auction on Thursday to “avoid any possible offence”.5 Nov 2012 - 7:12pm
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