Raymond Li

Newspaper flood report upsets city officials

A leading newspaper that ran an investigative report on Beijing's recent deadly floods has been accused by the city's authorities of 'violating press regulations' and now faces the risk of its operations being suspended.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:07pm

Awesome times demand shocking new words

Thousands of new entries, including catchy and popular phrases from the internet age, appear in the sixth edition of a well-known Chinese-language dictionary that hit stores yesterday.

The woman behind the compilation said the additions reflected how the country had rapidly transformed in the information age.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Housing compensation activist stays unbowed

Qi Yueying, 49, is digging in her heels amid a stand-off with municipal authorities over the demolition of a historic family farmhouse that lies just beyond the southeastern part of Beijing's Second Ring Road. Police officers and security guards maintain a constant presence outside her home.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Graduates like 'security' of state jobs

Nearly half of university graduates on the mainland see state-owned companies and government agencies as ideal places to work because they provide better fringe benefits and more job security, a survey has found.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Demolition leaves family scattered, defenceless

The papers ordering Huang Gongdao to be detained while his house was demolished last month are now all he has to aid his fight for justice.

All the 63-year-old retiree's possessions, including the identity card he is asked to present whenever he seeks help from the courts, were lost when local officials levelled his six-bedroom home in Beijing's Chaoyang district.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

TV series celebrating food leaves sour taste for some

A new documentary series on Chinese cuisine airing on CCTV has set food lovers abuzz over the nation's rich culinary history, while inadvertently raising a new level of disgust over the seemingly endless food safety scandals.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Forced closure of schools linked to fatal accidents

The Ministry of Public Security is pushing regulators to address some of the root causes behind a spate of deadly school bus crashes in recent weeks as it moves to crack down on unsafe school buses.

17 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Charity's audit report falls flat

The government-backed China Charity Federation issued a belated audit report on Tuesday that details salary levels and administrative fees it charges on donations, but the move fails to dispel deep-rooted scepticism towards officially sanctioned NGOs.

13 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Fugitive's jailing hailed in fight against global crime

An Australian court's jailing of a fugitive mainland official for 14 years for money laundering has been hailed as a breakthrough in international co-operation in fighting crime and a deterrent to corrupt officials seeking safe haven overseas.

27 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing touts crackdown amid land-grab protests

Beijing has stepped up its crackdown on brazen land grabs and forced demolitions after a nine-month-old regulation intended to curb unlawful evictions has proved to be largely toothless.

26 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Charity accused of murky deals

A regional branch of the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, the third biggest charitable organisation on the mainland, has been accused of lending money to businesses for profit. It comes as merely the latest in a string of allegations about abuse of donations at officially sanctioned NGOs.

3 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Vehicles torched in Guizhou rioting

About a dozen police officers and urban management officers were injured in a riot in Guizhou province, with vehicles smashed and overturned.

The incident was sparked by a clash between a driver and a group of urban management officers and the beating of a woman.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing in damage control over arrest, Ai claims

Ai Weiwei says charges of tax evasion levelled against him, as well as his release on bail, are excuses used by the mainland authorities to get out of the embarrassment created by arresting him in the first place.

17 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Red Cross asks government auditors to help

The Red Cross Society of China has invited government auditors to look into possible irregularities at Red Cross China Business System, a business arm operated in partnership with the China General Chamber of Commerce that has been implicated in murky business deals with private companies.

8 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Gender bender holiday on agenda

Men in Shenzhen are one step closer to what many have been calling for - a special day that would give them half a day off work to match International Women's Day.

A draft provision on gender equality issued on Saturday by the All Women's Federation in the special economic zone would see it become the first mainland city to designate such a holiday for men.

30 May 2011 - 12:00am