UnionPay seeks to turn tables on market leaders Visa and MasterCard

Xu Luode

In a rare interview with overseas media, Xu Luode, the president and chief executive of the mainland's bank card association, told the South China Morning Post that UnionPay would strive to improve its global market share by attracting members to its international business arm with a profit-sharing scheme.

Monday, 11 March, 2013, 4:48am

Call for visa crackdown on bogus Buddhist monks

Bogus monks at Lan Kwai Fong

One police source familiar with a rising trend of bogus Buddhist monks visiting Hong Kong as "professional beggars" said they may be violating their three-month visitor visas.

24 Feb 2013 - 3:43pm 3 comments

China's UnionPay grows to challenge Visa

A man passes a hoarding advertising UnionPay in Akihabara shopping district in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters

Among the designer brands from Prada to Chanel at the Harrods flagship store in London, Chinese housewife Li Yafang spotted a logo she knows from back home: the red, blue and green of UnionPay cards.

12 Dec 2012 - 12:54pm 2 comments

Briefs, December 10, 2012

Shanghai's government published a list of 45 countries whose citizens will be allowed to enter the city for 72 hours without a visa while in transit, from January 1, Xinhua reported.

10 Dec 2012 - 5:30am

Briefs, December 6, 2012

Anyone caught aiding or inciting Tibetan self-immolations will be charged with murder, the state press said.

6 Dec 2012 - 4:04am

South Africa's appeal court slams delay of visa to Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama. Photo: AFP

A South African court ruled yesterday that officials "unreasonably delayed" a decision about whether to grant the Dalai Lama a visa for a planned 2011 trip, largely out of fears of angering the Chinese government.

30 Nov 2012 - 4:23am

ATV may face charges over visa overstayers

Harry's view

Asia Television (ATV) could face criminal charges for allowing several mainland contestants who overstayed their visitors' permits to compete in its Mr Asia competition on Sunday, a barrister said.

One contestant whose visa expired before the contest reportedly said ATV had arranged his entry document and should have known it had expired.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:20am

Myanmar banks sign deal with Visa

Peter Maher, a Visa Group' manager, during a visa signing ceremony in Yangon on Saturday. Photo: EPA

Officials in Myanmar say three private banks have signed agreements with Visa Inc. to enable international travelers to use credit cards and withdraw cash from ATM machines by January.

Until recently, foreign visitors were barred from using credit cards in the Southeast Asian nation because of financial sanctions imposed by the US and EU to punish the former military regime.

3 Nov 2012 - 6:40pm

Briefs, October 19, 2012

Cadre sues after being jailed for subversion

A village cadre sued Chongqing's labour camp committee last week after he was jailed for two years for inciting subversion by reposting microblog entries that criticised the government, Southern Metropolis News reported. Fiona Tam

Visa cancelled over 'rights criticism'

19 Oct 2012 - 5:15am

Tyson granted Australia visa

Mike Tyson. Photo: AFP

Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was Wednesday granted a visa to Australia but warned he must behave, a week after the convicted rapist was denied entry to New Zealand.

Tyson, who was sentenced to six years in prison in 1992 for raping an 18-year-old woman, is scheduled to visit Australia in November as part of his Day of the Champions speaking tour.

11 Oct 2012 - 11:51am

Visa targets smartphone payments in Hong Kong

Visa's payWave system can be found in 3,400 shops in the city.

Global payments technology giant Visa plans to step up development in Hong Kong of a mobile payments infrastructure that is supported by a wide range of smartphones.

20 Sep 2012 - 4:16am

China visa was easy to get, says tortured Libyan Sami al-Saadi

Libyan dissident Sami al-Saadi

A Libyan dissident who escaped the grip of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi by hiding on the mainland has claimed Beijing freely opened its doors to him in 2003, with a visa approval process that was "so easy".

9 Sep 2012 - 4:04am

Border development zone 'will bring Hongkongers jobs' says think tank

Commercial zones in areas along the border will benefit Hongkongers, supporters say. Photo: Robert Ng

Encouraging commercial developments in border areas will offer job opportunities for Hongkongers and reduce shop rents for business start-ups, according to Executive Council member Cheung Chi-kong.

28 Aug 2012 - 3:20am

U.S. backs down in visas row

The US has backed down on new visa requirements for instructors at China's premier overseas cultural institution, ending a week of deportation fears and averting another row between Beijing and Washington.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

U.S. to cut red tape for tourists

In an effort to boost tourism in the United States and create jobs, President Barack Obama has ordered the streamlining of visa applications for the rapidly swelling ranks of tourists from mainland China and Brazil and the waiving of the requirement of a visa for visitors from Taiwan.

21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am