The man of the one hour that changed the course of make-or-break trade talks

Former vice-minister of commerce Wei Jianguo has seen just how much a leader's personality and wisdom can change history.

Monday, 12 December, 2011, 12:00am

Judgment day for ping pong parents

Wally Yeung Chun-kuen's working hours may be occupied these days listening to accusations flying back and forth across a room at the Institute of Education inquiry.

But in his spare time he's likely to be intently watching a small white ball flying back and forth across a net, usually struck by his 15-year-old son.

14 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Celtic new Bhoy Du boosts merchandise sales

China international Du Wei has quickly established himself as one of Celtic's favourites since his move from Shanghai Shenhua four weeks ago, according a senior club official.

8 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

News group sues over publication of 'exclusive'

Oriental Press Group (OPG) is seeking damages from Wen Wei Po newspaper for publishing an exclusive article from the Oriental Daily News without acknowledging the source.

The article in question reported an 11-hour detention of a Hong Kong father and son by immigration officers in Britain last August. The pair, who did not speak English, complained of racial discrimination.

18 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Sex, lies and videotape

At the height of the Sars crisis, Wei Wujun's phone was almost silent. 'No husband dared to risk going out to cheat on their wives,' says the Shanghai-based private eye and China's most famous mistress hunter. 'But today, with Sars off the radar screen, my phone is ringing non-stop again.'

26 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Wei visit over

Wei Xiaotao, brother of Wei Jingsheng, returned to Beijing after spending three weeks with the dissident exiled in the US.

25 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

A passport to hope follows years of despair

Five days ago, wardens of the Nanpu New Life labour camp on the saltmarshes near Tangshan came for Wei.

They took his photo and told him to fill in an application form for a passport.

'He knew what that meant but he had no idea where he was going, except it might be America, or when,' said his chain-smoking brother, Wei Xiaotao.

17 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Wei Jingsheng

Two US legislators have urged the mainland Justice Minister to allow an international medical team to check on the health of dissident Wei Jingsheng. Representatives Tom Lantos and John Porter wrote to Justice Minister Xiao Yang about Wei, who has been jailed in Hebei for 'counter-revolutionary crimes'.

31 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Five years' jail for official

A senior communist party official in Hainan province has been jailed for five years for taking bribes.

Wei Zefang was jailed for accepting bribes totalling 60,000 yuan (HK$56,000) while serving as the secretary of the provincial political and legal committee, state media reported yesterday.

7 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Ailing dissident officially healthy

CHINA has taken the unusual step of refuting reports that imprisoned dissident Wei Jingsheng is in poor health.

Xinhua (the New China News Agency) said Wei was examined after he entered prison in January and although it was confirmed that he was suffering from hypertension and a fatty liver, coronary heart disease was ruled out after an electrocardiogram and 24-hour monitoring.

2 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Hollow phrase-mongering

I WAS overcome with a feeling of nausea when I read the article headlined, 'Beijing in blast at critics of Wei trial' (South China Morning Post, December 30).

5 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

Here's a cup, my trusty Conman, and a hand to Piano

HAPPY New Year. For those few miserable wretches who DARED to miss any Lai See columns during the past 12 months, we hereby present a selection of trivia gems from 1992.

Air Con IN 1992, Lai See fulfilled a long-held ambition.

A company advertising mini air-conditioners emblazoned its products all over the MTR. Its name: Conman.

1 Jan 1993 - 12:00am