Deadly bus arson fuels debate on social ills

Forty-two people died and 33 others were injured after the bus burst into flames in Xiamen on June 7, 2013. Photo: Xinhua

Mainland media revealed more details last week about the life of Chen Shuizong, the arsonist who killed himself and 46 other passengers this month in a bus fire in Xiamen.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 2:25am

Police explanation of deadly Fujian bus blaze questioned by sceptics

Police said Chen Shuizong, born in 1954, set light to the bus to 'vent personal grievances' and was among those who died. Photo: Xinhua

Soon after a fire on a crowded commuter bus killed 47 people and injured 34, authorities offered an explanation: One of the dead had written a suicide note, boarded the bus during the evening rush and set it ablaze.

14 Jun 2013 - 4:43am

Depressed vendor blamed for deadly Xiamen bus fire

Investigators work inside the debris of the burned bus in Xiamen. Photo: Xinhua

Police in Xiamen believe a disgruntled street vendor started the fire on an express bus on Friday in which he and 46 other passengers were killed and 34 injured, many seriously.

9 Jun 2013 - 6:34am

China bus fire that killed 47 may be arson

Bus drivers try to keep passengers away from the direction of a bus that burst into flames in Xiamen. Photo: AP

A fire that gutted a commuter bus, killing 47 and injuring dozens more during rush hour in a port city in southeastern China, appears to have been deliberately set, state media quoted investigators as saying on Saturday.

8 Jun 2013 - 9:16am

Taiwan considers shipping water from mainland as ties improve

Empty bungalows on Kinmen, a Taiwan-held island off China's southeast coast. Photo: EPA

Officials on a Taiwan-controlled island group said on Sunday they are considering importing water from the mainland in yet another sign of warming relations.

The move would mark another significant step forward in the improvement of ties, since the fortified Kinmen island group was a flashpoint during the cold war and was shelled from the mainland at one point.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Former Taiwan premier Frank Hsieh Chang-ting arrives in Xiamen

Former Taiwan premier Frank Hsieh is all smiles as he speaks to reporters in Taipei before flying to Xiamen, Fujian, on a five-day ice-breaking visit to the mainland. Photo: EPA

Former Taiwanese premier Frank Hsieh Chang-ting arrived in Xiamen , Fujian , yesterday at the start of a five-day ice-breaking visit that he hopes will help improve ties between the island's opposition Democratic Progressive Party and the mainland.

5 Oct 2012 - 2:57pm

University plans course on tree climbing

A top university plans to offer a course on tree climbing, in an attempt to teach students survival skills, after the chancellor was inspired by similar courses at universities in the United States.

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Longfor looks to south for land of more opportunity

Hong Kong-listed mainland developer Longfor Properties is seeking to expand its footprint into southern China where it is acquiring land sites for new projects.

'We have been buying land plots since the beginning of this year and continue to do so,' Longfor chief executive Shao Mingxiao said.

'We are buying not in a lavish but a cautious manner.'

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Developer slashes prices by a quarter

Agile Property Holdings yesterday started offering up to 25 per cent discounts on its flats in 10 of its projects in Guangdong province, a trend which is likely to spread as more developers slash prices to stay afloat amid a tight credit environment.

The Guangdong-based developer said the offer would last 20 days.

2 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

From Red Mansion to a prison cell

Who would have imagined that a semi-literate farmer from rural Fujian who did not even finish primary school would become the head of a smuggling empire that ended the careers of dozens of officials, China's most infamous fugitive and one of its biggest diplomatic nuisances?

19 May 2012 - 12:00am

'Lai was famous once, but Xiamen has moved on'

Some Xiamen residents appeared ambivalent about Lai Changxing after the sentencing, with two saying the case was history.

'He was quite famous in Xiamen back then, and has contributed a lot to Xiamen's economy,' a 40-year-old woman said.

19 May 2012 - 12:00am

From smuggling kingpin to a life behind bars

Lai Changxing, once the mainland's most-wanted fugitive, has been jailed for life by a court in Fujian for running a huge smuggling operation and leading a bribery ring.

19 May 2012 - 12:00am

Hospitable place for new arrivals

Xiamen, a long-established base for tourism and exports, has seen an influx of new hotels in recent years, nearly doubling the supply of hotel rooms, and more are expected to enter the market in the next few years.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Luxury chains eager to claim share of spoils

Xiamen will welcome an additional 1,000 rooms, mostly in luxury international hotel chains, this year.

The 297-room Pullman Xiamen Powerlong opened on January 18. Located in the central business district (CBD) at the fringe of Bailuzhou Park and Lake Yundang, it is near the famous 'cafe street', restaurants, bars and nightspots.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Global investment fair counts on big numbers

More than 70,000 visitors, including 15,000 from overseas, are expected at the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Centre in September for the annual China International Fair for Investment and Trade.

28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am