Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Deadly Typhoon Nesat - how near, how strong?

Wednesday, 28 September, 2011, 12:00am

Dozens held after 3-day anti-pollution protest

More than 30 people have been detained and 100 sent for unspecified 'legal education' following three days of protests against pollution from a solar panel factory in Zhejiang province, a local government announced yesterday.

21 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Arrests made in factory protest

Dozens of people have been detained by police in the eastern industrial province of Zhejiang for taking part in a three-night demonstration against a New York-listed solar panel factory that was sparked by environmental concerns.

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

At last, a ray of sunshine for the embattled SMEs

These days, the mainland's toiling entrepreneurs of small and medium-sized enterprises are a wretched lot. They are facing an increasingly bleak future as overseas orders are drying up, the working capital is running out, prices of raw materials and labour costs are soaring, and bankers who are stingy even on good days are nowhere to be found.

5 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Basketball melee a stain on China

National Geographic has nothing on the world of sports, which still offers us an unparalleled window on the world. The games people play and the way they play them will reveal everything you need to know about a particular culture.

28 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

A small step to transparency

There is something to please both the public and secretive officials in a new judicial interpretation of China's laws on the release of government information. The courts must now accept a lawsuit against the government under five scenarios, including failure to respond in time to an information request, or at all.

22 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Central bank plays down reports of SME failures

Rising costs put a strain on the mainland's small- and medium-sized enterprises in the first half, but there were no 'large-scale' bankruptcies in the sector, said a senior official of the People's Bank of China.

19 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

'Bully tactics' in payout talks

Survivors of last month's high-speed-rail crash in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, claim officials are frustrating their fight for compensation and using bullying tactics to force them into deals.

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Enraged widower hits back at online critics

The enraged widower who mobilised victims' relatives to activism in the wake of the Wenzhou bullet-train crash, but then swiftly fell silent, has hit back at his online critics and conspiracy theorists who accused him of selling out to the government.

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Invited to farm, but forced off the land

The men came at about 8am on April 28 as 50-year-old Cai Julan was cooking breakfast for her three-year-old grandson. Armed with guns and batons, they kicked down the door, dragged her out of the house and shoved her into a car with such force that her sweater and pants were ripped off, leaving her only in her underwear.

6 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Seeing through all the talk of transparency

Exactly two weeks ago tonight, a southbound bullet train slammed into the back of another, tragically cutting short at least 40 lives and shattering the Ministry of Railways' reputation in the process.

Much has happened in the past 14 days, as that bridge just outside Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, became the focus for a nation's dismay, grief and then fury.

6 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Funeral for rescued girl's parents

The funeral service for the parents of a young girl pulled alive from wreckage 21 hours after the devastating train crash in Wenzhou on July 23 will be held today.

The survival of 2 1/2-year-old Xiang Weiyi, known as Yiyi by her family, was deemed a 'miracle' by the Ministry of Railways. The search-and-rescue effort had already been called off when she was found.

4 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Wenzhou weeps, seven days on

Grieving relatives of victims of last week's high-speed rail crash returned to the scene of the disaster yesterday to lay wreathes and light candles in memory of the dead.

30 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Payout offer raised after public outcry

The central government nearly doubled its compensation yesterday for relatives of those who died in the Wenzhou train crash a week ago amid a growing storm of criticism nationwide of the railway authorities and their handling of the disaster.

The move came as the death toll rose to 40 after a critically injured patient died on Thursday night.

30 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Authorities agree on compensation deal

Authorities and relatives of victims of Saturday's fatal high-speed train crash have agreed on the first compensation deal.

The accident between two trains just outside Wenzhou in Zhejiang province claimed at least 39 lives. A further 178 people were injured. In Wenzhou, the family of a victim signed a contract worth 500,000 yuan (HK$604,725), Xinhua reported.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:12pm