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The US Electoral College: how does it work and why does it exist?

The Electoral College system used to elect the US president and vice-president is often criticised for being too complicated and out of date. It took centre stage in America’s 2016 elections, when Donald Trump was elected president despite having nearly 3 million fewer votes than his opponent. So how does the US Electoral College system work and why does it exist? 
 

23 Oct 2020 - 7:00AM

The Electoral College system used to elect the US president and vice-president is often criticised for being too complicated and out of date. It took centre stage in America’s 2016 elections, when Donald Trump was elected president despite having nearly 3 million fewer votes than his opponent. So how does the US Electoral College system work and why does it exist? 
 

The US Electoral College: how does it work and why does it exist?
China and India: How economically linked are they?

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a huge impact on the economies of China and India, countries normally noted for their relatively high levels of growth. But a tense military stand-off in a disputed mountainous border region, which led to a confrontation in June 2020 that reportedly left 20 Indian soldiers dead, has put the two powers on an economic collision course. After New Delhi banned over 200 Chinese apps including TikTok and PUBG, many Chinese companies were rethinking business investments with their neighbour. Amid questions about the future of the economic relationship between the nations, the Post asks, just how interdependent are the economies of China and India?

16 Oct 2020 - 3:37PM

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a huge impact on the economies of China and India, countries normally noted for their relatively high levels of growth. But a tense military stand-off in a disputed mountainous border region, which led to a confrontation in June 2020 that reportedly left 20 Indian soldiers dead, has put the two powers on an economic collision course. After New Delhi banned over 200 Chinese apps including TikTok and PUBG, many Chinese companies were rethinking business investments with their neighbour. Amid questions about the future of the economic relationship between the nations, the Post asks, just how interdependent are the economies of China and India?

China and India: How economically linked are they?
How successful was Hong Kong’s coronavirus mass testing programme?

After Hong Kong was blindsided by a third wave of Covid-19 infections, the city’s government joined forces with authorities on the Chinese mainland to identify carriers of the coronavirus. Hong Kong’s first Universal Community Testing Programme (UCTP) started on September 1, 2020, and ran for a fortnight. The citywide testing programme cost the Hong Kong government an estimated HK$530 million (US$68 million). It ultimately identified just 42 new Covid-19 infections among the 1.78 million people who registered to be tested. So, did the results justify the time and resources put into the project?

9 Oct 2020 - 8:11PM

After Hong Kong was blindsided by a third wave of Covid-19 infections, the city’s government joined forces with authorities on the Chinese mainland to identify carriers of the coronavirus. Hong Kong’s first Universal Community Testing Programme (UCTP) started on September 1, 2020, and ran for a fortnight. The citywide testing programme cost the Hong Kong government an estimated HK$530 million (US$68 million). It ultimately identified just 42 new Covid-19 infections among the 1.78 million people who registered to be tested. So, did the results justify the time and resources put into the project?

How successful was Hong Kong’s coronavirus mass testing programme?
Deadly clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan reignite over Nagorno-Karabakh

Fierce fighting broke out in Nagorno-Karabakh on September 27, 2020. 
The disputed territory is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, but is a de facto independent state with an Armenian ethnic majority. Dozens of people have been reported killed and hundreds wounded in what have been the worst clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan since the 1990s. Fighting continues, and leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan have refused to hold peace talks despite urgent appeals from Russia, the US and other countries calling for the two sides to stop escalating the conflict.
 

1 Oct 2020 - 11:17AM

Fierce fighting broke out in Nagorno-Karabakh on September 27, 2020. 
The disputed territory is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, but is a de facto independent state with an Armenian ethnic majority. Dozens of people have been reported killed and hundreds wounded in what have been the worst clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan since the 1990s. Fighting continues, and leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan have refused to hold peace talks despite urgent appeals from Russia, the US and other countries calling for the two sides to stop escalating the conflict.
 

Deadly clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan reignite over Nagorno-Karabakh
Hong Kong’s ethnic minority groups struggle as city battles Covid-19 and recession

Tens of thousands of Hongkongers have been left struggling to make ends meet after the Covid-19 pandemic hit the city on the heels of months of anti-government protests. Among the hardest hit are members of ethnic minority communities, including many who were already struggling with lower than average pay before the crisis. Since losing her job in April 2020, Sangita has been struggling to make ends meet as she takes  care of her family.

21 Sep 2020 - 9:36AM

Tens of thousands of Hongkongers have been left struggling to make ends meet after the Covid-19 pandemic hit the city on the heels of months of anti-government protests. Among the hardest hit are members of ethnic minority communities, including many who were already struggling with lower than average pay before the crisis. Since losing her job in April 2020, Sangita has been struggling to make ends meet as she takes  care of her family.

Hong Kong’s ethnic minority groups struggle as city battles Covid-19 and recession
Explained: the history of China’s territorial disputes

China shares over 22,000 kilometres (13,670 miles) of border with 14 countries, but Beijing has disputes with many of its neighbours over where some of these international lines are drawn. The various territorial claims, citing history, politics and geography, have resulted in clashes and occasionally, outright military confrontations. Land borders aside, China also says its territory includes nearly all of the South China Sea, despite competing claims to parts of those waters made by many Southeast Asian countries. As tensions rise between China and the United States, Beijing has adopted a more aggressive attitude, pledging to defend China's “sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

29 Aug 2020 - 9:00PM

China shares over 22,000 kilometres (13,670 miles) of border with 14 countries, but Beijing has disputes with many of its neighbours over where some of these international lines are drawn. The various territorial claims, citing history, politics and geography, have resulted in clashes and occasionally, outright military confrontations. Land borders aside, China also says its territory includes nearly all of the South China Sea, despite competing claims to parts of those waters made by many Southeast Asian countries. As tensions rise between China and the United States, Beijing has adopted a more aggressive attitude, pledging to defend China's “sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

Explained: the history of China’s territorial disputes
Six months after WHO declared Covid-19 a public health emergency, what more do we know now?

The World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on January 30, 2020, when the illness was a pneumonia of unknown origin that was spreading in China. About six months later, more than 17 million people have been infected with the disease in at least 213 countries and regions and over 650,000 have died. While scientists now know a great deal more about Covid-19, plenty of unanswered questions remain. 
 

30 Jul 2020 - 10:40PM

The World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on January 30, 2020, when the illness was a pneumonia of unknown origin that was spreading in China. About six months later, more than 17 million people have been infected with the disease in at least 213 countries and regions and over 650,000 have died. While scientists now know a great deal more about Covid-19, plenty of unanswered questions remain. 
 

Six months after WHO declared Covid-19 a public health emergency, what more do we know now?
What started Hong Kong's third Covid-19 wave?

For months, Hong Kong was seen as an example of how a community could successfully contain Covid-19. The city was quick to isolate and trace infections and implemented measures to keep the public safe, moves which kept the number of cases relatively low. But after three weeks of zero local infections, Covid-19 cases in the city started to soar and Hong Kong entered its "third wave." So what happened to change things so suddenly?

31 Jul 2020 - 9:22AM

For months, Hong Kong was seen as an example of how a community could successfully contain Covid-19. The city was quick to isolate and trace infections and implemented measures to keep the public safe, moves which kept the number of cases relatively low. But after three weeks of zero local infections, Covid-19 cases in the city started to soar and Hong Kong entered its "third wave." So what happened to change things so suddenly?

What started Hong Kong's third Covid-19 wave?
DJI Osmo Action, Robomaster S1 and Roborock S6: Our favorite gadgets of 2019

We run through the best Chinese tech gizmos of the year!

27 Dec 2019 - 12:10PM

We run through the best Chinese tech gizmos of the year!

DJI Osmo Action, Robomaster S1 and Roborock S6: Our favorite gadgets of 2019
Chinese tech startups are targeting emerging markets to make their mark

Startups seek success in Southeast Asia, India and Africa as China’s tech scene becomes too crowded

20 Sep 2019 - 9:11AM

Startups seek success in Southeast Asia, India and Africa as China’s tech scene becomes too crowded

Chinese tech startups are targeting emerging markets to make their mark
How to find the perfect restaurant in China with Meituan

The app has a variety of functions, but food remains one of the main reasons for using Meituan. Whether it’s ordering bubble tea or finding restaurant deals in your neighborhood, locals go to Meituan whenever they’re hungry.

  • Make reservations during busy hours
  • Find deals in local restaurants
  • Get meals and groceries delivered to your door
20 Sep 2019 - 9:07AM

The app has a variety of functions, but food remains one of the main reasons for using Meituan. Whether it’s ordering bubble tea or finding restaurant deals in your neighborhood, locals go to Meituan whenever they’re hungry.

  • Make reservations during busy hours
  • Find deals in local restaurants
  • Get meals and groceries delivered to your door
How to find the perfect restaurant in China with Meituan
How to use WeChat like a local when you’re traveling in China

WeChat is omnipresent in China. With more than 1 billion monthly active users, the Tencent app is for more than just messaging. You can settle bills, shop online and order food delivery -- all without ever leaving WeChat.

  • Keep in touch with local friends
  • Go cashless with WeChat Pay
15 Jun 2020 - 2:34PM

WeChat is omnipresent in China. With more than 1 billion monthly active users, the Tencent app is for more than just messaging. You can settle bills, shop online and order food delivery -- all without ever leaving WeChat.

  • Keep in touch with local friends
  • Go cashless with WeChat Pay
How to use WeChat like a local when you’re traveling in China
How to hail a Didi in China

Traveling around China’s biggest cities would be harder without Didi Chuxing. The app is China’s answer to Uber and Lyft, providing users with on-demand cab services in various levels of comfort and luxury.

  • Available in hundreds of Chinese cities
  • Choose from regular taxis and chauffeured sedans
15 Jun 2020 - 2:19PM

Traveling around China’s biggest cities would be harder without Didi Chuxing. The app is China’s answer to Uber and Lyft, providing users with on-demand cab services in various levels of comfort and luxury.

  • Available in hundreds of Chinese cities
  • Choose from regular taxis and chauffeured sedans
How to hail a Didi in China
How to travel in China on a Mobike

Cycling is one of the best ways to explore a new city. Services like Mobike allows you to pick up a bike whenever you see one, and just leave it at any destination. Best of all, the app is available in English!

  • Get around faster
  • Scan the QR code on a bike to get started
20 Sep 2019 - 9:07AM

Cycling is one of the best ways to explore a new city. Services like Mobike allows you to pick up a bike whenever you see one, and just leave it at any destination. Best of all, the app is available in English!

  • Get around faster
  • Scan the QR code on a bike to get started
How to travel in China on a Mobike
A third of China’s population plays mobile games

China has as many gamers as the total population of the US and Japan combined

20 Sep 2019 - 8:38AM

China has as many gamers as the total population of the US and Japan combined

A third of China’s population plays mobile games
Want to watch Overwatch League? Start here!

If you want to get into this fast-growing esport but can’t tell the difference between D.Va and Tracer, we’ve got your back

20 Sep 2019 - 8:33AM

If you want to get into this fast-growing esport but can’t tell the difference between D.Va and Tracer, we’ve got your back

Want to watch Overwatch League? Start here!
Hong Kong celebrates Dragon Boat Festival with rowing rituals

Hundreds of people gathered along Aberdeen promenade in Hong Kong for the dragon boat race.

18 Jun 2018 - 7:16PM

Hundreds of people gathered along Aberdeen promenade in Hong Kong for the dragon boat race.

Hong Kong celebrates Dragon Boat Festival with rowing rituals
Small changes, big impact: creating learning and living space for Hong Kong’s subdivided flat families

Inside the home modification project helping low-income families create a working space for their children to better focus on their studies, hoping to give the family a chance to escape from the cycle of poverty. More than 100 low-income families are provided custom-made furniture and given a mini-makeover for their home in this project run by rights advocacy group the Society for Community Organisation and sponsored by the South China Morning Post. (Photo: SCMP's Dickson Lee)

12 Jul 2017 - 11:52AM

Inside the home modification project helping low-income families create a working space for their children to better focus on their studies, hoping to give the family a chance to escape from the cycle of poverty. More than 100 low-income families are provided custom-made furniture and given a mini-makeover for their home in this project run by rights advocacy group the Society for Community Organisation and sponsored by the South China Morning Post. (Photo: SCMP's Dickson Lee)

Small changes, big impact: creating learning and living space for Hong Kong’s subdivided flat families
First Lady Comparison
20 Jan 2017 - 2:40PM
 First Lady Comparison
What cards can U.S. President Trump play against China?
Trump versus China: winners and losers
Business as usual in Yau Ma Tei Fruit Market after fire

During the day this mass of shabby market stalls looks utterly dead. It seems impossible that these old market booths, alleyways and parking bays could be the hub of a thriving exercise in commercial efficiency.
But don't be fooled, the Yau Ma Tei wholesale fruit market is unlike any other in the city. It only comes alive after midnight.

1 Oct 2016 - 10:25AM

During the day this mass of shabby market stalls looks utterly dead. It seems impossible that these old market booths, alleyways and parking bays could be the hub of a thriving exercise in commercial efficiency.
But don't be fooled, the Yau Ma Tei wholesale fruit market is unlike any other in the city. It only comes alive after midnight.

Business as usual in Yau Ma Tei Fruit Market after fire
Cooking with heart – a passionate journey to bring authentic Chinese cuisine to the world

Married couple Chan Kei-lam and Diora Fong Chan has taken on the ambitious project of writing a cookbook that covers the wide range of cuisines in China with the hope of educating amateur and professional cooks more about authentic Chinese food. (Photo: SCMP's May Tse)

23 Sep 2016 - 10:11AM

Married couple Chan Kei-lam and Diora Fong Chan has taken on the ambitious project of writing a cookbook that covers the wide range of cuisines in China with the hope of educating amateur and professional cooks more about authentic Chinese food. (Photo: SCMP's May Tse)

Cooking with heart – a passionate journey to bring authentic Chinese cuisine to the world
Election Committee race is next battleground for Ricky Wong’s “Anyone but CY” campaign

A few days after losing in the Legislative Council elections on Sunday despite his high-profile “ABC” - Anyone But CY Leung - campaign, maverick businessman Ricky Wong Wai-kay has set his sights on the coming battle for the Election Committee to choose the next chief executive.
In an interview with the South China Morning Post Wong dismissed the notion that his defeat was a sign of the failure of the “ABC  campaign”.
 

26 Sep 2016 - 11:45PM

A few days after losing in the Legislative Council elections on Sunday despite his high-profile “ABC” - Anyone But CY Leung - campaign, maverick businessman Ricky Wong Wai-kay has set his sights on the coming battle for the Election Committee to choose the next chief executive.
In an interview with the South China Morning Post Wong dismissed the notion that his defeat was a sign of the failure of the “ABC  campaign”.
 

Election Committee race is next battleground for Ricky Wong’s “Anyone but CY” campaign
Exclusive chat with Eddie Chu Hoi-dick after his surprise election win (Part 2)

2016 Legislative Council member elect Eddie Chu Hoi-dick tells us how he plans to adapt his skills as a professional investigative journalist in his new role as a Legislative Councillor. He also talks about the political threats that he has faced throughout his life as a social activist and during his recent election campaign. (Photo: SCMP's Sam Tsang)

23 Sep 2016 - 12:07PM

2016 Legislative Council member elect Eddie Chu Hoi-dick tells us how he plans to adapt his skills as a professional investigative journalist in his new role as a Legislative Councillor. He also talks about the political threats that he has faced throughout his life as a social activist and during his recent election campaign. (Photo: SCMP's Sam Tsang)

Exclusive chat with Eddie Chu Hoi-dick after his surprise election win (Part 2)
Exclusive chat with Eddie Chu Hoi-dick after his surprise election win

2016 Legislative Council member elect Eddie Chu Hoi-dick shared his idea of “politics of hope”, along with his political agenda for the upcoming Legislative Council season. (Photo: SCMP's Felix Wong)

23 Sep 2016 - 12:07PM

2016 Legislative Council member elect Eddie Chu Hoi-dick shared his idea of “politics of hope”, along with his political agenda for the upcoming Legislative Council season. (Photo: SCMP's Felix Wong)

Exclusive chat with Eddie Chu Hoi-dick after his surprise election win
Legco 2016 polls see record turnout as new generation emerges

About 2.2 million voters turned out for September 4 Legislative Council elections, taking the turnout rate to 58 per cent, reflecting Hongkongers’ eagerness to make their voices count in the most politically critical and bitterly fought polls since the city’s 1997 handover.

23 Sep 2016 - 10:14AM

About 2.2 million voters turned out for September 4 Legislative Council elections, taking the turnout rate to 58 per cent, reflecting Hongkongers’ eagerness to make their voices count in the most politically critical and bitterly fought polls since the city’s 1997 handover.

Legco 2016 polls see record turnout as new generation emerges
Big wins for pro-democracy camp in 2016 Legco election

Hong Kong's pro-democracy camp looks set to make huge gains in the 2016 Legislative Council Election. Winners include Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, who picked up more than 70,000 votes in New Territories West. SCMP.tv interviewed some of the winning candidates to talk about their future plans in the new Legco. 

23 Sep 2016 - 10:15AM

Hong Kong's pro-democracy camp looks set to make huge gains in the 2016 Legislative Council Election. Winners include Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, who picked up more than 70,000 votes in New Territories West. SCMP.tv interviewed some of the winning candidates to talk about their future plans in the new Legco. 

Big wins for pro-democracy camp in 2016 Legco election
2016 Legislative Council General election day

Today is the first Legco election post “Umbrella movement/ Occupt Central protest” and its also the last Legco election before the next chief executive election in 2017

23 Sep 2016 - 12:20PM

Today is the first Legco election post “Umbrella movement/ Occupt Central protest” and its also the last Legco election before the next chief executive election in 2017

2016 Legislative Council General election day
Canto-pop star Eason Chan on why playing tennis is cool

Pop singer and ambassador of Hong Kong Tennis Association Eason Chan reveals details of the Jockey Club Tennis Rocks Programme at the Victoria Park Tennis Centre Court.

23 Sep 2016 - 12:25PM

Pop singer and ambassador of Hong Kong Tennis Association Eason Chan reveals details of the Jockey Club Tennis Rocks Programme at the Victoria Park Tennis Centre Court.

Canto-pop star Eason Chan on why playing tennis is cool