17 January 2017


  • Going... going... gone. Donald Duck had his festive display of fake candies emptied by unruly visitors.   
Photos: Weibo

    Shanghai Disneyland visitors empty fake candies from display

    Jan 17, 2017 1:43pm
    Some mainland tourists have been lining their pockets with fake candies stolen from a Donald Duck display in Shanghai Disneyland. The incident came to light after a Weibo user criticized the visitors for their unruly behavior,...
  • The products were produced in big quantities in unsanitary conditions. The factories were able to make them look almost identical to the genuine ones.

    Factories making fake seasonings busted in Tianjin

    Jan 17, 2017 12:24pm
    Police in Tianjin have raided dozens of underground factories that have been making fake branded seasoning products for more than 10 years. The scandal spurred concerns about food safety in China, with some experts saying the...
  • A volunteer conducts German language lessons for Arabic-speaking migrants inside an improvised shelter Photo: Reuters

    Lessons from Germany for integrating refugees

    - Jan 17, 2017 12:07pm
    Governments around the world are facing a huge challenge. The number of international migrants has surged in recent years, reaching 244 million in 2015 – a 41 percent increase from 2000. With that total including 20...
  • It is estimated that 40 percent of the deadly PM 2.5 particles floating in the atmosphere across China come from coal-fired power plants in the country. Photo:

    What the ballpoint pen and smog tell us about China

    - Jan 17, 2017 10:55am
    Recently two pieces of news grabbed headlines in the mainland: one is that a state-owned enterprise based in Shanxi province has succeeded in producing the first 100 percent homemade ballpoint pen in China, and the other...
  • Lee Jae-yong (center) arrives for questioning at the office of the independent prosecutor in Seoul. The arrest warrant for Lee is the latest development in a political corruption scandal that has rocked South Korea. Photo: Associated Press

    South Korean prosecutors seek to arrest Samsung heir

    Jan 17, 2017 8:45am
    South Korean prosecutors sought an arrest warrant for Lee Jae-yong, heir to the Samsung conglomerate, ensnaring the leader of the world’s largest smartphone maker in the country’s widening corruption scandal, the Wall Street Journal reports. Lee’s...
  • Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in New York. Trump broke with decades of precedent last month by taking a congratulatory telephone call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, angering Beijing. Photo: Reuters

    China vows strong action over Trump stance on Taiwan

    Jan 17, 2017 7:42am
    China will “take off the gloves” and take strong action if US President-elect Donald Trump continues to provoke Beijing over Taiwan once he assumes office, Reuters reports, citing two leading state-run newspapers. In an interview with the...
  • Realization that China is just next door and the US far away is perhaps the reason why Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has deemed it wise to make peace with China. Photo: Reuters

    Tillerson’s threat to China without Philippine support

    - Jan 16, 2017 3:13pm
    Rex Tillerson, picked by US President-elect Donald Trump to be secretary of state, stirred up a hornet’s nest when he condemned Chinese actions in the South China Sea, comparing the construction of artificial islands in the...
  • Li Chunfu before his arrest (upper inset) and after his release on bail last week (lower inset). Li was among the hundreds of lawyers and activists detained by Chinese authorities in a July 2015 crackdown. Photos: HKEJ,, Twitter

    China civil rights lawyer suffering mental disorders after jail

    Jan 16, 2017 12:06pm
    A Chinese civil rights lawyer is said to have suffered serious damage to his health, both physical and mental, after he was held in a prison by mainland authorities for more than 500 days. Li Chunfu,...
  • In case of intolerable noise or mess, the first step is to talk to the offending neighbor – talk, not confront. Photo: Savills

    Tips for coping with noisy neighbors

    - Jan 16, 2017 11:02am
    Noisy and inconsiderate neighbors can be the bane of your life. How do you cope with them? Everybody needs good neighbors, but bad ones can be a plague, especially in a crowded city like Hong Kong...
  • Barack Obama will be leaving office with substantially higher approval ratings than most presidents achieve in the United States.

    Looking back on Barack

    - Jan 16, 2017 10:11am
    Any assessment of Barack Obama’s eight-year US presidency should start at the beginning: his first inauguration, on January 20, 2009. The US economy was in free-fall: financial markets had seized up, GDP was shrinking, and employment...
  • Alpha Go beat top player Lee Sedol, 4-1, in a five-game match, bringing the prospect of wide application of artificial intelligence one step closer. Photo: Reuters

    2016: Year of revolution in everyday life

    - Jan 16, 2017 10:07am
    For academics specializing in international relations like myself, 2016 was an eventful year that was full of surprises. It was also a year of revolution in everyday life. It was during the past year that the...
  • The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has been a staple of entertainment in the United States since the mid-1800s. Photo: Internet

    Ringling Bros. circus to close after 146 years

    Jan 16, 2017 9:27am
    After 146 years, “The Greatest Show on Earth” is closing for good. Declining attendance, high operating costs, changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal-rights groups all contributed to the demise of the Ringling Bros. and...
  • Theresa May is reportedly planning a hard Bexit to regain control of Britain's borders and laws. Photo: Reuters

    Pound drops below US$1.20 as May reported to seek hard Brexit

    Jan 16, 2017 8:11am
    The pound fell against the dollar, dropping below US$1.20 for the first time since October’s flash crash, after reports said British Prime Minister Theresa May will signal plans to quit the European Union’s single market to...
  • US President-elect Donald Trump speaks to the media with television personality Steve Harvey (right) and businessman Greg Calhoun after their meeting at Trump Tower in New York. Photo: Reuters

    Trump aides deny plan for summit with Putin

    Jan 16, 2017 7:57am
    Two top aides to President-elect Donald Trump are denying a published report that he is planning to hold a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin weeks after taking office. The Sunday Times of London reported that...
  • Four Loko beer cans on sale on China's Taobao online platform. The US brand gained some notoriety in Hong Kong thanks to TVB host Amy Ng (inset). Photos:,, YouTube

    Taiwan police arrest man over sale of spiked US beer

    Jan 13, 2017 2:24pm
    Police in Taiwan have arrested a man in connection with the sale of drug-laced beer products that were said to have been procured via a Chinese e-commerce platform. The man, a person surnamed Chang, is accused...
  • If Ahok (pictured here) is convicted or removed from his position, the next Jarkata governor will most likely be an Islamic conservative, a prospect that can undermine President Joko Widodo’s relection chances. Photo: Reuters

    The politics behind blasphemy charges on Jakarta’s Ahok

    - Jan 13, 2017 9:48am
    A political controversy surrounding Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, commonly referred to by his nickname “Ahok”, has been snowballing in recent months and could have profound political implications for Indonesia in the days ahead. Ahok, an...
  • Over the years, there has been a heated debate over the role of Premier Zhou Enlai (right) during Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution. Some say Zhou was an accomplice while others say he was a victim of the movement, too. Photo:

    Who were the other key players in the Cultural Revolution?

    - Jan 13, 2017 9:47am
    Mainland officialdom has issued orders to ban all forms of public discussion and commemorative activities concerning the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of the Cultural Revolution. Meanwhile, both the academic sector and the general public in...
  • Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari greets China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (center) and Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria Zhou Pingjian. Photo: Reuters

    Nigeria trims ties with Taiwan, courts China

    Jan 13, 2017 8:33am
    Taiwan is objecting to an “unreasonable” Nigerian request to move its representative office out of the capital Abuja, a day after China announced plans to invest a further US$40 billion in the African country. The protest...
  • The US Justice Department's watchdog will look into complaints related to the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email case. Photo: Bloomberg

    Justice Dept to probe FBI pre-election moves on Clinton emails

    Jan 13, 2017 8:19am
    The US Justice Department said on Thursday that it will probe a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) decision to announce an inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s emails shortly before the November presidential election. The department’s Office of Inspector...
  • Beijing owes its successful re-establishment of foreign relations with Sao Tome to the Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation Between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries, or more often known as Forum Macao. Photo:

    Sao Tome and Principe: Why this country matters

    - Jan 12, 2017 10:56am
    Taiwan has suffered a major foreign policy setback after Sao Tome and Principe, a tiny country on the western coast of Africa, announced that it would break off diplomatic relations with Taipei and re-establish ties with...

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