16 October 2018

Greater China

  • CCTV's First Lesson program has come under fire from parents who found the program replete with commercialism and done in bad taste. Photo: CCTV

    How a TV program for students turned into a PR disaster

    - Sep 13, 2018 1:49pm
    Every year since 2008, on the evening of Sept. 1, tens of millions of mainland primary and secondary school students, along with their parents, have to sit tight and watch the TV program First Lesson. The...
  • A video grab of the square in Hengyang city where a man drove his car into the crowd and attacked people with a knife and spade on Wednesday. Photo: Internet

    11 killed in Hunan as driver rams car into crowded square

    Sep 13, 2018 12:18pm
    Eleven people were killed and 44 injured after a car plowed into a crowded square in southern China’s Hunan province and the driver attacked people with a knife and spade seeking “revenge” on society for previous...
  • Funeral services providers in China have received a big jolt as authorities proposed new rules in relation to burial sites and related arrangements. Photo: China News

    Meddling in people’s lives with excessive policy directives

    - Sep 12, 2018 9:03am
    Chinese authorities have outlined fresh curbs in relation to burial sites, proposing rules on aspects such as limiting the grave area, the height of tombstones, the use period, price, etc. The surprise move sent shares of...
  • File photo of Chinese paramilitary police patrolling a street in Urumqi, the capital of China's Muslim Uighur homeland of Xinjiang. Photo: AFP

    US weighs sanctions amid concern over China’s Muslim crackdown

    Sep 12, 2018 8:57am
    The US State Department expressed deep concern over China’s “worsening crackdown” on minority Muslims in the Xinjiang region, as the Trump administration considered sanctions against Chinese senior officials and companies linked to allegations of human rights...
  • State-media has hinted in recent weeks that China may be preparing to end its decades-long policy of determining the number of children that couples can have. Photo: Reuters

    China does away with family planning offices

    Sep 11, 2018 1:06pm
    China’s health commission is getting rid of three offices that were previously dedicated to family planning, the latest signal that Beijing may further reduce restrictions on childbirth to combat an aging population, Reuters reports. State-media has...
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping joins African leaders in a photo session at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing on September 3. Photo: Reuters

    China deepens African ties with US$60 billion financing offer

    - Sep 11, 2018 8:30am
    Last week, China played host to 53 African countries and unveiled its latest triennial aid plan for the continent: US$60 billion, the same as in 2015, but with some differences. President Xi Jinping, in his keynote...
  • Jin Mingri, the head pastor of Zion Church in Beijing, said for many worshippers and pastors, accepting the oversight and ultimate authority of the Communist Party would be a betrayal of their faith.  Photo: Reuters

    China outlaws large underground Protestant church in Beijing

    Sep 10, 2018 1:11pm
    Beijing city authorities have banned one of the largest unofficial Protestant churches in the city and confiscated “illegal promotional materials”, amid a deepening crackdown on China’s “underground” churches, Reuters reports. The Zion church had for years...
  • The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Hong Kong has been leaderless for some time as the Hong Kong government is yet to issue a work visa for a newly-appointed official. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why is HK delaying work visa for Taiwan agency official?

    - Sep 7, 2018 1:11pm
    In June this year, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council announced that it was going to appoint Lu Chang-shui as the new head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Hong Kong (TECOHK). However, Lu, who was...
  • Chinese leader Xi Jinping is not only playing down the role of Deng Xiaoping, he is raising the profile of his father Xi Zhongxun, who died in 2002. Photo: Reuters

    China: Deng Xiaoping era ends with start of Xi era

    - Sep 6, 2018 8:31am
    The era of Deng Xiaoping, who brought China the reform and opening-up policy in 1978, is over. This is now the era of Xi Jinping. This year, 2018, marks the 40th anniversary of the reform movement,...
  • Chinese authorities are believed to have frozen approvals of new video game licenses as they seek to curb online game addiction among the youth. Photo: Reuters

    Tighter rules to spur consolidation in China online game market

    - Sep 5, 2018 2:34pm
    China is stepping up efforts to rein in the online gaming industry as concerns grow over video-game addiction among the youth and the potential consequences on children’s health. With industry development outpacing the government rules, authorities...
  • Shi Xuecheng (inset, left) was transferred by Chinese authorities to Fujian province to allow him to ‘reflect on his mistakes’. Another Buddhist monk Shi Yongxin (inset) has seen his past misconduct being brought up again recently. Photos: CNSA

    Beijing can’t escape blame for Buddhist monk scandals

    - Sep 4, 2018 12:55pm
    China’s Buddhist sector has been engulfed by scandals lately. The National Religious Affairs Administration (NRAA) confirmed recently that Shi Xuecheng, a former chairman of the Buddhist Association of China and a member of the national committee...
  • A file picture of founder and CEO Richard Liu. The e-commerce entrepreneur has returned to China following a brief arrest in the US over sexual misconduct claims. Photo: Reuters chief returns to China after US arrest

    Sep 4, 2018 9:15am
    Richard Liu, the founder and CEO of Chinese e-commerce giant, has returned to China, days after he was arrested by police in the US city of Minneapolis on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct and later...
  • With the Greater Bay Area plan expected to lead to more inflow of capital and talents into Shenzhen, the city is likely to witness a further spurt in property prices. Photo: Reuters

    Shenzhen home prices seen catching up with those in HK

    - Sep 3, 2018 10:44am
    Hongkongers have been hearing a lot about the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area plan, yet have only a vague idea about the whole thing. Given that details have been sparse, most people are for now focusing just...
  • Workers in protective suits are seen by a truck at a plant of a pork processor in Zhengzhou, Henan province last month following a discovery that some pigs were hit by African swine fever. Photo: CNS via Reuters

    China confirms sixth African swine fever outbreak

    Sep 3, 2018 9:34am
    Chinese authorities said on Sunday that 134 hogs had died from African swine fever in Xuancheng city in the eastern Anhui province, bringing the total number of outbreaks in China over the past month to six,...
  • China's commitment to economic reforms will not change, President Xi Jinping said on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Xi reiterates reform commitment despite US trade war

    Sep 3, 2018 8:40am
    China will continue to pursue reforms and will aim to work with all parties to build an open world economy, President Xi Jinping said on Sunday, amid a bitter trade war with Washington. Meeting UN Secretary-General...
  • A tariff war amid a trade row with the US has pushed up prices of soybean, a key source of animal feed, increasing the costs for Chinese hog farmers. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why China faces rising inflation risks

    - Aug 30, 2018 9:10am
    Live pig auction price in Hong Kong surged to HK$1,303 per 100 catties on Tuesday, up over 30 percent from April, according to data released by the city’s health department. More than 90 percent of Hong...
  • Beijing’s stealth currency devaluation will make Chinese household and corporate debt riskier, experts say. Photo: Reuters

    Why stealth yuan devaluation will hurt rather than help China

    - Aug 29, 2018 4:52pm
    I find it amusing to read some analysts stating that the Chinese government’s stealth yuan devaluation has offset the impact of tariffs. A 10 percent tariff hurts a small part of the economy. However, a 10...
  • Ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing has come under fire from Chinese authorities after another rape-murder incident involving a driver and a female passenger.  Photo: Reuters

    Didi has a crisis on its hands

    - Aug 29, 2018 2:20pm
    Didi Chuxing, China’s top ride-hailing services firm, is facing heat from authorities in the wake of another shocking crime involving a driver and a female passenger. News that a 20-year-old woman was found raped and killed...
  • Throughout modern history, El Salvador has always been uniquely unpredictable and not afraid of raising controversy when it comes to its foreign policy. Photo: Reuters

    Why El Salvador has always been a wild card in world diplomacy

    - Aug 29, 2018 11:17am
    Just as Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen was transiting in the United States on her official visit to South America, a major diplomatic setback struck: El Salvador suddenly announced that it has decided to break off diplomatic...
  • China can utilize dynamic urban clusters to not only to generate growth, but also to address structural challenges like inequality and excess capacity, economists say. Photo: Reuters

    How cities are saving China

    - Aug 29, 2018 10:42am
    The world has a demand problem, and it is dealing with it all wrong. Rather than allowing itself to be harmed by other countries’ problematic policies, China must work to create its own demand by making...

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