13 November 2019

Greater China

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds as he stands between former leaders Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin on Tiananmen Gate during a ceremony marking the 70th founding anniversary of People's Republic in Beijing on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    No force can stop China, Xi says in National Day speech

    Oct 1, 2019 11:14am
    China celebrated its growing power and confidence with a massive display of military hardware and goose-stepping troops in Beijing on Tuesday, overseen by President Xi Jinping who pledged peaceful development on the 70th birthday of Communist...
  • Shaped like a starfish, Beijing’s new Daxing International Airport is roughly the size of 100 football fields and is expected to become one of the world’s busiest. Photo: Bloomberg

    What Beijing’s new ‘starfish’ airport can tell us about China

    - Sep 30, 2019 12:08pm
    Beijing’s newly-built Daxin International Airport has opened days before the nation’s 70th anniversary celebrations. The new airport, costing about 80 billion yuan (US$11 billion), was designed by famed architect Zaha Hadid. In 2014 Beijing decided to...
  • Visitors take pictures in front of portraits of (from left) Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping at an exhibition in Beijing on Thursday. Photo: AFP

    China needs strong leadership or it will crumble: policy paper

    Sep 27, 2019 3:51pm
    China needs the strong, unified leadership of the Communist Party or the country will “crumble”, the government said in a policy paper released on Friday ahead of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s...
  • Anti-government protesters destroy a fence outside the venue of a community dialogue held by Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Hong Kong braces for another weekend of protests

    Sep 27, 2019 3:37pm
    Hong Kong is bracing for a weekend of unrest, with pro-democracy protests likely to intensify in the territory ahead of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic on Tuesday. Thousands of people are...
  • Carrie Lam reacts as a person raises a hand to ask questions during a community dialogue session on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    Carrie Lam holds community dialogue amid fresh protests

    Sep 27, 2019 10:24am
    Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam on Thursday held the first of her planned dialogue sessions with the public as she seeks to bring an end to the months-long unrest in the city. As she began her...
  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during a lunch he hosted for his counterparts at the UN Security Council in New York on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

    China willing to buy more US products: Wang Yi

    Sep 27, 2019 9:26am
    China’s top diplomat said China is willing to buy more US products and trade talks would yield results if both sides “take more enthusiastic measures” to show goodwill and reduce “pessimistic language” in their trade dispute,...
  • Shaped like a phoenix – though to some observers it is more reminiscent of a starfish – Daxing International Airport was designed by famed Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid. Photo: AFP

    Beijing’s new Daxing International Airport opens

    Sep 26, 2019 9:48am
    The first commercial flights from Beijing’s new Daxing International Airport took off on Wednesday, an airport that is roughly the size of 100 football fields and is expected to become one of the world’s busiest, Reuters...
  • Donald Trump addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Trump slams China trade practices in UN speech

    Sep 25, 2019 10:06am
    US President Donald Trump delivered a stinging rebuke to China’s trade practices on Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly, and said he will not accept a “bad deal” in trade negotiations, Reuters reports. Beijing had...
  • The world must pressure China to end its ‘horrific campaign of repression’ of ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims, US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said on Tuesday. File Photo: Reuters

    US leads condemnation of China for ‘repression’ in Xinjiang

    Sep 25, 2019 9:23am
    The United States led more than 30 countries on Tuesday in condemning what it called China’s “horrific campaign of repression” against Muslims in the western region of Xinjiang, Reuters reports. At an event on the sidelines...
  • China will maintain 'normal' monetary policy for as long as possible, PBoC chief Yi Gang said on Tuesday. File photo: Bloomberg

    China in no rush to follow global easing trend: PBoC chief

    Sep 24, 2019 3:32pm
    China is in no rush to follow other countries in significantly loosening monetary settings but has ample options to help prop up slowing growth, the nation’s central bank chief said on Tuesday. People’s Bank of China...
  • University students prepare for semester finals at a cafeteria in Tianjin. Loan sharks reach out to students through social media platforms such as WeChat and Weibo.  Photo: Xinhua

    Hubei offers 10 billion yuan loans for university students

    - Sep 24, 2019 1:29pm
    Governments around the world are advising citizens not to engage in excessive borrowing. In central China’s Hubei province, however, local authorities have announced plans to help university students get access to credit of 10 billion yuan (US$1.41...
  • Alibaba is said to be among the dozens of Hangzhou-based private firms that will see government officials assigned to work with the companies. Photo: Bloomberg

    Hangzhou to send state officials to Alibaba, other private firms

    Sep 23, 2019 3:24pm
    China’s Hangzhou city plans to assign government officials to work with dozens of private firms, including Alibaba Group, that operate in the region, according to reports. Hangzhou, a top technology hub where Alibaba has its headquarters, will...
  • Tsai Ing-wen has suffered another setback as two pacific island nations have switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China. Photo: Reuters

    China revs up efforts to isolate Taiwan on global stage

    - Sep 23, 2019 11:55am
    In the run-up to Taiwan’s January presidential election, China is taking economic, political, military and diplomatic steps in an effort to prevent President Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) from winning a second term....
  • Former Chongqing mayor Huang Qifan is widely respected as an expert on financial and economic affairs, appearing frequently as a commentator in mainland media. Photo: Reuters

    Ex-Chinese official reaffirms Hong Kong’s irreplaceable role

    - Sep 23, 2019 11:32am
    Huang Qifan, former mayor of southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality, commented recently on Hong Kong, saying the city will retain its unique status and position even though some mainland cities may overtake the former British colony in...
  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Beijing’s campaign in Xinjiang is an “attempt to erase its own citizens”. Photo: AFP

    Pompeo: World must resist China demands to repatriate Uighurs

    Sep 23, 2019 9:25am
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on all countries to resist China’s demands to repatriate ethnic Uighurs, saying Beijing’s campaign in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang is an “attempt to erase its own citizens”,...
  • Xiao Gang, a senior researcher at China Finance 40 Forum, said the country's shadow banking sector serves as a supplement for traditional lending methods. Photo: Bloomberg

    China needs to change way it finances economy: think tank

    Sep 23, 2019 9:13am
    China needs to develop a better system for financing small businesses that drive innovation in the economy but currently struggle to access the funds they need for growth, a leading Chinese think-tank said. China’s economic development...
  • Police detain a teenager after a rally outside Mong Kok police station in Hong Kong on Sunday, Photo: Reuters

    Police fire tear gas in another weekend of clashes in HK

    Sep 23, 2019 8:49am
    Police fired tear gas on Sunday to break up pro-democracy protesters who trashed fittings at a railway station and shopping mall, the latest confrontation in more than three months of often violent unrest in Hong Kong....
  • Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said Beijing has promised to provide full funds for the procurement of several airplanes and commercial ferries to Kiribati. Photo: Bloomberg

    Taiwan cuts ties with Kiribati amid China tension

    Sep 20, 2019 2:54pm
    Taiwan said on Friday it has cut official ties with the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, losing another ally amid Chinese pressure on nations with diplomatic relations with the self-ruled island, Reuters reports. China claims Taiwan...
  • Boris Johnson has faced accusations that he misled Queen Elizabeth over his reasons for suspending parliament. Photo: Reuters

    UK’s Johnson denies lying to Queen over parliament suspension

    Sep 13, 2019 11:13am
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied lying to Queen Elizabeth over the reasons for suspending the parliament after a court ruled his decision was unlawful. Scotland’s highest court of appeal ruled on Wednesday that the parliament...
  • Donald Trump answers questions from the news media in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    US to delay tariff hike on some Chinese goods by 2 weeks: Trump

    Sep 12, 2019 9:04am
    The United States has agreed to delay increasing tariffs on US$250 billion worth of Chinese imports from Oct. 1 to Oct. 15 “as a gesture of goodwill”, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday. Trump said the...