24 April 2018

Greater China

  • Lower housing and living costs, cheap medical care, and a more relaxed lifestyle have made Taiwan an attractive option for Hong Kong emigrants.

    Why Taiwan will retain its allure despite the quake

    - Feb 13, 2018 12:11pm
    Last Saturday heart-rending pictures dominated the pages of Taiwan newspapers. One of the images was of a Hong Kong couple, both 60, who were killed in the earthquake that devastated the eastern city of Hualian on...
  • Mercedes Benz's use of a quotation from the Dalai Lama triggered a firestorm among Chinese people who view him as a Tibet “separatist” rather than a fount of wisdom. Photo: Reuters/EJI

    Doing business in China: Politics is still in command

    - Feb 12, 2018 4:52pm
    People love quotes, especially inspirational ones. Chairman Mao Zedong’s words, “The Chinese people have stood up,” spoken in 1949 after the communist triumph in the civil war, still resonates among many, even if they don’t remember...
  • The Yun Men Tsui Ti building (pictured) was among the heavily damaged structures in the Hualien earthquake. Photo: Reuters

    Rescuers pursue search for survivors in Taiwan quake

    Feb 8, 2018 3:33pm
    Rescue teams and army soldiers are continuing their efforts to find survivors in the rubble of quake-hit Hualien city on the eastern coast of Taiwan with the casualty figures expected to rise, the Hong Kong Economic Journal...
  • Rescue workers carry the body of an employee from the ruins of collapsed Marshall Hotel in Hualien on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Love and prayers for the people of Hualien

    - Feb 8, 2018 12:07pm
    My heart goes out to the people of Hualien, a popular tourist destination on the eastern coast of Taiwan, which was hit by another earthquake just a week before the Lunar New Year holiday. Hualien, a...
  • Rescuers search for survivors trapped inside a damaged building that had tilted precariously in Hualien on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    New quake shakes Taiwan’s Hualien as death toll rises

    Feb 8, 2018 8:12am
    Taiwan was hit by an earthquake of 5.7 magnitude on the eastern coast of the island, Reuters reports, citing a government statement. The government said the earthquake took place late on Wednesday near Hualien, the same...
  • Rescue workers block off an area to search for survivors outside a building which tilted to one side after its foundation collapsed in Hualien late on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

    At least two dead in magnitude 6.4 earthquake in Taiwan

    Feb 7, 2018 7:37am
    A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck near the coastal city of Hualien in Taiwan late on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, killing at least two people and causing several buildings to collapse, Reuters reports. The...
  • The Rap of China, a music reality show, is the latest victim of the government's relentless TV censorship.  Photo: Facebook

    TV censorship rearing its ugly head again in China

    - Feb 2, 2018 1:11pm
    For mainlanders who are old enough to have a firsthand experience of the Cultural Revolution, they can probably still remember that the only form of mass entertainment to which they had access was the “revolutionary model...
  • Since 2010, Chinese consumers have added around US$2.9 trillion to the world economy. That is bigger than the entire UK economy. Photo: Reuters

    China’s irresistible rise

    - Jan 31, 2018 10:27am
    China’s recently released GDP data for 2017 confirm it: the country’s dramatic rise, with the concomitant increase in its global economic relevance, is not slowing down. To be sure, there has been fresh media chatter about...
  • China under President Xi Jinping is “adopting a new vision for development”, which “ensures and improves living standards”. Photo: Bloomberg

    China’s search for quality growth

    - Jan 31, 2018 9:40am
    As Chinese President Xi Jinping begins his second five-year term, shifting toward “quality growth” is at the top of the country’s policy agenda. Across China’s government, a quiet but resolute commitment to fostering a new growth...
  • Acer has developed smart Buddhist prayer beads that count the number of times a mantra is recited and incorporate an app that transfers merits to loved ones. Photo: kknews

    Buddhists go high-tech: Acer to launch smart prayer beads

    - Jan 30, 2018 5:06pm
    Taiwanese computer and technology firm Acer is set to launch a new smart product: Buddhist prayer beads that automatically count the number of times a mantra is recited and transfer merits to a social media platform....
  • A chef prepares beef noodles in Lanzhou, the capital city of China's Gansu province. The food is tasty while also being very easy on the wallet. Photo: Xinhua

    A delicious but cheap bowl of Lanzhou noodle

    - Jan 30, 2018 11:24am
    I can’t recall the last time I had a bowl of tasty noodle priced less than HK$10, so I can only say it was a real delight when I got a chance to sample such fare...
  • Travel Frog, a mobile game developed by a Japanese firm, was the most downloaded free app on Apple's App Store in China recently. Photo:

    Why a simple Japanese smartphone game became a big hit in China

    - Jan 29, 2018 10:36am
    It may come as a surprise to many, but a Japanese hit mobile game “Travel Frog” was the most downloaded free app on Apple’s App Store in China recently. The game is about a frog which...
  • Tsai Ing-wen speaks at a news conference in Taipei on Dec. 29, 2017. The Taiwan leader now seems to have accepted the reality that Beijing won't hesitate to use military force if the island declares independence. Photo: Reuters

    Why there is a silver lining to Tsai’s capitulation

    - Jan 26, 2018 10:57am
    When asked during a recent TV interview whether she believed Beijing would ever deploy its military forces against Taiwan, the island’s leader Tsai Ing-wen replied immediately in front of the camera that “no one would rule...
  • Marriot Group faced a backlash from Chinese authorities after the hotel chain inadvertently referred to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Tibet as 'countries' in some communication. Photo: JW Marriott

    Political sensitivity is key to doing business in China

    - Jan 26, 2018 10:17am
    In the past, mainland officialdom would often go easy on foreign investors and companies even when they violated the Communist Party’s political taboos as long as they didn’t do so on purpose. However, as China is...
  • Financial considerations are prompting a growing number of people in China to think twice about getting married, let alone having a child. Photo: Bloomberg

    Key factors behind China’s declining birth rate

    - Jan 25, 2018 10:21am
    While Japan and Hong Kong are facing severely low birth rate, mainland China is not doing a lot better in this regard. A total of 17.23 million babies were born last year in China, down 3.5...
  • Falsification of GDP data has been more serious in less developed regions in China, including parts of the northeast. Photo: AFP

    Why three China provinces admit falsifying economic data

    - Jan 23, 2018 9:30am
    Being accused of falsifying data is a big taboo for Chinese government cadres. Yet, three provinces — Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang– recently admitted that they’ve been falsifying GDP data for a long time. What happened is...
  • Under President Xi Jinping, the Communist Party is once again assuming "absolute leadership role in all aspects of society and every corner of the nation”. Photo: Reuters

    CPC returns to Mao era of absolute leadership

    - Jan 19, 2018 11:59am
    In 1962, Mao Zedong announced in no uncertain terms that the Communist Party of China (CPC) should assume an absolute leadership role in seven fronts across the nation: industry, agriculture, business, education, military, politics and party affairs....
  • The excitement of winning a prize with a little bit of skill and luck is one reason claw crane game players keep coming back for more. Photo:

    Virtual-world fatigue boosts popularity of claw crane machines

    - Jan 19, 2018 8:31am
    Will the rapidly growing internet economy overwhelm the real economy? Not necessarily. In fact, some physical experiences have gained popularity as a growing number of people feel lost in the virtual world. For instance, claw cranes...
  • Under Xi Jinping, China's defense spending last year amounted to US$148 billion, with the top leader adopting a more nationalist agenda. Photo: Reuters

    Will China attack Taiwan in 2018?

    - Jan 15, 2018 10:57am
    One day in December the People’s Liberation Army sent H-6K bombers, spy jets and Su-30 and J-11 fighter jets to patrol close to Taiwan. It was the 19th such exercise during the year, more than double...
  • Top live streaming stars in China can aim for incomes in the millions. Photo: Sohu

    Fame and tragedy of live-streaming stars in China

    - Jan 12, 2018 4:38pm
    China’s video streaming market has grown rapidly in recent years, for good reasons. As mainstream media outlets are largely controlled by the government, video streaming platforms injected fresh air into the entertainment sector and caught the...

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