23 October 2018

Greater China

  • China will keep liquidity reasonably ample and offer more help to companies having trouble obtaining financing, a People's Bank of China official said. Photo: AFP

    China aims for more loans to small firms, better winter gas plan

    Aug 23, 2018 9:15am
    China will encourage financial institutions to boost loans to smaller firms and will work for better planning of winter gas supplies to prioritize residential users and highly polluted areas, the cabinet said. At a meeting chaired...
  • Though China has eased the one-child policy, many mainland couples are reluctant to have more children in view of rising living and other costs. Photo: China Daily

    China academics suggest ‘no-child tax’ to boost fertility rate

    - Aug 22, 2018 5:04pm
    More young Chinese couples are joining the ranks of DINK families (Dual Income, No Kids). Given this, some Chinese academics have suggested that childless people or parents of just one child should be made pay into...
  • Thanks to adoption of big data technology, Hangzhou has resolved its traffic congestion problem to a significant extent. Photo: Xinhua

    Digital era for city management

    - Aug 22, 2018 11:30am
    Smart City appears to be a somewhat distant concept for the average citizen. Having discussed the topic in different cities, I have no doubt that people should be brought on board as it is something that...
  • Hu Angang, the director of the Institute for Contemporary China Studies at Tsinghua University, has come under intense fire for having promoted the notion of “China’s comprehensive and sweeping edge over the United States”. Photo: HKEJ

    Why more mainland academics are becoming lackeys of the regime

    - Aug 22, 2018 10:34am
    If anything, the recent sanctions imposed by the US government on Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE Corp. and the ongoing Sino-US trade war have given many Chinese a rude awakening as to the huge economic and...
  • China’s structural deleveraging campaign has begun yielding results, according to the People's Bank of China. Photo: Reuters

    PBoC vows forward-looking and flexible policy to support growth

    Aug 22, 2018 9:32am
    The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) said on Tuesday that it will not resort to strong stimulus to support the economy but will keep liquidity reasonably ample and offer more help to companies which are having...
  • Home purchase restrictions, meant to rein in soaring property prices, have led to surging rental costs. Photo: Reuters

    Behind China’s soaring home rental costs

    - Aug 21, 2018 8:51am
    Chinese authorities have adopted a series of measures to restrict home purchases in order to rein in runaway home prices. Now, they have to deal with another problem: surging rental costs. There are a number of...
  • Investors protest outside an office of P2P lending platform PPMiao in Shanghai on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Chinese investors stage protest in Shanghai over P2P woes

    Aug 20, 2018 4:07pm
    Investors in Chinese online peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform PPMiao protested at the offices of one of the company’s shareholders in Shanghai’s financial district on Monday, Reuters reports. At least 243 P2P companies have collapsed in China...
  • Changsheng Bio-technology has produced an additional batch of substandard DPT vaccines, raising the total to 499,800 doses. Photo: Reuters

    Changsheng made 500,000 substandard baby vaccines: Xinhua

    Aug 16, 2018 9:45am
      A Chinese drug company produced nearly 500,000 substandard vaccines for babies, roughly double an earlier estimate by authorities investigating a safety scandal, state news agency Xinhua reports. China’s drug regulator in July accused Changsheng Bio-technology...
  • Xuecheng, the abbot of the Longquan Temple and a delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, resigned as head of the Buddhist Association of China. Photo: Reuters

    Buddhist monk master quits amid sexual misconduct allegations

    Aug 15, 2018 1:49pm
    One of China’s highest-ranking Buddhist monks quit as the head of the country’s Buddhist association on Wednesday after facing a government investigation over accusations of sexual misconduct, Reuters reports. The abbot of Longquan Temple on the...
  • As a highly capital intensive sector without effective oversight, the civil aviation industry in China has been a breeding ground for power-abuse and corruption. Representational image: Reuters

    Why is China’s aviation industry so ridden with corruption?

    - Aug 15, 2018 12:24pm
    The Chinese Communist Party’s Shanghai commission for discipline inspection announced on August 6 that the chairman of the Shanghai Airport Authority, Wu Jianrong, has been suspended from office and placed under criminal investigation for suspected misconduct. As...
  • Beijing's central business district. China is trying to boost domestic demand and taking a more measured approach in its campaign to reduce financial risks and debt. Photo: Reuters

    China economy shows signs of cooling further

    Aug 14, 2018 3:05pm
    China’s economy is showing signs of cooling further, with investment growth slowing to a record low and consumers turning more cautious about spending, Reuters reports, citing official data. Fixed-asset investment expanded by a less-than-expected 5.5 percent...
  • File picture shows fully armed Chinese paramilitary police patrolling a street in Urumqi, the capital of  the restive Xinjiang region. Photo: AFP

    China denies detaining million Uighurs in camps in Xinjiang

    Aug 14, 2018 8:53am
    China rejected allegations raised by a UN panel that a million Uighurs may be held in internment camps in the restive Xinjiang region, but said that some people underwent re-education after being deceived by extremists, Reuters...
  • Fire inspectors view damage after a deadly fire broke out at the Taipei Hospital in New Taipei City on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Probe launched after hospital fire kills nine in Taiwan

    Aug 13, 2018 1:53pm
    A fire broke out at a hospital in Taiwan on Monday, killing nine people and injuring 15, Reuters reports. An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the blaze. Premier William Lai said the health...
  • Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wenTsai wants to reaffirm ties with Washington and shore up support ahead of local elections in November amid escalating pressure from China. Photo: Reuters

    No one can ‘obliterate’ Taiwan’s existence, says Tsai

    Aug 13, 2018 7:23am
    Vowing that “no one can obliterate Taiwan’s existence”, President Tsai Ing-wen left on Sunday for the United States and two of Taipei’s remaining diplomatic allies, amid pressure from China to try to stamp out references to...
  • Taiwan's Oh! Bear is said to be dismayed at the ban slapped by Chinese censors on his cousin Winnie the Pooh's latest movie. Photo: AFP/OhBear Facebook/

    Bear the reality of politics

    - Aug 10, 2018 2:27pm
    Pushed against the wall, Taiwan appears to have found a way to hit back at China amid Beijing’s relentless efforts to pressure the “wayward” and “recalcitrant” island – thanks to Winnie the Pooh. On its official...
  • Premier Li Keqiang will lead the revamped body, which is charged with planning and studying the country's key technological development strategies. Photo: AFP

    China revamps national technology leadership group

    Aug 10, 2018 9:07am
    China has revamped a national leadership group charged with planning and studying its key technological development strategies, signaling potential policy shifts, Reuters reports. The group, formerly known as the National Technology and Education leadership Group under...
  • Chinese technology firms are fully capable of competing with foreign players, says Baidu's Robin Li, amid talk that Google could re-enter the China market. Photo: Bloomberg

    Google vs Baidu Round 2

    - Aug 9, 2018 12:48pm
    If you want success, do not compete with Google. That is the street wisdom, reflecting the belief that taking on the operator of world’s largest search engine can only be a losing game. Given this, how...
  • Heeding Xi Jinping's call to boost national energy security, Chinese oil and gas giants have pledged to boost exploration and production activities. Photo: Bloomberg

    China state firms vow to boost domestic oil, gas exploration

    Aug 9, 2018 9:16am
    China’s state-owned energy giants pledged to expand domestic oil and gas exploration and production, with a particular focus on natural gas supplies, following a call from President Xi Jinping to boost national energy security, Reuters reports....
  • Jinjiang, which relies heavily on low-end manufacturing to support its economy, is among the Chinese cities that will feel the pinch from the Sino-US trade war. Photo: China Daily

    Li Zhanshu’s Fujian visit was no routine local inspection trip

    - Aug 8, 2018 12:19pm
    Li Zhanshu, a member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the current chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC), paid a visit to various cities in the...
  • A growing personality cult in China’s current leadership is stoking fears of a return to the Maoist era. Photo: Bloomberg

    How social conscience prompted a China scholar to speak out

    - Aug 7, 2018 1:36pm
    As China witnesses a massive return to the ultra-leftist track under President Xi Jinping, the moral courage as well as the social conscience of mainland intellectuals and academics are being severely tested. While the majority of...

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