18 January 2020


  • Manchester City claims a second Premier League title in three years. Photo: Reuters.

    The Premier League business

    - May 12, 2014 3:44pm
    Sunday night was a big win for Abu Dhabi but a tough loss for the United States, so much so that you wonder if any Europeans can beat Manuel Pellegrini’s men in the next two months. Welcome...
  • 150 armed police cars will patrol Beijing on a counter-terrorism mission. Photo: Weibo

    Beijing police deploy armed patrol cars in terrorism fight

    May 12, 2014 1:17pm
    Beijing police will deploy 150 armed patrol cars on major streets in the capital from Monday to bolster counter-terrorism efforts in the capital, the Beijing Morning Post reported Monday, citing the Beijing Public Security Bureau. Each...
  • Premier Li Keqiang (center) looks on as representatives from China and Kenya sign a deal to build a rail line. Photo: Xinhua

    China, Kenya get rolling on US$3.8 bln rail line

    May 12, 2014 12:58pm
    Kenya has signed a US$3.8 billion deal with China to build a standard-gauge rail line linking its Indian Ocean port city of Mombasa to Nairobi. Premier Li Keqiang, together with presidents of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and...
  • Irons Sze advises manufacturers to upgrade their operations and build their brands so that they can transfer additional costs to consumers. Photo: HKEJ

    Central China to face PRD cost and wage woes in five years

    May 12, 2014 12:41pm
    Rising production costs and wages now faced by factories in the Pearl River Delta will also happen in central China five years from now, Metro Daily reported Monday, citing Irons Sze, president of the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association...
  • The A-share market is expected to remain turbulent in the short term. Photo: Bloomberg

    ‘No short-term bump’ from State Council guidelines

    May 12, 2014 12:35pm
    The State Council touts them as the guiding principles for financial reform but market observers say they’re not likely to have a big impact on the Hong Kong and mainland stock markets in the short term. The...
  • Protesters demand Beijing remove an oil rig in disputed waters off the Vietnamese coast.  Photo: AFP

    Vietnam gets muted ASEAN support on China dispute

    May 12, 2014 12:12pm
    Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung delivered a withering criticism of China over the weekend but his regional allies appeared less keen to antagonize Beijing. Dung took China to task at a leaders’ meeting of the...
  • A research center in Yaan is offering a range of inducements to fill a position as a panda keeper. Photo:

    Wanted: Career keeper to pander to pandas

    May 12, 2014 10:56am
    Some people would give their right arm to work with giant pandas but now one research center is offering a top salary, food, housing and a company car to fill a job as a keeper for...
  • Democracy activist Wen Yunchao says clips containing a June 4 message have been downloaded from his site thousands of times. Photo:

    Viral June 4 clips put govt on alert

    May 12, 2014 9:34am
    The mainland authorities are targeting viral video content after a 21-second pornographic clip with a June 4 Tiananmen Square message was widely downloaded last week before being deleted from sites. Southern Metropolis Daily reported Sunday that...
  • One of the police cars that were smashed and overturned during the protest action in Hangzhou. Photo: Reuters

    Hangzhou police, protesters clash over waste plant

    May 12, 2014 9:23am
    Dozens were injured and police cars were torched as residents holding a rally against a planned waste incinerator clashed with police in the Yuhang district of Hangzhou in eastern China’s Zhejiang province on Saturday, Apple Daily reported....
  • An image of jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo is held by a protester outside the Chinese embassy in Oslo in this file picture taken in 2010. Photo: Reuters

    Chinese elite push for release of jailed Nobel laureate

    May 12, 2014 7:43am
    Jailed Chinese dissident and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo has received an unlikely support from a group of “princelings”, children of China’s political elite, who has quietly urged the Communist Party leadership to release him on parole...
  • Wang Qishan has called on state-owned conglomerates to tighten discipline and intensify punishment of corrupt behavior . Picture: Bloomberg

    Beijing to step up anti-graft probe into Hong Kong SOEs

    - May 9, 2014 7:04pm
    Beijing will step up anti-graft investigation into five major state-owned conglomerates in Hong Kong, reported Friday, citing Yu Liming, vice president of China Merchants Group. Wang Qishan, secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the...
  • Many Chinese tourists have fallen prey to muggers and pickpockets in Paris. Photo: Bloomberg

    Chinese police to help patrol Paris streets to protect tourists

    - May 9, 2014 6:45pm
    Chinese police will join their French counterparts in patrolling key tourist sites in Paris this summer to protect Chinese tourists, the New York Times reported. However, French authorities have yet to decide the number of Chinese...
  • Zhuhai has replaced Hong Kong as China's most liveable city. Photo: Zhuhai government website

    Zhuhai ends Hong Kong’s 12-year ‘most liveable city’ reign

    - May 9, 2014 6:43pm
    Hong Kong has been replaced by Zhuhai as the most liveable city in China, according to an annual city competitiveness ranking report released by a government-backed think tank on Friday, China News Service reported. The former...
  • Liverpool will be hoping that West Ham's Andy Carroll (right) can lead a winning charge against Manchester City to keep Liverpool in the title race. Photo: Reuters

    Weekend Premier League preview

    May 9, 2014 3:26pm
    Tim Bredbury Manchester City took a huge step towards winning the Premier League title after their mid-week 4-0 win over Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium. They now need a draw against West Ham at home to...
  • Pop stars such as Psy and a host of popular TV dramas have contributed to growing interest in Korean culture in many parts of the world. Photo: Bloomberg

    Turning soft power into hard cash

    - May 9, 2014 2:57pm
    South Korea has been gaining more “soft power” in recent years, thanks to the popularity of K-pop and Korean television drama series in several overseas markets. The cultural influence has led to growing interest in all...
  • Premier Li Keqiang says China is confident it will reach its 7.5 percent growth target. Photo:AFP

    Li unruffled by IMF property crash warning

    - May 9, 2014 12:38pm
    The IMF’s warning came on Wednesday. If China’s property prices go over a cliff, Alfred Schipke, the International Monetary Fund’s senior resident representative in China, said, the impact on the country’s economy will be strong. A day later...
  • Shenzhen police have arrested three people on suspicion of making and selling replicas of iPhones. Photo: AFP

    Shenzhen police bust million-yuan fake iPhone ring, paper says

    May 9, 2014 12:03pm
    Shenzhen police have arrested three people on suspicion of making and selling more than 1 million yuan (US$16.26 million) in fake iPhones, Apple Daily reported Friday. The group allegedly bought iPhone components from various suppliers and assembled them,...
  • A mainland tour company is offering soccer fans a VIP World Cup experience for 775,000 yuan. Photo: Bloomberg

    Travel agency scores with 775,000 yuan World Cup trip

    May 9, 2014 11:31am
    A Chinese luxury travel agency has got the ball rolling with the World Cup by signing up eight people for its 775,000 yuan (US$124,433) trip to watch the event’s final in Brazil on July 13. The...
  • Guangzhou has ordered its officials to steer clear of nightclubs and discos. Photo: Bloomberg

    Party over for Guangzhou officials

    May 9, 2014 9:38am
    Last orders have been called for government officials in Guangzhou, with the municipal authorities banning them from nightclubs, private clubs and discos, the Global Times reported Thursday, citing Xinhua. The city’s discipline directorate has ordered officials...
  • China has placed veteran journalist Gao Yu under detention on charges of leaking state secrets. Photo: AFP

    Mirror Media’s Ho says state secrets charge against Gao ‘absurd’

    May 9, 2014 8:26am
    Ho Pin, president of the Mirror Media Group, has slammed Chinese authorities’ state secrets leakage charge against veteran journalist Gao Yu, describing the accusations as “absurd”. In an interview to Apple Daily on Thursday, Ho said...