Thursday, 17 February 2011

Beijing imposes stiff rule to fight rising property prices

Non-local homebuyers must prove taxes paid for five years

Beijing quiet on venture in disputed Kurils

Chinese analysts see no reason to stop Sino-Russian sea cucumber farm going ahead

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Stanley Ho files new lawsuit to reclaim casino stake

Lawyers for billionaire Stanley Ho Hung-sun on Wednesday filed a fresh lawsuit seeking the return of his shares in Lanceford - the company that holds the bulk of his wealth - including his stake in the Macau casino business.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Genghis Khan Red God Mask

No regrets for defiant Tiananmen general

A former People’s Liberation Army general arrested after defying a martial law order to crack down on Tiananmen Square protesters in 1989 says he has no regrets.

Monday, 14 February 2011

China proving to be saviour of the world’s poorest people

Millions benefiting from Beijing’s massive overseas spending

Clean power not always green power

The mainland’s push to adopt alternative energy may have ecological drawbacks

Fake Liquors Flow as Demand Soars for China’s Fabled Sorghum Spirit

If history is indeed written by the victors, then this isolated mountain hamlet in southern Guizhou Province hit the jackpot when Red Army soldiers sought refuge here in the spring of 1935. Exhausted by their long-distance retreat from Nationalist forces, Mao’s guerrillas used the town’s bracing 144-proof liquor to disinfect wounds, tame diarrhea and take the edge off their jangled nerves.

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Nina Wang lover 'dishonest', says Hong Kong court

A Hong Kong appeals court Monday rejected a "thoroughly dishonest" claim by a bartender-turned-fortune teller to the massive estate of late property tycoon Nina Wang.

Japan eclipsed by China as No. 2 economy

Japan surrendered its 42-year ranking as the world’s second-biggest economy to China last year, after data on Monday showed a fourth-quarter contraction caused by weaker consumer spending and a strong yen.

Registration scheme could end in 20 years

The central government could end the mainland’s household registration system that controls the movement of migrant workers within 20 years, according to a top government think tank.

Singapore’s casino bet pays off in extra visitors, revenue

City-state tipped to be Asia’s No 2 gaming centre after Macau

PayPal zooming along in Singapore

Online payment facilitator PayPal has been on a roll in Singapore, growing its user base here 45 per cent year-on-year to 870,000 total accounts by the end of 2010.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Road ahead plagued by culture of greed

New emphasis on structural change in economy subverted by officials’ self-interest

Payout for tour dispute raises legal issues

A mainland couple who fought with a tour guide reportedly received a hefty sum in compensation, sparking a debate about whether this was proper with criminal proceedings then pending.

Why China’s next generation could be fed by Africa

With farmland shrinking fast, the problem of how to feed 1.3 billion is becoming a major worry for Beijing

Japan, US foil Beijing push to end EU arms embargo

Japan and the United States appear to have thwarted a fresh push by China to end the European Union’s long-standing embargo on arms sales to the PLA - for now at least.

Mainland railway and air transport sectors undergo hi-tech revolution

On land and in the skies, the mainland is in the grips of an unprecedented transport revolution that has potentially far-reaching economic ramifications.

Recruiting in China Pays Off for U.S. Colleges

Dozens of other American colleges and universities are seeing a surge in applications (and similar brochures) from students in China, where a booming economy means that more families can pursue the dream of an American higher education.

Living within limits

Asia must reject consumption-led growth and start putting constraints on the use of its resources

Free entry on way for museums, libraries

Thousands of museums and libraries on the mainland are set to give free access to the public under a government proposal that has been widely welcomed.

China restricts smoking in films, TV

China has ordered that smoking scenes in films and television series be restricted, amid concern it is failing to deliver on pledges to help its 300 million smokers kick the habit.

Scandal shows cracks in Taiwan’s spy network

Taiwan’s worst espionage case in 50 years and its failure to track the mainland’s next generation stealth fighter jet J-20 project indicate that the island’s military intelligence capability lags far behind that of its main political rival, military experts say.

China’s Railway Minister Loses Post in Corruption Inquiry

The railway minister of China, Liu Zhijun, has been removed from the top post in the ministry because he is being investigated for corruption, according to a report on Saturday by Xinhua, the state news agency. Mr. Liu is the most senior Chinese official to come under such investigation in years.

Not enough hours in the day for top cop

Interpol chief Ron Noble on what keeps him going and why Singapore was chosen for global complex