Saturday, 27 August 2011

Condominium developers upping the stake

It is no longer enough for condominiums to boast a pool, gym, clubhouse and tennis court. Developers are adding fancy facilities such as a spa, sports bar, rock-climbing wall, luxury dining room and even a bird-watching tower to make their projects stand out.

Assets of corrupt officials on the run to be seized

Mainland courts may soon have the power to confiscate ill-gotten gains under a new law

China Uses Rare Earths to Lure Manufacturing Plants

China has long used access to its giant customer base and cheap labour as bargaining chips to persuade foreign companies to open factories within the nation’s borders.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Buyers, sellers get around curbs

Couples fake divorce or even sacrifice marriage to obtain more property, and developers are happy to throw in extras to keep cash coming in

A brief history of Chinese porn


Tuesday, 23 August 2011

China rail firm boss, blamed for crash, dies of heart attack

The head of a Chinese railways technology firm blamed for faulty signalling gear that caused a high-speed rail crash last month died of a heart attack while the company was being inspected, Chinese media said Tuesday.

Look for cracks in axles, metal fatigue expert says

Railways ministry complains that German ultrasonic detector used to inspect trains is too sensitive

Monday, 22 August 2011

Law exposes unease at state of modern marriage

Experts say controversy over new interpretation reveals deep sense of social and moral insecurity

The sex trade

Lust will and testament

The earliest recorded wills in Hong Kong show that a group of highly-successful women had one thing in common ... they were all working in the sex trade

To fully legalise the profession or not - it’s a dilemma

It may make sense from a welfare point of view but the economic argument suggests otherwise