Thursday, 19 July 2012

Property investors rush to cash in on China’s new ‘mini-Hong Kong’

Investors are snapping up property near a proposed US$45 billion business zone in the Chinese boom town of Shenzhen, betting that the government’s plans to further open its capital markets with a “mini-Hong Kong” will spur real estate values.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Trapped to ‘get rich’

Mainlanders are flooding into Hong Kong to sign up for a multilevel marketing scheme that is banned in several countries. To many critics, it looks like pyramid selling

Scrapping the one-child policy won’t boost China’s birth rate

Mainland families started having fewer children even before the draconian restriction was imposed, and they won’t have more if Beijing removes it

China railroaded into fast-train technology trap

Fast-train firms paying heavily for technology transfer decisions

Bar raised for foreigners’ families keen to stay here

MOM’s move is the latest in a series of moves by various ministries to sharpen the privileges of being Singaporean and restrict the influx of foreigners which has strained the city’s infrastructure and caused locals considerable angst in the last few years

George Carlin - Religion is bullshit

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Raymond Chapman 4 weeks’ jail for kicking cop

A Briton who reeked of alcohol kicked a police officer on the leg after being arrested for allegedly molesting a woman.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Alarm at poor quality of tap water

Experts cast doubt on claims by officials that things have improved markedly in the past three years

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Game theory and the South China Sea conflict

Sometimes it is not to any player’s advantage to be in a dominant position, as Beijing’s competing maritime claims with its neighbours demonstrate

Chinese scientists create snowfall in a lab

Team in Shanghai were able to manipulate air using lasers; technique could be used to fight climate change

Japanese envoy to China recalled

As tensions over Diaoyu Islands mount, ‘temporary’ return of ambassador is seen by some as sign Tokyo is under pressure over his Beijing-friendly stance

Japan Recalls Ambassador to China Amid Rising Tensions

Japan temporarily recalled its ambassador to China on Sunday in response to renewed friction over a disputed island group, at a time when it faces fresh discord with its allies South Korea and the United States over women forced to work in Japanese brothels during World War II.