Xi gets raise in base pay to USD22,300 a year 

  Chinese President Xi Jinping’s base salary is rising from about USD13,600 to $22,300 a year under a recent general pay increase for public employees, state media reported yesterday. The reports gave

2014 economic growth slowest in more than 2 decades

  China’s economic growth slowed to 7.4 percent in 2014, the weakest expansion in nearly a quarter century, and is forecast to slip further over the next two years, adding to headwinds

Winners and losers in the deepening economic slowdown 

  China’s economy, the world’s second largest, grew 7.4 percent last year, its slowest expansion in nearly a quarter century. Forecasters expect growth to wane further in the next several years as China

Hong Kong | Army creates cadets modeled after PLA, China Daily says

Hong Kong inaugurated a student cadet group that will practice Chinese army foot drills and wear similar uniforms, as almost three months of pro-democracy protests led to increased scrutiny of

Focus | Reporting methods of singer’s death trigger debate online

  Grief over a famous singer’s death turned into a dispute on how the press should cover celebrity deaths after many accused media outlets of crossing the line. Yao Beina, who sang

Home prices fall as trends diverge among cities

China’s real estate market has extended its slump with new home prices in December registering month-on-month declines in a majority of surveyed cities. Of 70 large and medium-sized cities surveyed, 66

Senior spy official under investigation for graft

China announced a formal investigation into a top spy chief for alleged corruption, confirmation of the highest-ranking intelligence officer nabbed in President Xi Jinping’s battle against graft. Ma Jian, deputy minister

22 confirmed dead in tugboat capsizing

Authorities confirmed 22 people dead in the capsizing of a tugboat with an international team on a test voyage in eastern China, after rescuers dragged the overturned vessel to shallow waters

Military targets 16 officials for graft as Xi widens probe

China’s military announced the names of 16 senior officials who were put under investigation for graft, including the deputy head of its nuclear forces, signaling President Xi Jinping is widening

Xinjiang | Authorities punish officials for abuses in arranging pilgrimages 

Thirty-two officials in far-western China have been punished over alleged bribe-taking, nepotism or other wrongdoing in the choosing of people for over-subscribed Muslim pilgrimages to the holy city of Mecca, a Communist

Heavy smog casts pall over Beijing as it bids for Olympics

Air pollution hit hazardous levels in Beijing yesterday, presenting a new challenge to leaders who have tried to curb smog via higher taxes and casting a pall over the city’s

Xiaomi unveils phone aimed at iPhone users

Rising smartphone star Xiaomi is moving upmarket and taking aim at Apple’s iPhone. The Chinese manufacturer known for ultra-low-priced handsets yesterday unveiled a new model that chairman Jun Lei said is

Regulators promise taxi industry shakeup after strikes

  China’s government promised yesterday to overhaul the country’s taxi industry following strikes by drivers in at least seven major cities over complaints about low pay, high charges imposed by taxi companies

Xi vows to wage enduring anti-corruption campaign

  President Xi Jinping said there will be no let-up in his “fierce and enduring” battle against corruption, which has already taken down thousands of senior officials including the country’s former

North Koreans walk across frozen border river to murder Chinese

  A spate of murders by North Koreans inside China’s border is prompting some residents to abandon their homes, testing China’s ability to manage both the 880-mile shared frontier and its

State paper: Police arrest Turks smuggling Uighurs to Syria

The Global Times said the Turks were arrested in November when the nine Chinese Uighurs attempted to sneak out of China with altered Turkish passports. The nine Uighurs, plus two other Chinese

HONG KONG POLICY ADDRESS | Leung says election under mainland rules or nothing

  Hong Kong faces a standstill unless China-backed plans for restricted elections and measures to cool record home prices are implemented, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said in his first major address

December exports rise, imports shrink

China’s exports rebounded in December but imports shrank in a sign of weak domestic demand. Total trade in 2014 grew just 3.4 percent, well below the official 10 percent target. Exports

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