Death threats and dawn raids: Welcome to the anti-graft drive

  Frozen Chinese bank accounts. Top executives taken in for questioning. Reports of death threats and pre-dawn clashes between armed body guards and police in Beijing. That’s the fallout from a corporate

Prisons under scrutiny after inmate extorts sex from women

China’s management of its prisons was thrown into the spotlight after a news website report detailing how an inmate extorted money and sex from women he met via mobile phone

Leaders show listening ear on trash but not politics 

  To help sell the public on the need for one of the world’s largest trash incinerators in the mountains in west Beijing, Communist Party officials bused in hundreds of people

Manufacturing picks up, lifted by stimulus measures

  A Chinese manufacturing gauge recovered lost ground in January, suggesting stimulus measures have helped stabilize the world’s second-largest economy. The preliminary Purchasing Managers’ Index from HSBC Holdings Plc and Markit Economics

Hong Kong | City falls out of top 30 most-livable cities

The city’s livability ranking fell 16 spots to the 33rd, one of the steepest slides in the survey, while another Asian financial hub, Singapore, topped the list for the 16th

TRAFFICKING | Paraguay tries to stop execution of drug mule in Beijing

Rosalia Amarilla stepped into the international terminal of Beijing’s cavernous main airport on the afternoon of July 24, 2012, wearing more than 3 kilograms of cocaine stuffed into her underwear

Oceanography | Magnificent blue glow of Hong Kong seas also disturbing

Eerie fluorescent blue patches of water glimmering off Hong Kong's seashore are magnificent, disturbing and potentially toxic, marine biologists say. The glow is an indicator of a harmful algal bloom created

Shanghai stampede victim families to receive USD130,000 compensation

The Shanghai government will pay Rmb800,000 (USD130,000) to each of the families of the 36 revelers who died in the New Year’s Eve stampede on the city’s historic Bund, after

Huawei forgave 4,000 workers for corruption, falsifying results

Huawei Technologies Co. forgave more than 4,000 workers, including senior executives, who were involved in corruption and fraudulent business practices, the company’s founder said. Ren Zhengfei said at the World Economic

Mainland, Russia plan USD242b Beijing-Moscow rail link

The rail line seeks to facilitate travel across Europe and Asia, Beijing’s municipal government said Jan. 21 in a post on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter. The journey from Beijing

Don’t worry about mainland slowdown, Premier Li tells Davos

  China will avoid a hard landing and is focused on ensuring long-term medium-to-fast growth, Premier Li Keqiang told global leaders in Davos. While the economy will still face large downward pressures

Gov’t seen planning overhaul of foreign investment rules

  China is proposing an overhaul of its foreign-investment rules with a draft law that could mark the biggest change in decades to the way global companies do business in the

New Yorker writer says he didn’t pen op-ed in mainland paper

A New Yorker journalist famed for his reporting from China wrote that the state-run newspaper China Daily faked an editorial under his byline after interviewing him. Peter Hessler said on Facebook on Tuesday that

Hong Kong | Gov’t warns public to avoid outdoors as pollution soars

The pollution index reached 10+ at monitors in Central, Mong Kok and Causeway Bay, the city’s main business and entertainment districts, at 5:00 p.m. local time, according to the Environmental

Kenya gov’t considers request to repatriate Chinese hackers

China made a formal request to extradite its nationals, the foreign affairs ministry’s political and diplomatic secretary Ben Ogutu said on a live TV talk show. During an official trip to Kenya

Shanghai fires four officials for deadly New Year’s stampede

  Shanghai sacked four officials and punished seven others for not providing enough security to prevent the deadly New Year’s Eve stampede, the first punishments meted out after President Xi Jinping

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

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